LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - While most of the Utah State community is focused on the recovery of basketball player Danny Berger, the Aggies football team is back at work preparing for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The euphoria from the team's first outright conference championship since 1936 and first 10-win season ever hasn't really worn off yet.
"I don't think it's really sunk in yet," said cornerback Will Davis. "We're all still caught up in the excitement. Everything hasn't died down yet. It's something that we're going to look back on and realize how much we've done for the city of Logan and this community."
"It's really interesting because when I go back home, they are all about Utah State instead of BYU or Utah," said linebacker Zach Vigil, who is from Clearfield. "So, it's been exciting."
From being off the college football map just a few years ago, to now being ranked 18th in the country, it has been a mind-boggling turnaround for this program.
"It's just great to think about knowing where we've come from," said quarterback Chuckie Keeton. "From being a low-tier program a few years ago and knowing that we've been able to change things around here, it's an amazing feeling."
"It's not a surprise to me," added wide receiver Matt Austin. "We know we're supposed to be in this position. We've worked for it, and we've got the right coaches to put us in the spot to be successful."
The Aggies finally snapped their 14-year bowl game drought last year when they made it to the Potato Bowl against Ohio. But after a 24-23 loss to the Bobcats, Utah State still hasn't won a bowl game since 1993.
"We wanted to get this program in position to be a consistent winner," said head coach Gary Andersen. "I don't deem two years as consistent yet. We have a long ways to go as a program and a lot of work to do. But, I am proud of where we are today."
This bowl game isn't just the culmination of a historic season at Utah State. It could springboard the Aggies into a top-25 preseason ranking next year. Utah State returns many key players, like Keeton, and an 11-2 season could mean Utah State would get national recognition in the preseason polls.
"This is huge," said Davies. "Having a great year is going to give us a great start going into next year. Looking at it now, as close as we got to a BCS game this year, next year I can definitely see these guys in a BCS game. It's definitely possible."
The way the Aggies have played of late, anything is possible.