It is our untrained bloggy opinion that San Diego State has scored big with its brand refresh. We're probably alone in missing the gold borders of the logo, and will never criticize the simplification of a color scheme. The advantage a team like SDSU has during this process -- as opposed to, say, Georgia -- is the built-in badassery of the spear as a symbol of the university. Where the Dawgs tried to update their logo and wound up with Kidz Bop Bulldog, a spear is going to be pointy and killy no matter how cartoonish the rendering. And instead of squinting at the pointy or curly bits of new logos trying to spot the symbolism a Nike rep insists is there, we get this refreshingly straightforward language:
Aztec spears were long, wooden, and tipped with stone, obsidian or copper points. Among the favorite weapons the Aztecs used were the double-edged obsidian spears. The spear symbolizes offensive strength and power.
Where San Diego State really nailed this new look, however, is in the custom font work: