Breaking down the in-state rivalries in 2013: BYU at Utah State

Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 1:46 p.m. MDT

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Hill returns to the starting role as quarterback after his injury last October. Though Hill hasn’t started many games in his career thus far, he has enough experience and ability to lead the offense, but he needs to air out the ball more. Otherwise, backup Ammon Olsen could see playing time in this game.

Hill will run first and throw second under Robert Anae’s new up-tempo offense. Jamaal Williams may or may not see the field after the stinger he sustained in the Utah game, so Michael Alisa and Paul Lasike will likely pick up the slack in the run game.

Cody Hoffman returns for his senior season as BYU’s primary receiving threat. Hoffman racked up more than 1,000 receiving yards last season and shouldn’t have a problem matching last year’s total as long as he can get open, though his play this season has thus far been limited because of a tweaked hamstring muscle and a one-game suspension. Ross Apo and JD Falslev are also expected to make major contributions as receivers.

On defense, linebacker Kyle Van Noy returns, and Van Noy can accurately say he scored more points in the Poinsettia Bowl against San Diego State than the entire Cougar offense did. He’s been able to achieve on a very high level again this year with multiple pass breakups and quarterback hurries, though matching last year's total number of tackles and sacks could be difficult.

Though the cornerback position started out strong, the loss of Trent Trammel and Jordan Johnson to season-ending injuries has thinned out the secondary considerably.
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Las Vegas, NV

It's going to be an entertaining game to watch!

Go Ags!!

Las Vegas Aggie
Logan, Utah

This will be a good game and "I Beleive That We Will Win" but the Boise game is more important!

Go Aggies! Win Out!

Born in Provo
Logan, UT

All three in-state teams fairly evenly matched. Great time for football in the state of Utah. Go Cougars!

Spanish fork, UT

I think the byu and Utah state game will bring a lot of by showing some of the great men who served mission's for there church .

I also think byu has a good defense that it will be interesting to see if thy can get to Utah stat's qb.

I also think it could be a long game if those on byu's o line don't protect Tyson hill !!!

I think this is gone to be a fun game !!!

West Jordan, UT

Despite Utah State's rise recently, BYU has still beat USU last 2, 12 of the last 13, 22 of last 24. I love USU's team and root for them throughout the year, but I think BYU has their number. Without Gary Anderson, and an improving offense by BYU I think BYU will pull out the win here. This will be the toughest defense that USU faces all year.

Logan, UT

"This will be the toughest defense that USU faces all year."

You clearly haven't seen much of USC's defense. KVN is special, I'll give you that, but after that the dropoff in talent and ability is steep in comparison to USC. USC has a defensive roster full of players that could go toe to toe with KVN in speed, strength, and talent every day of the week, and twice on Sunday. BYU's defense is tough, but if USC can't keep Keeton and the USU offense out of the endzone, you can bet BYU won't be able to.

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