After taking the week off, one of two bye weeks before the conference opener with Utah State on Oct. 14, the Spartans should have a relatively easy time Saturday against Division I-A Cal Poly.
However, the question mark around this team -- a greatly improved club, especially on the offensive line -- is under center. Junior Adam Tafralis wasn't good last season, completing less than 50 percent of his passes. So junior college transfer Sean Flynn was brought in to take over.
But Flynn ended up battling a groin injury in fall camp, and even mixed in a few issues with his throwing shoulder, too.
Flynn didn't dress foe the season opener and Tafralis was brilliant against Washington, throwing for 323 yards and three scores and completing 28 of 35 passes. And while the running game dominated against Stanford, Tafralis was again impressive. Through two games, he has completed more than 82 percent of his pass attempts.
Flynn, a left-hander, played one series against Stanford and is expected to see more playing time this week, perhaps even splitting the game with Tafralis.
"We still want to see Sean Flynn play and see if he can do some of the great things we saw him do in the spring," Tomey said. "Our plan is to get him some action early on, but what happens in the game will dictate if and when he plays. Adam Tafralis has done some great things for us so far this season.
"Against Stanford, we had it planned for (Flynn) to come in and play the second series of the game. It's really no big deal about who plays quarterback, and how many snaps each guy gets. We just want to win football games."
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: San Jose State has shown the ability to pass and run this season, and against Pac-10 teams, too. Look for the Spartans to attempt to balance the offense this week instead of going with just one phase as they ended up doing against Washington and Stanford.
Tomey also wants to utilize his depth this week in the backfield.
"Against Stanford, Yonus Davis got on a roll and got most of the carries. It just so happened that he got so hot that we couldn't take him out," Tomey said. "We don't want to have to give him that many carries, because you are constantly getting hit as a running back. Plus, we have so many quality guys at the tailback position, like Patrick Perry, Jacob French, and others that we feel that they can all get the job done."
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The defense has been wildly inconsistent, with the Stanford win as example No. 1. San Jose State allowed 34 points in the first half before shutting out the Cardinal the last 30 minutes. Look for more risks in the early going, especially with the blitz, as the Spartans attempt to force some first-half turnovers.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was a great time for us to have an off week. As a coach, I always say that only good can come from an off week. We were able to get in some good work, and get better. It also enabled some of the guys who might not have played had we had a game on Saturday to get healthy and some good rest. We had a very good week of practice." -- San Jose State coach Dick Tomey
THIS WEEK'S GAME: Cal Poly at San Jose State, Sept. 23 -- Coach Dick Tomey says that people shouldn't be expecting a rout this week for the Spartans. Even so, San Jose State should have little trouble improving to 2-1, with San Diego State and Utah State visiting the next two weeks. "Some people may look at this game and think we will have no trouble with them (Cal Poly)," Tomey said. "They are a direct reflection of their head coach, who I have coached with for years. They are so physical, and are very simple. What I mean by simple is that they execute on every play, and are a disciplined football team.
"Their head coach takes the schemes that are so difficult to play against, both offensively and defensively, and that's what they do. They are among the leaders in the country in scoring defense through three games (3.3 points per game given up)."
PLAYERS TO WATCH: QBs Adam Tafralis and Sean Flynn -- Both are going to play, and while it's obvious Tafralis can't play much better, Tomey still seems set on Flynn being the starter as conference play rolls around in three weeks.
RB Yonus Davis -- At 5-7, 180 pounds, he's just not built for the 20-carry burden of an every-down back. But he can make things happen in limited opportunities.
S Christopher Vedder -- The leader of the secondary. If he makes a play early, this game could be a blowout come halftime.
T Bradis McGriff, who has not played this season because of a knee injury, is expected to make his debut Saturday, but not so for DT Freddy McCutcheon, who needs at least another week with a dislocated kneecap.