The Utah State Aggies Football team had a tough task last weekend, losing 17-14 at USC. In a game the Aggies had every chance to win it came down to stupid penalties and poor special teams play -- both of which have been issues for Utah State in big games.
Though Friday night's game at the San Jose State Spartans (1-2) does not have the same high profile as the Aggies' nationally televised loss to the Trojans it is nevertheless important as Utah State (2-2) aims to get to 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference. (Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN)
Any slipup here at Spartan Stadium and the Aggies chances of winning the conference in their first season in the MWC dwindles. But it won't be an easy task Friday. Here are five reasons why the Spartans pose a threat to Utah State's undefeated conference aspirations: