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Published: Monday, Aug. 26 2013 4:25 p.m. MDT

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Trouble
Vancouver, WA

BYU’s schedule is clearly the tougher and more intriguing one. They play a variety of excellent teams, each with unique strengths and style of football.

The Utes conference schedule is good, but they all play the same uninteresting style of PAC football. It's better than watching the Oxygen channel, but not by much.

Utah plays more teams ranked in the top 25 . . . in preseason polls. And we all know how accurate those preseason polls are. The ones that matter are the end of season ones, and, as we will see, BYU’s opponents will be highly ranked at year’s end, but each one with a loss . . . to the Cougars.

Utah State’s schedule is Utah’s old MWC schedule, less those pesky Horned Frogs. Hope the Aggies run the table in conference and show BSU that there’s a new boss.

Howeird S
Norman, OK

I wold not exactly lock BYU away with a loss to Texas. I think that game is going to be very close. I mean, we will see, but I would not give the game over to Texas as a foregone conclusion.

The A Game
Logan, UT

I think the BYU - Idaho State game will be intriguing.

Florida Aggie
Logan, UT

Quick reality check for the writer: USU has one of the deepest sets of returning starters in the country. For the teams that you think are toss ups, please check the score for the last time we played them and the WINNING score for USU of each game:

2011
Wyoming = 63 - 19

2012
@ Colorado State = 31 - 19 and Jake Doughty lit up their kicker

UNLV = 35 -13

A three win season is one of the most biased opinions I have seen in a long time. I mean, we got to 3 wins with my great recruiter (Turbin, Wagoner, Donald Penn I believe) Brent Guy. We haven't touched 3 wins as a total in over 4 years. You obviously have not paid attention to the boys up in Logan but you will, come the end of the year.

I cannot wait for the game on Thursday. I was in the MTC and out in the mission field the last time we went back to back vs Utah. Go Aggies!

Florida Aggie
Logan, UT

Ok, I did a little fact checking about the following comment:

"But the bottom of the MWC is better than half the teams the Aggies used to play in the WAC."

Here are the numbers from 2013:

MWC bottom half:

Wyoming3-54-8
Colorado State3-54-8
UNLV2-62-11
New Mexico1-74-9
Hawaii1-73-9

WAC bottom half:

UTSA3-38-4
Texas State2-44-8
Idaho1-51-11
New Mexico State0-61-11

Seems pretty close to me and we have actually played 4 of the bottom half teams from the current MWC in the last 2 years and beat them all with 2 games on the road and 2 at home.

Lastly, the WAC in it's last year of existence finished stronger than the MWC in terms of ranked teams and teams getting votes in polls. I think we will be just fine. Thanks for kindling the fire.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

@trouble

"BYU’s schedule is clearly the tougher and more intriguing one."

Are you serious? Every legitimate college football publication has the Utes' schedule as being much tougher. Phil Steele has Utah's as #12 as opposed to BYU as only #49. College Football Universe has Utah's as #5 and BYU as #42. BYU plays BCS teams such as Texas and Virginia, but these teams are coming off mediocre seasons. Utah, on the other hand, plays 5 teams in the top 25, including 2 teams in the top 5.

It's laughable reading BYU fans come onto these boards and build their team up at Utah's expense.

Go Utes!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

So rock thinks close games against other nobody WAC2.0 programs is more exciting than a Utah, USC matchup? LOL

the Utah USC matchup was close for 3 quarters last year.

And our game against Oregon State

John S. Harvey
Sandy, UT

I agree there is a lot of suspense, but there is no way USU has a three win season, nine wins are much more likely than only three. I agree that USC is a likely loss, but based on USU's recent performances at Auburn and Wisconsin I still think we have at least a 40% chance of winning against USC.

I rank the U of U about the same as USU, BUT the game is at RES, so the edge goes to U of U - but just barely. It will close to a toss-up, but I think USU has about a 47% chance of winning.

USU is the odds on favorite in all other games except Boise. Boise would be somewhere between USC and the U of U in difficulty as a team, but we play them in Logan - so that ups the odds somewhat. So I rate this one about even.

The other games I put USU's chances of winning between 55% and 99.9%.

Go Aggies!

By the end of the game on Thursday I think we will have a very clear picture of just how good (or bad) the Aggies will be this year.

tinplater
scottsdale, AZ

It is really exciting to see the interest that USU has generated for the first time in a couple of decades. Win or lose, the Aggies are not being looked over this year. I predict a 7 win season, but hope to be pleasantly surprised with a couple more as 9 is not out of the realm of possibility. USU, I think, is in the perfect conference mix with schools of approximately the same enrollment, financial resources, and population base. Being competitive in your conference is the important issue. The Ivy League is a great example of how much fun football can be without playing national powerhouses.

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

I'm not predicting it, but it really would be nice to have a year where USU dominated the other Utah FBS schools. I know I'm the minority, but I get so sick of the Utah and BYU drivel year after year. I watch all Utah schools hoping to see something great each year, but it would really be special to have a year where USU carried the flag for the state of Utah.

dumprake
Washington, UT

What a lame argument. Oh, I'm sure UNLV, Wyoming and New Mexico are going to be real thrillers!!! If Utah State doesn't go to a bowl game with that schedule, they never will.

Deamon
North Logan, UT

Nine wins is a real good possibility as long as Chuckie stays healthy. Hopefully the game plan is designed to keep him in a good spot and not leave him exposed to needless hits. I would hope that Utah won't try to take him out of the game.

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