In addition to the weekly previews that we’ll do to showcase the Cougars match up that week we are going to provide you with an “insider” perspective as well. Each week we’ll ask questions of a blogger for BYU’s opponent that week and post their answers as a post for you to read. We’ll give you some background info and link you to their own site so you can read all the good stuff they are doing while supporting their own teams.
Week 2 – Weber State Wildcats
Blog: Vanquish The Foe
Respondent: Zach Bloxham
(You might ask yourself why I would ask a BYU fan and fellow blogger to write about the Wildcats. Well, Zach and his cohort Brett Hein at VTF are both huge Weber fans and I didn’t think there was much of a better fit to do this than one of these guys.)
AcademicallyIneligible: Talk about Weber State’s offense and what BYU fans should expect to see this week.
Zach Bloxham: Weber State has had a balanced offensive attack for as long as I can remember. Offensive Coordinator Matt Hammer has always had a bevy of terrific running backs on which to lean on. If the 2012 opener against Fresno State is any indication, times have changed. Weber managed just over 2 yards per carry in Week One. Quarterback Mike Hoke is back for his senior year. The Hawaiian native was an upper-level FCS quarterback and played well in the season opener.
AI: Talk about Weber’s defense and what BYU fans should expect to see this week.
ZB: The Wildcats gave up over 500 yards of offense to Fresno State in Week One. They also fell behind 21-0 in the first half. The Weber defense made some great adjustments at halftime and were down just 24-10 midway through the 4th quarter. A turnover by the offensive side of the ball and a quick strike from the Bulldogs sealed tWSU’s fate. All of this happened without the aid of Weber State’s two defensive captains, Trevor Pletcher and Anthony Morales, who were held out with injury. No report on whether the duo will play on Saturday in Provo.
AI: How do you think the Wildcats stack up against the Cougars offensively and defensively?
ZB: As any FCS school, Weber is going to struggle matching the speed, power, and athleticism of its FBS foe. It is going to be an uphill, nearly impossible battle for the Wildcats on Saturday.
AI: Who are the one or two players we should watch for this week when you line up against the Cougars?
ZB: QB – Mike Hoke & S – Willie Okwuonu
AI: What is the one thing that Cougar fans don’t know about Weber State that would be of interest to them to know?
ZB: Weber State is 3-47 against FBS schools. The Wildcats have lost 23 straight to FBS opponents, last defeating Nevada in 1993. That being said, Weber State nearly upset Colorado State and Wyoming in the last five years.
AI: What is your prediction for this game and why do you feel this will be the outcome?
ZB: BYU’s offensive line was one of the only units who failed to live up to expectations during the Cougars opener against Washington State. Many, myself included, expected BYU to run the ball effectively against Wazzu. It never really materialized. Well, playing a smaller FCS frontline will certainly help the process. Look for BYU to dominate the ground game. Weber is going to have a miserable time running the football. Knowing this, the BYU pass rush is going to have a field day. All-in-all, the result will be what you expect out of a borderline-Top 25 squad a so-so FCS one.
BYU 48 Weber State 6
Again, many thanks to Zach for taking the time to field our questions. If you aren’t familiar with him or his blogs Vanquish the Foe and The Upset Blog, you really should check them out and give them a follow.