Hawaii vs. San Jose State: Spartans Game Preview, How to Watch, Odds, Prediction
Spartans want to slip two video games within the common season finals, internet hosting Rainbow Warriors on Senior Day
Game 11: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (3-9, 2-5) @ San Jose State Spartans (6-4, 4-3)
When: Saturday, November 26 – 12:30 PM PT
Where: CEFCU Stadium; San Jose, CA
How to see: Stream reside on Mountain West Network
Opportunities: State of San Jose -15 Over/Under 57
With that, faculty soccer’s common season has entered its remaining week. It looks as if only a month in the past everybody was studying the preseason previews and looking out ahead to the primary recreation. Now it is already time for rivalry video games and senior days. To be truthful, it seems like that is the case yearly, the weeks fly by equally between quarterbacks on Monday morning and the anticipation of the subsequent matchup on the schedule. It’s been a tumultuous season for San Jose State, each on and off the sector, and November noticed a downward development.
Back-to-back losses have put the Spartans out of the convention championship race, however earlier than that they gained their sixth recreation, which qualifies them for a bowl, one thing they eluded a season in the past. Your opponent is not so fortunate this vacation weekend. Hawaii introduced in former star QB Timmy Chang to take the reins after Todd Graham was sacked. Chang was a preferred, if unsurprising, alternative given his lack of expertise. He additionally inherited a roster in transit after a mass exodus by means of the switch portal, one thing that occurred earlier than he was employed. One of those that left this system, in fact, was none apart from present SJSU star quarterback Chevan Cordeiro. There had been others of significance as nicely, and it was well-known that 2022 can be a 12 months of rebuilding on the islands.
The first 5 video games proved the chatter proper, as evidenced by inexperience on the pitch and on the touchline. A demolition in Michigan is forgivable, however losses at residence to Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky, in addition to to New Mexico State, not precisely the who’s who of huge convention soccer, left many considering Chang is perhaps overwhelmed. The solely win in September was a 10-point residence win over FCS Duquesne.
However, for the reason that calendar hit October, the turnaround has been spectacular. In its final 7 video games, other than blows from scorching Fresno State, Hawaii has misplaced 4 one-score video games and upset UNLV final week, ending the Rebels’ hopes of bowl eligibility. On the floor, 2-5 throughout that stretch and 3-9 general does not look like a lot to jot down residence about, however anybody who’s watched these opening video games can inform simply how far this crew has come. This leaves followers excited in regards to the future. With no bowl recreation in sight, that is one final time to don uniform for a number of Rainbow Warriors, and if final month’s plus is any indication, they’re going to be placing every little thing on the sector for Chang.
Looking particularly at what Hawaii has been doing higher recently, the working recreation actually acquired going when Dedrick Parson put up over 100 yards in back-to-back video games. QB Brayden Schager comes off a 3 TD outing towards the rebels. Revenue has been a significant concern for the Rainbow Warriors for a lot of the 12 months as they rank close to the underside 10 in FBS soccer by way of income margin. With the efficiency of the Spartans protection recently, Parson might discover some careers on this one.
The UH protection was additionally higher, however won’t ever be mistaken for an elite unit. They battle to generate turnovers, forcing solely eight all season, and permit for numerous explosive video games. Three of their final 4 opponents have had a landing of fifty yards or extra. This is a foul recipe towards Cordeiro and Elijah Cooks. Hawaii additionally does not generate a lot strain from their entrance seven, with a really low variety of sacks and tackles for loss. This needs to be a very good matchup for an inconsistent SJSU offensive line.
For the Spartans there isn’t a means round it. After placing themselves able to compete within the Mountain West Conference championship recreation, the final month has been disappointing. A loss to Fresno State preceded lackluster efforts towards struggling groups in Nevada and Colorado State. The wheels actually fell off in San Diego State two weeks in the past, and final weekend noticed a predictable disappointment in chilly Logan towards Utah State.
The offense did its half, notably the aforementioned duo of Cordeiro and Cooks. They linked 7 occasions for 125 yards and three TDs. Cordeiro additionally confronted Justin Lockhart 6 occasions for a complete of 257 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. Kariee Robinson used his low weekly carry whole, this time 12, to achieve 70 yards. There should not be a purpose why the Dexterity gamers aren’t placing up massive numbers once more for the Spartans this week.
It was the opposite aspect of the ball that allow San Jose State down per week in the past. Missed defences, missed tackles and lack of aggression had been far more noticeable than in different video games. This is a defensive group that was ranked within the high 10 factors nationally for the final two weeks. Utah State has good gamers within the RB and WR positions, however they should not muster 450 yards of whole offense towards SJSU.
The schematic matchups at all times consider how a recreation is performed. But that is week 13 of the season. Things like focus and motivation play a a lot greater position in all of school soccer. San Jose State hasn’t seemed just like the crew we noticed earlier this 12 months in fairly a while. Will that change this weekend? That’s the million greenback query.
Teams play for the Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy. The legendary coach, who handed away in 2019, served as head coach of each faculties all through his profession. It’s additionally Senior Day, and 13 Spartans, together with many who made important contributions to the 2020 Mountain West Conference Championship crew, will probably be honored earlier than the sport. These embrace Junior Fehoko, Lando Grey, Cade Hall, Kyle Harmon, Alii Matau, Nehemiah Shelton and Noah Wright. Will her teammates ship her out of the CEFCU Stadium as winners and hold that excellent 5-0 residence file intact? Given how Hawaii have been enjoying recently, it’s a must to reckon they will get one final nice efficiency from them. The Spartans will clearly have a bowl recreation to play, however it might be good to take out final month’s frustrations on a convention opponent. This is tough to know apart from believing that each groups get their share of factors and ultimately the house crew does sufficient to earn the W.
Prediction: San Jose State 34 Hawaii 27
Story initially appeared on Mountain West Wire