Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Utah State Aggies season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Utah State Aggies
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Utah State Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
It might not always look quite right, but going bowling is going bowling.
Yeah, head coach Matt Wells has had three straight losing seasons, after starting out with 19 wins and a division title in his first two runs.
Yeah, the team lost its identity a wee bit with the spread offense not working so hot and the defense not the killer it was under Gary Andersen.
But the program has gone to four bowl games in five seasons under Wells and six bowls in the last seven overall. Colorado State can’t claim that. Neither can Air Force, Fresno State or Wyoming. In terms of consistent success in the Mountain West – at least lately – only Boise State and San Diego State have been stronger.
There aren’t massive expectations, but after so many years of doing absolutely nothing, getting that post-season cherry on top of the sundae has become a regular thing. Now the Aggies have to do more.
15-23 over the last three seasons is only a problem if there isn’t a boost this year. There’s too much experience and too much talent returning not to be a player in the conference again, even if the schedule is a bit too much of a problem with almost all of the tough battles on the road.
The Aggie offense needs QB Jordan Love to go from an okay freshman to a veteran sophomore, and it needs the offensive line with everyone back to be a whole lot better. The skill players are good enough to win with, but the attack needs to be a whole lot more consistent and efficient.
The defensive side that had a decent year – it helped to face a whole slew of offensively-challenged teams – also comes back strong with nine starters returning. The pass rush needs to be better and the run defense has to be a whole lot stronger, but the group that was a rock at taking the ball away get almost all of the key parts back.
And Wells is back, too. After all, he keeps taking the program to bowl games.