I’ve been a Jets’ fan for more than half a century, but as a kid, I used to also like to watch the Washington Redskins. The reason, from a childlike brain that has not developed further, is they always played in Baby Bear conditions: Not too cold, not too balmy. Some mainland folks enjoy the changing of the seasons; I liked it when it was so chilly that players were only comfortable when they were playing. In other words, football weather. In autumn.
Which brings us to today’s game in Logan, Utah. The past few days it has been sleety — where the flurries make you run around yelling, “It’s snowing!” but there’s not enough to make even one decent-sized snowball. Or as Nick Rolovich observed: “Nothing will change a local boy’s opinion of first-seen snow (than) when it turns into cold rain.”
It will be chilly for today’s game, and meteorologists insist there is zero chance of rain (or, for that matter, sleet or snow). But despite this game having significant meaning only to the home team — the Aggies need to win to become bowl eligible — it is football. In autumn.
Stuff to watch:
> Utah State has a very active defense (24 takeaways in 10 games). Cornerback Jalen Davis has five interceptions, including three pick-sixes.
> Utah State has very, very active special teams. They block punts (four), they don’t allow good field position (15.4 yards per kick return) and Dominik Eberle is 15-of-16 on FG attempts (tops in the nation).
> Quarterback Jordan Love is a redshirt freshman. But in Matt Wells’ five years as head coach, freshman quarterbacks are 13-3 in games they start.