Just as will be the case next weekend when Boise State entertains Idaho, the Broncos will be facing an opponent bent on scoring a major victory for their football program when Utah State hosts the Broncos in Logan.
BoiseState travels to Logan, Utah in its quest for a ninth victory of
the season against a dangerous UtahState team hungry for its first win.The Aggies gave 16th-ranked Hawai'i all they could handle on the
islands before falling 52-37.A win by UtahState would give the Senior Day crowd is Logan plenty to be proud of.15 Aggies will be honored prior to the game.
BoiseState and UtahState have five opponents in common:Wyoming, Nevada, Louisiana Tech, FresnoState and San JoseState.The Aggies were competitive in all of them, losing heartbreakers to Nevada (31-28) and San JoseState (23-20), and falling at Wyoming (32-18), at home to Louisiana Tech
(31-21) and at FresnoState (38-27).Boise State beat all five, hosting Wyoming
(24-14), Nevada (69-67 in 4OT) and San Jose State on Saturday (42-7), while
winning on the road at La Tech (45-31) and Fresno State (34-21).
about UtahState has to begin with Kevin Robinson,
one of the most talented players in the Western Athletic Conference.Robinson is one of just six players in the
nation with two kick returns for a touchdown this season.Robinson also has a punt return for a
touchdown and joins Leodis McKelvin of Troy as the only two players in Division
I-A with three returns for TD's.
has amassed 6,058 all-purpose yards in his incredible career and is averaging
210.7 yards this season.He leads the
league and is third in the country in punt returns (19.5 yards per return) and
is third in the WAC and 14th in the nation in kick returns
(29.4).Robinson is also averaging a
team-leading 4.9 catches per game, 10th in the WAC, for 11.9 yards
per catch and four touchdowns.
Leon Jackson III is another run/pass threat facing the Broncos, who have had
trouble with both Jake Locker of Washington and Colin Kaepernick of Nevada.Today's test will be an indicator how much the Bronco defense has
learned.Jackson ranks seventh in the conference in
passing efficiency (126.7) and is fourth in passing percentage (119-of-181 for
65.7%).He has thrown for 1,174 yards
this season and is also second on the team with 297 rushing yards and four
tailback Derrvin Speight leads the Aggies with 357 yards (3.9 per carry) and
the linebacking trio of juniors De'von Hall and Jake Hutton as well as sophomore Paul Igboeli along with junior safety Caleb Taylor
lead the Aggies, as Igboeli has made a team-leading 70 stops, while Hutton and
Taylor have 65 tackles and Hall has 58 stops,Igboeli is 15th in the WAC with 7.8 tackles per game while
Hall is tied for 16th with 7.3 ... Igboeli ranks 15th in the WAC
with 7.8 tackles per game, while Hall is tied for 16th with 7.3 and Hutton and
Taylor are tied for 18th with 7.2.Taylor leads the Aggies with seven tackles
for loss while Igboeli is right behind at 6.5.Safeties Roy Hurst, Caleb Taylor and James Brindley lead the team in
interceptions with two each.
Jackson also punts for UtahState and leads the WAC and is 34th in
the NCAA in punting with a 42.4 average.Freshman Peter Caldwell is off to a good start as the Aggies'
placekicker.He is third in the
conference by hitting 12-of-17 field goals.
UtahState averages 20.9 points per game while
giving up 35.3 points.They average just
less than 122 yards a game in rushing and 153 in passing.Defensively, the Aggies give up 204 rushing
yards and 244 passing yards per contest.
UtahState head coach Brent Guy is in his
third year at UtahState.Bronco fans will remember Guy as the defensive coordinator from
1998-2000, helping fashion Boise State as Humanitarian Bowl champions in both
1999 and 2000.He also was the defensive
coordinator at ArizonaState prior to coming to Logan.The Aggies also have other BoiseState ties—safeties coach Jeff Copp was
an All-Big West performer at defensive end for the Broncos in 2000, defensive
coordinator Mark Johnson coached the defensive line at BoiseState in 1998-99 and cornerbacks coach
John Rushing served as a graduate assistant in 1998 and 1999.
game is set to kickoff shortly after
this week's E/A Sports simulations.The
data is broken down into the number of simulations won by each team, with the
first number representing the first team listed.The average score in the simulations is the
next set of data and finally the highest and lowest margins of victory for each
team.The software has missed just five
games this season involving a WAC team:BoiseState at Washington, UTEP at New Mexico StateNevada at New Mexico State, Utah State at Wyoming and UNLV at Nevada.The cumulative record for predicting the winner stands at 55-5.
Tech At LSU (0-25) 10.8-41.4. High:56-3 (LSU), Low:24-23 (LSU)
Mexico State At San JoseState(15-10)Here's the second of two Aggie games that were too
close to call.Extended simulations did
allow confidence, with New MexicoState pulling away 19-11.33.4-30.5, High:49-13 (NMS), 52-3 (SJ), Low:41-38 (NMS), 38-35 (SJ)
Boise State At Utah State
(97-3)42.7-10.1, High:73-7 (Boise State), 24-12 (Utah State),
Low:23-17 (Boise State), 27-24 (Utah
State), Highest points Boise State scored and lost (43), Highest points Utah
State scored (53).The Aggies have the
ability to score some points—don't let the 10 points average fool you.The Broncos should not feel completely
comfortable unless they have 54 points.The software tells us that 54 points would give USU nearly
zero percent chance of winning.