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Utah State wide receiver Gerold Bright (25) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with Ty Shaw (75) and Roman Andrus during the first half of an NCAA college football game against San Jose State in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
With the matchup between Utah State and BYU just a day away, many publications have released their game previews, including Athlon Sports and Fansided’s Saturday Blitz.
In his preview for Athlon Sports, Mitch Harper picked out three things to watch before giving his analysis and prediction.
One of those things to watch is BYU’s quarterback situation, where he says, “The thought around Provo right now is that sophomore quarterback Beau Hoge will get his second start. Hoge showed off both his rocket of an arm and ability to run at times against the Badgers’ stiff defense. But ultimately, BYU was outclassed by a better Wisconsin squad.”
He then talks about how the game is a rivalry before analyzing the game.
“When making preseason predictions in August, this game looked like an easy one on the slate for BYU. Now, with a 1-3 record this is a must-win and a toss-up at best,” Harper wrote. “I expect BYU’s offense to improve this week against Utah State, but my question is how big of an improvement do the Cougars make?”
He then predicted that the Aggies would come away with a 28-17 win.
Zach Bigalke of Saturday Blitz also gave his prediction for the game, including some specifics that he sees happening on the field in Logan on Friday.
“Despite showing improvement in his mobility, Mangum is going to sit another game out as Hoge gets his second career start,” wrote Bigalke. “The Aggies won’t be as tough as Wisconsin, but they will nevertheless make life difficult for the Cougars quarterback. Hoge will finish under 200 passing yards and have at least one interception and one strip-sack fumble.”
He also predicts a Utah State win, 20-17.
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