Cal Poly (3-0) at San Jose State (1-1) 6:00 PM EST Saturday September 23rd
Why to Watch: Answer: Portland State. Richmond. Montana State.
Question: What D-IAA teams have taken guaranteed money from a D-I opponent and left with a W?
In other words, why should San Jose State be weary of D-IAA Cal Poly this week?
After a week off to reflect on their upset victory over Stanford, the Spartans welcome the number three ranked Mustangs. If San Jose State is for real, it wins a game like this with ease before dealing with San Diego State next week.
Why Cal Poly Might Win: The Mustangs have given up a total of ten points in three games against Fort Lewis, Weber State and Sacramento State.
If the Spartans aren't sharp, the upset will be more than possible.
Why San Jose State Might Win:
Yonus and Tafralis. The Spartan RB/QB duo, Yonus Davis and Adam Tafralis, is one of the best in the WAC and will be better than any twosome Cal Poly faces this season.
Tafralis threw for 323 yards against Washington and completed 14 of 16 in the upset win over Stanford. Davis ran for 184 yards against Stanford to provide some passing. The Spartan offense is a potent bunch that scored 29 and 35 on Pac-10 foes, so a D-IAA team, even one as good as Cal Poly, shouldn't have much of a shot to slow things down.
Who to Watch: Mustang WR Ramses Barden is the team's leading receiver with 16 catches so far going against the 73rd ranked secondary in the nation.
He has to not only hit a home run or two, but he must keep drives alive with big third down grabs.
SJSU LB Demetrius Jones was the WAC defensive player of the week after his performance against Stanford, and will need another big tackling performance to shut down the Mustang offensive attack.
What Will Happen: SJSU's offensive balance will present problems for the stout Mustang defense.
The diminutive Davis is so quick in space that he'll be the biggest problem for the Mustangs and should have a 150+ yard rushing game to lead the Spartans to their second victory.
CFN Prediction: San Jose State 41 … Cal Poly 21 ... Line: Fresno State -3.5
Must See Rating: (5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 The Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency) ... 1.5
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