Utah State spent the last two years as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The two years prior the Aggies were a Division I-A independent. Finally, Utah State has some familiarity.
They will make their first trip to California since their loss to Fresno State in 2001. The Western Athletic Conference gives Aggie fans regional opponents that they recognize. After trips to places like Troy, Alabama, Fresno is a welcome site. The Aggies face a tough road ahead, and Fresno State is just the first step. The next three games Utah State will play at Fresno State, host Boise State, and travel to Alabama.