SALT LAKE CITY – Montana State is set up for a showdown against No. 7 Weber State Saturday in Ogden.
The story of this game for MSU is very simple: figure out how to crack the code for Weber’s defense.
The Wildcats are hands down the most dominant in this year’s Big Sky Conference. These guys have already forced 20 turnovers this season and returned two of those for touchdowns. They held high-powered Eastern Washington to a pair of field goals just last week.
Montana State head coach Jeff Choate told the media earlier this week that Weber State’s defense looks more Mountain West than Big Sky.
“I mean, 11 fumbles recovered and nine interceptions,” Choate said. “I think they’ve forced 13 fumbles, recovered 11 of them, and they’ve got nine interceptions. They’ve also had four non-offensive touchdowns. They’ve only scored 14 (total) touchdowns on the year — four of them are by the defense or special teams and several more have been set up in the kicking game or with a defensive play.”
And offensively, Weber State is capable of bleeding the clock.
“The other thing that stands out about this team is, even though their offensive production isn’t great, I think they’re right around 31 minutes a game that they’re holding the ball,” Choate said.
It’s one thing to face a handful of top-25 teams throughout the course of a season. But for the Bobcats Saturday, this will be the third top-10 team they’ve seen to this point.
Kickoff is 4 p.m. in Ogden for a matchup televised on ROOT Sports.