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WAC Football Idaho Vandals at Utah State Aggies: Start Time, Spread, Free Pick

WAC Football on Saturday and we will see the Idaho Vandals travel to Logan, Utah to take on the Utah State Aggies. The game is scheduled for a 3:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on the ESPN Regional. Currently the odds for the game have Utah State favored by 38 points, while the total sits at 57.5. Check out Sportsbook Spy to find out what side the Public is taking on all today's games.

Free Analysis: For the Vandals, the wheels fell off a long time ago now, considering they have just one win in 11 opportunities. The squad has split a pair of five-game losing streaks with a 26-18 win over New Mexico State at home back on Oct. 6 for their lone league victory as well. Along the way, head coach Robb Akey was relieved of his duties and Jason Gesser, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was installed as the head coach on an interim basis. Unfortunately, the change at the top has don't little to influence the outcomes on the field, with the latest loss for Idaho coming at home last week against Texas-San Antonio (34-27), a school that has had a football program for just two seasons now. Everywhere you look there are major issues with the Vandals, from the team giving up 42.2 ppg (118th in the nation), to the offense producing a mere 16.5 ppg (119th). Even on punt returns this is a team that is ranked last among 120 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision with an average of just one yard per return.

Tied for the eighth-longest win streak in the country at five games, the Aggies are in uncharted territory as a football team at the moment. Should they win this outing they will not only establish a new, single-season school record with 10 victories, surpassing both 1960 and 1961 when they had nine victories, but the program will also win its first outright league championship since turning the trick back in 1936 as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Last weekend the Aggies, who are nationally ranked for the first time since 1978 when that squad started off the season 5-0, appeared to have their game against 19th-ranked Louisiana Tech well in hand, but the contest ended up going to overtime and it is then that USU pulled out the 48-41 victory. For Utah State, the numbers are so much more favorable across the board, particularly on defense where the program is tops in the WAC and eighth nationally with just 16.0 ppg allowed. Because of a record-setting performance against San Jose State when the team logged a staggering 13 sacks, Utah State is also seventh in the country in that department with 3.3 per game. Chuckie Keeton is playing in the shadows of the top-flight QBs in the nation, but he's got nothing to be ashamed of with his 159.1 efficiency rating, stemming from 3,011 yards and 25 TDs, against just seven interceptions.

Utah State leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1916, by a count of 19-17-2 after winning four of the last five matchups. Surprisingly enough, USU had to go to double-overtime to claim the 49-42 win in Moscow last season.

Free Pick: Gonna be Brief with this one. I like the Under here. This Utah State defense is the best in the WAC as they come in alowing just 16 ppg, while the Vandals average just 16.5 a game. The Aggies are upset about last week's defensive showing and will be looking keep the Vandals from scoring at all. They can do it that's for sure. Only one team will score here and that' s the Aggies. Look for a 38-0 win.           


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