Weber State football is expected to have another strong season if preseason polls are to be believed.
Both coaches and media voted the Wildcats second in the Big Sky Conference preseason football polls for 2018, released Monday during the Big Sky Kickoff event in Spokane, Washington.
A total of 13 coaches and 55 media members voted on the ballots, which both tabbed Eastern Washington as the preseason favorites.
Weber State grabbed three first-place votes among coaches and 19 from the media.
“I’ve never put much stock into the rankings, whether we are ranked low preseason or high preseason,” WSU head coach Jay Hill said in a video interview with the school. “Bottom line, when we kick off, we’re going to have to tackle and block and do all the things that great football teams do. So hopefully we don’t put much stock into it.”
Southern Utah, last year’s co-champions with WSU, was picked sixth in both polls.
If polls became reality, a second-place finish would shoo the Wildcats into a third straight appearance in the FCS Playoffs.
Northern Arizona and Idaho rounded out the top four in the coaches poll, while NAU and Montana were top four in the media vote.
Weber State finished 2017 with an 11-3 record and advanced to the FCS quarterfinals, where it fell 31-28 to No. 1 James Madison, after being voted fifth in both polls last preseason. The Wildcats return a host of starters on the offensive line and in the defensive front seven.
|BIG SKY 2018 COACHES POLL|
|1||Eastern Washington||134 (6)|
|2||Weber State||124 (3)|
|3||Northern Arizona||121 (3)|
|BIG SKY 2018 MEDIA POLL|
|1||Eastern Washington||651 (27)|
|2||Weber State||636 (19)|
|3||Northern Arizona||535 (1)|
|6||Southern Utah||449 (1)|
|8||Montana State||391 (1)|
|9||UC Davis||331 (1)|