How BYU, Utah and USU's opponents fared in week 5: Wyoming, Wisconsin fall, Oregon State, Arizona State surging

Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 1:10 a.m. MDT

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The Aggies, coming off their second loss to a Pac-12 opponent in as many weeks, were looking to make their mark on their third nationally televised game of the season.

With the prime-time lights shining on Chuckie Keeton's crew, the Aggies didn't disappoint. Nick Diaz kicked four field goals, Keeton threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one more and the Spartans were held to a single touchdown on the night in a very lopsided result.

USU's national reputation is fairly solid. Its strong showings on national TV, despite the two losses, have helped to nurture its brand. Entering week six, the Aggies have an opportunity to further expand their brand when they welcome BYU to Romney Stadium for the first time since 2010.

As for the rest, that national brand can further be enhanced if the Mountain West conference continues to provide strong, quality football.

How did USU's opponents fare in week five? Let's take a look.
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StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

BYU: opponents combined record: 34-20 (32-18 excluding BYU)
Team-AP Rank-Coaches' Poll-Sagarin Rating
Virginia: UR UR 78
Texas: UR UR 44
Utah: UR UR 32
Middle Tennessee State: UR UR 110
Utah State: UR UR 26
Georgia Tech: UR UR 34
Houston: UR UR 59
Boise State: UR UR 33
Wisconsin: UR UR 15
Idaho State: N/A N/A 212
Notre Dame: UR UR 37
Nevada: UR UR 90
Top 25: 0 Avg. Sagarin Rating: 64

Utah: opponents combined record: 35-16 (34-13 excluding Utah)
Utah State: UR UR 26
Weber State: N/A N/A 201
Oregon State: UR UR 50
BYU: UR UR 43
UCLA: 12 13 11
Stanford: 5 5 6
Arizona: UR UR 28
Southern Cal: UR UR 38
Arizona State: 22 24 16
Oregon: 2 2 2
Washington State: UR UR 46
Colorado: UR UR 83
Top 25: 4 Top 15: 3 Top 5: 2 Avg. Rating: 45

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

contd.

Utah State: opponents combined record: 23-32 (21-29 excluding Utah State)
Utah: UR UR 32
Air Force: UR UR 120
Weber State: N/A N/A 201
Southern Cal: UR UR 38
San Jose State: UR UR 87
BYU: UR UR 43
Boise State: UR UR 33
New Mexico: UR UR 152
Hawai'i: UR UR 130
UNLV: UR UR 117
Colorado State: UR UR 96
Wyoming: UR UR 71
Top 25: 0 Avg. Rating: 93

bigirish
OREM, UT

You're saying Wisconsin is unranked but polled 15? Doesn't make them ranked?

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

bigirsh, I don't know you don't understand this information, even with a key above all of it. Wisconsin is rated 15th according to the Sagarin computer ratings. This is NOT a poll. AP Media Poll and USA Today Coaches' Poll are polls.

RSLfanalways
West Valley, UT

What I think is funny that even though Ute's have a 18-4 against BYU and USU, that just shows how bad the state of Utah is at football. The last two seasons have not been good for the Ute's. The football programs in this state will never be great, good coaches will always use the state of Utah as a good way to move onto better programs. Urban Myer, Gary Anderson were able to do great things with average players but that does not last. The coaches that we currently have are all just average and that is how all programs in this state will be, is just average. USC has shown that you can have high ranked recruites and players but with an average coach you will just be an average team.

Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

It's truly sad how pitiful the MWC has become, I can't imagine what possessed Boise to return and be forced to play the drudges of the league Wyo, CSU, UNLV, and half a dozen others. If you took away the wins vs Idaho, UTEP and New Mexico with their dismal records the entire MWC would have 4 wins out of conference against FBS teams. The league is closer to the Big Sky than anyone dared think. Anyone try and catch CBS-Sports BTW access hasn't changed much.

MWC Wrap
                    Record Conf Non-conf.          
Air Force   1-6      0-5   1-1.                         Colgate-W.                  Navy-L
Boise St.   3-2.    1-1.      2-1.                       So Miss-W.                  Wash-L
                                                                                TennMartin-W
Colo St.      2-3.   0-0.  2-3.                      CalPoly-W.                 Alabama-L
                                                                                 UTEP-W.                     Colo-L
                                                                                                                    Tulsa-L
Fresno.       5-0.  2-0.   3-0.                     Rutgers-W
                                                                                 CalPoly-W
                                                                                 Idaho-W
Hawaii.        0-5.  0-3.   0-2.                                                        USC-L
                                                                                                                   OreSt-L
Nevada.      3-2.   2-1.      1-2.                     UCDavis-W.                UCLA-L
                                                                                                                    FlorSt-L
New Mex.  2-3.  0-1.      2-2.                    UTEP-W.                      UTSA-L
                                                                               New MexSt-W.            Pitt-L
SanDiegoST 3-2  2-0.  1-2.                    NewMexSt-W.             Ohio St-L
                                                                                                                    OreSt-L
SanJoseSt.   2-3   1-1.    1-2.                     SacSt-W.                      Stanford-L
                                                                                                                    Minn-L
UNLV.         3-2.      1-0.   2-2.                   CentMich-W.               Minn-L
                                                                                WestIllnois-W.            Arizona-L
UtahSt.       3-3.    2-0.   1-3                     WeberSt-W.                USC-L
                                                                                                                   BYU-L                                              
                                                                                                                   Utah-L
Wyo.             3-2.    1-0.    2-2.                    Idaho-W.                      Nebraska-L
                                                                                NorthernCO-W.       TexasSt-L
NonCon record 18-22
NonCon FBS record 8-22. 
Vs BCS 0-17 IND 4-1  (2 vs Idaho, 2 vs New Mexico St, 1 vs BYU)
Winning % of FBS opponents in wins- .214  (6-22)
Winning% of FBS opponents in losses- .715 (68-27)

Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

Let's not neglect how far the MWC has fallen. In games out of conference vs FBS teams they have won 8 losing 22. Take away the truly awful teams like New Mexico St 0 wins, Idaho 1 won, and UTEP 0 wins, the entire conference has 3 wins vs non-conf FBS teams. MWC Wrap
                   
NonCon record 18-22
NonCon FBS record 8-22. 
Vs BCS 0-17 IND 4-1  (2 vs Idaho, 2 vs New Mexico St, 1 vs BYU)
Winning % of FBS opponents in wins- .214  (6-22)
Winning% of FBS opponents in losses- .715 (68-27)

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