For Utah State, this is its second-highest ranking ever in the AP poll, trailing only the 1961 team that finished the year ranked 10th in the nation. Prior to this season, the last time USU was nationally ranked was in 2012 when that Aggie team went 11-2 and set a school record for wins as it finished the year ranked 16th in the nation.
Overall, this is just the fourth Utah State team in school history to be nationally ranked in the AP poll joining the 1960, 1961 and 2012 teams. The 1960 team was ranked 18th and 19th in consecutive weeks, while the 1961 team finished the season ranked 10th and the 2012 team was ranked for four-straight weeks and finished the season 16th. One other Aggie squad has been nationally ranked as the 1978 team started the year with a 5-0 record and was 18th in the country in the United Press International (UPI) poll.
Utah State started receiving votes in the polls this season following its 45-20 win at BYU on Oct. 5, as it garnered nine votes in the AP poll and 11 votes in the Coaches poll to rank 32nd and 33rd in the nation, respectively. Following its 59-28 home win against UNLV on Oct. 13, USU garnered 38 votes in the AP poll and 33 votes in the Coaches poll to rank tied for 31st and 32nd in the nation, respectively. Two weeks ago, USU was ranked 27th in the nation in both polls as it received 50 votes in the AP poll and 63 votes in the Coaches poll. And last week, USU was ranked 18th in the nation in the AP poll with 340 votes and 20th in the Coaches poll with 281 points.
Prior to this season, the last time Utah State received votes in either poll was on Oct. 18, 2015, following its 52-26 home win against then-No. 21 Boise State, as it received seven votes in the AP poll to rank 36th and five votes in the Coaches poll to rank tied for 34th.
Utah State (8-1, 5-0 MW) is off to its best start to a season since the 1963 team also won eight of its first nine games. USU is also 5-0 in Mountain West play for the first time in its six years in the league. The last time USU had a better conference start was in 2012 when that team posted a perfect 6-0 mark in its last year in the Western Athletic Conference. Overall, it is the fourth time in the last seven seasons and just the 13th time in 121 seasons of Aggie football that USU has won at least eight games.
On the season, Utah State is one of just 15 teams in the nation with one or fewer losses and one of 10 teams that has not lost a conference game.
Utah State's current eight-game winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest active winning streak in the nation and the second-longest in school history as the 1960 team holds the school record with nine-straight wins.
During its current eight-game winning streak, Utah State is averaging 52.5 points and 503.4 yards per game (263.1 passing, 240.2 rushing), while converting 46.3 percent of its third downs (50-108) and committing just 12 turnovers (10 fumbles, 2 interceptions). Defensively, USU is allowing 19.6 points and 344.1 yards (204.1 passing, 140.0 rushing), while limiting its opponents to just 42-of-138 (.304) on third downs and forcing 21 turnovers (13 interceptions, 8 fumbles).
Utah State ranks among the top 40 teams in the nation in 32 different statistical categories, including ranking second in scoring offense (50.1 points per game), tied for first in non-offensive touchdowns (8), tied for third in defensive touchdowns (4), second in turnovers forced (23), second in kickoff returns (30.2 yards per return), tied for fifth in winning percentage (.889) and eighth in sacks allowed (0.89 per game). USU also ranks second in the nation with 19 scoring drives on the season of less than 60 seconds and leads the nation in defensive three-and-outs at 6.38 per game.
Utah State continues Mountain West play this weekend as it hosts San José State (1-8, 1-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. The game will be aired exclusively on Facebook. Overall, USU has won seven of its last eight Mountain West games dating back to last season and has won five-straight at home. Prior to the game, USU will honor its 25 seniors in a pregame ceremony.
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