Utah State football: Aggies thriving in WAC football's last year
Logan • Next season, the Western Athletic Conference won't exist in football. There's a good chance it may cease in all sports in the next few years.
If that plays out, the WAC is going out swinging.
Not many could have foreseen the league being this good in the first month of the college football season. Utah State is 3-1, has beaten a Pac-12 team and a Mountain West Conference team, and narrowly lost to Wisconsin on the road. San Jose State is 3-1, with its defeat coming narrowly to Stanford. Louisiana Tech is 4-0 and possibly the best team in the league. The Bulldogs, who have one of the most explosive offenses in the country, crushed Illinois last weekend.
"This is what I said at media day," Utah State head coach Gary Andersen said. "I told the media that there were good teams in the conference and that it was a tough conference. It's going to be a crazy WAC schedule when we all get to that point. There are a lot of good football teams in this league."
Of course, the teams at the top will scatter for next season. The Aggies and San Jose will head to the MWC, while Louisiana Tech will go to Conference USA. If nothing else, the three teams will add intrigue among themselves from the first day of the conference race.
"It's going to be a battle," Andersen said. "Every week, somebody is going to be talented enough to beat you. That's the sign of a very good league."
Following last week's win over Colorado State, Andersen encouraged USU fans to participate in a "white out" at Romney Stadium, Saturday against UNLV.
The Aggies will break out their all-white uniforms for the first time against the Rebels. It's the first time in Andersen's tenure that he's suggested anything like this.
"The town is buzzing Â I think everyone is really excited for this," senior running back Kerwynn Williams said. "I'm going to be excited to see all of the fans there, and everyone out there in their white shirts."
Andersen said he was concerned that Colorado State executed seven explosive plays on his defense in the second half, with gains of 20 yards or more. While several came with the game in hand and the second-team defense on the field, Andersen knows UNLV has an offense capable of scoring points.
"They are very fast on film," Andersen said. "We are going to have to be careful. We have to tighten some things up."
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P Saturday, 6 p.m.
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