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Stanford football starts this weekend with a test from San Jose St

by Andrew Skaggs

When: Saturday, September 7 th , 7pm Pacific Time

Where: Stanford Stadium

The Stanford Cardinal open up the season against Bay Area foe San Jose State in the 67 th annual Bill Walsh Legacy Game. Stanford comes into the game as a 20-point favorite but the Spartans are certainly no pushover. San Jose State finished the 2012 season ranked 24 th nationally in the BCS standings after an 11-2 season in the WAC. The Spartans are a brand new member of the Mountain West Conference as they welcome new head coach Rod Caragher. This game will be the season opener for the Cardinal, while the Spartans beat Sacramento St. 24-0 last week.

When Stanford has the ball

Stanford ranked 39 th in the country in rushing last season and return one of the top offensive lines in the country. RB Stepfan Taylor graduated but the Cardinal have plenty of young backs that can replace his production. QB Kevin Hogan will look to build off his impressive freshman season that saw him go 5-0, including a Rose Bowl victory. Defensively, San Jose State ranked 7 th in the country in sacks last season and will look to apply a ton of pressure on Hogan. The Spartans return both of their starting defensive tackles, a duo that combined for 23.5 tackles for a loss last season. This strong interior presence will be very important when facing the power running game of Stanford.

Edge: Stanford

When San Jose State has the ball

The Spartans return Heisman Watch List QB David Fales to an offense that ranked 10 th in the country in passing yards in 2012. Last season, Fales completed 72.5% of his passes for 4,193 yards and 33 touchdowns. Fales is joined in the backfield by first-time starter, RB Jason Simpson, who rushed for 135 yards and a score last week.

Stanford ranked 20 th nationally in total defense last season and return a trio of talented linebackers. Stanford’s defense is accustomed to facing high-powered offenses as evidenced by their success against Oregon the past couple seasons.

Edge: Stanford

Bottom Line

Considering the Cardinal are ranked 5 th in the AP Poll, this game shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. That being said, San Jose State is a team that is led by a talented senior QB and will be very motivated to pull an upset against their in-state rivals. Whichever team dominates the line of scrimmage will have the edge in this contest.

Prediction: Stanford 35 San Jose State 21

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