The pressure is on, but the schedule only gets harder

Brent Guy, it seems, may be on borrowed time.

The Utah State football coach has the Aggies off to another rough start and is 0-2 after Saturday’s 66-24 beatdown at Oregon. Guy is now 6-31 as a head coach and may not make it to the end of the season if things don’t get better soon. The problem, however, is USU has two more games against ranked opponents sandwiching what may be the only ‘winnable’ game left for almost two months.

We know Oregon is a good football team. But against the Aggies, the Ducks looked unstoppable. Ranked No. 18 at the time, Oregon ran up 688 yards of offense against USU. That was a whopping 7.8 yards per snap.

In other words, Utah State gave up a first down on nearly 40 percent of the plays Oregon ran. The Ducks punted only twice and had 34 first downs.

The Ags, on the other hand, had a semi-respectable 306 yards of offense, but only 88 came on the ground.

Stats like that must have the Utes — this weekend’s opponent — salivating. Those stats also have a few Aggie fans fuming.

With Utah and BYU making visits to Romney Stadium in the next three weeks, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine USU opening the season with a 1-4 record — remember, Idaho (which lost 70-0 in its opener at Arizona) is mercifully tucked between the in-state rivalry games — before hitting the meat of the WAC schedule with trips to San Jose State and Nevada.

Unless the Aggies find a way to pick up some unexpected wins — and that won’t be easy with three ranked opponents and two road games in the next five weeks — Utah State administrators may have a difficult time answering the complaints of long-suffering Aggies fans.

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