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2019 Stanford Football Recreation: Looking ahead to Week 2’s matchup against San Jose State

The Spartans come to town after losing to FCS West a week ago

NCAA Football: Washington at Stanford Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Stanford Cardinal had to sit idly by and wait while the rest of the Pac-12 kicked off their 2019 recreated season. Week 2, however, brings with it our first look at the recreated season of Stanford football.

Word on the street is that we’ll get to see both K.J. Costello and Davis Mills in ‘equal duty’ according to head coach David Shaw. Now, when we get to see their equal duty is another story. San Jose State comes into this matchup having lost to FCS West a week ago so this one likely will get out of hand early, in favor of the Cardinal.

Still, it’s important to take a look at some of the developing storylines surrounding the Cardinal’s matchup with the Spartans.

SJSU QB Josh Love is expected to return to action after attempting just six passes before exiting with a minor injury. It isn’t expected to be serious and he’ll be thrust back into action against one of the top secondary prospects in Paulson Adebo.

Nick Nash was largely ineffective for the Spartans in their loss to FCS West so SJSU faithful have to be excited for Love’s healthy return.

Kirk Herbstreit made his pick in favor of Stanford as they clearly have the better team in every aspect. Without a game in their tank, however, the jitters and opening-season mistakes that plagued San Jose State in their first game may be there for Stanford. They’ll have to ensure those are gone and play a disciplined brand of football to avoid any set back as they do have to travel to Army in Week 3.

It will be pivotal to not look ahead past San Jose State as they did see some success on the ground from running back Tyler Nevens.

Nevens largely was the SJSU offense before they abandoned the run game as he was their only bright spot on a dismal Saturday of action.

Stanford hosts San Jose State at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT in Week 2 action.

Reminder, this is a fictional take on our recreation of the 2019 NCAA football season using last year’s updated rosters and playing the games in NCAA Football 14 on a Playstation3. For more information, check out our intro story.