Utah Utes Vs. Utah State Aggies Free Pick 8/29/13

Utah Utes Vs. Utah State Aggies Free Pick 8/29/13
2013-08-29 07:00:00 EDT

It seems like yesterday the college football season ended. On Thurday, Aug. 29 the 2013/14 campaign begins. In one of the early games that day the Utah State Aggies and Utah Utes hook up in Salt Lake City. The rivalry has been dubbed the Battle of the Brothers. With it being Week One and ties a thing of the past only one brother will be smiling from ear-to-ear afterward while the other will look on bitterly.

The 12th longest standing rivalry in college football has Utah leading USU 77-28-4. The first time the Utes and Aggies took the field against each other was Nov. 25, 1892.

This will be the 110th meeting. The two teams took a two-year break from the series in 2010 and 2011. Last season however they got back at it with Utah State snapping a 12-game slide 27-20 in overtime.

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The game though was played in Logan. This time around the venue will be Salt Lake. Utah has just four games out of state this year with a tilt at Brigham Young coming in Week Four. The Utes in fact don’t leave Utah until Oct. 19 at Arizona. With Weber State next on the schedule Utah with a victory over the Aggies will be destined for a 2-0 start.

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The Utes dumped USU 35-17 Sept. 3, 2009 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah trailed for 2:10. The Utes had scoring runs of 14-0, 12-0 and 9-0. The Aggies scored with 51 seconds left before halftime as well as a 96-yard rumble with 5:17 left during the first period. Utah State however was outgained 519-342 only passing for 121 yards. Unable to keep the chains moving Utah held onto the ball 11:52 longer.

The Utes were 4-2 at Rice-Eccles a year ago beating BYU by three in their only close win. The Aggies were 7th in the country in scoring defense last season and 5-2 away from home. In true road contests USU was 4-2 just losing to the Cougars 6-3 and #23 Wisconsin 16-14. The Aggies surprised Lousiania Tech 48-41 during OT Nov. 17. That was one of three games where Utah State surrendered 20 or more points. Utah scored 20 in OT Sept. 7.

Sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson (seven touchdowns, six interceptions, 14 sacks) is a game manager. Junior QB Chuckie Keeton (27 TD, nine INT, 17 S) is a game changer. Although the Aggies have the more dangerous QB and better defense that was somewhat in part to an easier schedule. Wouldn’t be stunned either way which is why I’m backing the Utes to serve up revenge.

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