"It's obviously a big loss having a guy like that out," Adams said of Harper. "Justin (Johnson), he's going to come in and pick up the slack. He did a great job last game and he definitely grew up a lot that game. We're looking to see him do some things this game and step it up."
Injuries are never timely, but Harper's absence would especially impact the Bulldogs as they take on one of the best defenses they have faced in Utah State. The Aggies rank 11th nationally in yards allowed per game, just 321.4. The Bulldogs are passing for 410 yards per game while the Aggies give up only 210 yards per game through the air. Something will have to give in this matchup on Saturday.
"They've got a few players that definitely play hard from snap to whistle," Adams said. "It's going to be interesting playing against them… There's going to be some good matchups and we'll see if we can take advantage of them."
Adams and the Bulldogs were presented with man coverage in Adams' big two-game stretch. Utah State's secondary will play man coverages as well, but the Aggies top cornerback Nevin Lawson could slow him down… At least more than other defensive backs have been able to.
"They're going to play some man, but we're looking to do the same thing we've been doing the past couple weeks," Adams said. "We don't like to focus too much on exactly what's going on with them but make sure we mold and focusing on what we do and out plays."
Fresno State won a share of the conference championship last season, but they lost control of they needed some help after their loss to Boise State. The Bulldogs may have lost to San Jose State last weekend, but they earned the opportunity to win the conference in one final game in the Mountain West's inaugural Conference Championship Game.
"Of course being a competitor you always want to have it in your head that you want to determine your own fate, not someone else," Adams said. "It's right there in our reach, we've just got to do what we've got to do."
Coming off their loss to San Jose State, Adams has no concerns about a letdown from the team.
"No concerns," Adams said. "We're moving past it and worried about getting another ring, we want to get another championship. That was our goal going into it. That was our big thing that we wanted to make sure we focused on. Don't get too wrapped up in the loss. Obviously it's something that's going to sting a little bit, but we're moving past it and we're looking at our main goal which is winning a conference championship."