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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27 2012 4:35 p.m. MST

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Bountiful, UT

Sorry, Brad, but I can't agree that USU was the best team in the state. How can you tell that one team is better than another? How about having a football game between the two? Am I wrong, or did BYU beat USU in Logan? Did BYU lose to Boise State by only one point when BYU could have tied BSU by the simple decision to go for one instead of two on points after a touchdown? Did BYU lose to the Nation's Number One and undefeated team, Notre Dame, by only three points after an errant BYU pass missed a wide-open receiver in the fourth quarter?

I congratulate Utah State for a great year. But as a proponent of a national play-off, I will always go with a head-to-head contest on the field to select the better team.

Unca Bon

Sorry, that logic can be flawed. Yes, BYU was better on the given day, just like Utah was better on the given day they beat us (BYU), and just like Utah State was better on a given day against Utah. All in all, at minimum we BYU fans have to at least concede a three-way tie. They were all extremely close games. Considering Utah State and BYU also both played SJSU at their stadium and Utah State came out on top easily whereas BYU got beat, the edge may even go to them.
As a BYU fan, I therefore humbly admit that Utah State, in my eyes, was the best football team in the state.

Idaho Falls, ID

Wrong Linus

It was in Provo that your mighty Kittens beat USU, are also the only team in Utah in the national rankings. They also know who their qb is as well as running back. Also, look who has the best defense and offense in the state. Look at the opponents in common, all USU! And to make you feel a little better, the Kitties did win one good game this year, the Aggies.

Saint George, UT

Nice column, Rock.

The A Game
Sandy, UT


You are wrong on several accounts. You're okay labeling Notre Dame as number one, but you won't acknowledge that a ranked Utah State is better than an unranked BYU? The same reasoning you use about the Boise State and Notre Dame game goes the exact same way for Utah State playing BYU. If they just did this....or just did that....Utah State would've won. You can argue with yourself about what-ifs, but you have to play it both ways. If you can do simple math, Utah State is better than BYU. It's okay to concede....even if it is (not so) mighty BYU.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah State is hands down the best team in the state this year really not much of an argument can be made otherwise.

Both Utah and byu were not very good this year. Give credit where credit is due USU had a good year and I expect they will be good next year as well unless Gary Anderson accepts an offer from another school.


This year for USU was both fantastic and a nightmare for its fans. Their overwhelming success will probably lose them their number one reason for that success: Gary Andersen.

Bountiful, UT

You all forget that there was a football game between BYU and USU. BYU won.

The A Game
Sandy, UT

So do you consider BYU the best team in the state? What about Utah beating BYU? Does that make Utah the best team? It goes on forever. Looking at things currently, USU is the best team. Pretty simple.

Orem, UT

Right on Rock.And I'm sorta embarrassed by my fellow Cougs that can't concede the obvious: USU is the best in the state this year! Go Aggies! Stay Anderson!

Allen, TX

Like a bunch of 1st graders fighting over who is king of the playground, while the 6th graders stand by the fence laughing at them..........

Salt Lake City, UT

Utah State is the best football team in the State this year - PERIOD.


To J-TX, unless you are a Texas A&M fan, this was perhaps not the best timing for your comment: Utah State is currently higher than Texas in both the AP Poll and ESPN Power Rankings. :) Though this has been a down year for them, BYU also happens to maintain a record of 2-1 vs Texas.

We won't even mention Texas football teams outside of University of Texas-Austin and Texas A&M...

Salt Lake City, UT

aggie fans are fighting over the "best in Utah" which is as important as saying we are the best in all 50 states, except for the other 49. Try cashing that at the grocery store. Because of their miserable year ute fans are quick to add that if someone beats us, they must be the best. No one outside the Cache valley cares. Hands down.

Allen, TX


I am actually an Oregon fan. Moved to TX from OR 7 years ago......

But while we're on the subject of Texas FB, there are 4 TX Div 1 5A High School teams I believe could beat Utah, USU or BYU...........


To 4601, your comment sounds like one coming from an SEC fan...that would it expain everything. It's true, USU is not in the running for a national title, nor are they a recognized football powerhouse, but they have had a remarkable season and deserve the praise that they are receiving. It's ok, they don't need it from you. They will stick with the BCS, AP, people that care about an underdog succeeding...

Though the state of Utah may not have the same football pedigree as, say, Florida or Oklahoma, they have been significant for the past 30 years. This includes a national championship, an argument to be made for a national championship, a Heishman Trophy winner (even Alabama has had only 1 of these), multiple top-10 finishes, BCS bowl wins including multiple bowl wins vs. so-called "elite" conferences...the record speaks for itself.

Pleasant Grove, UT


If you have no ties to UT then why are you commenting on the D News board? I'm calling rubbish.

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

Its nice to think we are the best in the state but it doesnt really matter... as an Aggie Fan, the bottom line is we DID NOT beat BYU. Close and sloppy game, but we still lost.

Even if we had won, other than settling the arguement, it doesn't really mean anything anyway... maybe next year we can prove it with Utah at LES and BYU at Romney.

As far as J-TX... not that it can ever be proven but I would take any D1 school over any high school team you want.

The A Game
Sandy, UT

I disagree. The bottom line is that the Aggies are ranked 20th in the nation, which is kind of a big deal for Gary and his team. I think saying that losing to BYU is more important is a little off. Playing BYU isn't as important as some people like to think it is. Of course we would rather have won, but who cares. Just enjoy the moment of USU getting some recognition for once. And if for no other reason, USU is the best team because they are without a doubt the most fun to watch.

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

AGame... not sure if your comments are directed at me or not... I am on your team, a 100% Aggie fan/alum and LOVE the season we are having.

By "not meaning anything" I meant being best in the state only matters to us here in Utah, our Nationl Rank is not affected by being the best in the state or not.

If you ask me, I say we are best in the state... but I hate we lost to BYU and I understand their argument for us not being the best... although I don't buy it.

Go Aggies!!!

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