Utah State football: Aggies have a mediocre record but rank in the top 40 nationally in 26 statistical categories (26 items)
Once Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion arrived in the palace of Emerald City, the Wizard of Oz was learned to be deceiving.
“You humbug!” an angry Scarecrow said.
“I am a humbug,” the Wizard acknowledged.
“You are a very bad man,” Dorothy suggested.
“No, my dear. I am a very good man,” the Wizard replied. “Just a very bad wizard.”
Criticisms were levied against the Wizard after it was learned that he had used various mechanisms to project himself as much more majestic and honorific than he actually was. In reality, he was a wizened man without much behind his appearance.
The Utah State football team is similar. They rank in the top 40 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 26 of the 44 statistical categories on NCAA.com, through games of Oct. 26.
That looks great. Ultimately, however, the Aggies are just 4-4, evening the ledger with a win Oct. 19 against New Mexico. Previously, they lost to BYU and Boise State after the loss of Heisman Trophy candidate Chuckie Keeton and three other offensive starters. (The USU defense has not lost any personnel for the season.)
In nine categories (seven offensively), the Aggies still find themselves fourth or lower in Mountain West Conference.
Take a look at USU’s own smoke, fire and green heads.
Rhett Wilkinson is a project manager for UtahPolicy.com and https the true-blooded Aggies from Utah. The co-founder of magazine Aggie BluePrint.com, he's been an intern for the Deseret News and other publications. firstname.lastname@example.org | @wilklogan
1 of 26. Blocked punts: 2nd
Georgia Tech is first with three, while 28 teams — including USU’s former WAC foe Idaho — are tied for ninth.
2 of 26. Punt return defense: 3rd
Houston (minus-0.63) is first. Eastern Michigan (28.86) is last, allowing 2.86 more yards than Florida State.
3 of 26. Kickoff return defense: 5th
Vanderbilt easily leads the nation with at 13.92 ypr, and Boston College follows with 15. Former WAC foe Idaho easily takes last at 30.21, with Tulsa just above at 28.33.
4 of 26. Passes had intercepted: 11th
With 19 interceptions, Washington State is clearly last in the nation, with three more picks than Southern Mississippi, Hawaii and Western Michigan.
5 of 26. Third-down conversion percentage defense: 11th
Louisville leads the nation, allowing just 25 conversions in 99 attempts (.253). Air Force is last, allowing 70 conversions in 113 attempts (.619).