In college football, winning isn't the only factor. Who you beat, and how, is a vital part of moving up the rankings and getting into a good bowl game. So each week during the 2012 season, we'll take a look at how Utah State's past and future opponents performed.
Utah State 2012 schedule
Aug. 30 Southern Utah W, 34-3
Sept. 7 Utah, W, 27-20
Sept. 15 at Wisconsin, L, 16-14
Sept. 22 at Colorado State, W, 31-19
Sept. 29 UNLV, W, 35-13
Oct. 5 at BYU 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Oct. 13 at San Jose State 2 p.m. (ESPN Regional)
Oct. 20 New Mexico State 1 p.m. (KMYU)
Oct. 27 at UT-San Antonio noon
Nov. 3 Texas State 1 p.m. (KMYU)
Nov. 17 at Louisiana Tech 5 p.m.
Nov. 24 Idaho 1 p.m. (ESPN Regional)
Last week: Lost to Montana State, 24-17
The Thunderbirds were close to upsetting the undefeated Bobcats, but they allowed a touchdown with just under three minutes left for the final margin. Still, SUU could make some noise in the Big Sky.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Sacramento State
Last week: Bye
The Utes had last week off to recover from a 37-7 drubbing at the hands of Arizona State. Bouncing back won't be easy, as they host #13 USC on Thursday in a nationally televised broadcast.
Next up: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. #13 USC
Last week: Lost at #22 Nebraska, 30-27
The Badgers looked like they might be turning their season around, but they gave up a 17-point lead in last week's loss at Nebraska. Running back Montee Ball's late fumble was a key factor.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Illinois
Last week: Lost at Utah State, 35-13
While they kept it close in the first half, the Rebels were really no match for the Aggies in Logan. The good news is that UNLV is still undefeated in MWC play. The bad news is they now travel to play unbeaten Louisiana Tech.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 6 at Louisiana Tech
Last week: Won vs. Hawaii, 47-0
After two close losses to Utah and Boise State, the Cougars bounced back in a big way by shutting out the Warriors. The only question going forward is, who will the quarterback be? We'll find out Friday when the Aggies and Cougars face off in Provo.
Next up: Friday, Oct. 5 vs. Utah State
Last week: Won at Navy, 12-0
The Midshipmen stifled the powerful Spartans passing attack (at least a little), but four field goals led SJSU to a fourth straight win. They've still got to be kicking themselves for letting an opening-week upset of Stanford slip away.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. Utah State
Last week: Lost vs. UTSA, 35-14
The Aggies can't run the ball, they can't stop anybody, and they've given up an average of 34.6 points per game this season. The only good news is that the passing game is still decent. That, and they get to face Idaho this week.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 6 at Idaho
Last week: Won at New Mexico State, 35-14
Larry Coker's Roadrunners are still undefeated after their first WAC game in history. But beating New Mexico State doesn't say much about your team. UTSA has a bye this week, but we might learn more when they host San Jose State later this month.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 13 at Rice
Last week: Lost vs. Nevada, 34-21
The Bobcats were leading the Wolfpack at halftime, but 14 third-quarter points were too much for Texas State to overcome. They travel to Albuquerque next.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 6 at New Mexico
Last week: Won at Virginia, 44-38
The Bulldogs stayed undefeated by outlasting the Cavaliers in a Virginia shootout. It's all offense with this crew; they're fifth in the nation in points per game, and quarterback Colby Cameron has already thrown 12 touchdown passes. They can't stop anybody, but they might not need to.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. UNLV
Last week: Lost at North Carolina, 66-0
There's no silver lining here; the Vandals are just flat-out awful. They're dead last in FBS in rushing yards per game, points per game, and points allowed per game. Even the weaker teams in the WAC may be too much for them.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. New Mexico State