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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BYU lost a great deal of production on its defense with the graduation of Brandon Ogletree, Romney Fuga and Ziggy Ansah, who is now playing for the Detroit Lions. Eathyn Manumaleuna, JUCO transfers Marques Johnson and Kalolo Utu and freshman Tuni Kanuch will round out the defense this year, along with Bronson Kaufusi, replacing Ansah.

Though not quite as strong a unit as last season, especially after losing linebacker Spencer Hadley for a five-game suspension period, this Cougar defense can still suffocate its fair share of opponents. Just ask Middle Tennessee.

On the offensive side of the ball, Riley Nelson has graduated. A controversial quarterback, he often stayed on the field and managed to sustain some good drives. Though there is no question Hill can keep the Cougars in any game, he must stay healthy. Otherwise, it could be a long night against Utah State’s relentless defense.

As for the offensive line, the unit has essentially started over from last season. Manaaki Vaitai and Michael Yeck are two of the primary starters on the line. Along with them, potential starters include Josh Carter, Edward Fusi, Tim Duran and De'Ondre Wesley. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae has shifted the line around a bit since the Virginia loss, though, so this could change again.
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VegasUte
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!

Mormensarecristians
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 !!!

ExecutorIoh
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.

Aggie238
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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