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    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Turkey sandwiches, pumpkin pie and football - does it get any more Thanksgiving than that?A Thanksgiving tradition was reborn for the first time since 1956 and thirteenth time overall, the San Jose State Spartans brought football to the Bay on Turkey Day.It's something players and coaches are thankful for: a chance to be at home with their SJSU Family. Thanksgiving Day views:@SanJoseStateFB vs Fresno State for some Turkey Day football! pic.twitter.com/aaA5FG3YjT— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) November 25, 2021"I'm thankful for my family, I'm thankful for my health," SJSU Football Assistant Coach Alonzo Carter said. "I'm thankful for the fans. I'm thankful for everybody that made this possible and, most importantly, I'm thankful to be here. Today is my birthday, so hopefully my gift will be us winning today. I'm thankful for the Spartan Nation and I just want to say Spartan up!"Standing in the way of delivering Coach Zo that birthday gift was the Fresno State Bulldogs.The Fresno State - San Jose State rivalry is one of the best in California, and the Valley Trophy was...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jake Haener threw for 343 yards with four touchdowns and Fresno State defeated San Jose State 40-9 on Thursday, winning its fourth Mountain West Conference Thanksgiving Day game. Fresno State (9-3, 6-2) ended the first half with back-to-back touchdowns three minutes apart, then opened the second half with a field goal and a touchdown to break away from San Jose State (5-7, 3-5). Haener connected with Juan Rodriguez from six yards out and then with Jordan Mims on a 45-yarder to build a 23-9 halftime lead. In the second half, Haener had touchdown passes of 29 yards to Jalen Cropper and 13 to Ronnie Rivers. Cropper caught seven passes for 71 yards, Rivers had five catches for 91 yards. Cropper also ran for a TD. Fresno State remains a half-game behind San Diego State in the Mountain West’s western division. Matt Mercurio kicked field goals of 31, 26 and 36 yards for San Jose State, which has lost its last three. Nick Starkel was 19-of-42 passing for 260 yards. Haener has passed for 3,810...
    SAN JOSE – The Battle for the Valley Trophy wasn’t much of a contest as San Jose State tasted defeat one final time on Thanksgiving Day, 40-9, against rival Fresno State. The Spartans (5-7, 3-5 Mountain West) failed to qualify for a bowl game in the regular-season finale after a second-consecutive rout at CEFCU Stadium in front of 15,323 fans. Last year’s Mountain West title and perfect regular season must seem like a mirage after San Jose State finished with an identical record to its pre-pandemic 2019 campaign. The Spartans trailed 23-9 at intermission after settling for field goals by Matt Mercurio during three trips into the red zone and never established any momentum on offense. San Jose State QB Nick Starkel – 19-of-42 for 260 yards – and his likely successor Nick Nash each lost fumbles in the first half as turnovers plagued the team to the end. Related Articles San Jose State aims for Thanksgiving redemption vs. rival Fresno State What to know before San Jose State plays Fresno State ...
    San Jose State Athletics San Jose State looking to spoil Frenso State's hopes San Jose State hosts Fresno State on Thursday at CEFCU Stadium. This rivalry does have Mountain West championship ramifications and a chance to win another edition of “The Battle for the Valley Trophy”. The game (3:30 p.m. ET start time) will be televised on Fox Sports 1. But if you don’t have cable, here are some different ways you can watch a live stream of Fresno State vs San Jose State online:Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageFuboTVYou can watch a live stream of Fox Sports 1 and 100-plus other live TV channels on FuboTV, which comes with a free seven-day trial: FuboTV Free Trial Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Fresno State vs San Jose State live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android...
    There’s no point in denying that San Jose State failed to meet expectations in 2021. Coming off an unbeaten regular season to claim the program’s first Mountain West title, the Spartans fell flat multiple times this fall as the hype from an unprecedented campaign didn’t deliver a worthy encore performance. All is not lost, though. Thanksgiving Day is a chance for repentance at San Jose State (5-6, 3-4 Mountain West), which faces a must-win scenario to qualify for back-to-back bowl games for the first time in 35 years. Standing in the way is none other than rival Fresno State in the eighth rendition for the Battle of the Valley Trophy (Fresno State holds a 42-38-3 edge in the series history overall). “I don’t love where we’re at right now in terms of our record,” San Jose State coach Brent Brennan said. “I think that’s disappointing for everybody involved with Spartan football because we did have high expectations, so this game is huge for us.” Brennan, in his fifth season at the helm, could’ve left...
    SAN JOSE – San Jose State has 11 days, and one game, to get itself into the postseason. Beat Fresno State on Thanksgiving Day, and it will be a happy holiday. Lose, and the season is over. “That’s a real thing for all of our seniors,” said San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel, a sixth-year SEC transfer from Arkansas and Texas A&M. “It means a lot to us. I know that I’m not just speaking for myself when I say that this game really is the most important game that I’ve ever played in, just because of all the implications behind it.” The Spartans (5-6) could have locked up a bowl bid Saturday night. Instead, they suffered their most lopsided loss of the season — a 48-17 beatdown from Utah State in front of a crowd of 15,135 that was expecting to party after SJSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead. “I’m frustrated for our players, I’m frustrated for everybody at San Jose State because this was a really, really important game for us,” SJSU coach...
