OGDEN — Whatever wounds the Wildcats had to lick after Thursday night’s licking at the hands of the Utah Utes, they only had a few hours to do it.
Friday afternoon, Weber State football was back on the field at Stewart Stadium to prepare for Cal Poly in its Week 2 matchup.
“We went right into putting the Utah game to bed because there were some corrections we needed to fix from the Utah game,” head coach Jay Hill said. “There were some corrections and things we had to get fixed from the Utah game and we moved right into Cal Poly on Friday ... I wanted to move on.”
The Wildcats are preparing for the non-conference game against the Big Sky opponent, which will kick at 7 p.m. MDT Saturday.
Getting beat up by a Power 5 FBS team doesn’t necessarily hurt too much in FCS rankings. Weber State fell from No. 8 in both polls to No. 10 in the STATS (“media”) poll and to No. 13 in the Coaches Poll.
Time will tell if the Wildcats remain that caliber of team, but it might not take too long to find out. South Dakota, Weber State’s opponent for its Sept. 15 home opener, jumped from unranked to No. 23 in the STATS poll by losing 27-24 at Kansas State. The Coyotes led 24-12 going into the third quarter before succumbing to the Big 12 team and appear to be a stiff test.
That’s only if Weber gets past the Mustangs this week, though.
Senior running back Treshawn Garrett left Weber’s opener at Utah late in the first quarter with a sprained right knee. Garrett had yet to practice after Tuesday’s session and Hill said he was “very doubtful” for the game at Cal Poly.
In his place, redshirt freshman Josh Davis — Utah’s high school Gatorade player of the year in 2016 out of Alta High — was listed as the starter in this week’s depth chart published Tuesday. Freshman Kris Jackson remains as the primary backup after getting six carries against Utah.
TV FOR HOME OPENER
That Sept. 15 home opener against South Dakota has been picked up by KJZZ for TV broadcast in Utah. It will still also stream on WatchBigSky.com and on the Pluto TV app.
AROUND THE BIG SKY
It was the best of times and worst of times for the Big Sky in Week 1. The bad did include Weber State’s 41-10 loss, though the Wildcats definitely played the league’s toughest game last week.
It also included Southern Utah losing at home to North Alabama on a late touchdown. North Alabama just moved up from Division II to FCS this season and is playing a provisional, independent schedule before joining the Big South Conference in 2019.
Portland State lost 72-19 at Nevada and Idaho was blasted 79-13 at Fresno State.
But there was plenty of good, too. UC Davis and Northern Arizona grabbed wins over FBS opponents. Northern Arizona handily won 30-10 at UTEP and is ranked No. 18 this week. Davis got up big and hung on for a 44-38 win at San Jose State, but for some reason is not ranked in either FCS poll.