San Diego • We're a few hours away from the Poinsettia Bowl, and Utah State is in the hunt for a signature season win. We'll see tonight on ESPN if the Aggies can pull off a win that it seems that many are picking for the Huskies.
With the final game of the year ahead, I thought I'd circle back to Gameday Thoughts, and see what factors could be a big influence in this contest. If you just plain can't read any more preview coverage, watch our pregame breakdown on this TribTalk video where I make many of the same points.
Stopping the run • Utah State always has a goal to stop the run, and they've often been quite successful. The Aggies have only allowed 107.3 yards per game, but Northern Illinois is averaging 312.5 yards. Who flinches? Utah State will have to play superbly against the run and get good push up front from stalwarts Connor Williams, A.J. Pataiali'i and B.J. Larsen. There could be a four-man front like USU used against Air Force and New Mexico. But the Aggies can't completely sell out, or else they face getting beat through the air like they did against Taysom Hill and BYU. There will be a lot of heat on the corners to keep the receivers covered downfield as the front seven looks to apply pressure to Jordan Lynch.