2020 San Jose State Spartans Football Team
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2020 San Jose State Spartans Football Team
2020 San Jose State Spartans football
San Jose State Athletics wordmark.svg
Mountain West champion
ConferenceMountain West Conference
CoachesNo. 24
APNo. 24
2020 record7-1 (7-0 MW)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorKevin McGiven (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorDerrick Odum (4th season)
Home stadiumCEFCU Stadium
(Capacity: 21,520)
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← 2019
2021 →
2020 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
  7 0     7 1  
Boise State y   5 0     5 2  
Nevada   6 2     7 2  
San Diego State   4 2     4 4  
Hawaii   4 4     5 4  
Fresno State   3 3     3 3  
Air Force   2 2     3 3  
Wyoming   2 4     2 4  
New Mexico   2 5     2 5  
Colorado State   1 3     1 3  
Utah State   1 5     1 5  
UNLV   0 6     0 6  
Championship: San Jose State 34, Boise State 20
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Note: Due to COVID-19, the Mountain West suspended the season, but later decided to begin play on October 24.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2020 San Jose State Spartans football team represented San José State University during the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Spartans were led by fourth-year head coach Brent Brennan and played their home games at CEFCU Stadium and Sam Boyd Stadium as members of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the regular season 6-0 in Mountain West play and defeated Boise State in the Mountain West championship game. This was the Spartans' first Mountain West championship win and 17th overall conference title. The championship victory also marked San Jose State's first win over Boise State in program history.[2]

Previous season

The Spartans finished the 2019 season 5-7, 2-6 in Mountain West play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place in the West Division.


San Jose State had non-conference games scheduled against Central Michigan, UC Davis, Penn State and UConn, but all of these games were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3][4][5] On Aug. 10, 2020, the Mountain West Conference suspended all fall sports competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] However, MWC officials announced on Sept. 24 the conference would host a shortened fall football schedule.[5]

The Oct. 31 game originally scheduled at University Stadium in Albuquerque was relocated to San Jose due to COVID-19 cases related to contact tracing in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.[7]

On Nov. 19, the game at Fresno State scheduled for Nov. 21 was canceled because of a positive COVID-19 test and contact tracing within the Fresno State program.[8]

Nearly four and a half hours before kickoff, the Nov. 28 game at Boise State was canceled because of "an upward trend of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within the Boise State football program."[9]

The home game against Hawaii scheduled for Dec. 5 was moved to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu after new COVID-19 restrictions were released in Santa Clara County, where CEFCU Stadium is located.

The Dec. 11 home game against Nevada, originally scheduled to be played at CEFCU Stadium, was moved to Sam Boyd Stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Santa Clara County.

The Mountain West conference championship game was to be hosted by San Jose at CEFCU Stadium, but was moved to Sam Boyd Stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Santa Clara County.

October 247:30 p.m.Air ForceFS1W 17-60
October 314:00 p.m.New Mexico
  • CEFCU Stadium
  • San Jose, CA
FS1W 38-210
November 66:00 p.m.at San Diego StateCBSSNW 28-170
November 147:30 p.m.UNLV
  • CEFCU Stadium
  • San Jose, CA
FS2W 34-170
November 214:00 p.m.at Fresno StateCBSSNNo Contest
November 281:00 p.m.at Boise StateFoxNo Contest
December 53:00 p.m.at HawaiiSPEC HIW 35-240
December 117:00 p.m.vs. NevadaCBSSNW 30-200
December 191:30 p.m.vs. Boise StateNo. 24
FoxW 34-200
December 3111:00 a.m.vs. Ball State*No. 22CBSL 13-340

Game summaries

Air Force

New Mexico

at San Diego State


at Fresno State (No contest)

at Boise State (No contest)

at Hawaii

vs. Nevada

vs. Boise State (MWC Championship Game)

vs. Ball State (Arizona Bowl)


On Nov. 8, San Jose State received votes in the Coaches Poll for the first time since Week 2 of 2013.[20][21] Then on November 15, San Jose State received votes in the AP Poll for the first time since being ranked no. 21 in the final 2012 season poll.[22][23] This led to the Spartans cracking the College Football Playoff Top 25 for the first time, ranking no. 24 on Dec. 15, 2020.