    SAN JOSE – Already eliminated from contention for a Mountain West conference title, San Jose State failed to play the role of spoiler Saturday night at CEFCU Stadium in front of 15,135 fans. The optimism of an early two-touchdown edge quickly dissipated as visiting Utah State reeled off 24 unanswered points to close out the first half en route to a 48-17 victory – the most points allowed by the Spartans in any game this season. SJSU (5-6, 3-4 Mountain West) now faces the prospect of missing out on a bowl game with the lone remaining game on the schedule a Thanksgiving Day tilt against Fresno State (8-3, 5-2). The Spartans jumped ahead after an interception and a fumble recovery led to a pair of touchdowns within the span of a minute and 44 seconds. First came a 58-yard pick-six by sophomore cornerback Kenyon Reed with 1:10 left in the first quarter. Then it was defensive end Junior Fehoko with a sack-fumble that fellow bookend Cade Hall recovered just 58 seconds later. Three plays later running...
    Emilio Estevez Addresses His Exit from The Mighty Ducks amid Reports of Dispute Over Vaccine Mandate Ye apparel company Yeezy to pay $950,000 in lawsuit settlement Check out odds, insights and more in our betting preview for the San Jose State Spartans vs. Utah State Aggies college football matchup on November 13, 2021. © Provided by Sports Illustrated Oct 15, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose State Spartans running back Tyler Nevens (23) gestures after a run during the third quarter against the San Diego State Aztecs at CEFCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports The Utah State Aggies (7-2, 0-0 MWC) are 4.5-point underdogs in a road conference matchup with the San Jose State Spartans (5-5, 0-0 MWC) on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at CEFCU Stadium. An over/under of 56.5 is set in the contest. For more great betting and fantasy insight, join the SI Winners Club Newsletter.Odds for San Jose State vs. Utah StateView the original article to see embedded media.Over/Under Insights San Jose State and its opponents have combined for 56.5 points only two...
    San Jose State got back in the win column Thursday night, but it took a two-touchdown comeback to score a 27-20 victory over a Nevada-Las Vegas team that has lost 13 consecutive games. Spartans linebacker Kyle Harmon sealed the victory with a vicious sack on the final play as the Rebels were 11 yards away from possibly forcing overtime. San Jose State quarterback Nick Nash, in his fourth start as Nick Starkel’s replacement, shined under the bright lights at Allegiant Stadium, home of the former Oakland Raiders. The dual-threat QB scored the game-winning touchdown with 7:06 left in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard draw. Nash ran for 128 yards and threw for 213 with no interceptions. The Spartans also got a couple of TD runs from Tyler Nevens (1, 10). It wasn’t a picture-perfect triumph, considering San Jose State (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West) lost a fumble on the opening kickoff. Nash also coughed it up in the second quarter. Both turnovers put UNLV (0-7, 0-3) inside the red zone and turned into touchdowns...
    Kim Kardashian leaves NYC hotel with estranged husband Kanye West hours before her SNL debut, more celeb photos from Oct. 4-9 Should energy’s ‘lonely rally’ in September worry the stock-market bulls? © Provided by CBS Sports Oct 13, 2018; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams wide receiver Olabisi Johnson (81) runs after a reception in the third quarter against the New Mexico Lobos at Canvas Stadium Who's PlayingSan Jose State @ Colorado State Current Records: San Jose State 3-2; Colorado State 1-3What to KnowAfter two games on the road, the Colorado State Rams are heading back home. Their week off comes to an end as they meet up with the San Jose State Spartans at 3:30 p.m. ET at Canvas Stadium Saturday. SJSU will be strutting in after a win while the Rams will be stumbling in from a defeat. Colorado State came up short against the Iowa Hawkeyes two weeks ago, falling 24-14. Despite the loss, Colorado State got a solid performance out of QB Todd Centeio, who passed for one TD and 155 yards on...
    SAN JOSE – The situation at quarterback for San Jose State remains unclear, but this much is known: The Spartans can compete whichever Nick is under center. With Nick Starkel sidelined by injury,  Nick Nash got his first collegiate start Saturday night and led the Spartans to a 37-31 victory over New Mexico State. Starkel, the starter in SJSU’s storybook season, was so firmly entrenched that Nash had spent the past two weeks working at wide receiver. An injury — Starkel hurt his left (non-throwing) arm in the previous game at Western Michigan — changed everything. Coach Brent Brennan steadfastly refuses to provide details on injuries.  He stonewalled all last week and offered no hints about Starkel’s status. But he acknowledged having known all along that Nash would be the guy Saturday night. It wasn’t going to be either of the freshmen — Walker Eget or Natano Woods. “We knew that it was going to have to be that way probably Monday night, Monday afternoon,” Brennan said, “so we started putting together that game plan. With the youth...
