Aggies garner 4 votes in preseason coaches poll

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State received four votes in college football’s preseason Amway Coaches Poll to rank tied for 43rd in the nation, along with Marshall, it was announced Thursday morning.

Defending national champion Ohio State was tabbed first in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes were followed by TCU at No. 2, Alabama at No. 3, Baylor at No. 4 and Oregon at No. 5. Michigan State, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and USC rounded out the top-10.

One school from the Mountain West made the top-25 as Boise State was ranked 24th. Air Force also garnered some recognition as the Falcons received five votes to rank tied for 41st with Louisiana Tech.

The Amway Coaches Poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the American Football Coaches Association their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.

Utah State concluded the 2014 campaign ranked among the top teams in the nation as the Aggies garnered 11 votes in the final Associated Press poll and eight votes in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll to rank 32nd and 34th, respectively. It was the third time in as many years Utah State has ended a season ranked among the best in the nation.

Prior to the past three seasons, the last time Utah State received votes in any poll was at the end of the 1993 campaign when it garnered one vote in the final AP poll after defeating Ball State 42-33 in the Las Vegas Bowl II to finish the year with a 7-5 record.

Utah State returns 15 starters (O-8, D-7) and 39 letterwinners (O-12, D-25, S-2) from last year’s team that went 10-4 overall, finished tied for second in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 6-2 record, and ended its season with a 21-6 win against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Over the last three years, Utah State is one of just four Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to win at least 30 games and three bowl games, joining Clemson, Michigan State and Oregon. Furthermore, the Aggies have played in four-straight bowl games, winning each of their last three, both of which are school records.

Utah State will open the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, at home against Southern Utah and will begin Mountain West play on Saturday, Oct. 3, at home against Colorado State.

For Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.

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-USU-

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