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Utah State coach Gary Andersen has done a remarkable job with the Aggies in his third year at the helm, as he's managed to guide the team to its first bowl berth since 1997.
The season started off in encouraging, yet disappointing fashion, as Utah State came so close to pulling off an upset of defending national champion Auburn in the season-opener before giving up a double-digit lead late in the game.
The Aggies managed to recover from that heartbreaking defeat, though, and behind the play of RB Robert Turbin and a surprisingly explosive offense, they put together their first winning season in over a decade.
Now, they'll get the chance to show the college football world what they're made of when they play Ohio, which is still reeling from a tough loss to Northern Illinois in the MAC championship game.
Utah State's postseason inexperience could be somewhat of a hindrance, but they have the type of dangerous offense that can explode at a moment's notice.
The real key factor in this game will be Ohio's attitude.
The Bobcats have the type of offensive weapons, with guys like QB Tyler Tettleton, RB Donte Harden and WR LaVon Brazill, to keep pace with Utah State's offense, but if they get stuck sulking and looking back on that loss in the conference championship game, they could find themselves down in a hurry.
When looking at this game, what really stands out to me is Utah State coach Gary Andersen, and I like the type of momentum that his team finished the season with, as the Aggies reeled off five straight wins to end the year.
I could see this one going either way, but I'm going to stick with the team with the most positive energy right now, and that's Utah State.
Prediction: Utah State 38, Ohio 31