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.

  • Result: Beat Colorado State 40-20

  • Grade: A-

  • Comment: The Spartans, who have beaten the Rams two years in a row, sure won't have the worst program in the Mountain West next season.

    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.

  • Several nuggets that warrant mention:

    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.

  • I'll let longtime SJSU fans take a swing at this one following his 370-yard performance in the third major college start of his career:

    David Fales has a chance to be the best Spartan quarterback since ... ?


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    (That's 683 passing yards for Fales and Matt Faulkner in the two victories over CSU, by the way.)

  • The Spartans converted 6 of 13 third downs Saturday and now rank 35th nationally in that crucial statistic -- ahead of Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan State, to name just three.

    Compare that to SJSU's national rank in third-down conversion the past five years:

    2007: 101st

    2008: 116th

    2009: 107th

    2010: 120th (last)

    2011: 74th

  • Noel Grigsby became SJSU's career receptions leader with 165 (five more than Kevin Jurovich). Grigsby is a junior and should finish his career with well over 200 catches.

  • SJSU emerged from the victory with a smattering of minor injuries and now heads on the road (San Diego State, then Navy) in better health that I can remember at this point in the season.

    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.

  • Next up: at San Diego State

  • The matchup: The teams haven't met since 2008, when the Spartans -- still a year away from their APR-fueled crash-and-burn -- dominated the Aztecs 35-10.

    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.