SAN JOSE STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

SAN JOSE -- Here's a breakdown of San Jose State's 2013 schedule.

  • Aug. 29 vs. Sacramento State, 7 p.m. -- The visiting Hornets have beaten FBS teams to open the past two seasons (Colorado, Oregon State). The Spartans need to -- and should -- avoid that fate to prevent an ugly start to the season.

  • Sept. 7 at Stanford, 8 p.m. -- The Spartans hung with the Cardinal last year and left feeling like they blew a chance at victory. It's hard to imagine them sneaking up on Stanford again, like it seemed they did last year.

  • Sept. 21 at Minnesota, TBA -- It's a road game at a Big Ten team, but one the Spartans are capable of beating. It won't be easy and a loss could put the Spartans in danger of opening the season 1-3.

  • Sept. 27 vs. Utah State, 6 p.m. -- This ESPN-televised game opens the Mountain West schedule. The Aggies were the only team to thoroughly beat SJSU last year. Revenge will be on the Spartans' minds, but Utah State remains an excellent team.

  • Oct. 5 at Hawaii, 9 p.m.: The trip to the island is rarely easy, but this begins a stretch of four games SJSU needs to win. They gained experience last year in crushing inferior teams and will need to do so starting with this one.

  • Oct. 12 at Colorado State, 12:30 p.m. -- This is the back end of the only real tough stretch of travel for the Spartans. They've beaten CSU the past two seasons and need to keep that streak going.


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  • Oct. 26 vs. Wyoming, 4 p.m. -- This is an example of the depth of the Mountain West. Wyoming's a lower-tiered team in the conference, but still is pretty good. SJSU can't look past this one.

  • Nov. 2 at UNLV, 1 p.m. -- This is probably the easiest game on the Spartans' MW schedule and a game they'll need to use to get healthy before a tough four-game stretch that follows.

  • Nov. 9 vs. San Diego State, 7:30 p.m. -- This could be a grudge match after the Spartans' comeback win against the Aztecs last year. If SJSU is a true contender in the West Division, this will be a chance to show it.

  • Nov. 16 at Nevada, TBA -- Motivation will be easy for QB David Fales, who spent a season with the Wolf Pack. Mackay Stadium is a tough place to play and this figures to be the Spartans' most difficult conference road game.

  • Nov. 22 vs. Navy, 6:30 p.m. -- The Spartans have won two in a row against the Midshipmen and shut down their option attack in last year's 12-0 victory. It'll be time for the defense to do more of the same.

  • Nov. 29 vs. Fresno State, 12:30 p.m. -- The game has big-time potential. It should have some sort of conference title game implications and if both teams are in the mix, it could be among the most anticipated games in Spartan Stadium's recent history.

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