Utah State Vs. Idaho State
The Aggies are back home in Logan for their first home game of the season
Utah State looks to bounce back after a tough opening season loss to Wisconsin.
Even after a 59-10 loss at Wisconsin to open the season, the Utah State Aggies still have high hopes for the rest of the season. There were some high marks in last week’s loss, but the team is now focused on bouncing back and getting into the win column for the first time.
Utah State opens their home schedule Thursday night against FCS foe Idaho State. The Aggies and Bengals last met in 2014, where the Aggies won that meeting 40-20. The Bengals have struggled, going 2-9 in the last two seasons. USU has had some decent success against FCS teams, but had a very close call against Southern Utah last season.
This game should serve as a warmup going into the rest of the season. One of things to keep an eye on is the defense of the Aggies. They had a pretty nice start through the first two quarters last week, but then the Badgers turned on the jets and never looked back.
The question of this defense is can they show the same type of intensity they did in the first half last week. Even with a fairly young team, it doesn’t look like this defense will have any problem dialing up the intensity and pressure against the Idaho State offense. The Aggies made it an emphasis in the offseason to become more aggressive on the defensive side of the ball.
Utah State shouldn’t have any problems against ISU, but then again, this is college football. One big thing I want to see is how the younger players perform. This will be an excellent chance for both sides of the ball to get a better handle of the system. If there is one thing that the younger players will take away from this game, it will be the opportunity to get extra reps in a game-time situation.
As with FCS teams, they’ll be able to put up some points. But don’t expect this to be a close one. The Aggies are probably mad about last week’s result, and they’ll come out firing on all cylinders.
Utah State 45, Idaho State 13