1. UTAH STATE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Utah State was really, really good, but it also helped that it beat a whole lot of nothing.
Yeah, the Aggies pushed Michigan State in the season opener, and yeah, they lost a tight battle to Boise State, but that’s sort of the point – they lost to the good teams.
The 11-win season led to Matt Wells getting the Texas Tech job, and now Gary Andersen has to recreate the magic from when he first turned the miserable program into a real, live player.
The skill parts around QB Jordan Love, though, aren’t nearly as strong, the O line has to replace four starters, and the defense loses just enough to be annoying.
Andersen is the right fit, the special teams will be amazing, Love is special, and there’s enough still there to get back to a bowl game, but …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 7
Will the Aggies be good enough to beat Wake Forest on the road to kick things off? Yeah, maybe, and they’ll beat Stony Brook to follow. However, they have to deal with a road game at San Diego State, go to Fresno State, and they have to play LSU in Death Valley.
Throw in the home games against Nevada, Boise State and BYU, and don’t overlook the dates against Air Force and New Mexico on the road and Wyoming and Colorado State at home, and …
It adds up to a slight step back seven-win regular season.