All’s been quiet in Logan as Utah State prepares for Friday’s clash with BYU.
Most assume an Aggie loss in all-but-assured, but — channeling Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber when he’s flirting with the hottie he’s trying to help — there’s a chance.
Remember 58-56 in 1993?
But on to other things. The Aggies had been alone in first place for seven days. Granted, it was because USU and Idaho were the first WAC schools to play this season, but 1-0 was a lot better than 0-1. San Jose State has now joined the Aggies at 1-0 but USU will still hold a share of the WAC lead for at least two more weeks.
That’s when the Ags meet the Spartans in San Jose in what has suddenly turned into a very big game for Brent Guy.
Here’s a quick look at how the rest of the WAC is shaping up.
Boise State and Fresno State, as expected back when the season began, appear to be the primary contendors for the league title. They’re both ranked, both have solid road wins over Pac 10 schools and most likely will not be challenged until they meet on November 28.
The second teir — and just for fun, we’ll put Utah State here since they are in first place, after all — is a bit muddled. We have the Aggies (non-conferece opponents have a combined 17-2 record) joined by Louisiana Tech (2-1 overall), Nevada (2-2) and San Jose State (3-2). None of those schools have been terribly impressive and even have some pretty ugly losses thrown in. But they’re not quite ready to join the next bunch.
Bringing up the bottom are New Mexico State (1-2 and blew a 4th-quarter lead to New Mexico Saturday), Hawaii (1-3 and blown out in every game but a win over Weber State) and Idaho (1-4 and seriously looks like the worst team in the country) fighting for spots in ESPN.com’s Bottom 10 poll.
After BYU comes to town on Friday the Aggies will buckle down and concentrate on the WAC. Finishing in first place would be a major accomplishment — perhaps too lofty a goal.
Finishing in third or fourth, however, suddenly seems like a reachable goal.