Weber State won't be doing anything differently when it steps out of the Big Sky to play unbeaten, 21st-ranked Wyoming today.
The Wildcats and Cowboys kick off at noon at War Memorial Stadium. A crowd of 17,000 is expected."We're going to approach this just like we would any game," said Weber State Coach Dave Arslanian. "We're going to try to win it."
It's not a good time for Weber to be playing Wyoming or anyone for that matter. Injuries have hit the Wildcats, particularly on the struggling defensive side.
Two Weber State defensive starters, linebackers Troy Juergens and Reid Leland, didn't make the trip to Laramie due to injuries. Juergens, Weber's leading tackler, reaggravated a knee injury last week against Montana and hurt it again in practice this week.
Leland has been playing all season long on a slight foot fracture, but will be out for the season. Already this season, the Wildcats have lost starting defensive tackle Kenny Peck and reserve linebacker Deric Gurley to knee injuries.
On the offensive side, Arslanian has even more trouble at running back. Both George Jackson and Gene Ethridge are nursing sprained knees.
Jackson, who had been leading the Big Sky in rushing three weeks ago (126 yards per game), but has carried just 29 times for 81 yards in the last two games.
"Obviously, we are now at an even more disadvantage," said Arslanian. "We don't have the depth and numbers to sustain these types of injuries. We are down to just three linebackers and three healthy running backs going into Saturday's game. But, we'll show up and be ready to play with the hand dealt to us."
Today's meeting will be the first between Wyoming and Weber.