USUlogoIn 1969, I graduated from Utah State University.  I’ve spent a lot of time in Utah, but I’ve also lived in many other states, including Wisconsin.

Whenever USU plays in a major sport, wherever I am, I sit up and take notice.  Depending on the strength of the team that year, it is easier to cheer for the USU Aggies than any others.

National college football teams fight in the “Bowl Championship Series.”  Schools across the country are ranked against each other during the season, and the best teams play in a variety of bowl games.  The idea is that the top two teams play in a “championship” game.

Unfortunately, college rankings are NOT solely based on statistics such as points scored, points allowed, total yardage, etc.  As WIKI explains, “The BCS relies on a combination of polls and computer selection methods to determine relative team rankings, and to narrow the field to two teams to play in the BCS National Championship Game held after the other college bowl games. . . . In 2012, it was announced that the Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by a four-team playoff, effective for the 2014–15 season, to be called the College Football Playoff.”

But the College Football Playoff is in the future for now.

Meanwhile, regardless of where USU is in the rankings, I’ve developed a system for cheering for the UNDERDOGS in other games.  The idea being, if the favorite teams lose, the USU ranking will rise – assuming USU wins all its games.

So far, USU has never won a national championship, but hope beats eternal in an Aggie’s breast.  The Aggies have played in eight bowl games in their history, winning two: the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl.

WisconsinThat 2012 team was led by outstanding quarterback Chuckie Keeton and head coach Gary Andersen. Andersen left shortly after the final game of the 2012 season to become the new head coach for the University of Wisconsin, and therein lies the rub.

Is Anderson a fink for leaving USU at one of its finest moments, or is he to be complimented for moving forward with his career?

Now for the complication – since I have spent many years in Wisconsin, and the Badgers football team IS in the national rankings, do I cheer for Wisconsin whenever it plays?  Or, do I stay with my formula, and cheer AGAINST the Badgers so the Aggies stand a better chance of rising in the rankings?

The two teams played against each other in 2012, and I had no trouble cheering for USU.  Unfortunately, they lost in a last-minute heartbreaker.


Me too.



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