San Jose State Spartans

About San Jose State Spartans

The San Jose State Spartans were established as a conference football team in 1892 and represent San Jose State University. Their biggest rivals include the Fresno State Bulldogs, the Stanford Cardinal, the San Diego State Aztecs and the Hawaii Warriors. The rivalry with Fresno State is known as the 'Valley Rivalry'. Meanwhile, the rivalry with Stanford has become known as the 'Bill Walsh Legacy Game', because Walsh attended San Jose State University and went on to become head coach of Stanford's football program.

Over the years, the Spartans have been affiliated with a number of difference conferences, including the California Collegiate Athletic Association, the Pacific Coast Athletic Association and the Big West Conference. The team began competing in the Western Athletic Conference in 1996 and would remain there for a total of 17 years. Finally, in July 2013, the team left the WAC in order to join the Mountain West Conference.

In total, the team have won 16 Conference Titles, which includes six wins in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and five wins in the Big West Conference. The Spartans won their last Conference Championship back in 1991. In addition, they have made nine bowl game appearances and currently have a 6-3 record. Their most recent appearance was a win over the Bowling Green Falcons in the 2012 Military Bowl.

More than 100 San Jose State players have gone on to play professional football in the National Football League, with notable examples including Louis Wright, Jeff Garcia, Johnny Johnson, Cody Jones and Gill Byrd, who were all Pro Bowl selections.

San Jose State's home games have been played at Spartan Stadium since 1933. Originally...

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