Eight 2015 Post Season Teams On 2016 Football Schedule

The Spartans are racing ahead with their plans for a successful 2016 season.
March 2, 2016

For the first time since 1978, San Jose State University will play five of its six home football games prior to its one bye week of the season and face eight teams that competed in post-season competition a year ago according to the 2016 base schedule released by the Mountain West.

All dates listed for Mountain West games are subject to a possible move to a Thursday or Friday night as part of the conference's national television packages with the CBS Sports Network and the ESPN family of networks.

The Spartans, the 2015 Cure Bowl champion, host Portland State on September 10, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl champion Utah on September 17 and Mountain West opponents Hawaii on October 8, Nevada on October 15 and UNLV on October 29 before the team's bye week ending on Saturday, November 12. San Jose State's final home contest is against conference foe Air Force on November 19.

"Our 2016 schedule is a very challenging one. Eight of our 12 opponents played in the 2015 postseason. Two of our four non-conference opponents are from `Power 5' conferences. We look forward to the challenge," says San Jose State head coach Ron Caragher, who is entering his fourth season in charge of the Spartans.

Portland State, a 2015 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) post-season team, makes its debut in Spartan Stadium in the first meeting between the two teams. Utah becomes the first Pacific-12 Conference team to play in Spartan Stadium since Stanford in 2006. The Utes were a Mountain West member and ranked #17-nationally when they last played San Jose State in Spartan Stadium in 2009.

Hawaii, Nevada and UNLV were last in Spartan Stadium in 2014 as part of the conference's biennial intra-divisional rotation. Air Force, San Jose State's final home opponent, last played in Spartan Stadium in 1997 as a nationally-ranked team.

The Spartans have non-conference road games at Tulsa on September 3 and at Iowa State on September 24. San Jose State is making its fourth trip to Tulsa and first since 2004. Iowa State, the only road opponent not to play in a 2015 bowl game, and San Jose State last met in 1980 in Ames.

Road games at New Mexico on October 1 to open Mountain West action, San Diego State on October 22, Boise State on November 5 and Fresno State for the Valley Trophy to close out the season on November 26 complete the regular-season schedule. The Mountain West Championship will be played at the home of the highest-ranked team on December 3.

Besides Utah, Nevada, San Diego State, and Boise State were bowl-game winners like San Jose State. Tulsa, New Mexico and Air Force also played in 2015 bowl games. San Diego State (11-3) and Utah (10-3) each won at least 10 games including a bowl victory a season ago. Seven of the Spartans' opponents finished with winning records.

Again, all dates listed for Mountain West games are subject to a possible move to a Thursday or Friday night as part of the conference's national television packages with the CBS Sports Network and the ESPN family of networks.

Kickoff times will be announced as they become available.

Season tickets for San Jose State's six-game home schedule are available at http://www.sjsuspartans.com

                           2016 San Jose State University Football Tentative Schedule
Weekend of Opponent Location
Sept. 3 @Tulsa Tulsa, Okla.
SEPT. 10 PORTLAND STATE (Hall of Fame Weekend) SPARTAN STADIUM
SEPT. 17 UTAH SPARTAN STADIUM
Sept. 24 @Iowa State Ames, Iowa
Oct. 1 @New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M.
OCT. 8 *HAWAI'I (Homecoming)
SPARTAN STADIUM
OCT. 15 *NEVADA SPARTAN STADIUM
Oct. 22 *@San Diego State San Diego, Calif.
OCT. 29 *UNLV SPARTAN STADIUM
Nov. 5 *@Boise State Boise, Idaho
Nov. 12 BYE
NOV. 19 *AIR FORCE SPARTAN STADIUM
Nov. 26 *@Fresno State Fresno, Calif.
Dec. 3 Mountain West Championship TBA
Dates are subject to change * - Mountain West contest