OGDEN – The national champions are coming to Ogden. The Weber State football team has announced a home-and-home series with North Dakota State, the three-time defending FCS national champions.
The Wildcats will host the Bison on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in Ogden in the home opener of the 2014 season. WSU will play NDSU on Sept. 12, 2015 in Fargo, N.D.
“We are excited and looking forward to this series with North Dakota State,” said Weber State director of athletics Jerry Bovee. “It’s an opportunity to have one of the finest programs in the country come to Ogden and we know it will be a great game for our fans to watch.
The Bison finished 2013 with a 15-0 record and won their third straight FCS national title. NDSU enters this season with a 24-game winning streak, an FCS record.
“We want to build our program to be one of the best in FCS football and are excited for the chance to play North Dakota State,” said new Weber State head coach Jay Hill. “They are the best team in the country and will be a great indicator of the level we need to get to. We are very excited about this home and home series.”
The announcement of the series with NDSU completes Weber State’s 2014 schedule. The Wildcats will have a 12-game schedule with the season opener set for Aug. 28 at Arizona State. That will be the only game against an FBS team and will be followed by three-straight non-conference games against FCS opponents. After hosting North Dakota State on Sept. 6, the Wildcats will play a non-conference game at Big Sky member Sacramento State on Sept. 13, and play at Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 20. WSU opened the 2013 season with a 50-40 win over Stephen F. Austin in Ogden.
The Wildcats will begin the eight-game Big Sky Conference schedule Sept. 27 at Southern Utah. WSU will also face conference road games at Montana State, North Dakota and Idaho State.
The first of four Big Sky home games will be Oct. 11 against Cal Poly, which will be the annual Homecoming game at Weber State. The Wildcats will also host Portland State on Oct. 25, Northern Arizona on Nov. 1, and Northern Colorado on Nov. 15. Weber State will not play Eastern Washington, Montana, Sacramento State and UC Davis in Big Sky games.