Idaho State Bengals (0-1) vs. Utah State Aggies (0-1)
Idaho State Bengals vs. Utah State Aggies 9/9/23 – In a matchup slated for September 9, 2023, the Idaho State Bengals (0-1) will face off against the Utah State Aggies (0-1) at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium. With both teams looking to erase their respective season-opening losses, the game has all the ingredients of a scintillating showdown. Although television coverage is yet to be confirmed, fans of both schools are expected to turn up in large numbers to witness the action.
The Bengals are coming off a loss and will be desperate for a win. Despite a lackluster start to the season, running back Hunter Hays managed to put points on the board with a rushing touchdown, covering 18 yards on 8 attempts. On the receiving end, wide receiver Chedon James caught 7 passes for 66 yards, including a touchdown. James’ longest catch stretched 39 yards, a glimmer of hope for an otherwise struggling Idaho State offense.
The Aggies also began the season on a sour note but showed sparks of brilliance in their game. Running back Rahsul Faison had an impressive performance, recording 59 rushing yards on just 7 attempts. The explosive Faison averaged 8.4 yards per carry, promising to be a significant threat in the backfield. In the air, wide receiver Terrell Vaughn caught 12 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. His longest reception reached 39 yards, suggesting his ability to make big plays when needed. Check out our free winning football picks for more insights.
Idaho State Bengals vs. Utah State Aggies Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023, 8:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium|
Jordan Cooke QB vs. Cooper Legas QB
Jordan Cooke struggled in his recent outing, completing only 18 of his 41 passes for 164 yards. His 43.9% completion rate and 4 yards per pass attempt underline his troubles in the pocket. Cooke also threw 2 interceptions, was sacked once, and recorded a passer rating of just 75.8. Cooke has much to prove in the upcoming game, especially in terms of accuracy and decision-making.
On the opposite end, Cooper Legas had a relatively better performance. Legas completed 32 of his 48 pass attempts, accumulating 213 yards in the process. With a completion percentage of 66.7 and a passer rating of 106.7, Legas looked more in control. While he also threw an interception and was sacked once, his overall play was more convincing.
Comparatively, Legas seems to have the upper hand when pitted against Cooke, particularly when it comes to completion rate and passer rating. Legas is undoubtedly the quarterback to watch in this duel.
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State Aggies ML, Total Odds: – TBD
Unfortunately, betting odds for this particular game are not available at the time of writing, making it a challenge to provide picks based solely on odds.
Idaho State Bengals Betting Trends
Idaho State comes into the game with a rather worrying record. They are 0-9 SU in their last 9 games and have also lost their last 5 encounters against Utah State. The Bengals are notably poor on the road, with a 0-5 SU record in their last 5 road games, including a 0-5 SU record when playing on the road against Utah State. However, it’s worth mentioning that the total has gone OVER in 4 of their last 5 games and 5 of their last 7 games against an opponent in the Mountain West conference.
Utah State Aggies Betting Trends
On the contrary, Utah State’s betting trends are more promising. They have a remarkable 5-0 SU record in their last 5 home games against Idaho State and are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent from the Big Sky conference. Furthermore, the total has gone UNDER in 10 of their last 15 games and 4 of their last 6 home games. The Aggies are also 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played in week 2, indicating a strong betting trend.
Idaho State Bengals vs. Utah State Aggies 9/9/23 Betting Picks
Given the comparative statistics, trends, and individual player performance, Utah State Aggies seem to be the clear favorites for this matchup. Their superior quarterback play, better rushing, and wide receiver stats put them in a strong position. Considering Idaho State’s dismal SU records in recent games, especially on the road, picking Utah State to win appears to be the logical choice. Expect the Utah State Aggies to dominate the game from start to finish, both defensively and offensively, leading to a comfortable victory. For more insights, check out our premium sports picks today.
Free Pick and Prediction: Utah State Aggies will win 31-14.