The San Jose State Spartans and Bowling Green will face off in a battle of two up-and-coming college football programs in the Military Bowl in Washington D.C. on Thursday afternoon.
The Spartans are coming off of a 10-2 regular season, good enough to finish as a ranked BCS team for the first time in school history. However, they will be without head coach Mike MacIntyre, who took the coaching position at Colorado. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer will be the interim head coach for this game, then join MacIntyre at Colorado next season.
Quarterback David Fales will look to finish the season strong. The junior was third in the FBS in passing efficiency, throwing for 3,798 yards, 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Bowling Green will have their hands full trying to limit this potent Spartans’ offense, which was the 11th-ranked passing offense in the nation.
Nobody expected the Spartans to be in this position, especially after finishing 1-12 just two years ago.
“Oh man, it’s a whole different atmosphere around here, within the team and out on campus,” said junior linebacker Keith Smith, who started nine games on the 12-loss squad. “Now you can walk around with your chest out a little bit, knowing that you’re proud to be a Spartan.”
It is safe to say that regardless of the result of this game, the Spartans have a lot to look forward to in the future.