    SAN JOSE – Nick Nash made his first start as a college quarterback Saturday night and led San Jose State to a 37-31 victory over New Mexico State. It was the Spartans’ first home game in more than five weeks, since the Aug. 28 opener, and a crowd of 15,803 turned out. Nash, subbing for the injured Nick Starkel, passed for three touchdowns, completed 16 of 19 passes for 216 yards and played a turnover-free game. Nash was flawless in the first half, completing all eight of his passes for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Spartans (3-2, 1-0 Mountain West) headed into the locker room up 24-14. It helped that SJSU recorded its first interception of the season after cornerback Nehemiah Shelton jumped a pass to the slot receiver in the final minute of the first half. On the next snap, tight end Derrick Deese Jr. – who finished with seven catches for 130 yards – hauled in a 12-yard TD pass with 54 seconds left. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Cade Hall,...
    Court sides with Biden administration, leaves Covid limits on asylum-seekers in place for now Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill returning historic Bruces Beach land to descendants of Black couple who were run out a century ago Check out odds, insights and more in our betting preview for the San Jose State Spartans vs. New Mexico State Aggies college football matchup on October 2, 2021. © Provided by Sports Illustrated Sep 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Jose State Spartans quarterback Nick Starkel sets to throw a pass in the first half of the game against the USC Trojans at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The New Mexico State Aggies (1-4) are big 27.5-point underdogs on Saturday, October 2, 2021 against the San Jose State Spartans (2-2). A total of 51.5 points has been set for this game. For more great betting and fantasy insight, join the SI Winners Club Newsletter.Odds for San Jose State vs. New Mexico StateOdds courtesy of SI Sportsbook.Over/Under Insights San Jose State and its...
    San Jose State finds itself at a crossroads after a demoralizing 23-3 loss Saturday afternoon at Western Michigan. The Spartans (2-2, 1-0 Mountain West) spent the entire month of September on the road and must regroup ahead of next week’s return to CEFCU Stadium for a non-conference matchup against New Mexico State. The task only gets tougher after an apparent left-arm injury to quarterback Nick Starkel in the second half at Waldo Stadium. The Broncos (3-1, 0-0 WAC) stifled the offense throughout, with Starkel unable to find any rhythm. The SEC transfer finished 6-of-14 for 55 yards with an interception and a lost fumble, eventually forced out of the game after suffering a sixth sack from a relentless pass rush. True freshman Walker Eget made his collegiate debut late in the third quarter and was unable to provide a much-needed spark for the Spartans, who failed to find the end zone for the first time since Sept. 8, 2018 – a 31-0 shutout at Washington State. San Jose State actually led 3-0 after a 32-yard...
    San Jose State faces an uphill challenge in its quest to repeat as Mountain West champion. A month-long road trip continued on a windy Saturday night in Honolulu with an uneven performance that resulted in a dramatic 17-13 victory at Hawaii to claim the third-annual Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy. In the end, the Spartans (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West) needed a defensive stop as time ran out to seal a ninth consecutive conference win. “We love the challenge, we love the climb,” said linebacker Nico Tolefree, who recovered a key fumble in the fourth quarter. “We tell ourselves every day the target is on our back and we love embracing that attitude. We went from being underdogs to being on top. … We love chasing another one and today was the first step.” San Jose State’s offense, which was held scoreless in the first and third quarters while facing 20-plus miles-per-hour headwind gusts, found the end zone twice before halftime during a span of 3 minutes, 3 seconds. That proved to be enough points on a...
    Amanda Kloots and Kenya Moore head to Dancing With The Stars practice How Exactly Do You Stress-Test Your Financial Plan? The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the San Jose State Spartans are set to square off in a Mountain West matchup on September 19 at Clarence T.C. Ching Complex. Hawaii (1-2) is coming off a 45-27 road loss to Oregon State, while SJSU (1-1) was off last week, but was blown out 30-7 by USC in their last game two weeks ago. © Provided by CBS Sports Aug 25, 2018; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Hawaii Warriors defensive back Eugene Ford (8) celebrates after making an interception against the Colorado State Rams in the first quarter at Canvas Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. ET. The Spartans are favored by seven points in the latest Hawaii vs. San Jose State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 59.5. Before locking in any San Jose State vs. Hawaii picks, you need to check out the college football predictions and analysis from the proven computer model at SportsLine. ...
    Colin Cowherd’s takeaways from USC football’s season opener against San Jose State included scathing criticism of Clay Helton’s head coaching tenure. Colin Cowherd is an LA guy. He’s been around the USC football program for a long time, so when he comments on the Trojans, you know he means it. Clay Helton would probably rather not hear what Cowherd had to say during the season opener against San Jose State. “Clay Helton is in his 6th year at USC. They are struggling at home against …San Jose State. Offense is a mess. That’s his side of the ball. OLine remains weakest unit — six years running. Rinse and repeat,” Cowherd tweeted.Colin Cowherd went in on Clay Helton’s tenure with USC footballClay Helton is in his 6th year at USC. They are struggling at home against …San Jose State. Offense is a mess. That’s his side of the ball. OLine remains weakest unit — six years running. Rinse and repeat. — Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 4, 2021 Cowherd is right on all points. The Trojans did struggle as a 14-point...
    Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker Passionately Kiss in Front of Eiffel Tower This abandoned farmhouse is unrecognizable after an amazing renovation © Provided by CBS Sports Sep 9, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California fans pose during a NCAA football game against the Stanford Cardinalat Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Who's PlayingNo. 22 San Jose State @ No. 17 USC Last Season Records: USC 5-1; San Jose State 7-1What to KnowThe USC Trojans will face off against the San Jose State Spartans at 5 p.m. ET Saturday at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. After a 5-1 record last year, the Trojans come in with an eye to spark another first-rate season. SJSU was 7-1 last season and is coming off of a 45-14 victory against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds last week. A pair of last-season defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: USC was fifth best in the nation in rushing touchdowns allowed, finishing the 2020 season giving up only four. As for SJSU, they ranked 19th in the...
    Getty USC quarterback Kedon Slovis lead his team out of the tunnel. USC begins its season against San Jose State on Saturday at LA Memorial Coliseum. The game (5 p.m. ET start time) will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. But if you don’t have cable, here are some different ways you can watch a live stream of San Jose State vs USC online:Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageSling TVYou can watch a live stream of the Pac-12 Network and 50-plus other live TV channels via Sling TV’s “Sling Orange + Sports Extra” bundle. This option doesn’t include a free trial, but it’s the cheapest long-term streaming service with Pac-12 Network, and you can get your first month for just $21: Get Sling TV Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch San Jose State vs USC live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung...
    Need help finding the live stream for USC vs. San Jose State on the Pac-12 Network? We’ve got what you need to tune in for the Trojans season opener. It’s Week 1 in college football and the USC Trojans are ready to get their season started against San Jose State. The Spartans are the defending Mountain West champions, making them quite an upgrade over the FCS opposition USC was originally scheduled to face to begin this season. The Trojans are still one of the only college football programs to have never played a team from the lower division. San Jose State already opened their campaign in Week 0 against Southern Utah, their own FCS opponent. The Spartans nabbed a 45-14 win while gearing up for the Trojans. As for USC, they’re coming off a 5-1 season, ending with disappointment in the Pac-12 title game against Oregon. The best way to get the bad taste out of their mouths would be a strong showing to begin the new year. After a series of less-than-impressive opening games, the big question is...
    Catherine Miller-Lopes lives to dance — on the football field. The Gilroy resident spent all four years of college as a member of San Jose State’s Spartan Spectrum Dance Team, before going on to even bigger audiences as a Raiderette at the Oakland Coliseum in 2016 and 2017. Now, she’s back with the Spartans, this time as squad director and choreographer. Naturally, we had questions — about dance studios and gridirons, Spartans and Raiders. Q: How did you get into this in the first place? A: I began dancing at the age of eight and danced competitively for 10 years at Lana’s Dance Studio in Morgan Hill — and loved every minute of it. I wouldn’t be the person or the dancer I am without Ms. Lana. That’s really how I started. Q: And then SJSU’s Spartan Spectrum Dance Team? A: I was so blessed to make it. Hands down, it was my favorite college experience. There is nothing like dancing to live music — that’s not an experience you get growing up as a studio kid. Dancing on a...
    San Jose State running back Tyler Nevens is no stranger to the L.A. .Memorial Coliseum, the home of USC football. “Growing up in SoCal, I used to sell lemonade drinks at the Coliseum,” said Nevens, a Los Angeles native, “so I know what that stadium is like. I always emphasized that me being an L.A. kid, I wanted to play here.” Nevens will get his chance Saturday afternoon when the Spartans travel to play 15th-ranked USC. “So it’s not only personal for me,” Nevens continued, “it’s personal for a lot of guys because we’re not only trying to prove something to ourselves, but we’re trying to prove something as a team.” The Spartans (1-0) already have one game under their belt after last weekend’s 45-14 rout of visiting Southern Utah. But this meeting between the reigning Mountain West champion and last year’s Pac-12 runner-up is what everyone associated with San Jose State circled on the calendar the moment it was scheduled. “I mentioned it last week, I mentioned it all summer, this is the game...
    SAN JOSE – Beating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds is one thing. Playing USC is another, as San Jose State coach Brent Brennan is well aware. “USC is that team that everybody grew up watching,” Brennan said after the Spartans’ season-opening 45-14 win Saturday night. “They’ve always been incredible, they’re well-coached, they have awesome personnel. They lost one game a year ago, they lost in the conference championship. They have a first-round draft pick at quarterback, they’ve got draft picks at every position. So how do we get ready for that? For me, it’s day by day. We take it slow and we focus on the process.” Encouraged by his team’s effort, Brennan knows it will take more to beat the 15th-ranked Trojans in their season opener next Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum (2 p.m., Pac-12 Network) “I think we have a lot to clean up,” Brennan said. “Obviously there were too many penalties.” Penalties nullified two SJSU touchdowns. Another flag figured in a Southern Utah touchdown. Quarterback Nick Starkel threw an interception — a pick-six,...
