The rumors swirling around the Internet are true: I am going to the Utah State/Utah game tonight.
I made this brash decision for three reasons:
1. Utah State is by far my second favorite team inside the state of Utah
2. I need to be around college football tonight. I don't care who's playing
3. I truly believe the Aggies could win tonight
I know you don't care about the first two reasons, so let's talk a bit about reason No. 3. Yes, I feel like Utah State could win tonight.
First, Utah is starting a brand new quarterback with exactly 0 D-1 starts to his credit.
Second, Utah is suffering from a lot of injuries, not to mention a complete coaching overhaul, including new offensive and defensive coordinators.
Third, do you want to know who was the driving force behind Utah's 2008 BCS run? Gary Anderson. Want to know where Gary Anderson is at these days? Utah State. Anderson is a good coach that will bring a lot of fire to the USU team. Also, he knows Utah in and out. He knows the defense, he knows the players, and he knows the coaches.
Furthermore, Anderson will want to make a great debut at USU. He'll want the signature win over his former employer. My guess is he's been scheming and game-planning for this game like his life was on the line.
Here's my prediction for the night: Utah scores early, and Utah State plays catch-up all night, until on the final drive USU hits the winning field goal as time expires. Aggie fans go crazy, and the Utes slink away in silence, dropping their red t-shirts in the garbage can on the way out.
USU: 24, Utah: 21