BYU vs. USU from an Aggie insider perspective

By Charles Kano

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 28 2011 2:11 p.m. MDT

Defensively, teams have not been able to run the ball real well against USU. Look at the rushing stats on both sides of the ball from all three games to prove my point.

What is the Aggies' perceived weakness?

Lewis: Weakness appears to be special team’s coverage, and mistakes in special teams.

Stucki: Perceived weaknesses are the passing defense and special teams.

Who are the Aggies’ play-makers and team leaders?

Lewis: Playmakers are Robert Turbin, Michael Smith, Kerwyn Williams, Chuckie Keeton, Bobby Wagner and Levi Koskan. They are the leaders too, but it's mostly Turbin and Wagner's team.

Stucki: The Aggie offense is full of playmakers. Chuckie Keeton, Robert Turbin, RB Michael Smith, WR Chuck Jacobs, and WR Matt Austin.

Defensively look at Bobby Wagner. Linebacker Kyle Gallagher will make a bunch of tackles and defensive end/linebacker Levi Koskan will probably get a few tackles for loss.

What are the keys to the game for USU to be successful?

Lewis: The keys to success are no mistakes in special teams and making defensive plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Stucki: Dominate the running game on both sides of the ball, win the turnover battle, and don't let Heaps beat you with the pass.

Who do you think wins and give us a score?

Lewis: USU 30, BYU 21

Stucki: USU 31, BYU 21.

Who do you think will be the game's MVP?

Lewis: Turbin with three touchdowns and 125 yards rushing.

Stucki:Game MVP is Robert Turbin.

Anything else BYU fans should know about this USU team?

Lewis: Gary Andersen loves to play vs the Cougars. He gets fired up as a former Ute and now an Aggie coach. But he knows how good this BYU program is.

Stucki: Aggie fans hate BYU. Zoobs are fairweather fans and have an innate ability to take pro-BYU propaganda and bathe themselves in it.

Charles Kano is a senior writer for truebluecougars.com, a Deseret News partner. He is an avid sports fan with a particular interest in high school and college athletics.

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