SATURDAYS GAME: SJSU @ Ohio State

Can the Spartans pull off it's biggest upset in school history? We will find out this saturday as the 4-2 Spartans take on the 6-0 Buckeyes of OSU.

It's Ohio State this saturday for your 4 and 2 Spartans!

Can the Spartans pull of it's biggest upset in school history? We will find out this saturday!

One question to ponder is...Will Ohio State hang on to the football, or will they open the door for the Spartans for an upset?

If fifth-ranked Ohio State wants a reason to be concerned over its sudden rash of fumbles, the Buckeyes will find it in Saturday's opponent against the surprising 4 and 2 Spartans of San Jose State University, which is located in Northern California.

Freshman Maurice Clarett's three fumbles against Northwestern (giving him four for the season) will certainly widen the eyes of the San Jose State defense, which leads the nation with 24 takeaways, including 14 fumble recoveries.

The 4-2 Spartans have scored four defensive touchdowns on three interception returns and one fumble return for a score.

OSU coach Jim Tressel admitted that San Jose State's ability to create turnovers, combined with Clarett's struggles last week, could be a cause for concern if Clarett isn't careful.

Claret's 175 rushing yards against Texas Tech means that the Spartans will be coming after him because the ball will be in his hands most of the game.

The big question is...Will Clarett hold onto the ball the entire game?

After Ohio State's coach, Tressel, reviewed film of the Texas Tech game, Tressel said Clarett was only sloppy with the ball on the third fumble Saturday night.

OSU running backs coach Tim Spencer says that Clarett fight's for extra yards, and thus is a prime target for the ball to be stripped in most games.

Tressel certainly doesn't expect the fumbles to be a recurring problem. He said Clarett hasn't had a problem with fumbles since fall camp started over this last summer.

In addition to Clarett's four fumbles, third-string tailback Maurice Hall has fumbled three times. After losing a fumble against Cincinnati, Hall didn't get another carry.

The fact Clarett sat only one series after his second fumble, combined with his sideline confrontations with Spencer, has left fans to wonder if there is one set of rules for Clarett and another for the rest of the OSU tailbacks.

As a team, the Buckeyes have fumbled eight times this year and lost six. San Jose State has scored at least one touchdown off a turnover in each of its first six games.''

In a stunning 38-35 win over defending Big Ten champ Illinois three weeks ago, the Spartans scored 21 points off turnovers.

SpartanThunder Prediction:

SJSU Upsets Ohio State by booting a game ending 49 yard field goal attempt by Nick Gilliam.

We can dream a little can't we?


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