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UTAH ST (8 - 2) at LOUISIANA TECH (9 - 1)
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Week 12 Saturday, 11/17/2012 4:00 PM
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393UTAH ST69.5-3.5
UTAH ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-2+2.49-02-732.020.6463.2(6.7)1.713.54.5303.3(4.3)1.1
Road Games3-2+0.25-02-329.017.8399.6(5.8)1.617.06.4343.0(4.6)1.0
Last 3 Games3-003-01-242.330.0543.7(7.5)1.710.31.0259.3(4.1)1.7
Turf Games7-1+3.47-01-633.622.0483.4(7)1.614.04.5294.2(4.2)1.0
Conference Games4-0+1.24-02-244.029.5529.0(7.7)1.514.55.7312.2(4.4)1.5
UTAH ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)32.020.620.328:2437-187(5.1)22-3368.4%276(8.4)69-463(6.7)(14.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.27.81520.529:0838-168(4.5)19-3161.1%230(7.3)69-398(5.8)(14.3)
Offense Road Games29.017.818.827:3032-154(4.8)24-3666.9%246(6.8)68-400(5.8)(13.8)
Defense (All Games)13.54.517.031:3636-95(2.6)19-3554.7%209(6)71-303(4.3)(22.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.513.519.131:5936-139(3.9)19-3259.5%223(7)68-362(5.4)(14.2)
Defense Road Games17.06.418.032:3039-93(2.4)22-3662.6%250(7)74-343(4.6)(20.2)

LOUISIANA TECH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-1+3.45-49-153.427.1576.5(6.7)0.736.220.3505.7(6.3)2.4
Home Games4-001-24-058.736.2651.7(7.6)1.030.717.2438.7(5.7)2.0
Last 3 Games3-0+10-32-147.025.0564.7(6.3)
Turf Games6-1+1.43-37-058.031.9607.4(7)1.037.322.7476.3(6.1)2.3
Conference Games4-0+11-33-152.732.7633.2(6.9)0.731.017.2431.0(6.3)1.7
LOUISIANA TECH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)53.427.131.428:1745-244(5.4)29-4170.6%332(8.1)86-576(6.7)(10.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.32.817.122.130:0539-182(4.6)20-3360.7%252(7.7)72-433(6)(13.2)
Offense Home Games58.736.234.228:3948-307(6.4)28-3874.3%345(9.1)86-652(7.6)(11.1)
Defense (All Games)36.220.325.431:4338-168(4.4)25-4260.1%338(8)81-506(6.3)(14)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.914.520.330:0736-150(4.2)21-3558.6%241(6.8)72-391(5.5)(15.1)
Defense Home Games30.717.223.031:2037-150(4)21-3954.8%288(7.4)77-439(5.7)(14.3)
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH ST 25.6,  LOUISIANA TECH 24
UTAH ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2012@ COLORADO ST31-19W-11.5W54U41-26223-30-178334-10722-40-2240
10/5/2012@ BYU3-6L6.5W45U24-4122-39-202245-14524-36-2351
10/13/2012@ SAN JOSE ST49-27W2.5W51O24-21226-35-273141-438-51-4671
10/20/2012NEW MEXICO ST41-7W-29.5W56.5U36-25617-27-260034-13220-38-1892
10/27/2012@ UTSA48-17W-23.5W52.5O37-12832-42-394228-5121-36-2482
11/3/2012TEXAS ST38-7W-26.5W53U47-26821-28-325331-8210-23-761
11/17/2012@ LOUISIANA TECH            

LOUISIANA TECH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2012@ ILLINOIS52-24W3W57O37-11915-22-284341-11927-37-2056
9/29/2012@ VIRGINIA44-38W-3.5W60O40-16723-36-218039-14525-41-4803
10/13/2012*TEXAS A&M57-59L9.5W77O42-16544-59-450046-28324-40-3952
10/27/2012@ NEW MEXICO ST28-14W-28.5L76.5U46-23829-44-292031-12218-34-2833
11/10/2012@ TEXAS ST62-55W-19.5L69.5O55-28332-46-344039-29622-38-2810
11/17/2012UTAH ST            
11/24/2012@ SAN JOSE ST            
UTAH ST: Utah State got hot at the end of last season, winning its final five regular-season games, all by seven points or less. The defense loses its top two tacklers, but their depth will come in handy. There should be no glaring weaknesses on an Aggies defense that led the WAC with 366 YPG allowed. Offensively, sophomore QB Chuckie Keeton (1,200 pass yds, 11 TD) is back after a year in which he threw only two interceptions in eight games. The RB position loses its two leading rushers, including 1,517-yard back Robert Turbin. In steps senior RB Kerwynn Williams (542 rush yds, 6.7 YPC), who should excel as the main ball carrier in an offense that averaged a WAC-best 33.6 PPG last season.
LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs enter 2012 as one of the favorites in the WAC. QB Colby Cameron (1,667 pass yds, 13 TD) is back under center after playing phenomenal football down the stretch. Cameron rarely turns the ball over (3 INT in 215 pass attempts), a great attribute for a young QB to have in an Air Raid system. He'll also be happy to have WR Quinton Patton (1,202 rec yds, 11 TD) back to reel in some big throws for him. Defensively, this team causes a lot of turnovers (31, +11 margin) and that should continue this season as they return all of their starters in the secondary. The Bulldogs will need a new group of linebackers to step up and help immediately, and if they do that, they should be right in the hunt for a conference title.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (UTAH ST-LOUISIANA TECH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(CORRECTS eighth graf to reflect Louisiana Tech joining Conference USA and not Sun Belt.)

