Tight Lipped SJSU and an ASU game Prediction.

If you thought that during this weeks practices before the season opener against Arizona State, that you were going to get some juicy quotes from Coach Tomey and staff that would spill onto the message boards on SpartanThunder.com, think again. Tomey and staff have been very quiet and just recently released the game day depth chart. The analysts are also not giving the Blue and Gold much respect.

All is quiet on the front lines at the Simpkins Center on SJSU's south campus.

Matter of fact, this is just they way we like it here at SpartanThunder.com.

Keep the opponent guessing right up to game time!

This game looks to be not any closer to competitive than any of the analysts are giving the Blue and Gold.

Whatever!

Look for a strong SJSU team to walk out onto the Sun Devil sun drenched field with confidence and pride after last years run.

Our site affiliate, CFN.com has put together a pre-game prediction for the season opener.

WAC Game of the Week

San Jose State at Arizona State 7 PM (pacific)

Why to watch: Arizona State will begin the Dennis Erickson era with a sneaky-tough visit from a San Jose State program led by head coach Dick Tomey, the former Arizona head coach who produced one of 2006's most stunning turnarounds.

Erickson has a track record of impatience when rebuilding, and enough key returners on both sides of the ball to be the next best thing to USC in the Pac-10.

How quickly the Sun Devils can escape mediocrity will depend heavily on the maturation of QB Rudy Carpenter, who struggled last year, appearing to try to do too much, after leading the nation in passing efficiency as a freshman.

He'll have the luxury of being surrounded by all-league RB Ryan Torain, a slew of veteran linemen, and an improving receiving corps that should make the offense explode. On the other side, the Spartans are looking to build on a nine-win season and come up with a huge win that could define the Tomey program.

Many of the key pieces are back; this could be a lot better than it might appear.

Why San Jose State might win: Balanced offenses will move the ball on the Arizona State defense during stretches.

The Spartans have a balanced offense. The combination of Adam Tafralis' passes and the running of Yonus Davis and Patrick Perry will be a handful for a Sun Devil defense that's a tad soft on the inside and potentially vulnerable through the air.

The Spartans, particularly CBs Dwight Lowery and Christopher Owens, have become thieves under Tomey, so Carpenter needs to be extra careful with his reads.

The SJSU defense will be ultra-aggressive trying to screw things up.

Why Arizona State might win: While the Spartans are a feisty bunch on defense, they lack the size and strength to hold up against a very physical and savvy Sun Devil line.

Led by all-leaguers Mike Pollak and Brandon Rodd, ASU has six linemen with starting experience, who'll keep Carpenter from having to leave the pocket and give lots of room for Torain to rumble for first downs.

The skill guys get the headlines, but this game will be won at the line of scrimmage. By the fourth quarter, the Sun Devils should have the Spartan defensive front worn down.

Who to watch: Carpenter's sophomore slump wasn't all his fault.

He got help from a young group of receivers that dropped too many passes and didn't make enough big plays.

That'll change in 2007 with the development of Michael Jones on the outside and Kyle Williams in the slot, both of whom flash game-breaking skills. At 6-4 and 208 pounds, Jones has the size and ups to create a fascinating duel with Lowery. It would be extremely good for Carpenter to be sharp right away considering Colorado and its nasty defense is up next week.

What will happen: Alright, it was Stanford, but San Jose State bagged a Pac-10 opponent in 2006, so don't expect it to be intimidated by the trip to the desert.

This will be a competitive game past halftime, when Torain will take over, play keep away with the Spartans, and finish with a couple of scores and 150 yards of total offense.

CFN Prediction: Arizona State 31 … San Jose State 17.

Line: Arizona State -14.5


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