Utah State moved one game from bowl eligibility with its impressive 47-10 win over Hawaii on Saturday. It’s hard to imagine the Aggies not making the post-season for the third straight year.
But is that enough?
Not in the mind of linebacker Kyler Fackrell.
After Saturday’s win — which included a 99-yard pick-six by Fackrell — he said being bowl eligible isn’t good enough.
“Ultimately, I think we’re not satisfied just going to bowl games,” he said. “We want conference championships, we want undefeated seasons as much as we can. We’re still fighting for a conference championship.”
USU is proving every game that the program is in a different place than it was several years ago. After losing Heisman candidate Chuckie Keeton to injury against BYU, the Aggies have lost to Boise State but defeated New Mexico and Hawaii. That shows depth and talent USU didn’t have in the past.
Still, championships and undefeated seasons? With Fresno State as strong as it is, and Boise still one of the MWC’s elite teams, can USU meet Fackrell’s such expectations in future years?
The Aggies are still quite a distance from that.
USU has made noise in its new conference, to its credit. But championships will still be a stretch. Regular bowl appearances?
That seems a done deal already.