For the third time in its modern football history, San Jose State University will play 13 regular-season games beginning with its 2017 season opener, Saturday, August 26 against South Florida in CEFCU Stadium -- home of the Spartans.
New head coach Brent Brennan and his Spartans will be challenged every weekend through the regular-season finale the weekend of November 26 at home versus Wyoming.
San Jose State faces three teams that finished the 2016 season ranked in the Associated Press' top-25, four that won nine or games, seven that played in a 2016 post-season bowl game, and eight with a .500 or better winning percentage last year.
"We have a great home schedule. It should be great for our fans," said Brennan who begins his first spring practice as a head coach on March 10. "We also have one of the best non-conference schedules in our conference and, maybe, even in the country.
"We have challenges everywhere. We're excited about that and we'll be getting ready for them (starting) in about a week (when spring practice begins)."
Besides South Florida, the home schedule in CEFCU Stadium includes Cal Poly of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) on September 2 and Mountain West opponents Utah State the weekend of September 23, Fresno State the weekend of October 7, San Diego State the weekend of November 4 and Wyoming the weekend of November 25.
San Jose State's first road game will be its first football contest against the University of Texas on September 9. The Spartans' other two non-conference road games follow as the back end of home-and-home agreements with Utah on September 16 and BYU on October 28. San Jose State travels to UNLV the weekend of September 30, Hawaii the weekend of October 14, Nevada the weekend of November 11 and Colorado State the weekend of November 18 in Mountain West games.
The last time San Jose State played a 13-game regular season schedule was in 2010 when Coach Brennan was the Spartans' wide receivers coach. Three of San Jose State's first four games were at #1-Alabama, #11-Wisconsin and #13-Utah.
The first time the Spartans played a 13-game regular season schedule in their modern era of football was in 2002. San Jose State traveled more than 23,000 air miles for nine road games including contests at #5-Ohio State, #14-Washington, Illinois, Tulsa and Hawaii. This year's team will log about 12,700 air miles according to WebFlyer.com.
"Our guys are putting in the work right now. (Athletics performance head) Coach (Gary) Uribe does a great job. He and his staff are really working our guys. There's no question they need to use this time to grind as a team and get ready," says Brennan, whose first spring practice concludes with a Spring Game in CEFCU Stadium on Saturday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m.
"When you play 13 games, it's a long season. You have to be ready to go, ready to play, and ready to play in a lot of games and a lot of plays (in the game)."
With a base schedule in place, the Mountain West will collaborate with its national television partners, the CBS Sports Network and ESPN, regional television partner ROOT Sports and Campus Insiders on games that will be moved to Thursday or Friday for broadcast purposes and/or kickoff times.
"We have a great home schedule this year for The Spartan Nation. We have natural rivals Fresno State and San Diego State, conference teams Utah State and Wyoming and two tough non-conference opponents in South Florida and Cal Poly to open the season coming to CEFCU Stadium," says Marie Tuite, Interim Director of Athletics at San Jose State.
"We've been selling season tickets for more than a month and now that we have our preliminary dates for our Mountain West home games, we are looking forward to more season ticket holders renewing their accounts and new season ticket holders coming on board to see our team. As Coach Brennan has been saying, `Let's Go!'"
Season tickets for the six home games are on sale and are available by calling the San Jose State University Athletics Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX or by clicking here.
Game times will be added as they become available from the Mountain West office and the Spartans' non-conference road opponents.
|AUG. 26||USF (South Florida)||CEFCU STADIUM|
|SEPT. 2||CAL POLY||CEFCU STADIUM|
|Sept. 9||Texas||Austin, Texas|
|Sept. 16||Utah||Salt Lake City, Utah
|SEPT. 23||*UTAH STATE||CEFCU STADIUM|
|Sept. 30||*UNLV||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|OCT. 7||*FRESNO STATE||CEFCU STADIUM|
|Oct. 14||*Hawai'i||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Oct. 28||BYU||Provo, Utah|
|NOV. 4||*SAN DIEGO STATE||CEFCU STADIUM|
|Nov. 11||*Nevada||Reno, Nev.|
|Nov. 18||*Colorado State||Fort Collins, Colo.|
|NOV. 25||*WYOMING||CEFCU STADIUM|
|Dec. 2||Mountain West Chamoionship||TBD|
|Dates are subject to change|