UTEP Vs SJSU: Breaking it down.

UTEP's offense is struggling because of a bad QB and inexperienced receivers. SJSU's Kendrick Starling and Jamall Broussard are getting the job done.

UTEP (1-3) at San Jose St. (2-2)

WHEN: 7:15 p.m. today. Tailgate areas and main gate opens at 1:30PM today! $5 Gets you into the game and pre game fiesta with food and music!

WHERE: Spartan Stadium (30,456) San Jose,CA.

SERIES: UTEP leads 4-3.

RADIO: KLIV-AM (1590) beginning at 7 p.m.

Winning edge:

Quarterback: If Jon Schaper continues to falter, expect UTEP coach Gary Nord to go with Orlando Cruz. SJSU's Scott Rislov threw for 408 yards in upset of Illinois last week.--- Advantage: San Jose St.

Running back: SJSU's tiny (5-5, 143) Lamar Ferguson scored four TDs last week. Don't discount UTEP's speedy little guy, TB Howard Jackson (5-9, 155), however.--- Advantage: UTEP

Receivers: UTEP's offense is struggling because of a bad QB and inexperienced receivers. SJSU's Kendrick Starling and Jamall Broussard are getting the job done.--- Advantage: San Jose St.

Offensive line: Five SJSU starters are JC transfers, adding up to a solid front. UTEP line has reduced sacks from last year, adding the pressure on Schaper to perform.--- Advantage: Neither team.

Defensive line: UTEP proved its front, led by Rick Fette, Gabe Williams and Karmul High, can disrupt passers. SJSU starts a redshirt freshman and has just four sacks.--- Advantage: UTEP

Linebackers: Robert Rodriguez turned it up last week after early season struggles. Still, he'll have trouble holding off stellar athletes Thomas Howard and Godwin Akinduro.--- Advantage: UTEP

Secondary: If Schaper can't throw on SJSU, he may not be able to throw against anyone. The Spartans are allowing 21.5 completions and 315 yards per game.--- Advantage: UTEP

Special teams: UTEP's Jahmal Fenner is third in the WAC in punt returns, but SJSU's Charles Pauley looks dangerous in averaging 44 yards per kick return.--- Advantage: San Jose St.

Coaching: Fitz Hill has instilled a new attitude at SJSU with the help of JC players at key positions, while Nord and his young staff have had trouble settling Schaper down.--- Advantage: San Jose St.

Intangibles: UTEP's defense is finally playing the role Nord envisioned, helping the struggling offense. Expect SJSU to be pumped at home after last week's upset.--- Advantage: San Jose St.

Prediction: SJSU 27, UTEP 24


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