Many of the players on the teams weren’t born yet the last time these teams met. That game was a 38-31 offensive showcase and that is the way this game could go as well based on the team’s defensive struggles a season ago.
Utah State has won 8 of its last 10 non-conference home games and is 20-5 in its last 25 home games against non-conference foes.
This is the first time since 2016 that Utah State opens the season at home. UConn is 4-2 in its last six season openers. However, all four wins came against FCS programs. The last three times UConn opened a season against an FBS team, the Huskies were outscored 136-27.
According to the college football lines, Utah State (+800) has the fifth-best odds to win the Mountain West title.
This will be the first game for Jim Mora Jr., a former head coach at UCLA and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.
No starting quarterback has been named with Penn State transfer Ta’Quan Roberson, Cale Millen, freshman Zion Turner and Tyler Phommachanh all listed on the depth chart. Phommachanh is the only one who has thrown a pass for the Huskies.
Robert Burns and 2021 leading rusher Nathan Carter figure to split the ball-carrying duties with Keelan Marion and Kevens Clerius the top pass catchers.
The defense will be led by Jackson Mitchell, who led the Huskies with 120 tackles in 2021. UConn brings back its top five tacklers. Their experience will be key as the Huskies try to improve from a unit that allowed 452 yards per game.
Defensive coordinator Lou Spanos, who served as the interim head coach following the departure of Randy Edsall, recently took a leave of absence. Mora will call plays for the defense.
Utah State Aggies
Quarterback Logan Bonner threw for 3,628 yards with 36 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his first season at Utah State after four years at Arkansas State. He had five 300-yard passing games a season ago.
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He’ll be without top receiver Deven Thompkins (102 catches for 1,704 yards) who is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Former Maryland receiver Brian Cobbs could play a key role.
Leading rusher Calvin Tyler (911 rushing yards) is back while Alfred Edwards is one of the best offensive linemen in the Mountain West so this is an offense that figures to put up plenty of points.
Safety Hunter Reynolds (83 tackles), linebacker AJ Vongphachanh, cornerback Michael Anyanwu and defensive end Byron Vaughns (10.5 tackles for loss) are the top returning players on defense. Former Washington linebacker MJ Tafisi has earned a starting spot.
Utah State was tied for 20th in the country with 30 fourth-down plays with the Aggies converting on 16 of them.
Running back Jordan Wilmore had 28 yards on five carries and 15 yards on two receptions against UConn in 2021 when he played at Fresno State.
UConn vs Utah State Injury Report
UConn WR Cam Ross (foot) is expected to be sidelined for the 2022 season. WR-KR Brian Brewton is questionable.
UConn vs Utah State Head-to-Head
This is the second meeting between the programs with Utah State winning 38-31 in 2001.
Utah State has won four of the last six games against FBS independents and covered against the spread in each of those victories. The Aggies split a pair of contests versus independent programs in 2021, losing 34-20 to Brigham Young as an eight-point underdog and defeating New Mexico State 35-13 as an 18½-point favorite.
UConn has dropped its last four games against teams from the Mountain West. The Huskies lost 45-0 to Fresno State in the 2021 season opener as a 27½-point underdog and fell to Wyoming 24-22 later in the season. The Huskies did cover against the Cowboys as a 31½-point underdog at home.
UConn vs Utah State Game Information
- Game: UConn vs Utah State
- Location: Maverik Stadium, Logan, Utah
- Day/Time: Saturday Aug. 27th, 4:00 p.m. ET
- Uconn vs Utah State Live Stream: ESPN
UConn vs Utah State Betting Lines
|Connecticut Huskies||+26½ -110||59½-110o|
|Utah State Aggies||-26½ -110||59½-110u|
UConn vs Utah State Prediction
A year ago, UConn looked overmatched against a Mountain West team in the season opener. Now the Huskies hit the road to face the defending Mountain West champions.
Both teams have added transfers from Power-5 conference teams. It is worth watching to see how much of an impact they have in this contest.
UConn hasn’t covered in its season opener for six seasons in a row. With a new head coach and uncertainty at quarterback, it is hard to pick the Huskies to end that trend even with a 26½-point line.
Something to consider for those who bet online, Utah State is 7-1 against the spread in its last eight games compared to UConn going 6-3 against the college football betting lines in their last nine contests.
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