BYU Cougars vs. San Jose State Spartans, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Published: Saturday, Nov. 17 2012 8:46 p.m. MST

BYU's #21 Jamaal Williams fights to gain more yardage as BYU and Utah State play Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo Utah.

, Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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BYU (6-4) at San Jose State (8-2)

SATURDAY, 8:30 p.m.

Spartan Stadium (30,456)

FieldTurf, San Jose, Calif.

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 1160AM, 102.7FM

Weather: Temperatures in the low 60s, 50 percent chance of rain.

thestakes

For BYU ... The Cougars are bowl-eligible and have won two consecutive games. BYU is looking to win out, and the Spartans should provide a formidable test.

For San Jose State ... The Spartans have won four straight games and are receiving votes in the national polls. A victory would be huge for San Jose State, which hosts Louisiana Tech to close out the regular season next week.

thetrends

For BYU ... The Cougars have won three straight games against the Spartans, including last year's 29-16 victory in Provo. However, SJSU leads the all-time series, 9-6. BYU hasn't won more than two games in a row this season.

For San Jose State ... Despite the fact that the Spartans have won eight games, they are next-to-last in the NCAA in average attendance: 9,228. An influx of BYU fans to Spartan Stadium should boost that average.

theedge

BYU will win if ... The Cougars need to protect the ball and capitalize on scoring opportunities in the red zone. BYU's defense needs to get pressure on quarterback David Fales and limit SJSU's pass-happy offense.

For San Jose State ... The Spartans can shred BYU's secondary, as Oregon State was able to in October, and force turnovers.

playertowatch

Jamaal Williams, BYU: Can the freshman phenom post his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game?

keymatchup

BYU's defensive secondary vs. SJSU QB David Fales: The Cougar secondary is thinner after the suspension of starting safety Joe Sampson. Craig Bills will take Sampson's spot in the lineup. Cornerback Jordan Johnson, who was suspended for the Idaho game, will be back. Fales is one of the nation's top passers, and completes 72 percent of his throws.

injuryreport

BYU: The Cougars are hopeful that senior center Braden Hansen, who left the Notre Dame game due to a groin injury and hasn't played since, will return against the Spartans.

San Jose State: No significant injuries.

nextup

Next Saturday, San Jose State hosts Louisiana Tech, while BYU visits New Mexico State (1:30 p.m. MT, ESPN3).

schedule

Date. . .Opponent. . .Time/result

Aug. 30. . .Washington State. . .W, 30-6

Sept. 8. . .Weber State. . .W, 45-13

Sept. 15. . .at Utah. . .L, 24-21

Sept. 20. . .at Boise State. . .L, 7-6

Sept. 28. . .Hawaii. . .W, 47-0

Oct. 5. . .Utah State. . .W, 6-3

Oct. 13. . .Oregon State. . .L, 42-24

Oct. 20. . .at Notre Dame. . .L, 17-14

Oct. 27. . .at Georgia Tech. . .W, 41-17

Nov. 10. . .Idaho. . .W, 52-13

Nov. 17. . .at San Jose State. . .8:30 p.m.

Nov. 24. . .at New Mexico St.. . .1:30 p.m.

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