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Phil Steele ranks USU 2nd-most experienced team in college football, BYU 23rd, Utah 40th

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 12:27 a.m. MDT

USU head coach Matt Wells during Utah State Aggies football practice Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Logan (Tom Smart, Deseret News) USU head coach Matt Wells during Utah State Aggies football practice Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Logan (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Much of college football is experience, and according to Phil Steele, USU is as experienced as it comes in Utah.

The Aggies had the best season in the history of the program in 2012, going 11-2, defeating Utah and winning the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the second bowl victory in the history of USU football.

Most of that team is returning. Thirteen 2013 senior starters are returning to the Aggie depth chart, while three 2013 seniors are on the two deep. Seven junior starters are returning and 12 Aggie juniors are on the two-deep. USU also features two starting sophomores on the post-spring depth chart and no freshmen.

By Steele's point system, this gives USU a total of 81 points, tied for second-most in the nation. Only South Alabama (85) has more.

By comparison, BYU has nine starting seniors, eight starting juniors, five starting sophomores, and no starting freshmen. In the two-deep, BYU has six seniors, five juniors, seven sophomores and four freshmen. Their Steele point total is 72, tied for 23rd with six other teams.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall walks across the field during the BYU Blue and White football game at BYU in Provo on Saturday, March 30, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Coach Bronco Mendenhall walks across the field during the BYU Blue and White football game at BYU in Provo on Saturday, March 30, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Meanwhile, the University of Utah has nine starting seniors, nine starting juniors, four starting sophomores and no freshmen. In the two deep, Utah has four seniors, seven juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen. Their Steele point total is 69, tied with four other teams.

Depth charts regularly change during the fall, and coaches regularly place certain players at certain positions in the post-spring depth chart in an attempt to motivate the team. At some positions, the depth-chart openly declares who will take the field come the fall. At others, resolving who will actually start is a mystery.

The Beehive State college football season begins Aug. 29 when USU takes on Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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