Optimism is understandably high in Logan. With a little luck, the Aggies could be 5-0. As it is, they’re 4-1 going into Friday’s game against BYU.
A win over the Cougars would give the Aggies the Beehive Boot, a traveling trophy that signifies the best instate record. That would be a nice recruiting perk for USU.
Last time the Aggies beat both BYU and Utah in the same year was 1974. That season coach Phil Krueger’s team went 8-3, also beating Wyoming and Colorado State.
One other anecdote on that 1974 team: The Aggies also beat Weber State, 20-7, to slam-dunk their claim as the best team in the state. They got no argument from Utah. Not only did USU beat the Utes 34-0, but the Salt Lake team went on to a 1-10 season under Tom Lovat.
USU beat BYU 9-6 in 1974. The Cougars went 7-4-1 that year and played in the Fiesta Bowl, a loss to Oklahoma State. There were a lot fewer bowl games back then, and despite a respectable record, the Aggies didn’t get an invitation or get ranked at any point in the season.
According to USU’s media guide, the last time an Aggie team was ranked in the A.P. poll was in the 1966 preseason.