Road to the WAC Title Goes Through San Jose

San Jose State has run out to the lead in the WAC by playing good hard-nosed football and aggressive defense. The Spartans hope to shut down Boise State Friday.

Hawai'i may have won the Western Athletic Conference last year but the road to the conference title goes through San Jose this year.  The Spartans have already traveled to Honolulu and come away with a victory.  As winners of 15 of their last 17 home games, the Spartans lie in waiting for Boise State. The Broncos and San Jose State meet Friday night in an ESPN nationally-televised contest.

 

San Jose State served notice on its fellow members of the WAC that the Spartans are going to be the team to beat this fall when they shut down New Mexico State last week 31-14.  The tough Spartan defense held the Aggies to a season-low 280 yards in the road victory. 

 

That defense is a major reason why San Jose State sits all alone in first place in the WAC with a perfect 3-0 record.  The Spartans are ranked in the top 25 in the nation in four categories—interceptions (4th), pass defense efficiency (7th), rushing defense (11th) and total defense (13th).  Here is a key statistic to watch:  San Jose State has held four opponents to under 300 yards of total offense—they have won all four of those games.  If Boise State can generate more than 300 yards Friday night, their chances go up considerably.

 

Boise State is averaging 421.17 yards this season.

 

The Spartan defense hits hard and tries to pry the ball loose from opposing ball carriers, something the Bronco runners will have to be aware of.  Combine that hunger for popping the ball loose with the 13 interceptions and it's easy to see why San Jose State leads the WAC and is ninth nationally in turnover margin.  The defense also has 16 sacks in the past three games and 25 on the season. 

 

San Jose State is looking for its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since 2000—the victim that year?  #9 TCU, whose conference is trying to claim they are better than the WAC.  TCU again this year has been elevated all the way to the top 15 despite an embarrassing loss to Oklahoma.

 

The Broncos and Spartans meet Friday night—it should be a whale of a game!


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