San Jose State Spartans at San Diego State Aztecs – Friday Night Preview, TV, Betting and Weather

San Jose State (2-5, 1-2) at San Diego State (5-1, 2-0)

Start Time: 10:30 PM ET
Location: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
TV: ESPN2
Streaming: WatchESPN
Series: Spartans lead 19-18-2, Aztecs on a three-game win streak
Weather: The game’s in San Diego, it’s always nice
Line: Aztecs by 23, O/U at 48

Let’s be honest, the one reason to watch this game isn’t to see if San Diego State can take one step closer to the West Division Title or if they can win their fourth straight against San Jose State. It’s all about Aztecs’ running back Donnel Pumphrey.

Pumphrey, a Heisman candidate and mid-season All-American, currently has 5,383 rushing yards in his career, is on a torrid pace this season. Carrying the ball an average of just under 28 (!) times a game, Pumphrey is averaging 185.17 yards per game so far and 6.7 yards per carry for a total of 1,111 yards, 169 yards more than the second-leading rusher in FBS.

Last game, Pumphrey broke into the NCAA FBS all-time top ten rushing leaders. List comes from the NCAA.

1. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin 6,397 yards
2. Ricky Williams, Texas 6,279 yards
3. Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh 6,082 yards
4. DeAngelo Williams, Memphis 6,026 yards
5. Charles White, USC 5,598 yards
6. Travis Prentice, Miami (Oh.) 5,596 yards
7. Cedric Benson, Texas 5,540 yards
8. Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, 5,383

On the current pace, especially if the Aztecs go to the Mountain West Championship Game, Ron Dayne’s record is in real jeopardy. There are six games left in the regular season and seven including the MWC Title game.

To get to that game, San Diego State must take care of business on Friday against against the upset-minded San Jose State Spartans.

The Spartans broke their four-game losing streak with a last-minute 14-10 home win over Nevada last week. Despite only 279 yards on offense, SJSU ran a 12-play, 84-yard drive ending with a Kenny Potter three-yard run with 50 seconds left to snatch the win. That improves the team to 2-5 on the season, but they’re still facing a tough road to turning things around in 2016.

The Match-Up

It’s tough to see San Jose State doing much in this one. San Diego State is superior in every aspect. The Aztecs’ lone loss, a stunning defeat at South Alabama, came when the Jags made big plays in special teams. That’s the Spartans’ best chance in this game.

In the win over Nevada, SJSU leaned more on their run game as Malik Roberson had 35 carries for 139 yards after only having 30 carries the entire season beforehand.

SJSU has one of the worst rush defenses in all FBS, allowing 228.3 yards on the ground per game. There might be a way if the Spartans can clamp down in the red zone and hold the Aztecs to three points when possible. That was an area where SDSU struggled in the 17-3 win over Fresno State last week.

Prediction

Pumphrey goes for 210 yards and three touchdowns, San Diego State has a break through game after a sluggish performance against Fresno State.

San Diego State 45, San Jose State 14

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