GAME PREVIEWS – Big Sky Conference – October 16th

Eastern Washington (6-0) 3-0

Last Week:

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EWU2221101063
UNC377017

This Week: vs. Idaho 12:30pm MT

How to Follow: ESPN+, EWU Radio: 700-AM ESPN & 105.3-FM in Spokane/Cheney

Fearless Prediction: The rivalry resumes on the inferno this weekend as a bipolar Vandals team attempts to dethrone the spotlight Eagles. Eric Barriere continues to do more than the majority of teams in the FCS, but can a pissed off spuds defense ground the Eagles? I don’t see them pulling off an Idaho State type upset, but this will be a closer game based off the spring results. EWU 49, Idaho 35

UC Davis (5-1) 2-1

Last Week:

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UCD0301417
ISU14100327

This Week: vs. Northern Colorado 6pm MT

How to Follow: ESPN+, Radio: Sports 1140 KHTK

Fearless Prediction: UC Davis had an uncharacteristic loss and looked one dimensional. Northern Colorado looks like a team that belongs in the Southland rather than a Big Three Conference team. These two teams have to take a stand and see who avoids a further nose dive into the turf. With a head scratching lack of offense from UNC despite their talent the Aggies will start slow and then burn UNC later in the game. UCD 42, UNC 16

Montana State (5-1) 3-0

Last Week:

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CPO00707
 MSU7287345

This Week: @ Weber State (FRIDAY) 8pm MT

How to Follow: ESPNU, MSU Radio: Bobcat Radio Network

Fearless Prediction: Many are hailing this game as the FCS game of the week. I disagree that this will be so much of a marquee game and rather that it will be a desperation effort for Weber State to remain relevant and even playoff possible. The Wildcats luck out by hosting, but regardless Captain McKay and his offense are absolutely crushing each opponent. I don’t think Weber has the depth or play calling to hang with the Bobcats past the third quarter. MSU 42, Weber 28

Sacramento State (3-2) 2-0

Last Week:

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SUU076720
SAC1777104

How to Follow: ESPN+

This Week: @ Montana 1pm MT

Fearless Prediction: This will be the most tricky game to predict this week even with Montana hosting. Sacramento State has found ways to surprise Montana in the past and while the Griz deal with injuries they could get caught looking the other way while the Hornets steal a game at WA-Griz. Does Montana have a healthy enough roster to keep the Hornets at bay? This should be a fun shootout for all Big Sky fans to enjoy. Montana 35, Sac State 31

Montana (4-1) 1-1

Last Week:

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DSU0001414
UM0314143

This Week: vs. Sacramento State 1pm MT

How to Follow: ESPN+, UM Radio: Montana Grizzly Radio Network

Fearless Prediction: This will be the most tricky game to predict this week even with Montana hosting. Sacramento State has found ways to surprise Montana in the past and while the Griz deal with injuries they could get caught looking the other way while the Hornets steal a game at WA-Griz. Does Montana have a healthy enough roster to keep the Hornets at bay? This should be a fun shootout for all Big Sky fans to enjoy. Montana 35, Sac State 31

Northern Arizona (2-3) 1-1

Last Week: Bye

How to Follow: ESPN+

This Week: vs. SUU 2pm MT

Fearless Prediction: Battle of the Rollercoaster Teams for the Cup is what this rivalry should be labeled as. With the heartbreak kids coming to Flagstaff I think Justin Miller will have to hope for a HUGE game by his defense to pull off the upset. Although, I do believe with the lack of sophistication and productivity by RJ Martinez‘s offense will aide the Thunderbirds greatly. SUU 30, NAU 27

Northern Colorado (2-4) 1-2

Last Week:

Team1234F
EWU2221101063
UNC377017

This Week: @ UC Davis 6pm MT

How to Follow: ESPN+, UNC Radio: 1310 KFKA, 103.1 FM

Fearless Prediction: UC Davis had an uncharacteristic loss and looked one dimensional. Northern Colorado looks like a team that belongs in the Southland rather than a Big Three Conference team. These two teams have to take a stand and see who avoids a further nose dive into the turf. With a head scratching lack of offense from UNC despite their talent the Aggies will start slow and then burn UNC later in the game. UCD 42, UNC 16

Portland State (2-4) 1-2

Last Week:

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PSU7702135
UID21140742

This Week: vs. Idaho State 3pm MT

How to Follow: ESPN+, Radio: ESPN Radio 1280AM/101.7FM

Fearless Prediction: Portland State plays everyone close no matter the division or skill level, but has a hard time leading and closing. Idaho State has been in the game or getting blown out other than their spoiler of a top ten team last week which just happens to be their one win. Who can we trust? Who should we bet on? As much as the passing talent is noticeable the better ground game and defense of the line of scrimmage will tell the final tale in this story. I’ll take the Bengals momentum to carry them one more week. ISU 24, PSU 17

Weber State (2-3) 1-1

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs. Montana State (FRIDAY) 8pm MT

How to Follow: ESPNU

Fearless Prediction: Many are hailing this game as the FCS game of the week. I disagree that this will be so much of a marquee game and rather that it will be a desperation effort for Weber State to remain relevant and even playoff possible. The Wildcats luck out by hosting, but regardless Captain McKay and his offense are absolutely crushing each opponent. I don’t think Weber has the depth or play calling to hang with the Bobcats past the third quarter. MSU 42, Weber 28

Idaho (2-3) 1-1

Last Week:

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PSU7702135
UID21140742

This Week: @ EWU 12:30pm MT

How to Follow: ESPN+, EWU Radio: 700-AM ESPN & 105.3-FM in Spokane/Cheney

Fearless Prediction: The rivalry resumes on the inferno this weekend as a bipolar Vandals team attempts to dethrone the spotlight Eagles. Eric Barriere continues to do more than the majority of teams in the FCS, but can a pissed off spuds defense ground the Eagles? I don’t see them pulling off an Idaho State type upset, but this will be a closer game based off the spring results. EWU 49, Idaho 35

Cal Poly (1-5) 0-3

Last Week:

Team1234F
CPO00707
 MSU7287345

This Week: Bye

Southern Utah (1-5) 0-3

Last Week:

Team1234F
SUU076720
SAC1777104

This Week:@ NAU 2pm MT

How to Follow: ESPN+

Fearless Prediction: Battle of the Rollercoaster Teams for the Cup is what this rivalry should be labeled as. With the heartbreak kids coming to Flagstaff I think Justin Miller will have to hope for a HUGE game by his defense to pull off the upset. Although, I do believe with the lack of sophistication and productivity by RJ Martinez‘s offense will aide the Thunderbirds greatly. SUU 30, NAU 27

Idaho State (1-4) 1-2

Last Week:

Team1234F
UCD0301417
ISU14100327

This Week: @ Portland State 3pm MT

How to Follow: ESPN+, Radio: KISU

Fearless Prediction: Portland State plays everyone close no matter the division or skill level, but has a hard time leading and closing. Idaho State has been in the game or getting blown out other than their spoiler of a top ten team last week which just happens to be their one win. Who can we trust? Who should we bet on? As much as the passing talent is noticeable the better ground game and defense of the line of scrimmage will tell the final tale in this story. I’ll take the Bengals momentum to carry them one more week. ISU 24, PSU 17

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