2018 Weber State Wildcats Football Team
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2018 Weber State Wildcats Football Team
2018 Weber State Wildcats football
Weber State Wildcats wordmark.svg
Big Sky co-champion
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 6
FCS CoachesNo. 6
2018 record10-3 (7-1 Big Sky)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDave Schramm (1st season)
Home stadiumStewart Stadium
(Capacity: 17,312)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
+^   7 1         10 3  
+^   7 1         12 3  
+^   7 1         10 3  
^   5 3         8 5  
Idaho State   5 3         6 5  
Montana   4 4         6 5  
Cal Poly   4 4         5 6  
Northern Arizona   3 4         4 6  
Portland State   3 5         4 7  
Idaho   3 5         4 7  
Northern Colorado   2 6         2 9  
Southern Utah   1 7         1 10  
Sacramento State   0 7         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Although North Dakota was classified as an independent, games against them still counted as Big Sky Conference games.
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2018 Weber State Wildcats football team represented Weber State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Wildcats were led by fourth-year head coach Jay Hill and played their games at Stewart Stadium as members of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 10-3, 7-1 in Big Sky play to finish in a three-way tie for the Big Sky championship with Eastern Washington and UC Davis. They received the Big Sky's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs where, after a first round bye, they defeated Southeast Missouri State in the second round before losing in the quarterfinals to Maine.

Previous season

The Wildcats finished the 2017 season 11-3, 7-1 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for the Big Sky championship with Southern Utah. Due to their head-to-head loss to Southern Utah in the regular season, they did not receive the Big Sky's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs, but did receive an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs, their second straight trip to the playoffs. In the first round, they defeated Western Illinois. In the second round, they avenged their regular season loss to Southern Utah. In the quarterfinals, they lost to eventual national runner-up, James Madison.

Preseason

Polls

On July 16, 2018, during the Big Sky Kickoff in Spokane, Washington, the Wildcats were predicted to finish in second place by both the coaches and media.[1]

Coaches poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Eastern Washington 134 (6)
2 Weber State 124 (3)
3 Northern Arizona 121 (3)
4 Idaho 101 (1)
5 Sacramento State 94
6 Southern Utah 91
7 Montana 82
8 Montana State 76
9 UC Davis 64
10 Cal Poly 40
11 Northern Colorado 30
12 Idaho State 29
13 Portland State 21
Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Eastern Washington 651 (27)
2 Weber State 636 (19)
3 Northern Arizona 535 (1)
4 Montana 496 (2)
5 Idaho 483 (3)
6 Southern Utah 449 (1)
7 Sacramento State 415
8 Montana State 391 (1)
9 UC Davis 331 (1)
10 Idaho State 170
11 Cal Poly 169
12 Northern Colorado 166
13 Portland State 103

Preseason All-Conference Team

The Wildcats had a conference leading six players selected to the Preseason All-Conference Team.[2]

Iosua Opeta - Sr. OT

Trey Tuttle, - So. K

Rashid Shaheed - So. KR

Jonah Williams - Jr. DE

LeGrand Toia, - Sr. LB

Brady May - Sr. ST Specialist

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 306:00 p.m.at Utah*No. 8P12NL 10-4145,988
September 87:00 p.m.at Cal Poly*No. 10Pluto TV 244W 24-176,020
September 156:00 p.m.No. 22 South Dakota*No. 11Pluto TV 235W 27-108,455
September 226:00 p.m.Northern ColoradoNo. 7
  • Stewart Stadium
  • Ogden, UT
Pluto TV 235W 45-288,668
October 62:30 p.m.at Northern ArizonaNo. 6ELVNL 24-2810,000
October 134:00 p.m.No. 4 Eastern WashingtondaggerNo. 13
  • Stewart Stadium
  • Ogden, UT
ELVNW 14-68,211
October 204:00 p.m.Montana StateNo. 7
  • Stewart Stadium
  • Ogden, UT
ATTRMW 34-248,062
October 271:00 p.m.at No. 22 North DakotaNo. 4Pluto TV 240W 35-308,650
November 312:00 p.m.Sacramento StateNo. 4
  • Stewart Stadium
  • Ogden, UT
Pluto TV 235W 26-147,857
November 105:00 p.m.at Southern UtahNo. 3ELVNW 31-187,415
November 172:30 p.m.at Idaho StateNo. 3Pluto TV 243W 26-1310,077
December 12:00 p.m.No. 20 Southeast Missouri State*No. 3
ESPN3W 48-238,838
December 76:00 p.m.No. 12 MaineNo. 3
  • Stewart Stadium
  • Ogden, UT (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals)
ESPN2L 18-237,726

Despite also being a member of the Big Sky, the game against Cal Poly was considered a non-conference matchup having no effect on conference standings.

Game summaries

at Utah

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Wildcats 10 0 0 0 10
Utes 7 10 14 10 41

at Cal Poly

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Wildcats 7 3 7 7 24
Mustangs 0 3 7 7 17

South Dakota

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Coyotes 0 3 0 7 10
No. 11 Wildcats 11 7 3 6 27

Northern Colorado

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 14 7 0 28
No. 7 Wildcats 14 7 14 10 45

at Northern Arizona

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Wildcats 0 8 13 3 24
Lumberjacks 7 0 14 7 28

at Eastern Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 13 Wildcats 14 0 0 0 14
No. 4 Eagles 0 3 3 0 6

Montana State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 7 10 7 0 24
No. 7 Wildcats 0 14 10 10 34

at North Dakota

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Wildcats 7 14 7 7 35
No. 22 Fighting Hawks 0 20 3 7 30

Sacramento State

1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 0 0 7 7 14
No. 4 Wildcats 3 10 13 0 26

at Southern Utah

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Wildcats 7 14 7 3 31
Thunderbirds 6 6 6 0 18

at Idaho State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Wildcats 3 9 7 7 26
Bengals 0 0 13 0 13

FCS Playoffs

Southeast Missouri State-Second Round

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 20 Redhawks 7 0 7 9 23
No. 3 Wildcats 0 27 7 14 48

Maine-Quarterfinals

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 12 Black Bears 0 7 7 9 23
No. 3 Wildcats 0 3 9 6 18

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS 8 10 11 7 6 6 13 7 4 4 3 3 3 6
Coaches 8 13 13 8 7 7 13 9 5 5 4 4 3 6

References

  1. ^ "Eastern Washington Picked to Win the Big Sky".
  2. ^ "Doss, Buss Headline Big Sky Football Preseason All-Conference Team".

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