2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Utah State Offense
Even with four new starters, the offensive line has to be a machine for the ground game. The speed, effectiveness, and improvement on O started with a veteran front that gave Jordan Love and company time to work and paved the way for 5.5 yards per carry.
Granted, the two losses came to two great run defenses, but the Aggies lost both games – Michigan State and Boise State – in the two times it ran for fewer than 100 yards. Over the last four years, the Aggies are 0-14 when they don’t hit the century mark.
Biggest Key To The Utah State Defense
Keep the takeaways coming. The Aggies led the nation with 32 forced turnovers with three or more five games. Takeaways was a key to the D under Gary Andersen in his first time around, and they became a key part of the puzzle over the last few seasons.
The 2016 team couldn’t do much of anything to be disruptive, and the season was a disaster. The intensity stepped up, and the Aggies went from creating ten takeaways to 21, to the big 2018 season with a +14 turnover margin.
Key Player To A Successful Season
WR Jordan Nathan, Jr.
There’s a whole lot of missing production with the top four wide receivers done. Nathan was the team’s sixth-leading receiver with 297 yards on 28 catches, but who’ll replace Ron’qavion Tarver’s 66 catches and the 77 combined grabs for Jalen Greene and Aaren Vaughns?
Savon Scarver caught nine passes and was a special kickoff returner – he has to be a part of the passing equation, too. It’ll be Nathan who has to be Mr. Reliable in the slot.
Key Game To The Utah State Season
Boise State, Nov. 23
Utah State had an amazing 2018 season. Did it beat Boise State? No. Did it play for the Mountain West title? No. Can it with the Mountain and get to the conference championship game without a win at home over the Broncos? No. The Aggies have lost 15 of the last 16 in the series – win, or likely watch Boise State go back to the title game.
– Utah State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Utah State Fun Stats
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Utah State 172 – Opponents 53
– Sacks: Utah State 32 for 221 yards – Opponents 10 for 70 yards
– Interceptions Thrown: Opponents 22 – Utah State 6