Spartans host Hawai’i for Homecoming

The San Jose State Spartans host Hawai’i this Saturday for the Homecoming game and the first home game since August 30th. Kickoff is set for 4:00 pm (PT).

SJSU (0-3) is coming off the bye week, while Hawai’i (4-1, 1-0) defeated Dequesne 42-21 last Saturday.

San Jose State is seeking their first win in a Mountain West opener since joining the conference in 2013. The Spartans lost Mountain West openers to Utah State (2013, 2017), Nevada (2014), at Air Force (2015) and at New Mexico (2016). The last time San Jose State won a conference opener was in 2008 when San Jose State staged a second-half comeback to win at Hawai’i, 20-17, when both teams were Western Athletic Conference members.

Series History: Hawai’i leads the series, 20-19-1 with one cancellation. The Rainbow Warriors have won the last two meetings between these teams including a 37-26 decision in Honolulu last year. The Spartans’ last win in the series was a 42-23 road victory in 2015. San Jose State’s last victory over Hawai’i in San Jose was on October 14, 2011 when San Jose State edged Hawai’i, 28-27. The one cancellation in the series was the December 16, 1941 game in Honolulu. The game was canceled following the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor. The Spartans traveling party arrived in Hawai’i on December 3.

The Hawai’i game will be San Jose State’s Homecoming Game for the 2018 season. San Jose State has a record of 47-32-2 in Homecoming Games. When Hawai’i was in San Jose in 2016, the Rainbow Warriors were the Homecoming opponent and emerged with a 34-17 victory.

San Jose State is 1-2 in Homecoming games when Hawai’i is the opponent. The Spartans defeated the Rainbow Warriors, 28-27, in the 2011 Homecoming contest and lost 45-38 in 2005.

The Spartans were surprisingly competitive in their last game two weeks ago on the road at Oregon. Entering the game as 41.5 point underdogs, they battled back to end up losing 35-22. Aside from offensive struggles, the Spartans have a lot to be happy with in this performance. They showed that their defense is improving massively after an abysmal performance in the season opener against UC Davis on August 30th.

Radio: KLIV (1590 AM, San José) originates San José State football broadcasts. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. The Hawai’i broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. (PT) with a pregame show.

San José State’s network affiliate is KION (1460 AM/101.1 FM, Salinas).

KSJS (90.5 FM) also will broadcast the game. The pregame show starts at 3:45 p.m.

Television: Spectrum Sports will provide play-by-play coverage of the San José State-Hawai’i game. Robert Kekaula calls the play-by-play. Rich Miano provides analysis and commentary. The game will be available on the Stadium app for those on the mainland.

Prediction: Hawai’i 34, San Jose State 28.

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