Oct. 12, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University's first season as a football independent since 1977 will feature several attractive home games with a demanding road schedule in 2001.
The exciting home schedule include Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho State, Central Florida and Weber State. Oregon and Central Florida will be making their first visits to Logan, while Wyoming will be coming here for the first time since 1977. Weber State last played at Logan in 1982, while Idaho State has played at Romney Stadium six times and will be making its seventh visit on Nov. 18 of this year.
USU's road schedule will be rigorous both on and off the field. The Aggies will travel 15,408 miles on the season and will play in four different time zones. The Aggies will visit the northeast coast with a trip to Connecticut, stop in the southeast part of the country twice with visits to Louisiana State and South Florida and play on the west coast with a game at Fresno State. USU will also play at instate schools Utah and Brigham Young.
While USU's last game in the eastern time zone was the 1999 season opener at Georgia, surprisingly the Aggies last played in the state of California in 1995 when USU played at San Jose State.
"Our schedule is a challenging one, not only in the quality of the opposition, but in the amount of travel that is involved," said USU Head Coach Mick Dennehy. "We are going to see a big portion of the country."
The Big West Conference will not sponsor football after the 2000 season after 32 years of competition. Utah State was involved with the league since 1978 and won or shared five league titles prior to 2000.
Ironically, five opponents are on USU's 2001 schedule that were on the schedule the last time the Aggies were independents back in 1977. That year USU faced Brigham Young, Utah, Weber State, Wyoming and Idaho State as they will next season.
2001 Utah State Football Schedule (as of Oct. 12, 2000)
Date Opponent Series Last Meeting
Sept. 1 at Utah 28-68-4 2000
Sept. 8 at Louisiana State 0-1-0 1993
Sept. 15 at Fresno State 9-9-1 1993
Sept. 22 WYOMING 34-20-4 1978
Sept. 29 OREGON 0-2-0 1976
Oct. 5 (Fri.) at Brigham Young 33-38-3 2000
Oct. 13 Bye
Oct. 20 IDAHO STATE 9-1-0 2000
Oct. 27 CENTRAL FLORIDA First Meeting
Nov. 3 Bye
Nov. 10 at Connecticut First Meeting
Nov. 17 WEBER STATE 10-1-0 1982
Nov. 24 at South Florida First Meeting
Home games in all caps.
Schedule is subject to change.
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