    The USC Trojans start the 2021 season at home against the San Jose State Spartans. Here’s all you need to know going into Week 1. USC fell just short of the Pac-12 title last season. The San Jose State Spartans grabbed hold of the Mountain West Championship. USC vs. San Jose State live streamIf you won’t be in front of a TV or need a live stream of the game because Pac-12 Network isn’t part of your subscription, fear not. It’s easy to find on FuboTV instead. Next: 25 biggest College Football Hall of Fame snubs For more NCAA football news, analysis, opinion and unique coverage by FanSided, including Heisman Trophy and College Football Playoff rankings, be sure to bookmark these pages.
    SAN JOSE – One of the loudest cheers from the 16,204 fans in attendance for San Jose State’s season opener on Saturday night didn’t come after quarterback Nick Starkel orchestrated one of his five touchdowns during a 45-14 rout of Southern Utah. Rather, it was in support of a female student who booted a 25-yard field goal during a TV timeout to win a $100 gift card. The roar of the crowd, in the stands for the first in 637 days, helped spark a scorching first half from the Spartans, who found the end zone in each of their first five possessions to show last year’s Mountain West title might not be a fluke. “It was a beautiful thing to see all the people come out to support,” said defensive lineman Cade Hall, last year’s Mountain West defensive player of the year. “And just to see people excited about football again. It just kind of showed the impact we had on the community last season and people are really excited to see us play, which was awesome.”...
    SAN JOSE – Playing in front of its home fans for the first time in 637 days, San Jose State didn’t disappoint Saturday night in its season opener. The reigning Mountain West champion hit the ground running as the Spartans opened their season with a 45-14rout of Southern Utah at CEFCU Stadium. The Spartans (1-0) found the end zone on each of their first five possessions, with quarterback Nick Starkel orchestrating a quick-strike attack. The senior threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns before being replaced to open the fourth quarter. He also ran it in from a yard out on the game’s opening drive. Starkel spread the wealth by hooking up with 10 different targets, including TDs of 23 yards to Jermaine Braddock in the first quarter, explosive plays of 70 and 65 yards in the second quarter to tight end Sam Olson and Nevada transfer Charles Ross, respectively, plus a 14-yard floater to tight end Derrick Deese Jr. in the third quarter. San Jose State running back Tyler Nevens provided balance on offense with...
    Stars with milestone birthdays in August 2021 10 Reasons You Should Claim Social Security Early The San Jose State Spartans look for just their fourth winning season since 2000 and back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in nearly 30 years when they take on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in a non-conference college football matchup Saturday on CBS Sports Network. The Spartans, who won the Mountain West Conference at 6-0 a year ago and finished 7-1 overall, have not had two winning seasons in a row since going 6-4-1 in 1991 and 7-4 in 1992. That capped off a four-year stretch with winning marks. FCS-level Southern Utah is looking to end a three-year stretch with a losing record. © Provided by CBS Sports Dec 20, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes quarterback Dustin Crum (14) runs the ball against Utah State Aggies safety Troy Lefeged Jr. (3) during the first quarter during the Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium. The game is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The Spartans...
    SAN JOSE STATE VS. SOUTHERN UTAH Records: San Jose State 0-0; Southern Utah 0-0 Kickoff: 7 p.m., CEFCU Stadium, San Jose Radio: KTRB (860 AM, Fremont); KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) Television: CBS Sports Network Series history: San Jose State leads the all-time series 2-0. … Both of the previous meetings were also home openers for the Spartans, though this time it’s the season opener for the first time. … San Jose State coach Brent Brennan was an SJSU assistant coach for the most recent contest between the program in 2010, when the Spartans prevailed 16-11 – the only win in that season for the program under first-year head coach Mike MacIntyre. Storylines: This marks the fifth straight season that San Jose State opens its schedule at home, with wins over Northern Colorado and Air Force the previous two years. … The Spartans, fresh off their first-ever Mountain West title, seek back-to-back winning seasons for the first since a four-year stretch from 1989 to 1992. … San Jose State returns 23 starters, including Mountain...
    Fans will get an appetizer with a light Week 0 slate but we’re diving headfirst into it with college football picks straight-up and against the spread. Few things are indicative of how ravenous college football fans are to watch their favorite sport than Week 0. The games on the slate are rarely all that enticing in the grand scheme of things but, after eight months of having nothing to wet the whistle, fans will take anything they can get. And the 2021 college football season shows us just that. There are different levels of bad, though, and the Aggies stand as proof as that. The Miners should probably basque in the glory of a likely emphatic victory because it might be their only one this season.Picks – Straight Up: UTEP, ATS: UTEP -10 Southern Utah at San Jose State (-24) – 10 p.m. ET (line via ESPN) San Jose State is clearly the better team in this game but the question will be how motivated they are in the second half and just how much they win by. Southern Utah...
