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Utah State football’s 2021 schedule released

Utah State Aggies players greet their families after defeating New Mexico Lobos 41-27 at Maverik Stadium in Logan on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020.
Utah State Aggies players greet their families after defeating New Mexico Lobos 41-27 at Maverik Stadium in Logan on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The Aggies will play at New Mexico to finish the 2021 season, as next year’s slate was released on Friday, March 5, 2021.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News

Utah State has its 2021 football schedule, if the pandemic doesn’t cause alterations, like it did during the 2020 college football season.

The Aggies’ 2021 slate was unveiled Friday as part of the Mountain West Conference’s revelation of the league’s entire schedule.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Courtesy Utah State football

Utah State’s nonconference portion of its schedule will include a matchup against a Power Five opponent, Washington State, in the season opener Sept. 4 in Pullman, Washington. The Aggies will also host in-state rival BYU on a Friday, Oct. 1 — the Cougars won the last matchup between the two programs in 2019, 41-14 in Logan.

USU will also host FCS opponent North Dakota (Sept. 11) and play at New Mexico State (Nov. 6) as part of its out-of-conference portion of the schedule.

The Aggies’ schedule is front-loaded, including the program’s first two Mountain West Conferences games at Air Force on Sept. 18 and at home against Boise State on Sept. 25. Utah State lost to both teams by four scores during the truncated 2020 season.

Utah State’s other home conference games include Colorado State on Oct. 23, Hawaii on Oct. 30 and Wyoming on Nov. 20, while the Aggies have road league games scheduled at UNLV on Oct. 16, defending MWC champion San Jose State on Nov. 13 and New Mexico on Nov. 27.

This will be the first season under head coach Blake Anderson. He takes over for Gary Andersen, who was let go partway the Aggies’ 1-5 2020 season.