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Adam Fondren, Deseret News
Weber State Wildcats wide receiver Rashid Shaheed (8) fights off the tackle of Southern Utah Thunderbirds defensive lineman Taylor Pili (8) and Southern Utah Thunderbirds linebacker Taylor Nelson (94) as the Weber State Wildcats host the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in Ogden on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.


The basics


Weber State (10-2 overall, 7-1 Big Sky) at Southern Utah (9-2, 7-1)

Saturday, 6 p.m. MST

Eccles Coliseum (8,500)

Artificial turf

Cedar City

TV: none

Livestream: WatchESPN

Radio: AM-1430, AM-590

Weather: 62 degrees and partly cloudy


The trends


Weber State: The Wildcats won its first home playoff game for the first time in school history and are looking to keep the momentum going by evening the score against their in-state rival Southern Utah.

Southern Utah: SUU beat the Wildcats 32-16 earlier this year at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, and the teams shared the Big Sky championship after posting 7-1 league records.


The edge


Weber State will win if ... the offense gets off to a fast start against the Thunderbirds defense.

Southern Utah will win if ... the defense’s front seven pressures Weber State’s quarterback Stefan Cantwell. Also put the Thunderbirds’ offense in good field position after a defensive stop.


Player to watch


Stefan Cantwell, Weber State quarterback. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior from South Jordan threw three touchdowns in the Wildcats' win over Western Illinois last week.


Key matchup


Weber State defense is ranked No. 1 in the conference in scoring defense. The defense will will have to go up against the Thunderbirds’ mobile quarterback in Patrick Tyler. Can the Wildcats' defense keep Tyler in the pocket?


Quotable


"We definitely take some pride in beating them earlier this season, but then again, that was earlier this season. We’re just worried about us, what we do and how we execute."

— SUU coach Demario Warren

“Stefan Cantwell is huge for this team. He is tough, competitive and the players see it. They see it when it's 3rd-and-3 and he bowls his way for 5 yards. They see it when he gets key first downs running the ball. They see it when he’ll throw a perfect pass. That motivates a team, when they can trust the quarterback like we trust Stef.”

— Weber State coach Jay Hill


Next up


Winner will move on to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs to face the winner of the James Madison-Stony Brook game.


Schedule


(All times Mountain)

Date Opponent Time/result

Southern Utah

Sept. 2 at Oregon, L 77-21

Sept. 9 at Stephen F. Austin, W 51-14

Sept. 16 vs Northern Iowa, W 24-21

Sept. 29 at Sacramento State, L 54-27

Oct. 6 vs Cal Poly, W 20-14

Oct. 14 at Weber State, W 32-16

Oct. 21 vs E. Washington, W 46-28

Oct. 28 at Northern Colorado, W 27-14

Nov. 4 vs North Dakota, W 47-21

Nov. 10 at UC Davis, W 47-27

Nov. 18 vs Northern Arizona, W 48-20

Dec. 2 vs Weber State, 6 p.m.

Weber State

Sept. 2 vs Montana-Western, 76-0

Sept. 9 at California, L 33-20

Sept. 16 at Sacramento State, W 31-24

Sept. 23 vs UC Davis, W 41-3

Sept.30 at Montana State, W 25-17

Oct. 14 vs Southern Utah, L 32-16

Oct. 21 at Cal Poly, W 17-3

Oct. 28 vs Montana, W 41-27

Nov. 4 at E. Washington, W 28-20

Nov. 11 at Portland State, W 63-17

Nov. 18 vs Idaho State, W 35-7

Nov. 25 vs Western Illinois, W 21-19

Dec. 2 at Southern Utah, 6 p.m.