SJSU is the Talk of the Town...and Nation

San Jose State football heads into the bye week with a 3-4 record overall, but more importantly a 2-1 record in the Western Athletic Conference. The win on Friday over Hawai'i has caught the attention of not only local, but national media.

Winning cures all ills. While that can be debated, what can't be ignored anymore is that the San Jose State Spartans football team is beginning to make noise by - you guessed it - winning. The 28-27 victory over Hawai'i on Friday has not only generated local media buzz, but prominent national outlets are beginning to take notice. And, there's talk about *gasp* the possibility of the season not ending in Nov.

Here is the most recent press Inside Sparta could dig up mentioning SJSU football. If you know of others please share them with our community.

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News is actually pondering the idea of SJSU making it to a bowl game this season.

Wilner also gives the Spartans a grade of B+ for the week. Noting, accurately, that a team that committed six turnovers doesn't deserve an A.

San Jose State is being listed by ESPN in their Bowl Projections

On ESPN's College Football Live two crucial plays in the win over Hawai'i were mentioned - Chandler Jones's first-half scoop of the fumbled kickoff to put SJSU up 20-7, and Duke Ihenacho's heroic run after the blocked PAT to cut the Warriors' lead to 27-22 late in fourth quarter.

It has been reported by Inside Sparta members that The Damon Bruce Show on KNBR 105 had at least three callers discussing the win. has the Spartans ranked No. 70 in their most recent poll. It may not seem like much, but it's the first time in recent memory that SJSU has been out of the hundreds. has the Spartans at No. 84. Lower than the CBSSports folks, but still out of the hundreds.

More ESPN love. SJSU is now being mentioned as contenders for the WAC title. Yes, it's early, but when was the last time the Spartans were in this conversation - 2006? And after a dismal 1-12 finish in 2010, who would have dreamed this would be a topic by week 7 of this season?

In the CollegeFootballNews Who's Hot & Not for Week 7, San Jose State comes in at No. 10 (but in the first spot at the top of the page).

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