Utah State football: Aggies' schedule complete as MWC releases 2014 league slate

Published: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 12:40 a.m. MST

Utah State Aggies head coach Matt Wells hugs Utah State Aggies nose tackle AJ Pataiali'i (56) during the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. USU won 21-14.

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Utah State's 2014 football schedule took shape Thursday as the Mountain West Conference announced the league's upcoming slate.

Following five non-conference games to begin the year, the Aggies will open their second year in MWC play with a home game against Air Force on Oct. 11. Utah State will finish the year with a road contest at Boise State on Nov. 29 in a game that could well be for the MWC Mountain Division title.

Last year, the Aggies fell to Boise State in October in the game after losing quarterback Chuckie Keeton for the season. But Utah State won its final five regular-season games and rallied to take the division title from the Broncos; the Aggies fell to Fresno State in the league's championship game.

"We are excited about the upcoming season and the caliber of teams our fans will get to see in Romney Stadium during both the non-conference and in league play," Utah State head coach Matt Wells said in a press release. "We also understand the challenges this schedule presents playing 10 games in a row to end the regular season and we will start preparing ourselves for those challenges with our training this summer.

"We look forward to defending our Mountain Division title and competing for another Mountain West championship this season."

In October, the Aggies will play two of three league games at home, with an Oct. 25 contest against UNLV to go with the matchup against the Falcons. Utah State plays at Colorado State on Oct. 18.

In November, the Aggies will play five games, with three on the road. After games at Hawaii (Nov. 1) and Wyoming (Nov. 8), USU returns home for a pair against New Mexico (Nov. 15) and San Jose State (Nov. 22). That leads up to the season finale at Boise State.

The Mountain West championship game is scheduled for Dec. 6.

Prior to league play, the Aggies will play five games, including home contests against Wake Forest and Idaho State and road games at BYU, Arkansas State and Tennessee, the season opener.

Game times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date. Utah State will play 13 regular-season games for the first time in school history.

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