2021 FCS Season Preview: Portland State Vikings

Portland State has not competed since 2019 according to the team website, likely as an effort to cover up the fact that they lost by a 41-point margin to Montana in a spring exhibition contest. 2019 was a year of many close games for the Vikings as they could have finished with three more wins if they scored on four drives they wish they could get back including a close FBS game with Arkansas. The top recruiting class from just a few years ago seems to be on of mostly duds. Can the Vikings set sail for a legacy bigger than their high school home field?


Portland State

HomeAwayVenueMatch Day TV/Streaming Highlights
Ching Athletics Complex
Manoa, HI - -
Gesa Field
Pullman. WA - -
Hillsboro Stadium
Hillsboro, OR - -
Hillsboro Stadium
Hillsboro, OR - -
Eccles Coliseum
Cedar City, UT - -
Kibbie Dome
Moscow, ID - -
Hillsboro Stadium
Hillsboro, OR - -
Hillsboro Stadium
Hillsboro, OR - -
Stewart Stadium
Ogden, UT - -
Hornet Stadium
Sacramento, CA - -
Hillsboro Stadium
Hillsboro, OR - -
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Hillsboro Stadium. Capacity 7,600. Photo via gbdarchitects.com

Key Players

Davis Alexander – Quarterback – 6’0″ 195 lbs. – Senior

Alexander is a true dual-threat quarterback as he rushed for over 500 yards and threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2019. On a team that is not known for its offense, Alexander puts the spark into the offense with his never-say-die attitude and always falling forward for extra yards.

Anthony Adams – Safety – 6’0″ 185 lbs. – Junior

Adams is on all of the all-conference and award lists that he possibly can be for a safety, which is even more impressive for that position. On defense, Adams has a true instinct for the ball and how to bring down the ball carrier. In 2019, Adams tallied 56 tackles, 2 TFL, 5 INT, and 1 blocked kick.

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Coach Bruce Barnum. Coaching Record 21-37 (All Portland State). Photo via espn960sports.com

Predicted Finish

Eleventh. Despite having a Buck Buchanan Award finalist on the team it will take more than an individual effort to overcome the challenges ahead. Tough FBS competition from Hawaii and Washington State combined with having Montana State, Weber State, and Eastern Washington spell out five virtually automatic losses. There is talent defensively, but the Viking offense looks fairly bleak outside of Davis Alexander.

Best: 5-6
Worst: 1-10
Predicted: 2-9 (1-7)