Author: Ben Schleiger

My name is Ben Schleiger and I’m your representative for the Big Sky Conference. I have done work for multiple newspapers and sports blogs including The Johnstown Breeze, The University of Northern Colorado Mirror, and Mile High Maniac. I am a proud alumnus of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. In my free time, I like watching sports, playing video games, and trying new foods.

FCS Talent Attempts to Make NFL Rosters Despite Being Ignored

For a second year in a row only six former FCS players were selected in the NFL Draft. This year seemed to be even more small-minded of the NFL as they stuck to drafting five from the Missouri Valley, including three former NDSU Bison, and one from the Southland Conferences. While the NFL was timid […]

Sam Houston Proves Themselves Worthy of the National Championship

Sam Houston State defeated South Dakota State 23-21 to complete a perfect season and National Championship win. After a long awaited FCS National Title game we finally have a winner to crown from this crazy season. The teams who made it to the playoffs suffered through opt outs, cancelled games, players going through numerous tests, […]

FCS Quarterfinals: Southern Illinois vs. South Dakota State

These two Missouri Valley Football Conference foes have survived a tough conference schedule and the first round of the playoffs. Southern Illinois will be looking for the upset of the playoffs and revenge against the Jackrabbits for their 44-3 loss earlier in the year.

Big Sky Conference FCS Playoff Preview (Eastern Washington/North Dakota State, Southern Illinois/Weber State)

The Big Sky Conference earned two bids for the Football Championship Subdivision Playoff bracket. Eastern Washington will travel to Fargo, North Dakota to face the Bison and Weber State will play host to the Southern Illinois Salukis. Both Big Sky teams drew stiff Missouri Valley Conference competition that will provide sufficient challenges for being able […]

Big Sky Conference Football: Review April 10th, 2021

The Big Sky Conference saw another competitive week of action as each contest was decided by one possession. Idaho State took Weber State to the brink of losing the outright conference title.

College Sports Journal Big Sky Conference Football: Preview April 10th, 2021

The Big Sky conference’s season is coming to a close and some serious questions have yet to be answered before the playoffs.

Big Sky Conference Football: April 3rd Review

Another close week made waves across the Big Sky as Weber State holds on late in the fourth quarter, Eastern Washington improves their resume for an at-large playoff spot, and Idaho crumbles in the Battle of the Domes. How long can we make excuses for Weber State’s close games? EWU took another step towards playoffs, […]

Big Sky Football Review and Preview: Week of April 3rd, 2021

This week was full of surprises and highlights in the Big Sky, including a Sports Center Top Play of Weber State winning by a 50-yard Hail Mary throw to Justin Malone. In a week that should have been “blowout week” all but one contest was way closer than it should have been. In fact, those […]

Big Sky Football Review and Preview: Week of March 13th

In one of the more normal weeks of college football the Big Sky saw a trio of close contests at four, five, and ten point differences. Weber State outlasted a gutsy performance from UC Davis. Southern Utah pulled far enough away from Cal Poly before they started to awaken. And Eastern Washington stormed back from […]

Big Sky Weekly Update: Controversy Ends Week 1

In a week of chaos and controversy around the FCS we saw the Big Sky feature one of the top headlines. Undoubtedly, the top headline was the end of the North Dakota State winning streak, but a close second was the “missed” field goal during the Eastern Washington/ Idaho game. For those who missed it, […]

Big Sky Football Preview Week of 2/27/21

The Big Sky Conference starts their six week conference only schedule this weekend. The teams opting not to play include Sacramento State, Montana, Montana State, Portland State, and Northern Colorado. The rest of the conference looks to navigate the six game schedule into an automatic qualifying position or an at-large big for the abbreviated 16 […]

CSJ Big Sky Conference Football Preview: What to Expect in Spring

The Big Sky plans for a six-game conference-only schedule with two open weeks (March 20th & April 17th). In the time leading up to that, there has been a lot of changes in staff and players, with plenty of time for more chaos.

WAC Resurgence Builds in the Big Sky’s Shadow

The college football landscape is a fluid bed of magma that constantly changes. Television contracts of major FBS conferences are up for renewal in the coming years and a potential realignment is on the not-so-distant horizon. Closer to the home of the FCS is a potential revitalization of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) offering football […]

College Football in the Fall: Selfish or Perseverance?

Writers across the nation struggle with the fact that all their work may be all for naught. Athletes worry their off-season efforts and senior years may be futile. And fans have fleeting hope whether some football or none will be played in the fall. This pandemic has emotions heightened, tempers flaring, and heartache growing, yet […]

The All-Colorado “Way Too Early” College Football Preview

Colorado Sees Three New College Coaches, Who Comes Out on Top? Northern Colorado and Colorado State planned on having new coaches this year, but the University of Colorado did not. Instead, three of the four Division I football programs will have new faces at the helm. After Mel Tucker’s surprise departure for Michigan State’s boat-load […]

An Outsiders Perspective of the FCS National Championship

What: FCS National Championship Where: Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas When: Sunday, January 11, 2020, at 12 p.m. TV Channel: ABC Unfortunately, not all of our teams can make the national championship game as only two teams are eligible. That means 116 teams (126 total, minus these two, minus the Ivy teams – 8) are […]

