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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30 2012 9:54 p.m. MDT

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Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

"OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: After scoring only three points at BYU, the Aggies have become an offensive juggernaut in three straight blowouts"

Not a great mystery here, the Aggies are playing teams who really should not be playing at the FBS level. Add up the wins of the Ag's opponants and its not impressive. At some point the NCAA, having concern for the money being lost, by so many schools playing above their level of support, needs to put their foot down on schools that are unable to satisfy the NCAA's requirement to play in a minimum 30,000 seat facility, averaging at least 15,000 fans.
Idaho with the smallest stadium in the division at 14,000 seats can't come close to either figure. Now for New Mexico St and Idaho to try and go Indy, is another name for money pit.

Aggie84
Idaho Falls, ID

True Lighting dude, the games havent been against major opponents including the Y, however, there is only one team in the state that is playing on both sides of the ball. That is what makes good teams good. I dont think there is a person in the state that can say their team is playing well on both sides of the ball. That is why the Aggies are getting noticed and the Y is not. Again, there is only one qb that is being noticed for something positive and he is going to be around for two more years. We all know the direction where the Aggies are going, can we say the same for anyone else in the State?

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Yes, and the y only scored 6 points in the only minute of effective offense the y could muster against USU. And the only other loss was a missed field goal at arguably the hardest stadium to play at in the country.

USU has risen from the ashes and is playing great football. The MWC will be a great move for the Aggies as they continue to move forward.

Go Big Blue!!!

md
Cache, UT

@Aggie 84
Yet, they are still the Aggies. They will lose their coach within 2 years to a real school and they will be back where they were. Coaches players will follow him.

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

md, Andersen has said he isn't going anywhere and if it's one thing he has been able to do is keep his word. He isn't looking for the bigger payday....just like Stew, he knows how good he has it in Logan. He will do great things at Utah State before he is finished. GO AGGIES....

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Aggie84

Man, I've been all excited for the Ags, but your excess is minorly off-putting. Can't really argue with you without getting petty, but just enjoy the love, bro! Now that we (the Y) are in the weak part of the schedule, we'll start looking pretty impressive too.

The importance of hanging around in the top 25 consistently is you get noticed sooner, easier. Then you have a staging ground for the next assault - top 15.

As it is, now that we're both playing "cupcakes", it wouldn't surprise me if the Y's recent history in the top 25 slingshots us past USU by the end of the season. Fair? No, but that's what building a history will do for you.

Great season! I hope you get the chance to show just how good the Ags have become against a good bowl opponent. I really hope that in the future, BYU and USU have one and ones played in November (although I would miss conference Friday). BYU owes the Aggies a lot for your loyalty during our journey into independence. Y'all deserve the best.

Banker
St. George, Utah

Y Grad / Y Dad,

What's more impressive; having medicore to okay seasons, or being a bottom dwelling program for decades and finding a way to compete with the best of college football in the span of just two years. BYU is medicore and, with the exception of this year, is playing second fiddle to Utah, who in the long term will be the better program thanks to PAC 12 affiliation? And USU is looking to establish itself as a big player in college football, just like the olden days of Merlin Olson, when USU had the best football program in the state.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Banker

Fair question, reasonably defended.

What Utah State has accomplished in the last two seasons is what BYU has been doing for decades. Competing with excellent teams and consistently beating them are two different things, ala BYU vs Notre Dame, or for that matter USU vs BYU this year.

As to Utah, they are pretty much in the same boat, except some of their highs have been higher, some of their lows have been lower.

The A Game
Sandy, UT

Y Grad / Y Dad,

You need to read Banker's question again. All your answer did is reaffirm that BYU has been just an okay team for decades. Is it not therefore more impressive that Utah State has literally gone from 1-win seasons to where it is now in 2 years?

Also, the Aggies play WAC teams because they are in the WAC. BYU might as well join the WAC considering how many teams from the conference they play, not to mention a real difficult Weber State team from an even weaker conference... yet BYU claims to be a great team because of their record. Interesting, no?

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

The A Game

You need to read my answer again. In the space of two short years, USU has gone from cellar dwellers to where BYU has been for decades: competitive with great teams, occasionally beating a few of them. Shoot, for the last two years, the aggies have even been competitive with... BYU.

My opinion of BYU is higher than yours, but not as high as your opinion of USU.

So here are two undeniable facts: USU is starting to get votes for the top 25 (deservedly so) and BYU is not. And BYU beat USU. everything else is conjecture. My hope is that this becomes a rivalry, a civil rivalry with respect for one another.

Questions?

The A Game
Sandy, UT

Y Grad / Y Dad,

So, BYU ditching the Mountain West in order to play WAC teams while claiming that they're going to a national championship is more impressive than USU leaving the WAC in order to play better teams in a better conference? I understand the whole "exposure" talk, but exposure doesn't account for much when you're playing Big Sky and WAC teams.

"Shoot, for the last two years, the aggies have even been competitive with... BYU. " Yeah....USU beat BYU two years ago. Seemed to ignore that little detail huh? And the past two games have been close throughout the entire game. Competing with BYU isn't as tough as you make it sound. It seems your opinion of BYU is much higher than my opinion of USU.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

The A Game

Reading for content is an acquired skill; keep trying. So USU is going to the Big 12 then? Maybe MY reading for content is lacking. Did I miss somewhere that USU has a tougher schedule next year than BYU? That you have notched several marquee wins that I missed?

Look, fortunately, USU's up and coming program is not somehow dependent on denigrating BYU's decent accomplishments. The undeniable facts have been stated: three years ago, USU stunned what eventually proved to be a mediocre team. The last two years you have lost, albeit close games on our turf, to the team you insist is mediocre, and somehow this gives you reason to bloviate???

This has become ridiculous. USU deserves more intelligent fans than that. Kindly change your allegiance to the team on the hill and commence correspondence with Chris B.

The A Game
Sandy, UT

Y Grad / Y Dad,

So resorting to insults is civilized then, correct? I have some advice. Take a deep breath and relax....okay, ready? Did I say USU is going to the Big 12? Did I say USU has a tougher schedule than BYU next year? Did I say USU has notched several marquee wins that you missed? Did I say that USU's up and coming program is dependent on denigrating BYU's accomplishments? In case you're still trying to acquire the skill of reading for content, the answer is no. In your words, "keep trying,"

Since you obviously don't get the point, let me say it one more time and I seriously hope you get it this time around. It is more impressive that USU has made such a quick turnaround from where they were to where they are. That was the original question and now it has been answered. Next time I hope you can learn to stay on topic. USU fans deserve more intelligent people to have conversations with about articles than happen to be about their school.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

The A Game

You're not only failing to read others comments for content, your now struggling with your own.

One example, then I'm outta here.

"Competing with BYU isn't as tough as you make it sound." Apparently, it is. Last two years, competing yes, winning no.

"All your answer did is reaffirm that BYU has been just an okay team for decades. Is it not therefore more impressive that Utah State has literally gone from 1-win seasons to where it is now in 2 years? " Is it impressive to lose your last two years to a team that is merely okay? Trust me, I know, we've lost to Utah now three years in a row.

So, the need to class BYU as mediocre or okay is denigrating. Losing to a mediocre team is not impressive.

USU's turnaround IS impressive. Your logic is not.

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