*Utah St.-Louisiana Tech Preview* =================================

Utah State (8-2) at No. 20 Louisiana Tech (9-1), 4:00 p.m. EDT

Before worrying about possibly earning the school's first BCS appearance, Louisiana Tech must focus on claiming the final championship in Western Athletic Conference history.

The other two teams with a chance to win it stand in the way.

While the No. 19 Bulldogs could clinch at least a share of the conference title Saturday, Utah State can beat them to win it outright and record the first road victory over a ranked team in school history.

"Anytime the season starts, your first goal is to win a conference championship, and that is true with us," Bulldogs coach Sonny Dykes said. "... It is going to need to be one of our best efforts this year to have a chance to win."

Louisiana Tech (9-1, 4-0) and the Aggies (8-2, 4-0) share the conference lead. The only other WAC team with a winning record in league play is 4-1 San Jose State, which hosts the Bulldogs next week.

Utah State already has defeated the Spartans and will have beaten the only other title contender if it wins Saturday. That would clinch the outright WAC championship for the Aggies, who haven't claimed a conference title since sharing the Big West crown in 1997.

"It's fun to be in a game that has this much on the outcome, this late in the year," Utah State coach Gary Andersen said. "Late November games are what football teams play for and fans want to be around."

The Bulldogs are looking to win a second straight title in the WAC, in its final season of football because many members are leaving. Louisiana Tech is headed to Conference USA and Utah State is joining the Mountain West.

A BCS bid remains a possibility for the Bulldogs. They're 20th in those standings but must climb into at least the top 16 to have any shot of playing in a BCS game.

The reason they remain in that hunt is an explosive offense which leads the FBS at 576.5 yards per game and ranks second with an average of 53.4 points. Louisiana Tech scored on all but two offensive possessions in a 62-55 win at Texas State last Saturday.

Kenneth Dixon eclipsed the NCAA freshman record for rushing touchdowns with 24, scoring four last week as he ran for 144 yards. Colby Cameron also set an NCAA record by extending his streak of passes without an interception to 419, breaking Russell Wilson's mark of 379 set in 2008.

Cameron completed 31 of 45 passes for 337 yards and three TDs to raise his passer rating to 161.5, good for 11th in the FBS.

"He's done a great job of taking care of the ball," Dykes said. "When you do that, there's so many people involved - the protection up front, it's receivers catching the ball, it's running backs catching the ball and a lot of it is Colby being accurate."

While the Bulldogs have allowed only seven sacks, Utah State could disrupt Cameron with a defense which ranks sixth nationally with 35 sacks and 13.5 points allowed per game.

Andersen, though, said Louisiana Tech presents a different challenge because of an up-tempo style - its 87.0 plays per game are second-most nationally.

"The offense is designed to get rid of the ball quickly and they do a nice job with that," Andersen said. "I think (Cameron is) very in tune with the offense. He's obviously a very smart young man."

Utah State's offense also has surged of late, averaging 44.0 points and 529.0 yards over the last four games.

The trend might continue against a Louisiana Tech defense which ranks 119th in the FBS, allowing 505.7 yards per game after giving up 577 to Texas State. The Bulldogs have surrendered 31-plus points six times.

Louisiana Tech leads the series 6-3, including a 24-17 road win last season after outscoring the Aggies 10-0 in the fourth quarter.

Utah State is winless in 39 road games against Top 25 opponents and 1-50 all-time versus ranked teams, losing 29 straight since beating Fresno State on Nov. 2, 1991.

The Aggies are looking to reach nine wins for the first time since 1961.

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