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After an above-average performance by Utah State last weekend against UNLV, the Aggies make a quick turnaround to face BYU, which is coming off an impressive victory of its own against Hawaii.
Date: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 Kickoff: 8:21 p.m. (MT) Location: Provo, Utah Stadium: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470) Series: Utah State trails, 34-44-3 TV: ESPN Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play) Rod Gilmore (Analyst) Shelley Smith (Reporter) Radio: Utah State Sports Network Al Lewis (Play-by-Play) Craig Hislop (Analyst) Live Stats: UtahStateAggies.com Twitter Updates: /USUFootball YouTube: /USUAthletics Facebook: /USUFootball Tickets: 1-800-322-BYU1
Although neither of these teams are ranked in the AP Top 25, they both have strong programs that have carried them to where they are right now in the season. BYU (3-2) has had two tough luck losses against Utah and Boise State but are ranked fourth in the nation on its defense. Utah State (4-1) continues to have a breakout year with running back Kerwynn Williams and quarterback Chuckie Keeton at their respective helm. One loss against Wisconsin is the only blemish in Utah State's season, even though the team had a chance to pull the upset in that one as well.
BYU will host Utah State on Friday, Oct. 5, at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo. Kickoff is set at 8:15 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall had nothing but good things to say about the team's opponents Friday night during his post-practice comments:
On what the last two games against Utah State has meant for the rivalry:
"I think it’s not only the last two games, it’s watching their program grow and build. I think (head coach) Gary (Anderson) has done a really nice job. Not only how they’ve played us but how they’ve played the last two seasons. All of that cumulatively, they’re building a really nice program. We’re excited to play them. It’s going to be a really good game."
On what Utah State ranks compared to the other teams BYU has to prepare for later in the season:"One of the most difficult. I like the way they’re playing defensively. I saw their defense at Utah and was able to study it pretty closely, and they did a nice job. Offensively, they have a lot of weapons. Spreading the field, the run game, mobile quarterback and a good scheme. It’s hard to say until you play someone, but at least at first glance, I’m impressed."
Alex Rivera is the assistant sports editor of the UVU Review. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his Twitter account @A_River_Uh.