Some predict a bowl game for USU, others don’t

FILE - Utah State's Zach Vigil holds up the Defensive Player of The Game award during post-game ceremonies after the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. Utah State defeated UTEP 21-6. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

LOGAN – It’s unclear whether Utah State football will have another game this season.

USU hit the required six wins mark to qualify for a bowl game, but so did a large number of other teams. After the dust settled Saturday night there was one more bowl eligible team than spots available. Making matters more complicated are three additional teams that have a chance at getting a sixth win this week.

What all of this means is that there could be four bowl eligible teams without a game to play in. The only thing Aggie coaches, players and fans can do is wait to see if an invitation comes.

Many national media publications have attempted to predict where each team will land. Some have more hopeful predictions for USU than others.

<a href=”http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21568451/week-13-college-football-bowl-projections-2017″ target=”_blank”>ESPN</a>’s Kyle Bonagura is projecting the Aggies to land in the Foster Farms Bowl for a matchup against Washington State. <a href=”http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21568451/week-13-college-football-bowl-projections-2017″ target=”_blank”>ESPN</a>’s Mike Hale agrees that Washington State will get the spot, but put Iowa State as the opponent. Hale does not think the Aggies will get a bowl invite.

USA Today’s Erick Smith also has Utah State taking on Washington State in the Foster Farms Bowl, and so does <a href=”https://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/bowls/predictions” target=”_blank”>CBS Sports</a>. The game would certainly attract attention. Former Logan High quarterback Luke Falk has the quarterback spot at Wazzu.

When it comes to finances, the Foster Farms Bowl is certainly best-case scenario. It has the highest payout of any possible bowl game.

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College football reporter <a href=”https://www.thescore.com/ncaaf/news/1429484″ target=”_blank”>Brett McMurphy</a> has the Aggies in the Arizona Bowl against another group of Aggies: New Mexico State. The Aggies from Las Cruces are one of the 5-6 teams that could become bowl eligible with a win this weekend.

The <a href=”http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/news/college-football-bowl-predictions-week-14-auburn-clemson-oklahoma-wisconsin-alabama-ohio-state/74aojjwfjgr61ue3lwvh12e2k” target=”_blank”>Sporting News</a> is picking Utah State to return to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for a game against Western Michigan. <a href=”https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/11/26/bowl-projections-playoff-rankings-schedule-matchups” target=”_blank”>Sports Illustrated</a>’s Eric Single predicts the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against UT San Antonio.

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In addition to Hale, <a href=”https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/11/26/16700858/bowl-projections-2017-college-football-playoff-predictions-updated-new” target=”_blank”>SBNation</a>’s Jason Kirk and <a href=”http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2746047-college-football-playoff-standings-2017-week-14-rankings-bowl-projections” target=”_blank”>Bleacher Report</a>’s Kerry Miller also left USU out of the bowl picture. Miller explained why he thinks Utah State won’t be receiving an invite.

“The Aggies finished 6-6 and went 4-4 in Mountain West play, but they didn’t win a game this season against a team that finished the year with more than five wins,” he wrote. “Even though excluding Utah State would mean only five MWC teams get to play in the postseason, failing to beat any remotely decent opponents seems like a good reason to cut a team from bowl season.”

There are still final games to be played, so it could be another week before Aggie fans know their team’s fate.

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