Last week Sports Illustrated had Utah State ranked 118th in the nation and the University of Idaho 117th.

Utah State's win over New Mexico State jumped the Aggies — in the eyes of the prognosticators at least — to 112th, while Idaho, with it loss to No. 17 Boise State, filled Utah State's void at No. 118.

The two teams are the only teams from 112th through 119th to be playing each other this week, so it will be considered by some as the worst game in America this week.

Both teams, however, aren't looking at it that way. For each this game is a quasi bowl game.

The Aggies (1-10, 1-6) could win their second straight game, while earning their first back-to-back road victories this century, while Idaho is looking to snap a 12-game Western Athletic Conference losing streak.

"I know they're hungry and they don't want to go through the WAC season without a win so we can't look at them and say there's any advantage anywhere," Utah State football coach Brent Guy said. "We have to go play better than we played last week to beat this team on the road. For their seniors, it will be their Senior Day so they'll have a lot to play for."

The game kicks at 1:30 p.m. and can be seen live on Altitude.

The Vandals (1-10, 0-7) haven't won since beating Cal Poly, 20-13, on Sept. 8 — the second week of the season. Along the way they have had five losses by 14 points or less.

"They're just kind of like us and had they had some balls bounce some different ways in some of the WAC games they've played, I think they would've won one by now," Guy said.

The Vandals, who opened the year with a 38-10 loss to then No. 1 USC, lost by seven to Northern Illinois, eight to San Jose State, 13 to Fresno State, 14 to New Mexico State and 12 by Louisiana Tech.

"They've played well at home and they've played some close games like we have against similar opponents," Guy said. "They seem to play well in the dome and they've got a new staff, but they're very sound fundamentally."

Utah State, which snapped a 16-game losing streak last week with a 35-17 win over New Mexico State, lost by seven to UNLV, 14 to Wyoming, three to San Jose State, three to Nevada, 10 to La. Tech and 11 to Fresno State.

The Vandals are scoring 21.7 points per game on 342.5 yards total offense, while giving up 38.1 points on 432 yards.

Deonte Jackson is the bulk of the Vandals' offensive attack as he is rushing for 100 yards per game, while quarterback Nathan Enderle has completed 118-of-271 passes for 1,596 yards and nine touchdowns with 15 interceptions.

The Vandals also have a weapon in Shiloh Keo, who leads the WAC and is second in the nation (Utah State's Kevin Robinson is third) in punt return yards at 18.94 per return.


Aggies on the air

Utah State (1-10, 1-6) at Idaho (1-10, 0-7)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Kibbie Dome

TV: Altitude

Radio: 1230 AM (S.L.)


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