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  • JMU football vs Utah State

    Published on September 23, 2023

    James Madison Dukes (3-0) takes its furthest trip of the year to face Utah State Aggies (1-2) for the Week 4 meeting of the 2023 CFB season tomorrow at 8:00 pm at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium, Logan, Utah on Mountain West Network.

    JMU football vs. Utah State Game Details:

    Venue: Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium
     Location: Logan, Utah
    Date: Saturday, September 23
    Time: 8:00 pm ET
    Watch live: Stream here the live game

    How to watch JMU vs Utah State football Game today

    The game will be streamed on the Mountain West Network. We broke down how to access the Mountain West Network or the best way to watch a full college football game during the 2023-24 season.

    In addition, the Dukes fans can watch the game on different local TV channels and streaming networks, below the complete TV guide for the JMU vs Utah State game.

    TV: KJZZ / Mountain West Network / Fubo Sports Network
    Xfinity (Utah) – Ch. 3/HD657
    DISH / DirecTV (Utah) – Ch. 14
    Stream: utahstateaggies.com/watch/
    Online: kslsports.com/kslsportszone
    Online: Fubo

    Aggies and Dukes Series History:

    Utah State and James Madison will face each other for the first time tomorrow. This will be the Aggies’ first-ever fixture against a team from the state of Virginia. Moreover, it will also be JMU’s first encounter against a team from the Mountain West.

    James Madison Dukes Football Preview:

    Dukes are coming to the game with a six-game unbeaten streak dating back to the previous season, with the latest win against the Trojans last weekend.

    In the game against the Trojans, senior signal-caller Jordan McCloud had 200 yards on 18-of-26 passing (69.2%), with a touchdown and no interceptions.

    Kaelon Black totaled 78 rushing yards on 13 carries (6.0 yards per carry). He also had four catches for 42 yards. Elijah Sarratt had six receptions for 62 yards (10.3 per catch) and one touchdown against the Trojans.

    James Madison Stats & Insights

    As a team, Dukes are averaging 30 points (69th in the FBS) and 373.7 yards of total offense per game (172.7 rushing, 201.0 passing) and allowing 17.3 points and 308.0 yards of total offense (22.7 passing, 285.3 rushing). On the other side of the ball, they rank 41st, allowing 17.3 points per contest.

    With 201 passing yards per game, Dukes has the 94th-ranked passing offense this year and has been worse defensively, ranking 17th-worst with 285 passing yards allowed per game.

    In terms of rushing yards, James Madison sports the 56th-ranked offense this year (172.7 per game) and has been better defensively, ranking best with only 22.7 rushing yards allowed per game.

    James Madison owns the fourth-best third-down defense this season (22.7% third-down percentage allowed) but ranks 23rd-worst on offense (33.3% third-down conversion rate).

    In the turnover margin, dukes rank 29th in college football at +2, forcing three turnovers (82nd in the FBS) while turning it over one (3rd in the FBS).

    James Madison Stats Leaders

    Redshirt senior QB Jordan McCloud leads the Dukes with 45-of-68 (.662) passing for 568 yards (189.3 yards per game) with four touchdowns and no interceptions. RB Kaelon Black leads the team in rushing with 228 yards on 37 carries (6.2 ypc/76.0 yards per game).

    Meanwhile, redshirt senior WR Reggie Brown is leading the way for the receiving corps as he has caught ten passes for 194 yards (19.4 ypr/64.7 ypg) with one TD.

    Ty Son Lawton has carried the ball 26 times for 156 yards (52 per game) and three TDs. Elijah Sarratt has hauled in 10 receptions totaling 143 yards. Jamree Kromah is leading the team with 3.5 sacks and also has five TFL and 11 tackles.

    Defensively, sophomore LB Aiden Fisher leads Dukes in tackles with 13 this year. Devyn Coles has a team-high one pass and also has five tackles and one pass defended.

    Utah State Preview:

    Utah State lost its Mountain West Opener at Air Force (39-21) last weekend and is now 7-4 all-time in MW openers. In the form of dukes, Utah State will face a Sun Belt Conference opponent for the first time since 2014, when they secured a 34-20 home win against Arkansas City.

    Against the Falcons last weekend, McCae Hillstead gave a performance that included 18-of-27 passing for 202 yards, three TDs, and zero interceptions. In that game, Rahsul Faison had a seven-carry, 40-yard game (5.7 yards per attempt). Moreover, Micah Davis caught four passes for 84 yards (21 yards per catch), scoring one TD.

    Coming to the game, Utah State ranked 10th in the country in rushing yards per attempt (6). They rank 35th in the nation in scoring offense (37.7 ppg), 42nd in rushing offense (183.3 ypg), 52nd in passing yards allowed (201.0 ypg), and 56th in the nation in total offense (407.3 yards per game).

    Terrell Vaughn has 28 catches for 223 yards and 4 TDs. His 9.7 grabs per game is third in the country and is sixth in the nation with 1.33 touchdowns per game and 47th in receiving yards per game (75.7).

    Utah State has the sixth-most (61) new players on the roster, behind Colorado (88), Arizona State (79), Oklahoma State (63), Nebraska (62) and New Mexico State (62). Fifteen players have made their first-career start for the Aggies through the first three weeks, including three players last weekend at Falcons.

    UTAH STATE Insights

    The Aggies’ defense has been bottom-25 in run defense this season, allowing 177.7 rushing yards per game (20th-worst in the FBS). Offensively, they rank 42nd with 183.3 rushing yards per contest.

    With a turnover margin of zero, Utah State ranks 59th in the FBS, with three forced turnovers (82nd in the FBS) and three turnovers committed (32nd in the FBS) this season.

    UTAH STATE’S Players to Watch

    Cooper Legas has 384 yards on 67.6% passing, three TD passes, and two interceptions this season. This year, Rahsul Faison has rushed for 194 yards on 19 carries so far while scoring one time on the ground.

    Davon Booth has been given 21 carries and totaled 135 yards with two touchdowns. Terrel Vaughn paces his side with 227 receiving yards on 29 receptions with four TDs.

    Moreover, Micah Davis has totaled 153 receiving yards (51 yards per game) and two touchdowns on eight receptions. Jalen Royals’ 17 targets have resulted in 12 grabs for 140 yards and two TDs. Cole Joyce is leading the team with two sacks, also picking two TFL and 12 tackles.

    MJ Tafisi leads the Aggies in tackles (21) and has two TFL this year, and Jaiden Francois is leading his team with one interception, nine tackles, and one pass defended.

    Stats Comparison:

    Duke rank 81st in total offense (373.7 yards per game) and 45th in total defense (307.7 yards allowed per game) this year.

    On the other hand, in terms of total yards, the Aggies rank 56th in the FBS (407.3 total yards per game) and 88th on the other side of the ball (378.7 total yards allowed per game).


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