The UC Davis Aggies play the No. 4 ranked Weber State Wildcats this Saturday. The Aggies enter the game coming off a 33-25 win over Southern Utah. UC Davis jumped out to 33-7 lead before Southern Utah scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to make the game look respectable. Aggie’s quarterback Jake Maier threw three touchdown passes and running back Ulonzo Gilliam ran for 140 yards and one touchdown.
Weber State is coming off a 51-28 win over Northern Arizona. The Wildcats has been ranked No. 4 for four weeks in a row. It will be a big test for the Aggies, here are some keys to the game for UC Davis
Stop The Run
Last week Weber State running back Josh Davis ran for 328 yards on 34 rushing attempts and also four touchdowns. Also, Davis averaged 9.6 yards per carry. Look for the Wildcats to ride Davis early to see if he is still hot from last week’s game.
Along with Davis, the Wildcats have another running back named Kris Jackson that ran the ball well last week as well. Jackson ran for 111 yards on 22 rushes and three touchdowns. I would look for the Aggies to play with a lot of players at the line of scrimmage to slow down the run, Weber State’s passing attack is not that strong.
Run The Ball
Weber State is ranked 32nd in the nation in defending the run giving up 127.1 rushing yards per game. It would be an excellent game to get Ulonzo Gilliam going again. So far this season, Gilliam has rushed for 747 yards and averages 93. 3 yards per game. I expect Gilliam to have a game similar to last week when he rushed for 140 yards.
Jake Maier To Stay Efficient
In the last two weeks, Jake Maier has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions that needs to keep up this weekend. The Wildcats give up 240 yards passing per game so that it could be another big day for Maier as long he does not turn the ball over.
For the Aggies to win this game, they will need to play four quarters of good football. Not like the last two weeks were they jump out to big leads and let the opposing team try to climb back in the game. If they can play four good quarters, the Aggies could pull off the big home upset.