Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Weekly NCAA Football Betting news and notes.
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It is going on five years since the departure of Gary Andersen. The current Oregon State head coach led the Aggies to a top twenty ranking at the ends of the 2012 season, the best since 1962.
That is when the “BIG BOY’S’ began calling as off to Wisconsin he went. Enter Matt Wells, 28-25 entering his fifth season but the Aggies missed out on the Bowl season in 2016.
The Utah State Aggies finished the season with a 3-9 record, 1-7 in Mountain West Conference action and that is unacceptable.
Utah State can get back to the postseason, they open the 2017 season at Wisconsin and Wake Forest early in September.
Sandwiched in between is a home game against Idaho State. Utah State gets Mountain West foes Wyoming, Colorado State, and Boise State in front of the home crowd. Rivals Utah is not on the schedule in 2017. Instead, they host BYU in a nationally televised game at the end of September.
The 2017 Utah State Aggies offense, led by offensive coordinator David Yost. The former Oregon Ducks quarterback coach must simplify the offense and allow players to be productive.
The 2016 Utah State offense scored just 23.9 yards per contest, 108th in the FBS. The number must improve if the Aggies are going to compete in the Mountain West Conference.
The running game was the strength of the unit last season, and nothing will change in that area.
Dual-threat quarterback Kent Myers will be under center again in 2017. The Texas native threw for 2,389 yards last years, but accuracy was a big problem.
Junior Running Back Tonny Lindsey averaged 5.2 yards in a reserve role but will be the feature back this season. Wideout Ron’quavion Tarver also returns after coming off of a 600-yard receiving season.
The Achilles heel of the unit will be along the offensive line where all but one starter returns from a unit that opened holes with consistency last season.
The key to production for the Utah State offense this season will depend on Kent Myers, the staff will put him in a position to succeed.
The Utah State defense gave up too many yards on the ground last season, but all of the other areas were effective.
Defensive Coordinator Luke Wells has a “STUD” at the linebacker position, Chase Christiansen can be one of the best in the Mountain West Conference this season.
The secondary ranked 11th nationally last season by allowing just 176.5 yards per contest through the air.
The Aggies forced just ten turnovers in 2016, and they must do a better of taking away the football from opponents.
Another emphasis in getting a pass rush on opposing quarterbacks and being more aggressive.
The secondary returns all four starters from a season ago and will be one of the most productive units in College Football.
The key to success for Utah State in 2017 is to play an attacking style of football, emphasizing technique.
Bovada.Lv, list the 2017-18 Utah State Aggies at +5,300 to win the Mountain West Championship.
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