Posted Friday, September 07, 2012 12:22 PM
I have heard some on here say take Utah State they almost beat Auburn last year. Auburn Tigers are not who you think they are. Auburn has absolutely no defense. Also, keep in mind that Utah State's offense is not the same offense that 'almost beat Auburn' this year as you'll find out if you read further. diligence
Further evaluations indicate a huge discrepancies in player talent especially on the offensive and defensive lines for Utah Utes that make the talent pool for Utah State seem Sun Belty.
Look at Phil Steele's 2012 preseason All Pac-12 teams.
Utah State is rebuilding the O/D.
Last season: 7-6 overall, 5-2 in WAC (2nd in league)
Five of Utah State's victories last season came by seven or fewer points, including four by four or fewer. Utah State ranked sixth in the nation in rushing last season at 282.7 yards per game, but the Aggies lost their top two rushers (Robert Turbin and Michael Smith combined for 2,387 yards and 28 TDs).
Utah State was 97th nationally in passing last season. The front seven on defense is undergoing a makeover, and the Aggies really will miss LBs Bobby Wagner and Kyle Gallagher. Utah State needs someone to emerge as a consistent pass rusher.
Last Season: 8-5 overall, 4-5 in Pac-12
Utah's first season in the Pac-12 went well, thanks to a defense that led the conference in points allowed and finished in the top three in total defense, rush defense and pass efficiency ... [More]