Dana Greene - Be thankful for Utah State

Dana Greene - Be thankful for Utah State

Utah State has saved an otherwise disastrous year in local college football.
The Utes are not going to a bowl game. BYU just lost to San Jose State and are headed to the lowly Poinsettia Bowl. Weber State won two games this season.

In this time of year where we should be giving thanks, let's all be thankful for Utah State.

Gary Andersen's Aggies are 9-2 and are ranked for the first time since 1978. They just pulled out their first win over a ranked team on the road ever, and just their second victory over a top-25 team in school history.

Granted, the Aggies are most likely headed to the Idaho Potato Bowl once again, but this has been a truly historic season in Logan, and it is time to appreciate what the Aggies have accomplished.

After they beat Idaho this weekend, Utah State will own its first outright WAC championship first 10-win season in school history. They have been playing football in Logan since 1892, and this will be the first time the Aggies have won 10 games.

Let's be thankful for quarterback Chuckie Keeton and his incredible abilities. Just a sophomore, we have two more years to watch him tear apart the Mountain West Conference.

Let's be thankful for Kerwynn Williams, Chuck Jacobs and Matt Austin, who helped the Aggies offense thrill us all season averaging over 33 points per game.

Let's be thankful for Kyle Fackrell, Zack Vigil and the Aggie defense, which made the crucial stops when they needed them.

As amazing of a season the Aggies have had, though, it is hard not to think about what might have been. Utah State is a couple of field goals away from being undefeated and in a BCS bowl game. Their two losses to Wisconsin and BYU were by a total of five points.

But the biggest problem with Utah State being so successful is that they may be on the verge of losing their head coach. I'm not saying Gary Andersen will accept any offer that comes his way, but he is definitely going to listen. Jeff Tedford just got fired at Cal, and Andersen is reportedly on the short list of candidates. We know Andersen loves life in Logan and just signed a contract extension, but if the Golden Bears off to double or triple his salary he has to consider it.

But this isn't a time to look ahead or look back. This is a time for appreciation and thanks. And the way Utah and BYU fans disappointed their fans this year, we should all be thankful for Utah State. 
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