Coming off a week one bye, the Stanford Cardinal are looking ahead to their first game of 2013 against the San Jose State Spartans. The Cardinal and head coach David Shaw are coming off a Rose Bowl victory from a season ago and will look to get back to the coveted game, if not a BCS title.
One the other side of things, San Jose State features a team that finished a surprising 11-2 last season, concluding the 2012 campaign with a Military Bowl victory over Bowling Green. The Spartans were known to put up a lot of points and the defense wasn’t too bad, either. They are coming off a week one victory against Sacramento State.
Stanford’s offense will be based around the dual-threat quarterback, Kevin Hogan. The junior quarterback started just six games last season and delivered a 6-0 record for the Cardinal in his starts. Racking up over 1,350 total yards and 11 touchdowns was a big boost to the offense. Losing running back Stepfan Taylor will hurt, though.
San Jose State’s offense is based around star quarterback, David Fales. The senior gunslinger finished the 2012 season with over 4,000 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. He finished week one with just 16 of 32 passing for 225 yards and two scores. Senior tailback Jason Simpson was the real story in the game, finishing with 135 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Senior wide out Chandler Jones was also productive, catching eight passes for 130 yards and a score.
Stanford had one of the top defenses from a season ago and look to have just the same entering the 2013 season. It will be interesting to see how the accurate Fales will fare against the tough Cardinal secondary. The Spartans also showed just how tough their defense could be in week one with a shutout against Sacramento State. Sure, it wasn’t exactly a tough game, but the Spartans got the job done, allowing just 278 yards of total offense and picking off two passes.
The Spartans will be traveling to Stanford to take on the Cardinal at 11 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network.
PREDICTION: San Jose State 13, Stanford 31
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