    Nate Starkel is coming off one of the most successful debut seasons by a San Jose State quarterback. Can the senior follow with a season that will vault him into the pantheon of Spartan signal-callers? SJSU has a rich quarterback tradition. So rich that Steve DeBerg, a member of the school’s Sports Hall of Fame who set nine school records in his two seasons with the Spartans before playing 21 seasons in the NFL, didn’t make our list of the five best QBs in school history. Entering this season, Starkel fits in more closely with one-year sensations such as Ralph Martini, Roger Proffitt and Chon Gallegos. Starkel hit the ground running after transferring from Arkansas. He led the Spartans to an unbeaten regular season  (7-0) and the Arizona Bowl against Ball State. Each of SJSU’s wins were by at least 10 points. Starkel passed for 2,174 yards and 17 touchdowns, completing 64.2 percent of his attempts in his debut season. He was intercepted only seven times. If Starkel can duplicate or improve on what he...
    San Jose State coach Brent Brennan has the Spartans on guard against taking Southern Utah lightly in Saturday’s season opener. Few would blame the Spartans for taking at least a peek beyond the Thunderbirds. SJSU has the bulk of last season’s breakthrough team returning, is a three-touchdown favorite over a rebuilding FCS opponent, and has that enticing trip to USC looming in Week 2. But Brennan need only point to 2018, an ill-fated 1-11 campaign that included a road game at a Pac-12 foe after what figured to be a tune-up at home against a FCS opponent in the season opener. The Spartans stumbled out of the gate in that one, a 44-38 loss to UC Davis, then couldn’t muster a single point the following week in a 31-0 loss at Washington State. SJSU finds itself in a similar predicament, at least scheduling-wise, to open this season. But Brennan says the only people looking past the opener are those outside the locker room. “I think you have to respect every opponent, it’s really that simple,” Brennan...
    Dylan Penn and Dad Sean Penn Had a 2-Hour Standoff Over Mascara on Flag Day Set Dow and S&P 500 futures pare losses but delta jitters persistent as choppy week ends Even with a new head coach, Boise State is the betting favorite in the Mountain West yet again. Boise State, entering its first year under Andy Avalos after Bryan Harsin’s departure for Auburn, has definitely been the league’s premier program since it joined back in 2011, but has maybe not been quite as dominant as perceived. In those 10 seasons, the Broncos have three outright conference titles, with one shared title back in 2012. But San Diego State and Fresno State have also won it twice outright, in addition to both sharing it with Boise in 2012. Entering 2021, there are a lot of intriguing teams in the Mountain West. That includes defending champion San Jose State. There will also be a lot of attention on Nevada, a team with a potential first-round QB in Carson Strong. (All odds via BetMGM.) Mountain West championship odds Boise State:...
    San Jose State defensive lineman Cade Hall sacks Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier during the first half of Mountain West Conference championship game last December in Las Vegas. The Spartans, who square off with USC in the Trojans’ season opener on Sept. 4 season at the Coliseum, return all 11 starters on defense, including Hall, the 2020 MWC Defensive Player of the Year. (AP Photo/John Locher) Returning San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel is one of several reasons the Spartans broke through to win the Mountain West Conference title in 2020 and could make things interesting against USC in the Trojans’ season opener on Sept. 4 at the Coliseum. (AP Photo/John Locher) San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan, a UCLA alumnus, looked like the next sacrificial coach when he was hired in 2017. He went 8-29 in his first three seasons but got a contract extension before the Spartans’ breakthrough 2020 season. (AP Photo/John Locher) San Jose State athletic director...
    The Spartans are heading north again. San Jose State’s football team will begin its 2021 preseason training at Humboldt State’s campus in Arcata, just like it did in 2020. SJSU will arrive Wednesday and leave Arcata Aug. 8, according to a release from Humboldt State, presumably to resume training camp in San Jose (dates unannounced). The public will be able to attend a team scrimmage Aug. 7. Last year’s team moved five-plus hours north to avoid Santa Clara County’s rules banning sports practices and games amid the coronavirus. This year’s team, according to a release from Humboldt State, is fully vaccinated from the coaches to players to staff. The release provided no evidence of vaccination, but both schools are subject to the Cal State system’s vaccination requirement announced Tuesday, which does include some exemptions. The Humboldt State release said the team will live and practice on campus, effectively maintaining a bubble, and use campus recreation facilities while it is closed to avoid interaction with HSU students. Sixth-year graduate transfer quarterback Nick Starkel and senior defensive...
