Utah State has played five road games this year and come back to Logan each time with a loss.
This weekend, the Aggies would sorely love to put an end to that streak and finish off the 2008 season the way they did the 2007 campaign — with a pair of wins.
But to do that, USU will have to make a long trip to Louisiana and face the Bulldogs. The big differences between the final two games this year and last is that LaTech is a much better team than the squads Utah State faced to close out last season and Utah State, with two wins already, is no longer simply trying to salvage any form or success.
Granted, Utah State’s 2-8 record is nothing to get excited about, but it does equal the win total from last season and one more win will equal the win total of the previous two years combined.
But beating Louisiana Tech will not be easy. The Bulldogs have five wins and are eyeing a potential trip to a bowl game with one more victory, The Bulldogs are also playing pretty good football right now, shutting out San Jose State 21-0 last week in California — the same Spartans that clobbered USU 30-7 a few weeks ago.
Speaking of bowl-eligible WAC teams, Boise State (9-0) is still holding out hope that it will get an at-large berth to the BCS. Should the Broncos win out — and with a soft schedule the rest of the way it is more likely than not — they’d still be rated behind Utah (assuming the Utes also win out) and hoping for unheard of generousity from the BCS selection committees.
San Jose State (6-4) is in the driver’s seat for the WAC’s second bowl berth and there are four other teams (Nevada, LaTech, Hawaii and Fresno State) currently sitting with five wins and expecting to reach six wins in the next week or two.
It’s entirely possible for the conference to have six bowl-eligible teams, but be able to place only three of them should Boise State not crack the BCS.