Nov. 11, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Following its only bye of the 2012 season, Utah State football received votes in both national polls for the second week in a row as it garnered 20 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll to rank 31st nationally and four votes in the Associated Press Poll to rank tied for 36th in the nation with Tulsa and San Jose State.
Last week, Utah State garnered 13 votes in the coaches poll to rank 35th nationally and four votes in the AP poll to rank 40th. USU also received four votes in the coaches' poll two weeks ago to rank tied for 39th in the nation. Overall, it is the fourth time this year that USU has received top 25 votes, as it got one vote in the AP poll following its 27-20 overtime win at home against Utah on Sept. 7 to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Prior to this season, the last time Utah State received votes in any poll was at the end of the 1993 campaign when it garnered one vote in the final AP poll after defeating Ball State, 42-33, in the Las Vegas Bowl II to finish the year with a 7-5 record. The last time a USU team was nationally ranked was in 1978 when that Aggie team won its first five games of the year to rank 18th in the country in the United Press International Poll (UPI).
Utah State is one of two Western Athletic Conference teams to receive top 25 votes this week as Louisiana Tech (9-1, 4-0 WAC) is ranked 19th in the both the coaches' poll and the AP poll.
Utah State (8-2, 4-0 WAC) is off to its best start to a season since the 1974 team also won eight of its first 10 games, while its 4-0 league record is its best since the 2000 team won its first four Big West Conference games. Its eight wins this year is also the most since 1974 and it is just the 10th time in school history USU has won at least eight games.
In all, Utah State has won a school-record nine-straight WAC games dating back to last season and is 13-3 in its last 16 games, which is its best stretch since the 1971, 1972 and 1973 teams combined to win 13 of 16 games as well.
Utah State will play its final road game of 2012 at Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. (MT), in a game that will be available to watch live via the internet on ESPN3.com.
Overall, USU has won six of its last eight road games dating back to last season, including each of its last five.
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