The path to the FCS national title game could run through Ogden.
On Sunday morning, the reigning back-to-back Big Sky Conference champion Weber State Wildcats were given the No. 2 overall national seed in the 2018 FCS playoffs. The Wildcats, who went 9-2 in the regular season before wrapping up its Big Sky title with a 26-13 win at Idaho State Saturday, ended the year as the No. 3 ranked team in FCS. Weber State has now won six conference titles in program history. The 2018 season was the first time WSU has ever won back-to-back conference crowns.
“We are super excited to get back to the playoffs for the third-straight year and we hope we get better and better each time we go,” said WSU head coach Jay Hill said Sunday. “It’s a huge deal to get the two seed and have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, now we just have to take care of business.”
The Wildcats will host the winner of Stony Brook and Southeast Missouri State in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Stewart Stadium in Ogden. The national championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 5, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Defending champion North Dakota State earned the No. 1 overall seed.
Under head coach Jay Hill, Weber State has qualified for the FCS playoffs for a third-straight season, a first in program history. Weber State also was one of 10 programs that automatically qualified for the playoffs by winning its respective conferences. The Wildcats lost last December in the 2017 FCS quarterfinals to then No. 1 seed James Madison, 31-28.
Stony Brook finished 7-4 in 2018, while Southeast Missouri State finished 8-3.