Not to be overlooked: That's two weeks in a row that San Jose State has thumped a team it was supposed to thump.
Can't remember the last time we saw the Spartans 1) heavily favored on back-to-back Saturdays and 2) administering the requisite beating on back-to-back Saturdays.
Another encouraging sign for the Spartans: They thumped a Mountain West team with their best offensive lineman, left tackle David Quessenberry, unable to play because of an ankle injury.
In fact, they should be in the middle of the pack, which -- if that's the case -- would be a remarkable turn of events given the state of the program two years ago.
The Spartans have a winning record for the first time since 2008, when they were also 2-1.
SJSU has allowed 53 points, its lowest total through three games since the 1990 season.
The Spartans have scored 40+ points and gained 500+ yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2002.
David Fales has a chance to be the best Spartan quarterback since ... ?
(That's 683 passing yards for Fales and Matt Faulkner in the two victories over CSU, by the way.)
Compare that to SJSU's national rank in third-down conversion the past five years:
2010: 120th (last)
Quessenberry is the only starter whose status is uncertain, and he shouldn't miss more than a game or two.
Yes, I keep harping on the improved depth, strength and conditioning, but it's a vital part of SJSU's turnaround -- and it's one reason ... the biggest reason ... why the Spartans have outscored their opponents 68-16 in the second half.
It won't be that easy this time.
SDSU isn't the team it was last season (eight wins, the New Orleans Bowl). But the Aztecs have a talented, veteran quarterback in Ryan Katz, the Oregon State transfer, and they usually play sound defense.
I don't know how North Dakota hung 42 on SDSU last week, but Washington only managed two offensive touchdowns against the Aztecs in the season opener.
This by no means a game SJSU should win, but it certainly qualifies as game SJSU can win if it plays reasonably well.
Another strong start is paramount: The Spartans can't fall so far behind that they have to abandon the running game; they must keep SDSU's defense guessing.
The Aztecs are a 3.5-point favorite.