A Closer Look At Weber State

Weber State’s recent football history isn’t anything to brag about, but the Wildcats are hoping an overhaul to the coaching staff will bring them back into Big Sky contention. Jay Hill was hired away from Utah in December to try and start a turnaround, he was an assistant with the Utes for the past 13 seasons and brought plenty of FBS experience with him. He also brought transfers, eight from FBS schools, most notably quarterback Billy Green from BYU. The Wildcats have struggled the last three years winning just nine games, and five of those came in 2011. Most will remember after the 2011 season when WSU hired John L. Smith, a Weber grad to guide the team, but then left in April to take the Arkansas job after Bobby Petrino was fired. Jody Sears took over and won just two games each of the last two years and was let go after the season.

WSU is not that far removed from being a playoff team, the Wildcats made back to back trips to the postseason in 2008-09, sharing the Big Sky title in 2008, winning a first round game against Cal Poly, before losing to Montana in the 2nd round, then returned in 2009 losing to William and Mary in the first round.

 Weber State has been good at home lately, winning five of their last six home openers, it’s been a while since they’ve hosted the number one team in the nation; 2002 was the last time, Montana came to Ogden and won 39-7.
NDSU and Weber State haven’t played in nearly ten years, the Bison won at Weber State 31-17 in 2004 and then got the Wildcats again 41-0 in 2005, the highlights of the 2004 game are below. 


Voting Time – Week 2

FCS Coaches and Sports Network polls unveiled later today, here’s my Top 25 for the Sports Network poll:

NDSU’s leveling of Iowa State keeps the Bison number one in my Sports Network poll. (Photo courtesy – Carrie Snyder, The Forum)

  1. NDSU
  2. Eastern Washington
  3. Southeastern Louisiana
  4. Coastal Carolina
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Northern Iowa
  7. Montana
  8. Jacksonville State
  9. McNeese State
  10. Fordham
  11. Bethune-Cookman
  12. Villanova
  13. South Dakota State
  14. Tennessee State
  15. Chattanooga
  16. Sam Houston State
  17. Richmond
  18. William & Mary
  19. Furman
  20. Maine
  21. Montana State
  22. Northern Arizona
  23. Youngstown State
  24. Southern Illinois
  25. Eastern Illinois

Sunday Live Ramblings

Plenty to chat about tonight after NDSU’s fifth straight win over an FBS school yesterday, join Jeff, Big E and me at 10 pm!

Live Blog FCS Sunday Night Ramblings – Week 1
 

Bison PostGame Show at Iowa State

It was a dominant effort by NDSU after falling in a 14-0 hole in Ames on Satuday. Carson Wentz in his debut as the starter for the Bison was rock solid and the defense looked like it did all of last season. The NDSU rushing attack looked much like the Bison of old with two touchdown runs of 80 and 66 yards. Join Jeff, Big E and me as we recap NDSU’s record setting 25th straight win.


FCS Pick ‘Em – Week 1

The Pick ‘Em Nickel

Yes it’s back folks, the FCS Pick ‘Em segment, our fourth year of trying to predict games, we’ve got a new twist for this year that I can’t wait to introduce next week on the radio! This is our third year going for the FCS Nickel, Jeff won it in 2012, I won it last year and it’s back up for grabs this season. Some interesting games on the table, let’s see who takes an early lead!

                                                                     

                                                                      DOM   (6-1)      JEFF (7-0)

  • Delaware at Pittsburgh                         PITT                PITT
  • Indiana State at Indiana                         IU                    IU
  • (5) Northern Iowa at Iowa                      IOWA             UNI
  • (21) Youngstown St at Illinois                 ILL                 ILL
  • (10) SDSU at Missouri                           Mizzou          Mizzou
  • James Madison at Maryland                  JMU               Maryland
  • (5) Montana at Wyoming                       Wyo               Griz
  • (6) Coastal Carolina at Citadel              CCU               CCU
  • (4) New Hampshire at Toledo                TOL               TOL
  • (23) Bethune-Cookman at Florida Int.   BC                  BC
  • Sacramento St at Incarnate Word        Sac                Sac
  • (19) Montana St at Arkansas St.           ASU                ASU
  • South Dakota at Oregon                       ORE               ORE

VARSITY GAME OF THE WEEK

  • (16) Clemson at (12) Georgia                UGA               UGA

Bison Video Blog: A Tease For Saturday

The season is drawing closer, we nearly had our first FCS upset of the season pulled off by Abilene Christian over Georgia State tonight, but the Panthers pulled it out to win their first ever FBS game. Our first round of selections are listed below as is a special preview to Saturday’s return of the Bison PreGame Show!!

                                                                    DOM  (1-0)                 JEFF (1-0)

  • Missouri State at Northwestern St.     Mo State                    Mo. State
  • Valparaiso at Western Illinois              WIU                           WIU
  • Chattanooga at Central Michigan        Chatt.                        CMU
  • Eastern Illinois at Minnesota                UM                            UM
  • Cal Poly at New Mexico St.                 NMSU                        NMSU
  • UND at San Jose State                       SJSU                         SJSU
  • Villanova at Syracuse                          Nova                          Syr