This Saturday Utah State is on the road again and makes the trip to Autzen Stadium in Eugene. The Aggies are coming off a 27-17 loss to the UNLV Rebels at Rebel Stadium in Las Vegas. This will be the first meeting between the USU Aggies and the Oregon Ducks in the more than 100 years of history for the two programs. Here's a look ahead to that game:
2007 CONFERENCE STANDINGS/RANKINGS
Oregon finished last year ranked 21st in the top 25 and finished the year at fourth in the PAC-10 with a five and four Conference record and was 9-4 overall.
Utah end 2007 at 2-6 with no ranking and brought up the rear of the Western Athletic Conference.
Utah State is led by fourth year HC, Brent Guy, an Oklahoma State graduate and former OSU Defensive End and Linebacker. Since taking over in Logan, the Aggies have never had a winning record. Guy is 6-32 as Head Coach.
Mike Bellotti leads the Oregon Ducks and is in his 14th year. Bellotti's position at Oregon is now legendary and he is acknowledged as the Dean of Football in the Pac-10. As Oregon HC, Bellotti's record is 107-52.
Utah State is by most standards considered a small, friendly college with limited football facilities on a tight budget. Within this context, the Aggies have a difficult time recruiting beyond their state and the Mountain West Region.
Oregon has some of the finest facilities in the NCAA. Football is the 'King Duck,' and boasts a budget that runs in the millions. Consequently there is no shortage of talent or resources.
Utah State is a very young team with few Juniors and Seniors. Not a single Aggie player has any memory of USU attending a bowl game (1997), or of a winning season.
Oregon is also a young team, but has a balance of Junior and Senior players in key leadership positions on both sides of the ball, as well as on special teams. Most of the team members have been to at least one bowl game if not several.
Barring an unforeseen terrible tragedy to the Oregon Ducks between now and Saturday, this is Oregon's Cream Puff game. While Utah State can be expected to play their hearts out, they will be overwhelmed, over-matched and out-scored from just about the first minute of the first quarter. Expect a final score of OR 65, USU 7.