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What to watch for: Utah State vs UNLV

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LOGAN — Coming off the loss to Wisconsin, Utah State Aggies needed a game like they had against Colorado State. USU seemed to dominate on offense, especially the play of senior running back Kerwynn Williams who went for 205 yards rushing that included two scores.

The Aggies are now 3-1 on the season and have their best start to a season since 1978 when the Aggies of old went 5-0 to start the season. Head coach Gary Andersen and his men will now welcome in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels this week for the annual homecoming game.

UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck admitted this week to being anxious about playing the Aggies due to the combination of talent and experience. For good reason: USU currently ranks 11th in the country in total defense, allowing just 274.8 yards per game. USU is also coming off a game where they recorded five sacks for the first time since 2009.

The Aggies and Rebels don’t have much head-to-head history, but for the second straight week USU will be matching up with a future conference opponent. The Aggies make the move to the Mountain West next year and will being seeing much more of Colorado State and UNLV. This will be the only home game USU plays in a five-week span, and they look to give the home crowd a good show.

The Aggies are on a bit of a streak at home lately, posting a 12-7 home record under Andersen and winning their last four home games. The Aggies have a 7-1 home record against nonconference opponents during Andersen’s tenure.

This should be a second consecutive solid win over a future conference foe. The Aggies have a lot of experience in the trenches, with three offensive linemen making 73 combined starts. Look for the big guys to open big holes for big-time back Williams.

Look for USU to head into Provo next week with an impressive 4-1 record. The Aggies will look to avenge last year’s crushing defeat at the hands of the Cougars, but they can’t look that far just yet. The Rebels could manage to trip up the Aggies if they don’t have their head in the game — but don’t look for that to happen. Andersen has always preached one game at a time, and his team will assuredly be focused and ready for game time.

Justin McKissick is a contributor originally from the San Francisco Bay area. He is currently seeking a communications degree. Justin has been covering USU sports since 2011. Follow him on Twitter: @justin_sr.

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