In under three weeks on Aug. 31, Michigan State Spartans football fans finally get to fill Spartan Stadium and cheer on the Green and White against the Utah State Aggies.
Utah State, located in Logan, Utah, is apart of the Mountain West Conference. The current head coach of the Aggies, Matt Wells, took over after Gary Andersen left for the University of Wisconsin in 2012.
Wells’ record in his six seasons as head coach is 34 wins and 32 losses. The Aggies record against Power Five conference opponents is even less impressive.
In nine games against the Power Five, Utah State has only managed one win under Wells. The 2017 road opener against Wisconsin was the most recent, as well as the worst loss in this stretch (59-10).
Expect this trend to continue against the No. 12 Spartans, who return nearly the whole offensive starting lineup, including the explosive combo of quarterback Brian Lewerke, running back LJ Scott and the triple threat receiving combination of Felton Davis III, Cody White and Darrell Stewart Jr.
Center Matt Allen, taking over for brother Brian, is the only new starter on offense, but Sparty fans should not worry about Allen for the home opener. Utah State’s hole on defense last season was the defensive line, and MSU is primed to take advantage of that.
With Scott at running back, who is No. 12 on the Michigan State rushing list before his senior season begins, and the other four offensive line starters returning, expect the Spartans to run all over the Aggies.
Even if Utah State adjusts well it opens up Lewerke’s options on offense. He either opts to go play-action and find receivers in space or Lewerke can rollout and use his athleticism to find openings for himself or others.
The Spartans cannot underestimate the Aggies, but if they come in to Spartan Stadium and execute, fans will leave excited for the 2018 college football season in East Lansing.