Beginning this Tuesday, Aug. 25, all of Utah State’s football practices will be closed in preparation for its season opener at home against Southern Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. MT.

Third-year head coach Matt Wells welcomes back 15 starters and 39 letterwinners from last year's team that posted a 10-4 record, finished tied for second in the Mountain Division with a 6-2 record and ended its season with a 21-6 win against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. At season's end, the Aggies received 11 top-25 votes in the final Associated Press poll and eight votes in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll to rank 32nd and 34th, respectively.

During the last three years, Utah State is one of just four Football Bowl Subdivision schools to win at least 30 games and three bowl games along with Clemson, Michigan State and Oregon. Furthermore, USU has played in four-straight bowl games, winning each of its last three, both of which are school records.

For Aggie football ticket information, contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab on USU's website.

Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.