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Weber State football: Weber State hosts nationally-ranked Cal Poly on Saturday

Weber State tight end Andrew Vollert (left-center) runs by a defender. He leads the Wildcats in receiving this season.
Weber State tight end Andrew Vollert (left-center) runs by a defender. He leads the Wildcats in receiving this season.
Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

The Weber State football team will close out the home portion of its schedule while looking to make a push for the FCS Playoffs when the Wildcats host nationally-ranked Cal Poly on Saturday at noon, at Stewart Stadium.

Head coach Jay Hill’s Wildcats sit at 5-4 overall and 4-2 in Big Sky play. The ‘Cats are coming off a 33-20 home loss to Northern Arizona last Saturday, which snapped a six-game home winning streak.

Cal Poly is 6-3 overall and is also 4-2 in conference play, and the Mustangs are ranked 16th in the nation in this week’s FCS poll. Cal Poly is second in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 370.4 rushing yards per game, and leads the nation in pass efficiency. The Mustangs also rank fifth nationally in time of possession and sixth in total offense.

Both teams are fighting for a spot in the FCS Playoffs, and Weber State needs two wins for consideration. The 24-team playoff field will be announced Nov. 20. Weber State has made the playoffs four times in its history with the last time in 2009.

Prior to kickoff, the Wildcats will honor 17 seniors on this year’s team who will be playing their final home games at Stewart Stadium. The 17 seniors have combined to play in 448 career games at Weber State.

After Saturday’s game, Weber State will close out the regular season next Saturday at Big Sky rival Idaho State.

Paul Grua is the Director of Athletic Communications at Weber State University.