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Published: Sunday, Dec. 8 2013 8:30 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

Very tough draw for the Aggies! Hopefully the defense can play well again to make this a game, otherwise, NIU's former-heisman hopeful may be very difficult to handle.

Horrible Stumper
Hyrum, UT

Holy Cow, from the frying pan to the fire. 2 non-AQ BCS hopefuls in a row. Hope we can find some offense by game time to give the defense some rest. Otherwise it will be a long night. Way to go Ags, Boise is nice, but California will be a nice change.

Ogden, UT

Defense will be great as usual but the Aggies paper tissue O-line needs help desperately.


I'm sure glad that Rhett Wilkinson, D-news writer, was wrong when he wrote his article about how the Aggie's wouldn't make it to a bowl game after the loss of Chuckie and Whimpy. Then we lost four more starter on offense and here we are losing the Mountain West championship game and playing a quality team in a bowl game. This has been a fun year to see players step in and play, adding to a quality team.

North Las Vegas, NV

NIU will be a tough game, but I'm looking forward to heading down to San Diego instead of a frigid trip to Idaho. As it's already been said, hopefully the offense can pull their weight this game, the defense has showed it can do more than its fair share to keep them in it. Two weeks to prep, I'm sure Wells will have them ready to go

Salt Lake City, UT

I pity poor Utah State. This draw is not going to be fun. If the Aggies thought containing Taysom Hill was hard they're in for a surprize with Lynch. Put your football cleats away and get your track shoes out boys. This is a buzz saw coming up on balsa wood.
And I liked what the Aggies did. It's just not going to be pretty.

Logan, Utah

USU 35
NIU 14

NIU is a little overrated this year

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

Although they are probably excited about the location, NIU has got to be somewhat disappointed about the opponent. On the other hand, USU probably feels a lot of excitement playing a team that was one game away from the BCS.


I've watched several USU games this year and they have the one thing that no other College team had in Utah this year. HEART! I expect them to go toe to toe with NIU just like they did with Fresno State. Go Aggies!!!

Ogden, UT


Not sure what point you're trying to make. Are you saying Taysom Hill ran all over the Aggies in the BYU game? Game stats would prove otherwise. Hill had 9 carries for 14 yards. They don't need track shoes for that kind of containment.....they could use my grandmother's walker.

Mcallen, TX

Do the Aggies have a warm place to practice?

Richmond, VA

If Bowling Green could do what they did to NIU, then I think USU's got a very realistic chance! I think the Aggies can compete quite well and will probably pull an upset which I hope they do.

From a Cougar fan...Go Aggies!

Clearfield, UT

Goodbye Boise. Congrats to USU. Great matchup.

Kaysville, UT

Congrats to Utah State. Attn to the offense. Throw the ball to your tight ends. This will keep Northern Illinois defense honest. Go Aggies. From a UTE fan.

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

This is a GREAT opportunity for the Aggies to pull off the upset, especially after yesterday when they nearly did so against another one loss (Fresno State) team. In fact, I think both bowl games are more than either Utah State or BYU could have hoped for, so here's to both: may all the teams from Utah return home from their bowl games in California victorious. If both teams start out strong, should be very doable. Should be a great bowl season!

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

*Correction: ...after Saturday, the day BEFORE yesterday...

Las Vegas, NV

So San Diego is serving up MAC and Cheese! NIU is very good, but also MAC (Mid America Conference). MAC says a lot about them as well. Even the MAC is a tier or two below the present MWC so USU probably played a much more difficult schedule. I think the teams will be well matched. NIU hasn't faced that many great defenses this season. USU is top drawer on the stop side for sure. NIU does have a potent offense and a pretty good defense for MAC standards.

Hyrum, UT

Over the past while, it's been unusual for the Aggies to lose 2 games in a row. They usually bounce back from a lose really well. That's what they'll do this time... after a hard fought game against Fresno.

Playing 2 nationally ranked 1-loss teams in a row is a tall order.and a big challenge. But I genuinely think the Aggies are up this challenge and will take care of business in their nationally televised bowl game... just like they did last year against Toledo. They will represent our state well... as will BYU.


Tooele, UT

I have to agree with LEDSFW. I'm not sure that NIU has faced a defense as tough as the Aggies. The opposing quarterback looks great, but what type of defenses did they have to face this year in the MAC?
The offense NEEDS to show up. I was very frustrated watching the ineffectiveness of the offense on Saturday.

West Valley, UT

USU is the only Utah football team that is facing a rank team in a bowl game. How long has it been since any Utah football team played a ranked opponent in a bowl Game? I am just wondering.

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