The 2012 Weber State Wildcats football team represented Weber State University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. In December 2011, John L. Smith was hired to be the new head coach. That all changed on April 23, 2012. On April 23, John L. Smith was offered a one-year contract to be the new head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, so he left Weber State to take the position after being head coach for roughly 3 1/2 months. On April 26, Weber State announced that Jody Sears would serve as interim head coach for the 2012 season in addition to the defensive coordinator spot he was hired for earlier in April. Weber State played their home games at Stewart Stadium. They are a member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 2–9, 2–6 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for 11th place.
All Weber State games will be broadcast on KZNS 1280 The Zone. Most games will be broadcast live. However when Weber State and Utah State have games at the same time, then the Utah State game will be broadcast live while Weber State gets tape delayed. The game will always be streamed live an the stations website, http://www.975thezonefm.com/home.
All home games and conference games (except those on Root Sports) will also be broadcast by the Big Sky Conference's Big Sky TV. Big Sky TV is a streaming service, in association with America One and the conference, that allows fans to watch the games even if they aren't televised on local television. It costs no money. The purpose is to provide all football and men's and women's basketball games exposure for the universities teams. It usually features the home team's radio broadcast (though many times there is an option to choose home or road radio feeds if it features two Big Sky teams) along with videos, camera angles, and recordings done by the conference. Games can be viewed at http://b2tv.com/upcoming_events.asp?q=v&value=bigsky.
The Weber State Purple and White 2012 Spring game was held on April 13, 2012. The match featured the Weber offense against the Weber defense. The game would start 20 minutes late due to a lightning delay. Once the lightning ended though, it was the defense that struck down Weber offense. The defense picked Weber's QB's four times, two coming from reshirt freshman Roman Venezuela. The offense would score four touchdowns against Weber's D over roughly 110-plays, but it was the defense that controlled the game according to the coaches.
Game weather: 84 °F (29 °C), Fair, winds WNW at 8mph
Referee: Eddy Shelton
To open the season Weber faces another team with a new coaching staff. The match against Fresno State will be the Bulldogs coaching debut for Tim DeRuyter and will be only his second game as head coach overall.
For only the third time in the schools histories, BYU and Weber State will meet in a collegiate football game. The series has been rather lopsided in BYU's favor. In the first meeting in 1973 BYU won 45–14. In the second meeting in 1979 BYU once again prevailed 48–3.
Game weather: 81 °F (27 °C), Sunny, winds N at 3mph
Referee: Bruce Palmer
TV announcers (Big Sky TV): Carl Arky and Ty Sparrow
After a previous home-and-home series in 1990 and 1992, the Cowboys and Wildcats find themselves knotted in head-to-head matches at 1–1, with each team having won the road game. The winner of the 2012 match will take the lead in the series, but it could be short lived as this is part of a home-and-home series that will continue in Lake Charles in 2013.
Game weather: 79 °F (26 °C), Sunny, winds SSW at 6mph
Referee: Tom Frazier
TV announcers (Big Sky TV): Steve Klauke and Ty Sparrow
2012 will feature the 31st meeting between the Eagles and the Wildcats. The series has been fairly even, with the Eagles holding a slim 16–14 advantage overall. However the two are dead even in the overall series when facing each other in Ogden at 8–8.
Game weather: 93 °F (34 °C), Clear and warm, winds SW at 7mph
Referee: Jim Osborn
TV announcers (Big Sky TV): Scott Marsh and Doug Kelly
The first conference road game for the Wildcats will feature the third ever meeting against UC Davis. Currently the series is even at 1–1. It will be the first trip for Weber to Davis as the previous two meetings (2004 & 2010) both took place in Ogden.
TV announcers (Big Sky TV): Carl Arky and Tom Sparrow
The winner of the 2012 game between the Mustangs and the Wildcats will take the lead in the overall series. This will be the ninth meeting between the schools with the series even at 4–4. Weber has won the two most recent meetings (2008 & 2009), but the Aggies won the three before that (2002, 2006, & 2007). This will be the fifth time the two schools have met in Ogden, with Weber holding a 3–1 advantage in the series at home.
TV announcers (Big Sky TV): Jason Ross and Steve McElroy
The series between Weber and Sacramento State may be going on its 19th meeting, but the series has been largely in favor of the Wildcats. Weber leads the series 11–5. At Hornet Stadium the Wildcats are 3–5, and Sacramento State has won 3 of the last 4 meetings in Sacramento.
Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), Sunny, Winds SW 10mph
Referee: Gregg Wilson
TV announcers (Big Sky TV): Art Challis and Matt Roan
This will be the Thunderbirds and Wildcats 19th meeting. The series has been one-sided in favor of Weber State at 14–4. However, Southern Utah had won three of the previous four meetings (2003, 2005, and 2006) before they met last year. It will be the fifth meeting in Cedar City, with Weber owning a 3–1 advantage.
TV announcers (ROOT): Tom Glasgow, Sherdric Bonner, and Jenny Cavnar
The lone Weber State broadcast on the Big Sky game of the week will feature the 52nd meeting between the Wildcats and Montana. Montana has largely been in charge of this series, 38–13. Even in Ogden the Wildcats are a mere 7–17 against the Grizzlies. However Weber State has won the last two home contests (2008 & 2010).
TV announcers (Big Sky TV): Jerry Miller and Tim Lewis
The regular season closes with the 52nd meeting against the Idaho State Bengals. Weber leads the series 37–14. Weber State has won the past 9 contests, 15 of the last 16, and 25 of the past 27 overall in the series. The Bengals did take four of five from 1980-1984.