SAN JOSE -- San Jose State's bowl fate will be known no later than Sunday's bowl selection show that airs on ESPN at 5:30 p.m., but chances are the Spartans will receive word earlier.
The six Mountain West Conference-affiliated bowls were all expected to wait until after Saturday night's conference title game between Fresno State and Utah State to announce their plans.
Word could begin leaking out shortly after the game and commissioner Craig Thompson said this week he'd like to have the official announcements come Sunday morning rather than wait until the evening.
All signs continue to point to San Jose State earning a spot in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise on Dec. 21 against an opponent from the Mid-American Conference.
SJSU players and coaches are trying to not focus too much on the possibilities as they await word but they remain confident after becoming eligible with the 62-52 upset of then-No. 16 Fresno State on Nov. 29.
"We'll see what happens," Spartans coach Ron Caragher said. "You never know. It's out of our control. I think we finished strong. There's nothing like finishing the regular season like that."
For some of the seniors, they can't help but get nervous not knowing if they'll get another shot to play.
"It's a little scary," senior wide receiver Chandler Jones said. "A lot of the older guys, we don't know if we've played our last game or not. It's kind of weird not knowing if it's guaranteed -- and nothing is guaranteed. But it's pretty exciting just to be in the midst of it all."
Quarterback David Fales has shown in his last two games his ability to stay calm in big situations -- evidenced by his stat line of 79 of 101 for 987 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. He's no different this week.
"We really want it bad, so hopefully it'll work," Fales said. "But I'm not nervous. It's nothing I can control."
Many of the national projections continue to have San Jose State as the lone eligible Mountain West team left home for the postseason. The conference has seven teams for six guaranteed spots and Thompson said this week he doesn't expect to pick up an at-large bid.
Those projections, however, seem to discount Spartans' athletic director Gene Bleymaier's ties to Boise and the Potato Bowl. The campus at Boise State is home to the newly christened Bleymaier Football Complex, named after the man who spent 30-plus years at the school and helped guide the program from Division I-AA (now Football Championship Subdivision) status to becoming the premiere mid-major football team in the country.
Bleymaier helped start what was then the Humanitarian Bowl in 1997, one year after the Broncos made the jump to FBS. Boise State also won two Fiesta Bowls with Bleymaier at the helm and Potato Bowl executive director Kevin McDonald acknowledged it would be a good story line to bring Bleymaier's team to Boise, even though they "can't make decisions based just off that stuff."
The growing sense inside and outside of the program is the Spartans have the inside track to an invitation, but don't expect any celebrating until the official announcement is delivered.
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