When it comes to men's basketball, Utah State and Nevada have built a nice rivalry over the past few years.

On the gridiron, it's a completely different story.

The Aggies don't really have a rivalry with any other team from the Western Athletic Conference.

Or do they?

According to USU head coach Gary Andersen, Idaho is fast becoming the Aggies' biggest conference rival on the football field.

"In my opinion, I think that game is heating up to be a pretty good rivalry between the two," Andersen said Monday during his weekly press conference. "As the WAC moves forward through the years, I expect that to be a very vicious and a very heated rivalry, which is great for us and great for Idaho, too."

Is there anything specific that makes this game now a "heated rivalry?"

"I think that the progression of what Idaho has done the last couple of years and our direction of wanting to be able to move in that direction," Andersen said. "We both have Polynesian players on our team, which I think makes it be even more heated.

"We battle in recruiting against each other, and I can't put any exacts on that, it's just a feel that I got at pre-game last year, at the end of the game last year, pre-game this year and the end of the game this year."

The respect both coaching staffs have for each other factor in, as well.

"There's respect on both sides, and maybe because the coaches know each other so well, it adds to the environment also," Andersen said. "How long that stays the same, you never know. I just really believe that some of the philosophies that we have on offense and defense, and the way we recruit, it seems like it's a natural fit that it keeps growing a little bit in intensity.

"That could just be me, but I feel it, and I think our kids feel it. The way that the kids act on the field on both sides, I think they would feel the same. With the change in the WAC, I don't think it does anything but promote that from becoming even more of a rivalry."

Which is a good thing all the way around, the coach said.

"I think it's good for both teams," Andersen added. "It's good for us, I believe it's good for Idaho and I believe it's good for the WAC."

WAC Players of the Week

Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz, Warriors linebacker Aaron Brown and Boise State place-kicker Kyle Brotzman were named the Verizon WAC offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.

Moniz threw for a school record 560 yards and three touchdowns in a win over San Jose State last Saturday night in Honolulu. The junior from Wahiawa, O'ahu, broke the old record of 559 set by Colt Brennen in the 2006 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

Brown, a junior from Puyallup, Wash., made five tackles, including one for a loss, and intercepted two passes in the win over the Spartans. He returned the first interception 22 yards for a touchdown to give the Warriors a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Brotzman, a senior from Meridian, Idaho, made all three of his field goal attempts (20, 20 and 50 yards, respectively) and all six extra points to finish the night with 15 points in the win over Fresno State. He broke the Boise State school record in scoring and now has 418 points in his career.