No. 23 UTAH STATE (10-2) vs. NORTH TEXAS (9-3)
Kickoff: Saturday, noon (MT)
Dreamstyle Stadium (37,457) — Albuquerque, New Mexico
Radio: 92.3 FM
Weather: Partly cloudy, temperatures in the low 50s.
- For Utah State … The Aggies can end the year with 11 wins and are trying to finish the season ranked in both major polls, both for only the second time in school history (in 2012, USU was 11-2 and finished the year ranked in the top 20 of the final Associated Press and Coaches polls).
- For North Texas … The Mean Green would reach double-digit victories for the third time in program history with a bowl win.
- For Utah State … The Aggies are playing in their seventh bowl game in eight seasons and trying to improve upon a 3-3 record during that stretch.
- For North Texas … The Mean Green are playing in their third straight bowl game and looking for their first win in a bowl since 2013.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
- For Utah State … The Aggies will prevail if they utilize a combination of potent offense and disruptive defense, a recipe for success they often used in 2018.
- For North Texas … The Mean Green have the firepower to make things interesting and their best chance for a win is likely to prevail in a shootout.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jordan Love, Utah State quarterback: Love captains an explosive offense, throwing for 3,208 passing yards and 28 touchdowns — a single-season school record — while completing 65.8 percent of his passes.
Mason Fine, North Texas quarterback: The two-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year is having a standout season with numbers similar to Love, with 3,734 passing yards, eighth nationally, to go along with 27 TD passes with a 64.6 percent completion rate.
Quarterbacks vs. secondaries: Both quarterbacks have done a fine job protecting the ball this season with only the five interceptions each. The Aggies, meanwhile, have intercepted 18 passes this season, tops in the country. On the flip side, the Mean Green have intercepted 17 passes.
"I want to say thanks to Matt (Wells), and the coaches that are not here. They all played a big role in where we are today. The goal is to continue to climb up that mountain."
— Utah State interim head coach Frank Maile
“There’s no doubt in my mind they’re the best team we’ve faced so far. They lost two games by single digits this season. We understand the challenge.”
— North Texas coach Seth Littrell
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UTAH STATE RESULTS
Aug. 31 — Michigan State 38, Utah State 31
Sept. 8 — Utah State 60, New Mexico State 13
Sept. 13 — Utah State 73, Tennessee Tech 12
Sept. 22 — Utah State 42, Air Force 32
Oct. 5 — Utah State 45, BYU 20
Oct. 13 — Utah State 59, UNLV 28
Oct. 20 — Utah State 24, Wyoming 16
Oct. 27 — Utah State 61, New Mexico 19
Nov. 3 — Utah State 56, Hawaii 17
Nov. 10 — Utah State 62, San Jose State 24
Nov. 17 — Utah State 29, Colorado State 24
Nov. 24 — Boise State 33, Utah State 24