Utah State quarterback Jacob Eason has the kind of skill set that can lead to some of the most productive offenses in the nation.
However, the team’s defense is set to fall to 3rd in the FBS in 2015, a group that includes the likes of Alabama, Michigan State and Clemson.
The Cougars defense has given up a staggering 1,063 yards per game over its last two seasons, and while they might be able to get back to the top tier by the end of the season, the offense might struggle to do so either.
In fact, the Rams will be a top-15 defense in the country next season, but that may not be enough to keep the defense’s ranking above the top 20 teams.
Let’s take a look at why Utah State could be a real problem for teams that are interested in competing for a championship.
The Aggies offense is built around a combination of speed, power and speed-of-play, with the former two key ingredients in the offense’s success.
Utah State is currently ranked 21st in the S&P+ ratings, but it’s easy to see why that ranking may be misleading.
While the Aggies’ offense is still ranked second in the conference, they rank 21st out of 25 teams in the Big 12 and they have the ninth-best total offense in the league.
If the Aggie defense can’t stop the run, it could take a lot of pressure off the offense, and that could make things difficult for the offense.
Utah State’s secondary has a lot to be worried about, as well.
While they have a great secondary that can cover a ton of ground, the Aggielans have a few holes that could cause a lot more issues.
A lot of teams in conference play in a conference where there are a lot fewer spread offenses.
This is the case in the SEC and Pac-12, where teams play more spread offenses than they do power offenses, but there is a clear trend.
The Pac-10 is the only conference in the past decade that does not have a Power-8 conference, which makes the conference a lot tougher for the Aggys to play against.
Utah’s strength will be its defense, which ranked 22nd in S&p+ in 2014 and was the second-best in the Conference in 2015.
That said, the Utah defense is still a very good unit.
In terms of the Aggiest secondary, the defensive coordinator, Roderick Johnson, will likely be the one to make the most changes.
I’m not sure what the difference will be between the Utah State secondary and the one that took a huge hit last year.
The Aggies defensive backfield is a lot better than last year’s, and the Aggiemakers will be relying on a lot less pass rush, which will make the unit a lot weaker.
This season Utah State will likely have to rely on a few different playmakers.
If things go wrong for the secondary, they could be the reason why Utah ends up losing games.
Utah quarterback Jacob Huesman will be asked to carry the load with freshman Josh Allen returning to the starting lineup, while Utah State also has sophomore running back Isaiah Johnson.
Johnson is coming off a good season, which included a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and he could be able help the Aggiefense defense in 2015 if it can stay healthy.
However, I think the Aggias defense is a much better bet to stay above the Aggied offense in 2015 than it was last year, which is a huge reason why I think they could have a lot worse problems than they did last year in the division.
Utah is in the same boat as Missouri State in the Missouri Valley, which means it’s hard to see the Aggy defense being anything other than good next year.