Not much has changed in Aggieville in the past four weeks. Utah State has, since beating hapless Idaho (not sure even Sarah Palin is acknowledging her Vandals these days) on September 20, the Aggies have been brought back to earth from their temporary high of being 1-0 in the Western Athletic Conference.
With a 1-6 mark, a winning record for the Aggies is not possible. And with Fresno State making a trip to Logan on Saturday, a 1-7 record is more likley than not.
But rather than piling on, let’s take a look at some of the contributing factors to USU’s current situation.
The seven opponents USU has faced have a combined 45-30 record. That is the 33rd toughest schedule in FBS. Toss Idaho out, and the Ags are looking at a 39-24 record among opponents.
USU has the eighth best offensive team in the WAC at 308 yards per game and, not surprisingly, the ninth best scoring offense in the league at only 18.7 points per game.
Defensively, Utah State is allowing 443 yards (eighth in the WAC) and 39.4 points per game (also eighth).
Thank goodness for the Vandals.
Changing gears: Remember all that talk about the WAC being a better football conference than the MWC? Well, it pretty much faded away for most of this season with Utah, TCU and BYU having banner years for the Mountain West.
But here’s something MWC fans might not want to think about. If Utah falls to either TCU or BYU over the final month of the season, there is a very real chance the Boise State Broncos can sneak in and grab that coveted BCS at-large berth.
That would be three consecutive years a WAC school got the invite and the massive payday that comes with it.
So, while the top half of the MWC is playing excellent football, one loss by the Utes could bring the WAC another round of national attention while the MWC’ best are sent packing to the Las Vegas, Poinsettia and Fort Worth bowls.