The Utah State Aggies travel to Knoxville on Saturday to kick off their 2014 college football season against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium.
Both teams will be rolling out a number of new starters in 2014, but the x-factor will be Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton.
Last season, Keeton’s year was cut short after suffering a knee injury that ended his junior campaign just six games into the season. Before the injury, Keeton completed 69.4 percent of his passes, and threw for 1,388 yards and 18 TDs. Keeton added 241 yards and 2 TDs on the ground.
This will be a big stage for Keeton, but the Volunteers defense is a middle of the road unit.
Keeton’s dual-threat ability will keep the Tennessee defense on their heels, and the Volunteer offense is unlikely to carry the load against a stout Utah State defense.
As long as the Aggies defense is able to keep the game close and force Tennessee’s Justin Worley into some errors, we should see the Utah State team come away from Knoxville covering the spread and getting the outright win.
Entering his senior year, Keeton has 5,961 passing yards, 56 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Keeton has added 1,153 yards and 14 touchdowns with his feet.
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the weekend for the latest news and results from Week 1 of the college football season.