Aside from keeping the starting quarterback a secret, there's not necessarily a lot of suspense in Logan as Utah State prepares to take on No. 22 Utah on Saturday.
The Utes are one of four currently ranked teams on the Aggies' schedule this season and should, according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, beat USU by as big a margin as they feel comfortable with.
Utah State, however poor their reputation may be, would like nothing more than to turn the ship around and rescue its season as well as potentially saving coach Brent Guy's job.
"I live for these games. These are the ones you have to get up for," said USU senior receiver Otis Nelson. "I don't approach them any different than I would approach Idaho or New Mexico State or anything like that. We have to take it game by game, week by week and day by day. We have to do the best we can to get a win."
Nelson has emerged as the top offensive threat for the Aggies in many ways. Though sophomore quarterback Diondre Borel leads the team in rushing and passing, Nelson has grabbed 11 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Last week against Oregon, Nelson had seven of those receptions for 72 yards.
And while his play has been a nice option for the Aggies, they have seen precious little success in running the ball. And that has Guy concerned as much as anything.
The offensive line is being juggled around to try and optimize the situation and squeeze out a few more yards on the ground, and hopefully open up the passing game or the option of having Borel take off.
"There was some mixing and matching and, at one point, we put Diondre in with the entire second team offensive line," Guy said about the way the Oregon game turned out. "That's when we took the ball down and scored. He threw the ball to Curtis Marsh on the wheel route, and we caught them in a blitz.
"Diondre made a couple of good scrambles in that series, which made them look good, but they didn't protect him as well as they could."
Guy said he would name starters on the line on Thursday and allow that unit a little time to get used to each other.
"We think we have depth and more guys that can play and so we'll see who practices best this week," Guy said. "The (Oregon) game was a wake-up call for the entire offensive line group because it showed that we have more than five guys that can play, and that showed when they went out there on Saturday."Defensively, the Aggies will be eager to show that the 688 yards gained by the Ducks an Oregon school record is not going to happen again.
Battle of the Brothers
Utah State (0-2) vs. No. 22 Utah (2-0)
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Radio: 700 AM, 1320 AM
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