Six Burning Questions For Utah State Football
Expectations are high for the Aggies
Questions we need answered.
– What does a successful season look like?
@SamMcConkie – A successful season for USU is winning eight games or more. Seven wins would be acceptable, but disappointing.
@Logantj – The combination of beating BYU and securing another bowl victory. Anything more in what should probably be considered a rebuilding year is just a bonus.
@JeremyMauss – At least eight wins. The schedule is tougher than last year with games at Wake Forest and LSU. Plus, league play is not as easy as 2018 with San Diego State and Fresno State as cross-division opponents.
– What does an unsuccessful football season look like?
@SamMcConkie – An unsuccessful season is not going to a bowl game
@Logantj – Losing games they shouldn’t. It does no good to surprise Wake Forest or Fresno on the road if you can’t take care of CSU-types at home (sorry, Rams). The Aggies are favored in seven matchups this fall with four more games considered coin flips. Winning a few tossups would be nice, but taking care of those core seven (five of which are home games) is paramount — dropping any will leave a sour taste in the mouth if we’re left asking “what if?” at season’s end.
@JeremyMauss – A bowl game has to be the baseline so going just 6-6 would be a bad year. Also, finishing lower than third in the Mountain Division would be considered a bad year.
– Who is a player that no one is talking about that we should know now?
@SamMcConkie – The player no one is talking about but they should know about is tight end Caleb Repp. He is pushing Carsdon Terrell in camp and could even supplant him as starter.
@Logantj – Learn to love Alfred Edwards. The sophomore left tackle and lone returning starter on the offensive line will be charged with keeping Love upright and the OL in sync this season as the position group’s vocal leader. Roster turnover has the receiving corps and secondary reeling, but if Edwards can anchor this group and keep the Aggie offense churning, USU is in for an extra win or two.
@JeremyMauss – Jaylen Warren. The Snow College transfer will be in the mix as the backup behind Gerold Bright. He was the JUCO offensive player of the year in 2018 and a first-team All-American. He has been competing with BYU transfer Riley Burt for playing time, but by the end of the year expect Warren to be a key player on tihs team.
– What is the most important game of the year on the schedule?
@SamMcConkie – The most important game of the year is Boise State. Easily. Win that game and the Aggies are in driver’s seat to win Mountain Division.
@Logantj – It has to be week 3 at San Diego State. No matter the outcome at Wake Forest, the road trip to San Diego will inform the rest of the season’s expectations as the highest risk/reward of any game this year — losing essentially knocks Utah State out of the running for a conference title before October, while escaping with a win injects a pure shot of NOS into the return home vs CSU and the subsequent trip to LSU. The road to the MW crown always runs through Boise, but acing those mid-season conference games won’t be enough to catch the Broncos if the Aggies don’t topple SDSU first.
@JeremyMauss – It is easy to say Boise State since the Aggies were high-flying last year and came up short and typically struggle vs. the Broncos. This year it is in Logan so that helps Utah State a bit. However, that game at San Diego State as Logan mentions. It is an early road conference game and a solid opponent. A win over the Aztecs will not only give the Aggies some momentum going forward but it will be a game that will be test of where Utah State fares in the conference.
– What will be the record be this year?
@SamMcConkie – Aggies will go 8-4. If they win the opener vs Wake, they’ll end up going 10-2.
@Logantj – The gap between USU’s floor and potential ceiling this year spans anywhere from a 5-win disaster to a 10-win triumph. I have a feeling there will be regression this year in ways we don’t expect — put me down for 7-5.
@JeremyMauss – 10-2. Being a big believer in quarterback Jordan Love and the defense is why the Aggies will continue the success from last year despite having a brand new coaching staff and also losing a lot of fire power on offense.
– Bold prediction?
@SamMcConkie – Aggies will finally win a P5 road game.
@Logantj – Utah State will lose to LSU by fewer points than LSU’s opponent in the CFP semifinal.
@JeremyMauss – Beating Boise State and Wake Forest en route to making the Mountain West title game.