Weber State vs. Brigham Young: Complete Game Preview
A week after a lopsided win over Washington State, BYU will stay in Provo to host Weber State Saturday.
Luckily, this game should be much easier than the Wazzu one.
The Wildcats, an FCS school from Ogden, are coming off of a loss at the hands of Fresno State. Although they will be hungry for their first win since November, I can't see it against BYU.
The Cougars boast a 2-0 all-time record against WSU, and Weber holds a 3-47 record against FBS schools. Although it will probably be a boring game, here's everything you need to know.
Who: Weber State at BYU
When: Saturday, 1 PM (MDT)
Where: Provo, UT
Stadium: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470)
Radio: KSL Radio 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and ksl.com
Depth Chart for BYU
Backup: James Lark
Backup: David Foote
Third-string: Iona Pritchard
Slot Receiver: JD Falsev
Backup: David Foote
Wide Receiver: Cody Hoffman
Backup: Skyler Ridley
Wide Receiver: Ross Apo
Backup WR: Dallin Cutler
TE: Kaneakua Friel
Backup tight end: Austin Holt
Left Tackle: Ryker Mathews
Backup: Michael Yeck
Left Guard: Houston Reynolds
Backup: Famika Anae
Center: Blair Tushaus
Backup: Houston Reynolds
Right Guard: Braden Hansen
Backup: Brock Stringham
Right Tackle: Braden Brown, Sr.
Backup: Manaaki Vaitai
Kicker/ Punter: Riley Stephenson
Long Snapper: Reed Hornung
Holder: JD Falslev
Left End: Eathyn Manumaleuna
Backup: Mike Muehlmann
Nose Tackle: Romney Fuga
Backup: Simote Vea
Right End: Russell Tialavea
Backup: Ezekiel Ansah
Strong-Side LB: Spencer Hadley
Backup: Alani Fua
Mike Linebacker: Uona Kaveinga
Backup: Zac Stout
Buck Linebacker: Brandon Ogletree
Backup: Manoa Pikula
Weak-Side Linebacker: Kyle Van Noy
Backup: Jherremya Leuta-Douyere
Field Corner: Jordan Johnson,
Backups: Micah Hannemann and Robbie Buckner
Boundary Corner: Preston Hadley
Backup: Skye PoVey
KAT Safety: Daniel Sorensen
Backup: Craig Bills
Free Safety: Joe Sampson
Backup: Mike Hague
Punt Returner: JD Falslev
Kick Returners: Cody Hoffman and JD Falslev
Recap of the Wildcats' Last Game
Weber State is coming off a disappointing loss at the hands of Fresno State, the final score being 37-10. Wildcat quarterback Chris Hoke completed 25 of his 32 passes for over 200 yards, but the offense's rushing attack was weak, only gaining 67 yards. They only compiled 276 total offensive yards, while the Bulldogs racked up 515.
The Wildcats punted the ball eight times, but only had one turnover. Their only scores came off a 40-yard field goal and a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Saturday's matchup was the first college game for interim head coach Jody Sears.
Recap of the Cougars' Last Game
BYU struggled early in the first quarter of its blowout win against Washington State on Thursday, but after Uona Kaveinga intercepted a tipped Jeff Tuel pass, everything seemed to click.
Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson completed 25-of-36 passes for 285 yards with zero interceptions. His mobility and leadership gained remarks of looking "Tebow-esque", and turned heads all over the country. Running back David Foote, tight end Kaneakua Friel and receiver Skyler Ridley were a few other players that emerged to help carry the offense.
The defense looked stellar, while linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Uona Kaveinga and cornerback Jordan Johnson made significant plays.
What This Game Means to Both Teams
For Weber State, this is a great opportunity to get in the national spotlight and beat a good team. Although the Wildcats' chances are slim, if they can pull off the upset, all eyes will be on them.
As far as BYU goes, the Cougars could care less. Sure, Bronco Mendenhall has said that they won't overlook the Wildcats, this should be an easy W. This could be a good chance to give quarterback Taysom Hill and the young guys experience, though.
Key Player for BYU: Kaneakua Friel
You probably expected Riley Nelson to fill this slide, but Kaneakua Friel was easily the biggest surprise last Thursday. He led all players—on both teams—in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He had six receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns, respectively.
Kaneakua Friel has the size and athletic ability to be a great Cougars tight end, something that BYU hasn't seen in a while. His first touchdown pass is a perfect example of this, when a WSU defensive player was the only thing in between him and the end zone. Instead of trying to juke the player out, he laid a massive hit and ran himself past the goal line.
The Weber State game this weekend could be a great time for Friel to shine.
Key Player for Weber State: Mike Hoke
Mike Hoke finished his junior season with 25 personal touchdowns, 19 passing and six on his feet. He returns this year as the starting quarterback for the Wildcats, and is definitely the heart of Weber State's offense.
Although Hoke only threw one touchdown last week against Fresno State, his passes added up to be for 202 yards. Despite the losing effort, Chris Hoke will come out Saturday willing to do anything to help his team win.
The Bobcats Will Pull off the Upset If...
They get a miracle.
The Cougs Will Win If...
They play decently well.
This should be an easy win for the Cougs. I will be surprised if it is close.
My Prediction: BYU wins, 66-10
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