This isn't your father's Spartan team and they are a lot more balanced than in years past. SJSU has always been a team that spreads it out and can score efficiently. The Spartans’ defense has improved allowing on 280 yards to Stanford in the opener before losing 20- 17. With CSU's offensive woes, the Rams defense has to step it up if they have any chance at a victory. San Jose State's game plan will be to run the ball behind RBs De'Leon Eskridge, a Minnesota transfer, and converted DB Tyler Ervin. The game-plan to run on Colorado State should work to the Rams advantage since the Rams have shown that they can win in the trenches. Shaq Barrett has been a beast this year, Max Morgan and James Skelton have been solid, and will have to make like the immortals and attack their lanes. QB David Fales has plenty of WR's as evidenced by 11 different players with receptions against Stanford. This will be a test for the Ram secondary.
The Rams will need to run better than they did last week and having Chris Nwoke back would be a huge help. Grayson also has to show big improvement and work the play action. Crockett Gilmore has been nearly invisible and the WR's couldn’t catch a cold. The lack of talent at WR has hurt the Rams ability to stretch the field and has narrowed the passing attack to the middle of the field or out of the backfield. The Spartans are 37th in the nation in points allowed so they can be beat. The Leonidas of San Jose’s defense is led by DE Travis Johnson, who last week had 6 tackles for a loss and 4 sacks. LB Vince Buhagiar and DT David Catalano have also been impressive this season. This should be a low scoring affair.
Coach Mac's is like our Xerxes… without the rhinos, elephants and naked women. SJSU Head Coach Mike MacIntyre has proven that he can get the Spartans to play any level of competition they face, and be effective at mixing the run and the pass. The game is in San Jose, which means CSU fans need to show up in mass (at the Ginn Mill, preferably) and give this Rams team our support. This will be an interesting match up and should be fun to watch the physicality displayed on the field. Let's make it feel like a Persian Army ready to overthrow Sparta