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BYU football locker room at East Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. The Cougars host San Jose State on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.


THE BASICS


San Jose State (1-7) at BYU (1-7)

Saturday, 1 p.m. MDT

LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,725)

Natural grass

Provo

TV: BYUtv

Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

Weather: Sunny skies with temperatures in the low 60s.

Live stream: Watch ESPN

Tickets: BYU ticket office

Mass transit: Ride UTA to BYU Football

Parking: map


THE STAKES


For San Jose State ... The Spartans have lost six consecutive games. A victory on the road over BYU would be a significant accomplishment for a first-year coaching staff.

For BYU ... The Cougars are looking to stop their seven-game losing streak, their worst slump since 1968.


THE TRENDS


For San Jose State ... The Spartans have the edge in the all-time series, 10-7.

For BYU ... The Cougars face one the nation’s worst defenses for the second week in a row. BYU scored only 17 against East Carolina.


THE EDGE


San Jose State will win if ... The Spartans win the turnover battle and stop BYU from success in the red zone.

BYU will win if ... The Cougars can get some confidence early and sustain it for four quarters while winning the battle in the trenches.


PLAYER TO WATCH


JaQuan Blackwell, San Jose State wide receiver: Blackwell has caught 27 passes for 389 yards and two touchdowns. BYU has struggled containing receivers this season.


KEY MATCHUP


BYU's run game vs. San Jose State’s front seven: The Spartans are one of the worst in the country in rush defense. Meanwhile, the status of the Cougars' leading rusher, Ula Tolutau, is unclear after he was charged with possession of a controlled substance.


QUOTABLE


“At times, we’ve seen some really good things from our freshmen and at other times, we’ve seen it be quite ugly. That’s part of the process when you’re playing so many young players.” — SJSU coach Brent Brennan

“The goal is to be as aggressive as we can and develop an identity as a team. I’ve expressed my concern and my thoughts with the coaches … The losing streak causes some issues. The only way to deal with it is to fight and be aggressive.” — BYU coach Kalani Sitake.


NEXT UP


BYU travels to Fresno State while San Jose State hosts San Diego State next Saturday.


BYU SCHEDULE


(All times Mountain)

Date Opponent Time/result

Aug. 26 Portland State W, 20-6

Sept. 2 vs. Louisiana State L, 27-0

Sept. 9 Utah L, 19-13

Sept. 16 Wisconsin L, 40-6

Sept. 29 at Utah State L, 40-24

Oct. 6 Boise State L, 24-7

Oct. 14 at Mississippi State L, 35-10

Oct. 21 at East Carolina L, 33-17

Oct. 28 San Jose State 1 p.m.

Nov. 4 at Fresno State 8:45 p.m.

Nov. 10 at UNLV 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 18 UMass 1 p.m.

Nov. 25 at Hawaii 7 p.m.