AggieTown: USU-BYU Preview

Hey Aggie fans, is this the week USU football turns the corner? Avenges all those demons of losing to the team down south? Does Utah State have the horses? Will Robert Turbin get enough touches? Can they execute when given the chance? These questions will be answered Friday night. Utah State is coming off an offensive barrage of 604 yards on 66 plays versus Southern Utah. That’s over 9 yards per play–not too shabby. The good: Michael Smith has really emerged as a go-to player also with his speed and agility. The impact receiver so far has definitely been Stanley Morrison who not only caught a pass but threw for one. Seems like the best play from scrimmage is always a play to either running back. The bad: the Aggies rank 117 out of 120 FBS teams in total defense. Ugh. Brigham Young is happy with a 42-23 win at Lavell Edwards Stadium over the Colorado State Rams but something seems amiss. Florida State racked up 313 yards rushing two weeks ago in Provo and the Aggies come into this game ranked 14th in rushing in the FBS. Robert Turbin is moving up the charts in yards per carry and catching balls everywhere he can. The Cougars have the ultimate weapon in Dennis Pitta at tight end which could hurt Utah State in the long run. Max Hall surprisingly enough has a total of 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions coming into this game. Trying to win a pool with your buddies on a prediction? Good luck. Sure the line is 24.5 for the roaring BYU Cougars and they are at the friendly confines of Lavell Edwards Stadium. Do you think Gary Andersen is going to get beat 55-25? There is something rumbling up in Cache Valley and it just might be a classic shootout ala 1993. Too optimistic? Maybe. Prediction: BYU 49 USU 35. Read this prediction from my best friend and former Cougar Andy Bonner: “While flawed in its logic, we all do it. I call it the transitive property of college athletics. You remember from middle school, don’t you? If A is greater than B, and B is greater than C, then logically, A is greater than C. Somehow we’ve extended that into the belief that if my team beats Team A, and Team A beats your team, then naturally my team is better than yours. Lucky for me, my teams have produced 7 make-believe national championships over the past 8 years using this reasoning. They’re just not “recognized”. But in my heart, I know that if there was a playoff…” The transitive property of college athletics can sometime morph into an even farther stretch of reality. Enter the discussion: Florida State. For Aggie fans, no other two words could be sweeter. On those two words hinge all the hopes and dreams of Aggie fans heading into this Friday’s contest with BYU. For Aggie fans, don’t believe the national talk that Florida State is the most up-and-down team in the country. You got to believe that the Florida State team that destroyed the Cougars a couple weeks ago is the exact same Florida State team that looked SO bad last week, and that barely beat Jacksonville State in week 2. Is there any doubt Utah State could’ve beaten Jacksonville State by 20 points? And the Aggies could’ve at least hung with South Florida. (And here’s where the math really gets good…) So if Utah State theoretically could’ve beat Jacksonville State by 20, and Florida State only beat them by 10 (at home, mind you), and Florida State beat BYU by 26 (at their place, mind you), then 20, minus 10, plus 26… carry the 2… that means that Utah State should beat BYU by at least 5 touchdowns. And the reverse doesn’t work, so don’t think you can flip this around from the BYU perspective (please, no Oklahoma references). Don’t you remember that they also taught you that the transitive property only works one way? Just because C is less than A, and C is less than B, doesn’t mean B is less than A. And that, my friends, is how I’ve just proven that Utah State will win this game. With thanks to Mr. Bonner’s 8th grade math class. What’s that? You mean they still have to play the game? Fine. Prediction: BYU 31 – USU 14. Utah State vs. BYU 7pm TV: The MTN Radio: 610KVNU, 95.9KLZX, 1320 AM Online:

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