San Diego at UC Davis
When: Saturday, September 8th, 7:00 PM PDT
Where: Aggie Stadium, Davis, Calif.
TV/Streaming Coverage: WatchBigSky.com / Pluto TV Channel: 245
San Diego (1-0, 0-0 Pioneer, last week W 39-9 vs. DII Western New Mexico)
San Diego found the end zone on its first four drives and never looked back en route to a dominating, 38-9, season-opening victory against DII Western New Mexico.
USD travel to Davis for the second straight season. Last year, the Toreros lost to the Aggies 35-7 but used that win as motivation as it beat another Big Sky team in Northern Arizona in the Division I FCS playoffs. It was the second straight opening playoff round win over a Big Sky foe for San Diego after the Toreros beat Cal Poly in 2016.
Key Player: QB Anthony Lawrence finished the opening game win 25-of-36 with 254 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He will need to be turnover free if the Toreros pull off the upset.
Fantasy Bonus Baby: RB Emilio Martinez led USD last week with nine receptions. Martinez had 51 yards receiving last week. Look for him to be a key target for Lawrence this week.
UC Davis (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky, last week W 44-38 at FBS San Jose State)
Key Player: WR Keelan Doss had a team high 11 receptions for 85 yards in the win over San Jose State. The All-American will be keyed by opposing defenses but the Aggies will need to get him into the action if UC Davis will get into the Big Sky championship talk.
Fantasy Bonus Baby: QB Jake Maier passed for 446 yards in the win over San Jose State and used other receivers other than Doss. He still found Doss the most in terms of receptions (11) but fellow WR Jared Harrell currently leads the team with 87 receiving yards. Look for both receivers to get their share and Maier to put up similar numbers in this one.
Fearless Forecast: San Diego will likely keep this game closer than the 28-point margin from the game played last year but look for UC Davis to roll out a big win to start 2-0 for the first time since 2004. UC Davis 48, San Diego 31