The Weber State football team’s home opener is on Saturday night at 6 p.m.. They will host the No. 1 ranked North Dakota State Bisons. Here are the five things you need to know about the game.
North Dakota State is on a winning streak
The Bisons come into Ogden riding a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) record 25-game winning streak. North Dakota State won its 25th straight game last Saturday on the road against Iowa State 34-14. They also have had success on the road, winning 16 straight road games going back to 2010.
They’re number one! They’re number one!
North Dakota State is currently ranked No. 1 in the FCS coaches poll. They will be the first No. 1 ranked team to take on the Wildcats at home since Montana on Oct. 12, 2002. The Grizzlies defeated the Wildcats 39-7 in that game.
Weber State loves home openers
The Wildcats are 38-14 all time in home openers. They have won five of their last six home openers, losing to McNeese College 35-21 in their 2012 home opener. In last season’s home opener, Weber State defeated Stephen F. Austin 50-40.
Fifth time’s a charm?
This will be the fifth time that North Dakota State and Weber State have faced each other, and it will be the third time North Dakota State has come to Ogden. The two teams first played each other on Sept. 9, 1978, when North Dakota State beat the Wildcats 48-29 in Ogden. The Bisons are 4-0 all-time against the Wildcats, winning their last matchup on Sept. 17, 2005 in Fargo, North Dakota 41-0.
Blackout at Stewart Stadium
Saturday’s home opener is the annual Blackout game for the Wildcats. Weber State athletics encourages fans to wear black clothing to the home opener, and the Weber State campus stores are selling Blackout game t-shirts for $5.