LOGAN There has been plenty of bad to focus on so far in Utah State's football season. There have been the lopsided losses, the missing-in-action offense and the continued struggles of the program from top to bottom among other things.
Which is exactly why Aggie coach Brent Guy is focusing on any positives he can find.
For starters, Utah State is on a two-game winning streak in the WAC and, with Idaho paying a visit to Romney Stadium tonight at 6, there's actually a pretty good chance that might grow to three games.
The oddsmakers in Las Vegas actually have the Aggies favored by 3 1/2 points.
"I think it is important for the fact that you need to win your first game and get started on the right foot, and this is our first WAC game," Guy said. "The WAC standings are strictly off conference games, and getting the first one and starting 1-0 is always something we talk about as a team."
The Vandals may be exactly what the Aggies need. Battling it out for non-bragging rights on a weekly basis in ESPN.com's Bottom Ten listings, the two teams will undoubtedly eye each other as a way to start the WAC season in a positive way.
"Opening up the WAC will give us a chance to get ourselves to a bowl game," USU defensive end Junior Keiaho said. "That is our focus right now. We are just trying to take it one game at a time."
The Vandals, 1-2 overall, beat Idaho State earlier, but have also been on the back end of a couple of tailkickings. Arizona thumped Idaho 70-0 to open the season, and a week ago Western Michigan had a 51-28 victory.
"You're going to see a team that is very hungry," Idaho coach Robb Akey said of the Aggies. "They haven't won a game yet. They've played three good opponents. I'm sure they're looking at us and saying, 'We'll beat Idaho.' That gives us something to prove."
The Idaho game is the second of three straight home games for USU. After a bye next week, the Aggies will host BYU on Oct. 3.
Before that, however, Guy simply wants to see a consistent, four-quarter effort from his team, and he's not afraid to shake up the two-deep to try and get that.
The Aggies appear to have made a change at quarterback. Sophomore Diondre Borel was named the starter and senior Sean Setzer will be his backup after starting the first three games.
"We are going to start Diondre this week. We are going to put him out there and let him start the game because Sean started three in a row and we have had three straight three-and-outs," Guy said. "We are going to put Diondre out there and see if he can get us started. He is right now our best runner, so hopefully that will help the running game as a whole."
But, as was shown against Utah, Guy will not be afraid to make a change or two mid-game.
"We are not going to just stick with a guy if he can't move the football," Guy said. "We are going to give someone else a shot. Diondre has shown he can move the football team a little more consistently at this point, so we are going to see how he can start."
Aggies on the air
Utah State (0-3, 0-0 WAC) vs. Idaho (1-2, 0-0)
Today, 2 p.m.
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