2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The San Jose State Offense
Finding a running game would be a major plus. The Spartans got behind so quickly that they had to throw to try getting back in games, but the ground attack had something to do with that – it wasn’t able to take control early on.
The nation’s worst running attack finished with a mere 738 yards, but it’s worse than that. The ground game never averaged more than four yards per carry – the only two 100-yard games of the year were the only two games it hit the three-yard-per-carry mark – and failed to run for more than 50 yards six times. There weren’t any rushing scores over the last four games.
Biggest Key To The San Jose State Defense
The pass rush eventually has to show up. The defense has to start making more big plays, and it starts by hitting the quarterback once in a while.
In the anomaly of an 11-2 2012 season, the Spartans came up with 42 sacks. The D struggled just to get past the 15 mark several times since then, and last year it managed just 11 sacks.
Two of them came in the opener against UC Davis, and three game in the shootout loss to Hawaii. That means the Spartans generated six sacks over the other ten games with just one in the final four games.
Key Player To A Successful Season
OT Scott Breslin, Jr.
After a year with – arguably – the nation’s worst offensive line, the Spartans have to figure the front five out in a hurry, or it’ll be another rough offensive season. The veterans are in place, but it’ll be the proverbial Best Five Blockers thing to try generating some semblance of offensive production.
That puts the pressure on the 6-4, 290-pound Breslin, and JUCO transfer out of Los Angeles with tackle skills and decent enough athleticism to be ready right out of the box on the left side. If he’s solid, the other four spots won’t be that hard to figure out.
Key Game To The San Jose State Season
Tulsa, Sept. 7
San Jose State lost the season opener to UC Davis last season. There can’t be another misfire against an FCS team with Northern Colorado comes to town to start the season. Win that, and then it’s a game against someone the Spartans’ own size.
Tulsa will be dangerous – with an improved offense and the ability to crank it up in a shootout – but this is the home date SJSU has to pull off, if only to beat last year’s win total by Week 2.
– San Jose State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 San Jose State Fun Stats
– Sacks: Opponents 39 for 254 yards – San Jose State 11 for 75 yards
– Time of Possession: Opponents 33:26 – San Jose State 26:34
– Rushing Yards Per Game: Opponents 211.2 – San Jose State 61.5