2018 Utah State Aggies football team

The 2018 Utah State Aggies football team represented Utah State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Aggies were led by sixth-year head coach Matt Wells during the regular season[a] and played their home games at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium. They competed as members of the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for first place in the division with Boise State. Despite the tie, the conference does not credit them as divisional co-champions as a result of the head-to-head loss. They were invited to the New Mexico Bowl where they defeated North Texas. The 11 wins tied a school record.

2018 Utah State Aggies football
Utah State Aggies logo.svg
New Mexico Bowl champion
ConferenceMountain West Conference
DivisionMountain Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 21
APNo. 22
2018 record11–2 (7–1 MW)
Head coachMatt Wells (Regular Season, 6th season)
Frank Maile (Postseason, 8th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorDavid Yost (2nd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorFrank Maile (3rd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorKeith Patterson (1st season)
Base defense3-3-5 Nickel defense
Home stadiumMaverik Stadium
(Capacity: 25,100)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 23 Boise State x   7 1         10 3  
No. 22 Utah State   7 1         11 2  
Wyoming   4 4         6 6  
Air Force   3 5         5 7  
Colorado State   2 6         3 9  
New Mexico   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 18 Fresno State x$   7 1         12 2  
Nevada   5 3         8 5  
Hawaii   5 3         8 6  
San Diego State   4 4         7 6  
UNLV   2 6         4 8  
San Jose State   1 7         1 11  
Championship: Fresno State 19, Boise State 16 (OT)
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Head coach Matt Wells was hired by Texas Tech on November 29; the team was led in the New Mexico Bowl by interim head coach and co-defensive coordinator Frank Maile.[1] Wells finished with a 44–34 record in his six seasons at Utah State. On December 9, the school rehired Gary Andersen, six years after he left for Wisconsin.[2]

Previous seasonEdit

The Aggies finished the 2017 season 6–7, 4–4 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Mountain Division. They were invited to the Arizona Bowl where they lost to New Mexico State.

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Rimington Trophy[3] Quin Ficklin C SR
John Mackey Award[4] Dax Raymond TE JR
Lou Groza Award[5] Dominik Eberle K JR
Wuerffel Trophy[6] Jacoby Wildman DL JR

Mountain West media daysEdit

During the Mountain West media days held July 24–25 at the Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip, the Aggies were predicted to finish in fourth place in the Mountain Division.[7]

Media pollEdit

Mountain Division
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Boise State 132 (22)
2 Wyoming 95
3 Colorado State 82
4 Utah State 78
5 Air Force 52
6 New Mexico 23

Preseason All-Mountain West TeamEdit

The Aggies had two players selected to the preseason all-Mountain West team.[8]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 315:00 p.m.at No. 11 Michigan State*BTNL 31–3873,114
September 86:00 p.m.New Mexico State*StadiumW 60–1318,223
September 136:00 p.m.Tennessee Tech*
  • Maverik Stadium
  • Logan, UT
StadiumW 73–1215,011
September 228:15 p.m.Air Force
  • Maverik Stadium
  • Logan, UT
ESPN2W 42–3222,720
October 57:00 p.m.at BYU*ESPN2W 45–2058,087
October 132:00 p.m.UNLV 
  • Maverik Stadium
  • Logan, UT
Stadium on FacebookW 59–2821,212
October 2012:30 p.m.at WyomingATTSNRMW 24–1618,378
October 272:00 p.m.New Mexico
  • Maverik Stadium
  • Logan, UT
StadiumW 61–1916,119
November 310:00 p.m.at HawaiiNo. 18SPEC HIW 56–1721,476
November 102:00 p.m.San Jose StateNo. 14
  • Maverik Stadium
  • Logan, UT
StadiumW 62–2419,017
November 1712:00 p.m.at Colorado StateNo. 14ATTSNRMW 29–2419,226
November 248:15 p.m.at No. 21 Boise StateNo. 14ESPNL 24–3335,960
December 1512:00 p.m.vs. North Texas*ESPNW 52–1325,387
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time

Source:[9] Mountain west championship

Game summariesEdit

at Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 7 7 10 7 31
No. 11 Spartans 6 14 7 11 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

New Mexico StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
NMSU Aggies 7 3 3 0 13
USU Aggies 16 17 14 13 60
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–8 2017 NMSU, 26–20OT

Tennessee TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 3 3 3 3 12
Aggies 17 28 7 21 73
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Air ForceEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 14 3 15 32
Aggies 7 14 14 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2017 AF, 38–35

at BYUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 14 7 14 10 45
Cougars 0 7 6 7 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–48–3 2017 USU, 40–24

UNLVEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 7 0 7 14 28
Aggies 14 28 7 10 59
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–6 2017 USU, 52–28

at WyomingEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 7 3 14 0 24
Cowboys 3 0 10 3 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–26–4 2017 WYO, 28–23

New MexicoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lobos 3 2 14 0 19
Aggies 28 24 9 0 61
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–13 2017 USU, 24–10

at HawaiiEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 Aggies 28 0 28 0 56
Rainbow Warriors 3 0 14 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–6 2017 USU, 38–0

San Jose StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 7 3 7 7 24
No. 14 Aggies 10 28 21 3 62
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–20–1 2017 USU, 61–10

at Colorado StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Aggies 3 7 10 9 29
Rams 0 7 3 14 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–6 2017 USU, 38–0

at Boise StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Aggies 7 7 0 10 24
No. 21 Broncos 7 10 3 13 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–17 2017 BSU, 41–14

vs. North Texas–New Mexico BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 7 0 6 0 13
Aggies 14 24 7 7 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 2004 UNT, 31–23

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 18 14 14 14 RV RV 22 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 20 16 13 15 24 23 21 
CFP Not released NR NR 23 21 NR NR Not released

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
6 214 Darwin Thompson RB Kansas City Chiefs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Matt Wells named Texas Tech head football coach". KLBK/KAMC. November 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Andersen will return as USU's head football coach
  3. ^ "Rimington Trophy Press Release". May 30, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List Released" (PDF). July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2018 Preseason Watch List". July 25, 2018. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  7. ^ https://themw.com/news/2018/7/24/boise-state-fresno-state-picked-to-win-2018-mountain-west-football-divisional-titles.aspx
  8. ^ https://themw.com/news/2018/7/24/2018-mountain-west-football-preseason-all-conference-team.aspx
  9. ^ "2018 Utah State Aggies football schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.