Point Spread: 9.50 | -115.00 San Jose State (Home)
This year SJSU (19 returning starters) went from the hunter to the hunted and things have not gone as well. They’re 3-3 SU through six weeks and while they’ve won every game they were supposed to win (3-0 SU as favorites), they’re 0-5 ATS L5 games. Last week may have been their worst game since the Arizona Bowl as they turned it over three times and were beaten 32-14 at Colorado State. It may seem like a strange time to jump on board, but this Friday marks the 1st game in 2021 that the Spartans have been installed as home underdogs. I really like the spot. They haven’t lost a home game since 2019.
It seems as if things have almost come full circle as SJSU will be welcoming in the last remaining unbeaten in the Mountain West, San Diego State. The Aztecs are 5-0 SU with a couple upset wins over Pac 12 schools (Arizona & Utah). But they were outgained twice, in the OT win over Utah and by New Mexico State (!). This is just their second road game. They are ranked #24 by the AP & the Coaches, but they barely scratch my top 75 and are easily the lowest rated of the 13 remaining unbeatens. San Jose State was on a 6-2 ATS run as a conference dog before running into a rested opponent last week. After the turnovers, Colorado State only had to move the ball 37 yards to get nine crucial points. Playing host to an unbeaten team, on a short week, is a much different scenario. Take the points. 10* San Jose State