Among the accomplishments this season for San Jose State: It's no longer a school anyone would want to schedule for homecoming.
The No. 24 Spartans have their first 11-win season since 1940, capping a comeback year with a 29-20 win over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl. In the national rankings for the first time since 1975, San Jose State (11-2) finished with a seven-game winning streak and put aside the distractions surrounding the recent departure of coach Mike MacIntyre.
''I don't think we've ever been respected like we should have been,'' defensive end Travis Johnson said. ''They've looked at San Jose State on the schedule and been like, `OK, you know that's a beatable game.' And that's something we all wanted to change. No one ever wants to be looked at as someone who's easy to beat.''
The Spartans were 1-12 just two years ago and were rebuilt by MacIntyre, who left this month for a better payday at Colorado. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer coached the bowl game but was p...