The MSU football team will travel to Utah to play Weber State University (WSU) on Saturday. With many records having already been broken this year, the Cats will be looking to continue the boosting those record numbers. The Bobcats are coming off of a much needed bye week after a victory over Big Sky rival Northern Arizona (NAU).
MSU faces a relatively easy opponent this weekend. The Wildcats of Weber State have had a rough start to their season, going 1-6 with their only win being against Stephen F. Austin. In their next five games, they have lost all of them, never losing by less than 22 points. Last week against Cal Poly, the Wildcats were shutout, resulting in a score of 47-0. Their biggest loss, against Utah State, was a jaw dropping score of 70-6. In WSU’s last five losses, they have a combined total of 41 points compared to their opponents’ 302.
Facing a team who averages 3.1 yards a carry with over 300 attempts, the Bobcats should have no problem containing Weber’s running offense. The Wildcats have gone 98 -188 in the air with five interceptions. Weber State also leads the Big Sky Conference in fumbles this season with fifteen.
WSU is using a different play style than before, incorporating more running than passing after the Wildcats gave up 23 turnovers by interception last season. Studying film will be important, “The coordinators are deep into that right now. I haven’t watched it (the film) yet, “said head coach Rob Ash. We are still trying to mop up on last week and catch up on some things, but I’ll watch it this week. By the end of the week we’ll have watched every game they’ve played prior to this week’s game coming up.”
Montana State’s last game two weeks ago left a lot of the first line banged up, including quarterback DeNarius McGhee and running back Cody Kirk. In the fourth quarter, McGhee was knocked down after a hurried pass and fell on his injured shoulder, taking him out of the game. Both he and Kirk are listed to play this weekend, but injuries are still plaguing the Bobcats. With a total of eleven players on the Injured Reserve (IR) list including wide receiver Tanner Roderick and defensive end Preston Gale, staying healthy has never been so important.
The Bobcats have developed new special teams implications, including the never-before-seen at MSU, “Swinging Gate.” The Swinging Gate allows the offensive team to attempt multiple attacks into the endzone. Usually only three linemen stay at the line of scrimmage and stack up on one side of the ball, making two large holes on either side of the ball that allows the team to run to, or leaves around 5-6 receivers on one side for a pass. It has been used extensively this season by the Bobcats and has shown a vast success rate.
With Weber State’s weak offense and defense, I think they will again score low points and it will be an easy win for MSU with a score of 56-10. On Oct. 26 the Bobcats will return to Bozeman to take on U.C. Davis.