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September 9, 2005Utah's opponent this week is a familiar one with a new look. In-state rival Utah State is making the trip from Logan to Salt Lake City to take on the Utes.
This will be the 105th game between the schools ? the 12th longest series in the nation ? with Utah holding a decisive lead in the rivalry at 72-28-4.
Utah State is a team in transition. They are moving into a new conference with a new coaching staff, a completely new defensive scheme (going to a 4-3 from a 3-4), and breaking in a new quarterback. The game against Utah will be their first game of the season, as the scheduled opener against Nicholls State was cancelled due to hurricane Katrina.
New Aggie head coach Brent Guy retained only three assistant coaches from the previous staff.
What to look for from Utah State:
? Design of the offense. No one really knows what to expect as a base offense from new offensive coordinator Mike Santiago. As the offensive coordinator for McNeese State (1990-98), he coached an offense that produced three consecutive All-Conference quarterbacks and lead the league in passing in 1996.
What to look for from Utah:
? Design of the offense. Will Utah run the shotgun offense exclusively? The offense did not look good against Arizona when quarterback Brian Johnson was under center, producing Utah's only turnover. Will Johnson be allowed to run the ball when the opportunity is there?
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