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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The Aggies return almost their entire offensive line from last season, which includes Rimington Trophy nominee Tyler Larsen. Jamie Markosian, Eric Schultz and Kevin Whimpey round out an experienced, strong line with more than 100 combined starts among them. Right guard Kyle Whimpey sustained a leg injury in the San Jose State game, so Sini Tauauve'a will fill in for him.

Quarterback Chuckie Keeton returns for his junior season. He set multiple records in passing, rushing and touchdowns last season for the Aggies. So far, he is second in the nation in touchdown passes and looks to be on track for another record year. Expect him to do some damage to BYU's secondary as long as his line protects him.

Defensively, linebackers Kyler Fackrell, Jake Doughty and Zach Vigil return from a defense that ranked seventh in scoring defense last season. If they can consistently get a pass rush going on Hill, expect another strong performance against the Cougars like last year.
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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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