    San Jose State is expected to have a good year in 2021, although not as exceptional as its 2020 season. Cal, meanwhile, should improve while Stanford will likely drop off. So say the oddsmakers at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, who put out their projected regular season win totals for all college football teams on Thursday. After a season in which it went 7-0 in Mountain West Conference play, San Jose State’s over/under for wins in a 12-game season this year is 7.5, tied for the most in the conference’s West Division with Nevada. The Spartans have home nonconference games later this year against Southern Utah (Aug.  28) and New Mexico State (Oct. 2) and will go on the road to face USC (Sept. 4) and Western Michigan (Sept. 25). Stanford went 4-2 in the Pac-12 last season but has an over/under of 3.5 this year. The Cardinal, which just had five players drafted by NFL teams, has nonconference games against Kansas State (Sept. 4), Vanderbilt (Sept. 8), and Notre Dame (Nov. 27), with the game...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – San Jose State University’s football program announced Wednesday that it has paused in-person team activities due to COVID-19 cases. In a written statement, the team said it is conducting contact tracing within the program, but did not specify how many people tested positive. The team said student-athletes, coaches and staff have been tested three times a week and conduct daily health surveys to identify potential cases since the start of the calendar year. READ MORE: Magnitude 3.3 Earthquake Strikes East Of Gilroy SJSU’s decision to pause in-person activities comes before the team was set to begin its spring practice period, which includes a spring game that would be held at CEFCU Stadium without spectators. READ MORE: Fremont Police Officer Involved In Deadly Shooting Along Highway 84 Resumption of activities would happen following input from county and university medical experts, the team said. MORE NEWS: 700 San Francisco Janitors Walk Off Job, Seek New Contract After Offices Allowed To Reopen Last year, the Spartans went 6-0 in the regular season and won the Mountain West Conference,...
    Coronavirus cases and contact tracing have forced San Jose State’s football program to pause in-person activities ahead of its official spring practice period, the school’s athletic department announced Wednesday. The reigning Mountain West Conference champions were set to begin their official NCAA-sanctioned spring practice period next week, leading up to the spring game scheduled for May. 1. San Jose State has not said how many positive tests have been tied to the football program but a release from the school noted that players, coaches and staff have been tested three times per week since the start of the calendar year. The Spartans had coronavirus-related issues surrounding their trip to the Arizona Bowl in late December, with at least 13 confirmed cases. A school memo said at least one person who tested positive for the virus visited the Simpkins Center on the day the team gathered there to travel to Tucson for the game, and several members of the team’s party stayed in Arizona to quarantine after the game. Several players and coaches were listed as unavailable...
    San Jose State coach Brent Brennan knows there’s plenty of work to be done to keep the Spartans’ offense among the nation’s elite. And he’s now picked the man who’ll be working with him to accomplish that goal. Eric Scott, who spend the last four seasons coaching at the University of Nevada, has been hired as the Spartans’ new wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, Brennan announced Monday. Fresh off one of the best seasons in school history, the Spartans (7-1) had to deal with the departures of star receivers Tre Walker and Bailey Gaither as well as receivers coach/passing game coordinator Kevin Cummings, all big parts of why San Jose State had the country’s fourth-ranked offense. San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan speaks with his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State for the Mountain West championship, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)  Shortly after San Jose State’s dream of an unbeaten season was shattered with a 34-13 loss to Ball State in...
    San Jose State will begin defense of its 2020 Mountain West football championship Sept. 18 in Honolulu against the University of Hawaii, according to the initial schedule released by the conference office. The Spartans’ 12-game regular-season slate includes six home and six away games – eight Mountain West contests and four nonconference games evenly split between home and on the road. Going into the 2021 season as the defending Mountain West champion, San Jose State starts a new two-year cycle of Mountain Division conference opponents with Colorado State, Utah State and Wyoming replacing Air Force, Boise State, and New Mexico. Coach Brent Brennan, the 2020 Mountain West Coach of the Year, will lead the Spartans on the field against Southern Utah for the season-opener inside CEFCU Stadium on Aug. 28. San Jose State’s other nonconference home game is against New Mexico State on Oct. 2. The Spartans jump into the Pac-12 Conference for on Sept. 4 for a game in Los Angeles against USC. Following the Mountain West opener at Hawaii, the Spartans close out the month...
    San Jose State football coach Brent Brennan was announced as the winner of the 2020 Lombardi Foundation national Coach of the Year award on Wednesday.Brennan, in his fourth season as the Spartans’ head coach, led SJSU to the Mountain West football championship with a 7-1 record. The Spartans were 7-0 during the regular season before losing to Ball State 34-13 in the Arizona Bowl. The conference title was SJSU’s first since 1991.Brennan beat out three other finalists — Indiana’s Tom Allen, Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell, and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell. This is a developing story. Updates will be provided when they become available. Related Articles Exclusive: San Jose State athletics under investigation for complaints of employees forced to work in office San Jose State football recruiting: December signings, eligibility extensions make for unusual day SJSU coach Brennan says he knew Spartans would be shorthanded for Arizona Bowl  
    Contrary to what he said in his postgame news conference, San Jose State football coach Brent Brennan acknowledged Wednesday that he knew the Spartans would be missing some players and assistant coaches for their Arizona Bowl meeting with Ball State throughout the week leading up to the Dec. 31 game. Five starters, offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven and defensive coordinator Derrick Odum did not attend the game because of positive COVID-19 tests among the Spartans. SJSU lost to Ball State 34-13 for its only defeat in a 7-1 season. Brennan originally said he didn’t know he would be missing some players and coaches until “game time.” “It came over in bits and pieces throughout the week, not all at once,” Brennan said Wednesday, which was national letter-of-intent day for several NCAA sports, including football. The football program and SJSU administrators have taken heat for their lack of transparency about the COVID-19 outbreak that occurred after the Spartans decided to return to San Jose following a 34-20 romp past Boise State in the Mountain West championship game in...
