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Will Utah State's Running Backs Be Key to Its Offensive Effectiveness This Season?

It looks as though Utah State's running backs could hold the key to its offensive effectiveness in the upcoming 2022/23 season, which is scheduled to get underway on August 27th. They recently held their 11th practice, and the Aggies running backs are looking confident and will be aiming to build on their current progress and start the season with a high.

The Utah State Aggies football team plays at the highest level of college football in the United States in the NCAA Division I in the FBS (Football Subdivision). They compete in the Mountain West Conference, representing Utah State University.

What kind of odds are there for Utah State Aggies to win the Mountain West Conference?

At the time of writing, the Utah State Aggies are currently not the favourites to win the conference. They are only the fifth favourites to win. For example, the latest odds for college football betting on Unibet Sportsbook has them priced at +1200 to win the conference outright. In UK fractional odds, it works out to 12/1, and in European decimal odds, it equates to 13.00.

In comparison, the two joint-favourites to win the conference right now are the Boise State Broncos at +250 (5/2 or 3.50) and the Fresno State Bulldogs. The Air Force Falcons are currently priced at +300 (3/1 or 4.00), and the San Diego Aztecs are fourth favourites to win the conference with +600 odds (6/1 or 7.00). Although accurate at the time of writing, don't forget that these odds can fluctuate somewhat from now until the end of the season.

Top players to have come from the Utah State Aggies team

Some of the most famous running backs in Utah State history are Chris Cooley and Robert Turbin, and some of the other big names to have played for the team are Bobby Wagner (linebacker), Nick Vigil (also linebacker), Anthony Calvillo (quarterback), and Kevin Curtis (wide receiver). Further players that also deserve mentioning are Merlin Olsen (defensive tackle), Kyler Fackrell (linebacker), Jordan Love (quarterback), Nevin Lawson (defensive back), and Maurice Alexander (defensive back).

Division Championships

The Aggies have played in the Mountain Division since 2013, and they have managed to get to the championship final on two separate occasions. They made it to the final in their inaugural season, losing 24-17 to Fresno State while being coached by Mat Wells, and they next made it to the finals as recently as 2021, beating San Diego State 46-13 while being coached by Blake Anderson.

What's next for Utah State?

Don't let the odds fool you into thinking Utah State doesn't have a chance to win the conference. The team is looking solid, and they will be hoping to capitalise in their opening game of the season on August 27th, when they host Connecticut at home. The game is scheduled to be televised live on Fox Sports 1. The team then goes on to face Alabama on September 3rd and then against Weber State the following week.

Examples of some of the markets that are currently open for their upcoming game against the Connecticut Huskies are; Handicap (including overtime) and Total Points (also including overtime). The odds for there to be more than 59.5 points are currently -114 (22/25 or 1.88), and for there to be under 59.5 points, the market is currently priced at -109 (10/11, or 1.92).

You can follow the Aggies' progress throughout the season over on the official Utah State Aggies website, plus they also have an official Twitter and Facebook account. You can also purchase tickets to watch the team live in action from the official Utah State Aggies website.