For the first time since the 2000 season, Weber State's football team has broken into The Sports Network's NCAA Division l FCS top 25. The Wildcats come in this week at number 22 in the poll of the nation's FCS sports writers and sports information director. Weber State was one of four Big Sky teams in the top 25. Montana, which was ranked number three last week but fell to Weber State 45-28 in Ogden on Saturday, fell to 12th. Northern Arizona, with a 4-1 record and a 2-0 mark in Big Sky play, is 18th and Eastern Washington, which lost 36-47 at Portland State, fell from 11th to 23rd.
In 2000, the Wildcats got up to 19th before losing at home 28-30 to #1 ranked Montana and fell to 23rd, but ended up 18th in the final poll of the season. The last time WSU was ranked in the top 10 came in 1998, Jerry Graybeal's first season as head coach, when the Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 record and were ranked 9th but lost at home to Montana State, 10-7.
In the FCS Coaches poll, the Wildcats were ranked 28th with 45 votes, 19 out of the top twenty five.