The 2018 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the San Jose State Spartans.
No. 125: San Jose State Spartans
Practice Starts: February 27
Spring Game: March 24
San Jose State Prespring Status
Head coach Brent Brennan had a rough first year trying to build up one of the toughest situations in college football.
San Jose State always struggles to put butts in the seats, it’s always fighting to consistently bring in the better talent, and it’s always going to have to battle a bit just to come up with the right formula to consistently win.
Even with a victory over Wyoming to end last year, it was a brutal season with all of the 11 losses coming by double-digits – the Spartans were outscored by a combined score of 542-206.
But in Year Two, there’s more depth, the systems are in place, and there are more options to try to at least become relevant.
San Jose State Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. The Spartans have to settle on one, stick with him, and work everything else around him. Montel Aaron was thrown to the wolves as a freshman, and he might be worth the development time with the right size and a big arm.
Josh Love was part of the equation, and so were Sam Allen and Michael Carrillo. Anyone who can finally generate points and take the team on a few decent drives will get the gig.
San Jose State Biggest Issue
Turnovers. The run defense needs a whole lot of work, the offense has to start scoring, and the O line has to bulk up fast, but bad games turned into blowouts after a whole lot of mistakes.
San Jose State finished last in the nation in turnover margin, coming up with just 16 takeaways and losing the ball 42 times, helped by a nation-leading 22 fumbles. On the year, the Spartans were a ridiculous -26 overall, with only time being in the positive a +1 in the win over Cal Poly. They were even in the win over Wyoming.
San Jose State Biggest Positive
The skill guys are back. The all need to be better, and they need time to work behind a porous line, but at least there are options. Again, the quarterback situation is deep, and almost all the key running backs return, starting with leading rusher Tyler Nevens and his 670 yards.
The tough freshman is a good one to work the offense around, and the pass catchers are there to help with the top 15 receivers from the last year back.
Really, Why Are The San Jose State Spartans Ranked Here?
There’s a long way to go to be merely decent, but the experience is there to hope for a bit of a boost up.
Last year’s Spartan team only scored more than 20 points twice against FBS teams – in losses to USF and Hawaii – and the defense has miles to go to be mediocre. But it was a young team that went through the growing pains – at least that’s the hope – with underclassmen playing big roles.
Eight starters return on offense, and seven are back defensively with plenty of decent battles ready to go at several spots.