The Spartans of San Jose State University are a men’s college football team that generally produces winning seasons, but rarely gets recognition. It seems to happen a lot and it may be because San Jose State is a small school that rarely gets on TV for nationally-televised games.
As a member of the West Division of the Mountain West Conference (MWC), this squad plays everybody “tough.” Teams that beat the Spartans have definitely earned the win.
Head Coach Ron Caragher, now in his third season, has done a good job instilling mental and physical toughness in his players. That “toughness” shows up in on-field performance.
In the 2013 Season, the Spartans won six of twelve games while compiling an impressive 5-3 Won-Loss record in contests against Conference foes. That record merited an invitation to a bowl game, but the Spartans never received one, probably because they are a small school that gets overlooked.
San Jose State produced another good season in 2014. Once again, the team received scant recognition for its on-field efforts. Nevertheless, coach Caragher and his players remain committed and hungry for continuing success.
The Spartans began the 2015 Season at home on September 3rd. In that Thursday night contest, San Jose State steamrolled the University of New Hampshire by a score of 43-13. The following week had the Spartans traveling to the Air Force Academy on September 12th where they took on the “flyboys” and lost by a final tally of 37-16.
Additional home games on this year’s schedule have the Spartans hosting Fresno State University on September 26th, San Diego State University on October 17th, the University of New Mexico on October 24th, ninth-ranked Brigham Young University (BYU) on November 6th and Boise State University on November 27th.
The team’s remaining five road games will have it playing against Oregon State University on September 19th, eighteenth-ranked Auburn University on October 3rd, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) on October 10th, the University of Nevada on November 14th and the University of Hawaii on November 21st.
The Spartans are a competitive bunch and can win many of this year’s scheduled games, both at home and on the road. To do so, San Jose State University will have to bring its “A Game” to every contest. It will have to play hard and win every down of every contest. If there is a secret to success on the gridiron it is simply to “play hard” and to perform with determination and emotion.
The team that has the will and desire to succeed will win much more frequently than it loses. San Jose State University may be just such a team. Time will tell.
Courtesy of the College Football Associated Press