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.
Join WDAY sports director Dom Izzo and The Forum’s Jeff Kolpack for the latest Bison Video Blog. Jeff and Dom share final thoughts on Saturday’s dominating performance by the Bison and look forward to this weekend’s game against the Wildcats of Weber State.
FCS Coaches and Sports Network polls unveiled later today, here’s my Top 25 for the Sports Network poll:
- Eastern Washington
- Southeastern Louisiana
- Coastal Carolina
- New Hampshire
- Northern Iowa
- Jacksonville State
- McNeese State
- South Dakota State
- Tennessee State
- Sam Houston State
- William & Mary
- Montana State
- Northern Arizona
- Youngstown State
- Southern Illinois
- Eastern Illinois
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!
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.
WDAY sports director Dom Izzo interviews NDSU head coach Chris Klieman before his team takes the field against Iowa State.
Join WDAY sports director Dom Izzo and The Forum’s Jeff Kolpack and Eric Peterson for the latest Bison Video Blog!\
For those that missed it on WDAY’Z Extra last night, now is your chance to get ready for the season, here’s WDAY’s 2014 Preview Show, enjoy!
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
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