There’s no doubt that Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. For those of you who have not seen him play, I suggest you tune in to watch him on Saturday.
Through three games, he’s completed 78 percent of his passes and is tied for the nation’s lead with 12 touchdown passes. He’s an exciting dual threat who has also rushed for 187 yards. There’s no doubt in my mind that if he played for a BCS program, he’d be getting a lot more attention.
This Saturday, Keeton has a chance to really make a name for himself as his Aggies roll into the Coliseum to take on USC.
Now, USC is not a good team and it is coached by one of the worst coaches in college football history, but the Trojans do have a good defense and if Keeton plays well against them and leads his team to an upset, I think he’ll clearly establish himself as the No. 1 non-BCS-conference Heisman candidate.
Now, does that mean I think he’ll have a chance to actually win the Heisman?
No, but I do think he could make it to New York as a finalist if he was able to finish off the rest of the season with flourish and beat teams like BYU and Boise State along the way.
This would be no small feat and nothing to scoff at, Aggies fans. It would go a long way toward establishing Utah State’s credibility as an up-and-coming program and give Keeton a good set-up season should he decide to return for his senior year.
But it all starts with beating USC. That has to happen if he is going to be in this conversation.