Utah State (8-2) vs. Wyoming (5-5)
- Kickoff: Saturday, 6 p.m. MDT
- Venue: Maverik Stadium (25,100 capacity)
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Livestream: CBSSN
- Radio: KZNS 1280 AM/97.5 FM
- Series: Utah State leads the all-time series 40-26-4.
- Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the high 30s at kickoff.
For Utah State ... The Aggies have won five games in a row for the first time since 2018. That season, they won 10 in a row and finished with an 11-2 record overall.
For Wyoming ... As their record indicates, the Cowboys have had a very up-and-down season. They started 4-0 but then lost their next four. They are 1-1 in their last two, having lost last week to Boise State.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Despite their great record, the Aggies have had to prove pretty much all season that it hasn’t been a fluke and that they’re for real.
Well, they made a statement last week against a good San Jose State team that they are for real, but now comes an opposite challenge in many ways: Can Utah State come off that emotional high and win a game Saturday it is expected to?
There’s certainly plenty on the line even as the Aggies have already proven a lot, as they’re still fighting for the Mountain Division crown in the Mountain West Conference.
Deven Thompkins, WR, Utah State: Yeah, Thompkins could occupy this spot every week given that he literally leads the entire country in receiving yards on the season with 1,441, but he gets the nod here because he is just 91 yards away from breaking Aggie great Kevin Curtis’ school record for yards in a season (1,531).
If Thompkins breaks the record Saturday, chances are good he’ll break one that he and Curtis currently share: Consecutive 100-yard receiving games (six).
“Coach (Blake) Anderson, I know him. He’s a prince of a guy. There’s probably not a school in the country that’s done a better job utilizing the transfer portal and the one-time transfer as well as what they have.” — Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl on Utah State
“Very powerful, very big, ball control, field position control, physical, downhill football team. Play phenomenal defense. Not afraid to challenge you in man coverage and get up in your face, something we don’t see all the time.” — Utah State head coach Blake Anderson on Wyoming
Utah State will conclude its regular season the day after Thanksgiving on the road against New Mexico. Wyoming will finish its regular season the next day at home versus Hawaii.
UTAH STATE SCHEDULE
Sept. 4 — Utah State 26, Washington State 23
Sept. 10 — Utah State 48, North Dakota 24
Sept. 18 — Utah State 49, Air Force 45
Sept. 25 — Boise State 27, Utah State 3
Oct. 1 — BYU 34, Utah State 20
Oct. 9 — BYE
Oct. 16 — Utah State 28, UNLV 24
Oct. 22 — Utah State 26, Colorado State 24
Oct. 30 — Utah State 51, Hawaii 31
Nov. 6 — Utah State 35, New Mexico State 13
Nov. 13 — Utah State 48, San Jose State 17
Nov. 20 — Wyoming (6 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 26 — at New Mexico (11 a.m., FS1)