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 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, […]
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.
The Big Sky crashed out of the spring FCS Playoffs, with Weber State and Eastern Washington losing early leads in two defeats.
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 […]
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.
The Big Sky conference’s season is coming to a close and some serious questions have yet to be answered before the playoffs.
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, […]
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 […]
UC Davis came ready to bring the Golden Horseshoe Trophy back home with them to Aggieland. The 73-24 domination of Cal Poly was unexpected and a huge red flag sent to the Aggies’ remaining opponents of Idaho State, Eastern Washington, and Cal Poly, again. Hunter Rodrigues and company started hot against Weber State, but faltered […]
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 […]
This week will feature three Big Sky contests again missing the full slate once again due to COVID protocols. Nevertheless, there are some significant measuring stick games this weekend. NAU vs. EWU should provide clarity on two above average teams looking to play spoiler or beyond. UC Davis vs. Idaho may shed some light on […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Dear NFL, Why? Why was there such a distrust of the FCS in this year’s NFL Draft? What was it that made the FCS so undesirable?– Bad grades from scouts?– Coaches worried about the strength of the schedule?– GM/Owners worried about the “lower division” talent? The previous low was 13 picks last year. A new […]
This year’s NFL draft did not go as well as expected for FCS players, but the Big Sky Conference still had 11 players earn undrafted free agent contracts (UDFA). It may have been an impact of the current pandemic situations that hampered the dreams of small school recruits. At the same time, there was a […]
While our lives are put on hold by COVID let’s get a discussion piece going. FCS players are often discounted as a lower division athlete. I thought it might paint a clearer picture of the FCS player contributions by making this list. Hopefully, NFL teams will continue to see the value of FCS players in […]
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 […]
GREELEY, CO – The University of Northern Colorado Bears football team signed 20 players for the new season. In a town that once saw back-to-back National Championships (Division II) in football success has been asleep at best. Since the premature jump to Division I (FCS) to save the university of financial disaster, the football team […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Who: Montana at Weber State When: Friday, December 13th at 8 pm MT Where: Ogden, Utah at Stewart Stadium How to Watch: ESPN 2 Unlike many of the other playoff games, this showdown has already happened once this season. At WA-Grizzly Stadium Weber State was beat down by Montana 35-16. The only major change this […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Montana State took care of business and earned themselves a seed with a shocking victory over Montana. A 48-14 dissection of Montana is the last thing the majority of fans expected the Brawl of the Wild to be this year. With that historic win, the Bobcats helped the Big Sky earn a record of four […]
This is a big week across the FCS as it is rivalry, make it or break it for playoffs, a chance to end on a high note for the regular season, or all of the above. The famous Brawl of the Wild holds an all of the above label as Montana State needs a win […]
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 […]
These final two weeks will define and refine the playoff outlook for fringe teams and those looking to have a seeded position. Two weeks can contain a lot of chaos for post season considerations. The hot ticket question this week is Montana or Weber State the stronger team? Lucky for Big Sky fans is Saturday […]
In week 11 we saw all of the Big Sky favorites pull off wins. Weber State’s claim to the big sky throne continues to strengthen as they fought off a hardy North Dakota team. While week 11 was more so of a transition week, week 12 in the Big Sky looks to heat things up. […]
Three weeks remain in the Big Sky Conference regular season before the FCS playoff take shape. ￼ Weber State, Sacramento State, Montana, and Montana State all look to prove themselves worthy of a playoff spot. For those four teams it should be heavily favored￼￼ in their matchup’s, except for we Weber State versus North Dakota. […]
Week 10 in the Big Sky showed us who the true first place team should be. Weber State established their spot in the drivers seat and the rest of the Big Sky should fall in line according to them. Sacramento State is still a force to be reckoned with, but they will have to keep […]
This week will feature some monster matchups that will give a solid forecast of who may be in or out of the playoff contention. Sacramento State and Weber State will face off to see who takes control of the Big Sky reigns. Meanwhile, Portland State will look to make a Hail Mary effort to stay […]
The Big Sky continued to reveal its true self as close games proved who was the better team and blowouts solidified resumes. Montana State continues to dig themselves into a hole as they look like a talented, but overrated 5-3 team with just 50 percent wins in conference games. Montana, Weber, and Sacramento all took […]
Week 9 approaches to continually test the endurance of each Big Sky team. The season nears the three-fourths complete point teams have to be so careful not to spoilt their postseason hopes, if they are still alive. Other teams will be looking for positive notes to finish on and maybe give some Freshmen and Seniors […]
Here we are at the end of Week 8 and who is the conference leader? Sacramento State. Raise your hand if you thought that might be the case. No one is raising their hands because this a come out of nowhere type reality. Sacramento State had improved over the offseason, but this degree of improvement […]
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 Week 7 featured a marquee matchup between Montana State and Sacramento State. Even with the game hosted in Bozeman the result was not what many Big Sky fans were expecting. Sacramento State propped themselves into second place in the conference after handling the Bobcats in their own venue. All of the other Big […]
The Big Sky teams are ready to go into the second half of the season and things look wacky. How the season was supposed to go and how it is going for many of the teams is very different. Going into Week 7 the Montanas’ sit at first and second, while Eastern Washington is ninth […]
Week 2 of Conference Play yielded fewer surprises in who won and more surprises in how much that team won by. About half of the games were rather close in nature, while the other half proceeded to vast differences. Montana won by 39, UC Davis lost a heart-breaker, and EWU continues to slide into the […]
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.