Arizona Bowl – Georgia State Panthers vs. Wyoming Cowboys – Predictions and How to Follow

Georgia State Panthers vs. Wyoming Cowboys When: Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 at 2:30 pm. MT Where: Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona How to Follow: ESPN, KFBC 1240 AM (Wyoming radio) The Arizona Bowl will feature two 7-5 teams looking to end the year on a high note and holding a trophy. The Arizona Bowl is […]

Cheez-It Bowl – Air Force vs. Washington State – Predictions and How to Follow

Air Force vs. Washington State When: Friday, December 27th at 10:30 pm. ET Where: Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona How to Follow: ESPN, 104.3 The Fan (Falcon Radio), KIRO 710 (Cougar Radio) This bowl has gone by many names since its inception in 1989. Previously it has been called The Copper Bowl, The Insight Bowl, […]

The Celebration Bowl (HBCU National FCS Championship) – Alcorn State vs. North Carolina AT – Fearless Predictions and How to Follow

Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T When: Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at 12 pm. ET Where: Mercadez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia How to Follow: ABC (TV), WSJS Sports Hub Radio (NCAT), 91.7 FM WPRL The Gold (Alcorn) The Celebration Bowl has been around for 5 years, but what it represents has been around since the […]

Camellia Bowl – FIU vs. Arkansas State – Fearless Predictions and How to Follow

Florida International University vs. Arkansas State When: Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at 5:30 pm ET Where: Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama How to Follow: ESPN, 107.9 FM (KFIN Arkansas State Radio), 790 AM (Panther Radio) The Camellia Bowl is a bowl slated for a Mid American Conference team and a Sun Belt Conference team to […]

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl – UCF vs. Marshall – Fearless Prediction and How to Follow

UCF Knights vs. Marshall Thundering Herd PC: Gasparilla Bowl Twitter When: Monday, December 23rd, 2019 at 2:30 pm ET Where: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, FL How to Follow: ESPN, 740 AM/ 96.9 FM The Game (UCF radio), Marshall Football Radio via TuneIn The Gasparilla Bowl (formerly the St. Petersburg Bowl) was founded in […]

2019 FCS Playoffs Semi-Finals Matchup: Weber State at James Madison (The Weber State Edition)

Weber State may have taken down the most dangerous team outside of James Madison and North Dakota State. Montana was a fierce competitor that I thought had all the weapons necessary to move past Weber and make a push to Frisco.

A New Era, The Ed McCaffrey Era

Fans, faculty, and community alike are buzzing on the University of Northern Colorado campus following the new coaching announcement. The rumor wheel started turning early Thursday morning and became official at 3:10 pm MT when Ed McCaffrey confirmed it on Twitter. The former Denver Broncos super bowl player, successful business owner, and former Valor Christian […]

2019 FCS Second Round Playoff Matchup: Kennesaw State at Weber State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Kennesaw State snuck past Wofford with solid team effort, but Weber State is no team to sneak around. The Wildcats had a week to rest and practice while the Owls dealt with Wofford. The Big Sky Conference’s automatic qualifier is battle-tested and ready for a big matchup. Weber State has only lost to FBS Nevada […]

2019 FCS Second Round Playoff Matchup: Southeastern Louisiana at Montana, Predictions, How to Watch

Who: SLU at Montana When: Saturday, December 7th Time: 1 p.m. MT Location: Missoula, Montana Stadium: WA-Grizzly Stadium How to Watch: ESPN 3  The SLU Lions escaped a nasty first-round playoff game against Villanova. A back-and-forth scoring onslaught that seesawed dramatically from one half to the other. Villanova had a 31-14 halftime lead that might […]

2019 NCAA FCS Playoffs First Round Matchup: Illinois State at Southeast Missouri State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Who: Illinois State at SEMO When: Saturday, November 30th Time: 2 pm Location: Cape Girardeau, Missouri How to Watch: ESPN 3 Playoff time is the true holiday for FCS and football fans across the country. There are familiar matchups and first-time meetings to spice up the bracket with old and new opponents. These two teams […]

Big Sky Conference Reviews Week 12

Montana pulled the upset so things could get messy in the Big Sky as to who is or is not a champion. The rare, but special three way tie is a very realistic possibility for the Big Sky. Montana needs to survive “Brawl of the Wild”, Weber surviving Idaho State, and Sacramento State surviving UC […]

Big Sky Conference Previews, How To Watch: Week of 10/19/2019

The Big Sky has been a game of boggle lately as each time you shake it something big changes. Montana and Sacramento State will duke it out for the drivers seat this weekend. Another notable match will be to see if NAU can play spoiler or Weber State will continue to establish their top ten […]

Big Sky Conference Previews: Conference Week 2 Quick Picks

The Big Sky is a pendulum of normal games to chaotic endings many would not have suspected. What will we get Saturday? Despite the Northern Colorado betting line being the highest at 12.5 underdog, I think every team this week has a legitimate shot of winning their perspective game.