Tate Forcier Could Be Leaving San Jose State

San Jose State and Fresno State play on November 26 in a game that has zero bowl implications and is all about pride. Who will reign supreme?

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San Jose State vs. Fresno State: Bay Area Battle Preview

On the surface, the two teams playing on Saturday seem quite similar. San Jose State and Fresno State are both 4-7, and neither team has higher than a .500 record in WAC conference play. But if you dig a little deeper, you see that these two teams are going in opposite directions.

Coming off a miserable 1-12 season in 2010, the San Jose St. Spartans are trending upwards under second year head coach Mike MacIntyre. They played well against reasonably tough competition, losing close games to UCLA, Nevada and BYU in 2011. While the season is over after Saturday for the Spartans, they have a lot to look forward to, including the eligibility of incoming Michigan transfer QB Tate Forcier.

Fresno State, on the other side, has regressed from an 8-5 season in 2010, which found them in the Humanitarian Bowl against Northern Illinois. Their early season schedule was tough, with contests against California, Nebraska, Boise State and Ole Miss, which set the tone for the rest of the season.

SJSU hasn't beaten the Bulldogs since 2006, and Fresno State is planning on pushing that losing streak further. Both teams come into this game after winning last week -- SJSU defeated Navy, while Fresno State went to Hawaii and defeated the Warriors. Prior to that, both teams had lost three games in a row.

This game kicks off at 5:00 PM PST on Saturday. You can listen to the game on 1590 AM or head over to Bulldog Stadium and watch it live -- no television will be on hand for this final battle.


Hawaii vs. San Jose State Final Score: Matt Faulkner Leads Charge, Spartans Win 28-27

Friday night was set for the WAC to take center stage. Hawaii and San Jose State had a primetime slot on ESPN and there were no other college football games on the schedule. In that sense, this game was a huge success -- in terms of entertainment value, the Spartans and Warriors put on an exciting show for four quarters.

In the end, San Jose State overcame a ferocious Hawaii comeback to win 28-27.

At the half, SJSU led 20-7, picking off Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz twice and recovering two fumbles. Nothing was working for the Warriors, and the Spartans took full advantage. 

San Jose State struggled mightily with ball control in the second half, turning the ball over six times resulting in 20 Hawaii points. This was a classic self-destruction as the Spartans fumbled three times and threw three interceptions. 

Early in the fourth quarter, Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa scampered 32 yards for a Warriors touchdown, giving Hawaii a 27-20 lead. The extra point, however, was blocked and returned for a 2-point conversion by SJSU safety Duke Ihenacho.

With a minute left to play, San Jose State began at their own 13-yard line, down five points. SJSU quarterback Matt Faulkner led a spirited six play, 87-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 37-yard Chandler Jones touchdown reception.

SJSU went for the two-point conversion but were stopped. Hawaii tried their best to come back with just seconds to play, but could not make it to field goal territory.

In total, the two teams combined for 12 turnovers, creating a terrifically compelling football game for the casual observer. The WAC didn't necessarily expect tonight to be a showcase game for their conference, but the entertainment value of this matchup was excellent.

With the win, SJSU moves to 3-4 on the season and a respectable 2-1 in WAC play. Next week, San Jose State heads to Louisiana to take on LA Tech.


San Jose State vs. BYU: Cougars Host Spartans On ESPNU

After a tough start to the season, the San Jose St. Spartans have won two in a row to bring their record to 2-3. They have a chance to reach .500 for the first time under head coach Mike MacIntyre. The only thing standing in their way? The BYU Cougars.

Brigham Young has played an interesting schedule in 2011, facing tough road tests against Ole Miss and Texas before going back to Provo for a four-game homestand. The Cougars haven't been overly impressive, and despite a 3-2 record they needed a last-second touchdown against the Utah St. Aggies to win last weekend.

As for the Spartans, outside of being romped by Stanford in their season opener, they have been very competitive in defeat. SJSU has improved their offensive balance since 2010, choosing to run the ball more and giving their quarterbacks a chance to pass when the time is right.

BYU has had trouble running the football, averaging only 94 yards on the ground per contest in 2011. Part of the problem has been the underwhelming quarterback play of Jake Heaps, who is at risk of losing play time to Riley Nelson, who has impressed for the Cougars in limited duty.

This is the 15th time the Spartans and the Cougars have played football against one another. San Jose State leads the series 9-5, but BYU defeated SJSU in their last meeting in 1998.

BYU and San Jose State will be on ESPNU, with the kickoff coming at 7:17 p.m. PST.


New Mexico State vs. San Jose State: Game Time, TV, Online & Radio Information

The San Jose State Spartans aim to get their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon against the New Mexico State Aggies. Here is all the valuable information you need, including where to watch and listen to the game.

Time: 1:00 PM PST/4:00 PM EST

TV: This game will not be broadcast on traditional television.

Radio:  KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) will broadcast the game. Michael Spero and Kevin Richardson will be your guides.  KION (1460 AM, Salinas) is a network affiliate. KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) also will broadcast the New Mexico State game.

Online: ESPN3. Check your local cable or satellite provider to see if the service is provided by clicking here.

Last meetup: The Aggies won a close game in New Mexico, defeating the Spartans 29-27. NMSU won the game on the last play of the contest, breaking SJSU's 6-game winning streak over the Aggies.

For uipdates on the game, keep coming back to SB Nation Bay Area.


New Mexico State vs. San Jose State: Spartans Look For First Win Of Season Against Aggies

After starting the season 0-3, the San Jose State Spartans are in danger of another miserable season. They lost a close game last weekend in their WAC opener against Nevada, and while competitive against UCLA, were decimated by Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal.

Truthfully, the Spartans didn't do themselves any favors by scheduling two Pac-12 schools to kick off their season. The opportunity to salvage their 2011 campaign is still there as the New Mexico St. Aggies come to the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies are 1-2, with their lone win an upset over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the second week of the season. This is NMSU's WAC opener.

SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre is 1-15 in his two-year stint in San Jose, while New Mexico State coach DeWayne walker is 6-22 in his third season.

The Spartans have had a quarterback carousel this season, with Matt Faulkner, Dasmen Stewart, and Blake Jurich all seeing action under center. Expect to see more of the same today against the Aggies, as at least two quarterbacks have played in each game for SJSU so far this year.

San Jose State has dominated this series, winning 15 of 18 matchups all-time. The Aggies won last season's game, but the Spartans certainly have the historical edge going into this game.

The Spartan defense has improved since last season, creating more turnovers and holding UCLA and Nevada to a combined 44 points. For a team that went 1-12 last year, improving the defense is a top priority.

This game will be on ESPN3.com, so you will be able to watch it wherever you are this Saturday afternoon.

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