Shayne Skov felt helpless in his dorm room watching Stanford squeak out a 20-17 win over San Jose State in last season's opener while serving a one-game suspension for a DUI arrest.
The offense struggled for long stretches under new quarterback Josh Nunes. But the linebacker's frustration really simmered when junior college transfer David Fales started carving up the Cardinal defense in the second half.
With last year's memory still fresh, Skov and the fifth-ranked Cardinal promise to be ready for San Jose State (1-0) when the Rose Bowl champions open their season late Saturday night at Stanford Stadium. They know now that this is not the same Spartans squad Stanford steamrolled 57-3 two years ago.