Last week Weber State went into its game with Idaho State with five straight wins over the Bengals. They made it six in a row with a victory.

This week, the Wildcats are hoping to avoid six in a row.They'll be facing Idaho, a team that has beaten them five straight years, today at 2 p.m. MDT in the 16,000-seat Kibbie-Dome.

"Idaho looks to be every bit as good as last year," said Weber State Coach Dave Arslanian. "But they are going through a bit of a transistion from a veteran quarterback to a youngster."

Arslanian was talking about the loss of All-Big Sky quarterback John Friesz. Now the Vandals are relying upon the arm of Doug Nussmeier a redshirt freshman from Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Nussmeier's top receiver is Kasey Dunn, the Big Sky's top receiver. Devon Pearce is Idaho's top rusher.

The Vandals are still stinging from a 55-23 at the hands of Oregon last week. "We moved the ball well, but just couldn't get it in the end zone," said Vandal Coach John Smith.

Smith believes Weber is much better than last year. "Their offensive front is bigger and their receiver corps is much better. The biggest difference is the quarterback. I like him a lot."

He was talking about Jamie Martin, the sophomore QB who has completed 60 of 112 passes for 922 yards and seven touchdowns.

Although the Wildcats like to pass the ball like the Vandals, they do better on the ground. George Jackson was the Big Sky player of the week for his 161-yard performance against Idaho State last week.

Idaho is 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in league play thanks to an opening-game loss to Montana State. Weber is 2-1 and 1-1 going into the game.