    The San Jose State women’s basketball season is over. The school canceled the team’s remaining 14 games on Thursday, citing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to SJSU’s news release, members of the women’s team will begin a county-required 10-day quarantine after returning to San Jose. The news release also noted that individuals who already were in quarantine or isolation will remain in Arizona until the quarantine or isolation is completed, just as members of the school’s football team did after losing to Ball State in the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 31.“This was an incredibly tough decision, but one that is in the best interest of the health and safety for our program’s student-athletes, coaches and staff,” SJSU athletic director Marie Tuite said in a statement. “San Jose State will maintain its current schedule of competition in other sports while continuing to implement the athletics department’s health and safety protocols. We look forward to watching the continued and exciting growth of our women’s basketball program in the 2021-22 season.” Related Articles ...
    San Jose State’s 2020 football season did not end the way the Spartans hoped, but they still wound up somewhere they hadn’t been in years — in the Associated Press’ end-of-season rankings. The final rankings, released Tuesday after Alabama’s thrashing of Ohio State in the national championship game, placed the Spartans 24th in the nation. San Jose State had climbed to No. 19 in the AP’s prior rankings before falling in the Arizona Bowl to Ball State, 34-13. The Spartans were missing at least six players — five of whom were starters — including Mountain West defensive player of the year Cade Hall and receiver Bailey Gaither. The team’s offensive and defensive coordinators also missed the game. Later, SJSU confirmed that it detected positive cases among the team, but an athletic department spokesperson said that it would be inappropriate to attribute all the team’s absences to coronavirus protocols. Before the bowl game, the Spartans enjoyed their most successful season in decades, including their first 7-0 start since 1939 and their first-ever Mountain West championship, earned with...
    Pink Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Husband Carey Hart In Cute Instagram Tribute: Proud of Us ‘Mama bear’ shielded daughter from a mass shooter. Their relationship wouldn’t be the same San Jose State football records at least 13 positive COVID-19 tests, and some of their traveling party are still in Arizona While the San Jose Spartans’ football team’s season officially ended with a 34-13 loss to the Ball State Cardinals in the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 31, some people associated with the team have had to remain in Tucson under quarantine protocols after testing positive for COVID-19. And, interestingly enough, the news of this didn’t come from the school. Rather, it came from from their home health authority in Santa Clara County. Elliott Almond and Darren Sabedra of the San Jose-based The Mercury News has more on this: © Provided by The Comeback San Jose State coach Brent Brennan and LB Tysyn Parker at the Dec. 31, 2020 Arizona Bowl. The San Jose State football team that concluded a historic season last week has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to...
    The San Jose State football team that concluded a historic season last week has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to data provided by Santa Clara County. The information provides the most in-depth public account to date of an outbreak within the team that appeared in the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 31. The data did not include details about when or where the positive tests occurred. County public health officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But a San Jose State spokesman acknowledged Thursday in an email that the football team had positive tests at home and in Tucson where the bowl game was held a week ago. “Individuals that tested positive for COVID-19 or were deemed a close contact during testing in San Jose did not travel to Tucson,” wrote Kenneth Mashcinchi, senior director of media relations. He wrote that county officials told the school Thursday the cases associated with football meet the criteria to be defined as an outbreak. According to the California Department of Public Health, a coronavirus...
    San Jose State officials acknowledged Tuesday for the first time that members of the football team’s traveling party for last week’s Arizona Bowl are isolating in Tucson because of coronavirus protocols. Some athletic department staff members have stayed in Arizona to provide support, SJSU spokesperson Kenneth Mashinchi wrote Tuesday afternoon in an email to the Bay Area News Group. The rest of San Jose State’s traveling group returned home after the team’s 34-13 loss to Ball State on Dec. 31, which spoiled an undefeated season for the Mountain West champions. The Spartans took the field without at least six players — five of whom were starters — and two assistant coaches, but never clarified why they missed the game. San Jose State’s comments came in response to questions from the Bay Area News Group after the news organization obtained a campus memo alerting the SJSU community that more than one person who tested positive for coronavirus visited the school’s athletic facilities the day the football team flew to Arizona for its bowl game. “The Arizona Health...
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