San Jose State vs. Navy game preview: Spartans looking to become bowl eligible

Thearon W. Henderson

San Jose State is looking to become bowl eligible for the second straight year.



San Jose State could become the latest Mountain West team to earn a bowl game. The Spartans host a late season non-conference game against Navy on Friday night. This game against the Midshipmen is likely the last chance for San Jose State to go bowling since next week they play Fresno State.

This game features two opposite teams, Navy runs a triple-option offense while San Jose State likes to air it out more than they run behind quarterback David Fales. This game has the potential be an odd type of shootout where one team runs the ball for all of their points, while the other throws for their success.

The big concern for San Jose State in this game is that their rushing defense is not all that great and give up 201 yards per game. The Spartans rushing defense has had some good games, but when they are bad they are really bad. They have given up 353 to Minnesota, 253 to Utah State, 332 to Wyoming and 311 to Nevada; plus they have three games where they allowed under 100 yards.

Expect for Navy to get their yards on the ground since they average 311 yards per game, and San Jose State can allow those yards just as long as they do not give up the big plays. A key for San Jose State to win is to keep the Navy rushing attack to about four yards per carry, anything above that would be trouble for the Spartans.

Other keys for a San Jose State win are for Fales to have a big day passing, no red zone woes, a consistent running game from Jarrod Lawson. Those are a lot of keys for San Jose State especially including that they have lost their last two games including losing to a bad Nevada team, so a win could be difficult to come by Friday night.

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