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Final
CFP Not released NR NR NR 24 22 Not released

Depth chart

+ As of November 28, 2020

Awards and Honors

Individual Honors

  • Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year
Brent Brennan
  • Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Cade Hall, DL[25]

All-American Selections

Cade Hall, DL (TSN,[26] USAT[27])

All-Mountain West Conference Team Selections

All-Conference Honors
Player Position Honor
Bailey Gaither WR 1st Team
Jack Snyder OL 1st Team
Cade Hall DL 1st Team
Viliami Fehoko DL 1st Team
Kyle Harmon LB 1st Team
Nick Starkel QB 2nd Team
Tre Walker WR 2nd Team
Tre Jenkins DB 2nd Team
Derrick Deese, Jr. TE Honorable Mention
Matt Mercurio PK Honorable Mention
Tre Webb DB Honorable Mention



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  3. ^ Myerberg, Paul. "Big Ten football reduces season schedule to only conference games, maybe setting stage for others to follow". USA Today. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Thompson, Lee (August 6, 2020). "Central Michigan left with MAC-only schedule after San Jose postpones opener". MLive.com. Retrieved 2020.
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  6. ^ "Mountain West Postpones 2020 Fall Sports". TheMW.com. August 10, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
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  8. ^ Sabedra, Darren; Nowels, Michael (November 20, 2020). "San Jose State's game vs. Fresno State canceled over Bulldogs' contact tracing". The Mercury News. San Jose. Retrieved 2020.
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  11. ^ "New Mexico Lobos at San Jose State Spartans". ESPN. October 31, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
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  13. ^ "UNLV Rebels at San Jose State Spartans". ESPN. November 6, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  14. ^ "San Jose State-Fresno State college football game canceled because of COVID-19 protocols". ESPN. November 19, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  15. ^ "San Jose Spartans vs. Boise Broncos Game Cancelled Due to COVID-19". NBC Bay Area. November 28, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  16. ^ "San Jose St. plays first game in 3 weeks, beats Hawaii 35-24". ESPN. December 5, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  17. ^ "San Jose St. beats Nevada, advances to MWC Championship game". ESPN. December 11, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  18. ^ "No. 25 San Jose State beats Boise State in MWC title game". ESPN. December 30, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  19. ^ "2020 Offerpad Arizona Bowl Ball State Cardinals vs. No. 22 San Jose State Spartans". ESPN. December 31, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  20. ^ "Amway Coaches Poll". USA Today. September 3, 2013. Archived from the original on June 18, 2014. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ Fan, Lawrence (November 9, 2020). "Spartans Put Unbeaten Record On The Line Vs. UNLV". SJSUSpartans.com. Retrieved 2020.
  22. ^ "The Associated Press Top 25 Poll". SI.com. January 8, 2013. Archived from the original on January 14, 2013. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ "AP Top 25 Poll (Week 11)". Associated Press. November 15, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  24. ^ San Jose State vs. Hawaii Pregame Notes
  25. ^ Kroner, Steve (December 18, 2020). "San Jose State's Cade Hall, son of ex-49er Rhett Hall, thriving in unbeaten season". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2020.
  26. ^ Bender, Bill (December 29, 2020). "Sporting News 2020 college football All-Americans". Sporting News. Retrieved 2021.
  27. ^ Myerberg, Paul (December 23, 2020). "Alabama's Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith lead USA TODAY Sports' 2020 All-America teams". USA Today. Retrieved 2021.
  28. ^ "Mountain West Announces 2020 Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Honors". The Mountain West. December 15, 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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