Big Sky Roundup: Recaps, Rankings And Previews

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By Lance Berndt

FCS Columnist

College Sports Journal

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — There hasn't been a dull Football Championship Subdivision moment this season in the newly expanded Big Sky Conference.

 

Last weekend's games had plenty of down-to-the-wire excitement and this weekend's matchups should offer more of the same.

 

So here is the breakdown of roundups, recaps, rankings and previews:

 

 

 

Recaps

               

Last weekend was one of the more exciting slates of games that the Big Sky Conference has had this season.

 

First, North Dakota set offensive records in a down to the wire battle with Montana.  Braden Hanson passed for 660 yards with receiver Greg Hardin catching 333 of those yards.  

 

Also, North Dakota’s defense stepped up shutting out Montana in the fourth quarter as they came back for the win. 

 

Eastern Washington held off a pesky Sacramento State squad in a key 31-28 conference win.  

 

It was Eastern Washington’s first ever regular season win during a week they were ranked #1 in one of the two major polls. (They had lost their first two games of 2011 while holding that ranking.)

 

Cal Poly needed a fourth quarter comeback to take down Portland State at home.  The Vikings had the Mustangs on the ropes with a 25-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  

 

However, Cal Poly kept their vaunted option attack rolling  putting up 14 unanswered points en route to a 37-25 victory.

 

Northern Colorado got their first D-I win since 2010 in their annihilation of Idaho State. UNC quarterback Seth Lobato threw for 5 TDs to lead the Bears.

 

Northern Arizona kept its defensive dominance in home games going with an impressive two touchdown win over UC-Davis.  

 

Potential Big Sky offensive player of the year Zach Bauman tallied 122 yards on the ground, 55 receiving yards, and 1 TD.

 

Finally, Weber State picked up its first win of the season with a road triumph over Southern Utah. 

 

Up to this point, the Wildcats have faced arguably one of the toughest schedule in all of the FCS with their opponents having a combined 37-25 record, which includes two FBS teams. 

 

Rankings

 

1.       Eastern Washington (6-1, 5-0)

2.       Cal Poly (7-0, 5-0)

3.       Northern Arizona (6-1, 4-0)

4.       Montana State (6-1, 3-1)

5.       North Dakota (4-4, 2-3)

6.       Sacramento State (5-3, 3-2)

7.       UC-Davis (3-5, 2-3)

8.       Southern Utah (3-5, 2-3)

9.       Montana (3-5, 1-4)

10.     Weber State (1-7, 1-4)

11.     Portland State (2-5, 1-3)

12.     Northern Colorado (2-5, 1-3)

13.     Idaho State (1-6, 0-4)

 

Previews

 

North Dakota at Montana State

Last Meeting: 1983 – North Dakota 21 Montana State 3

All-Time Series: MSU 14-13

Offense: UND – 472.9 ypg, 37.4 ppg; MSU – 424 ypg, 35.3 ppg

Defense: UND – 453 ypg, 33.5 ppg, MSU – 300.9 ppg, 23.7 ppg

Offensive Impact Player: UND – WR Greg Hardin; MSU – QB Denarius McGhee

Defensive Impact Player: UND –DL Jay Nelson; MSU – DL Jody Owens

 

Prediction: Montana State 41 North Dakota 24

 

Eastern Washington at Southern Utah

Last Meeting: 2010 – Eastern Washington 31 Southern Utah 24

All-Time Series: EWU 4-1

Offense: EWU – 415.4 ypg, 31 ppg; SUU – 337.8 ypg, 27.4 ppg

Defense: EWU – 363.6 ypg, 21.1 ppg; SUU – 435.9 ypg, 30.5 ppg

Offensive Impact Player: EWU – WR Brandon Kaufman; SUU – QB Brad Sorenson

Defensive Impact Player: EWU – LB Ronnie Hamlin; SUU – LB Zak Browning

 

Prediction: Eastern Washington 34 Southern Utah 20

 

Idaho State at Montana

Last Meeting: 2011 – Montana 33 Idaho State 0

All-Time Series: UM 41-13

Offense: ISU – 426.4 ypg, 23.7 ppg; UM – 447 ypg, 30.9 ppg

Defense: ISU – 554.7 ypg, 51.7 ppg; UM – 405 ypg, 29.1 ppg

Offensive Impact Player:  ISU – QB Kevin Yost; UM – RB Peter Nguyen

Defensive Impact Player: ISU – LB Mitch Beckstead; UM – LB Jordan Tripp

 

Prediction: Montana 48 Idaho State 40

 

Northern Arizona at Northern Colorado

Last Meeting: 2011 – Northern Arizona 34 Northern Colorado 14

All-Time Series: NAU 10-2

Offense: NAU – 397.6 ypg, 31.9 ppg; UNC – 341.3 ypg, 24.3 ppg

Defense: NAU – 343 ypg, 23.3 ppg; UNC – 410 ypg, 31.9 ppg

Offensive Impact Player: NAU – RB Zach Bauman; UNC – QB Seth Lobato

Defensive Impact Player: NAU – DB Anders Battle; UNC – DB Jordan Bible

 

Prediction: Northern Arizona 28 Northern Colorado 10

 

Cal Poly at Sacramento State

Last Meeting: 2009 – Cal Poly 38 Sacramento State 19

All-Time Series: CP 16-15

Offense: CP – 424 ypg, 38 ppg; SSU – 399.4 ypg, 27.3 ppg

Defense: CP – 357.7 ypg, 21.3 ppg; SSU – 406.9 ypg, 28.4 ppg

Offensive Impact Player: CP – QB Andre Broadous: SSU – QB Garrett Safron

Defensive Impact Player: CP – DB Nico Molino; SSU – DB Osagie Odiase

 

Prediction: Cal Poly 38 Sacramento State 13

 

Portland State at UC- Davis

Last Meeting: 2010 – Portland State 41 UC-Davis 33

All-Time Series: PSU 7-4

Offense: PSU – 442.3 ypg, 34.6 ppg: UCD – 359.4 ypg, 27.4 ppg

Defense: PSU – 389.3 ypg, 33.9 ppg: UCD – 388.4 ypg, 26.9 ppg

Offensive Impact Player: PSU – QB Keiran McDonagh; UCD – RB Marquis Nicolis

Defensive Impact Player: PSU – LB Ian Sluss; UCD – DL Nick King

 

Prediction: UC-Davis 31 Portland State 28

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