Preview: Big Sky Conference Football – 9/10/22

Week 2 Schedule – September 10th, 2022

Saturday 9/10/2022Morehead State Morehead StateMontana State Montana State1:30 p.m. MTBozeman, Mont.TV: ABC Montana/SWX in Billings (503 on cable, 8.2 over air)/ESPN+ streaming Radio: Bobcat Radio Network
Saturday 9/10/2022South Dakota South DakotaMontana Montana1:30 p.m. MTMissoula, Mont.TV: ABC/Fox TV Stats Radio: Grizzly Sports Radio Network Video
Saturday 9/10/2022Portland State Portland StateWashington Washington2:00 p.m. MTSeattle, WATV: Pac-12 Washington Stats Video
Saturday 9/10/2022Northern Colorado Northern ColoradoWyoming Wyoming2:00 p.m. MTLaramie, Wyo.Stats Radio: 1310 KFKA/103.1 FM Video
Saturday 9/10/2022University of San Diego University of San DiegoCal Poly Cal Poly3:00 p.m. MTSan Luis Obispo, Calif.
Saturday 9/10/2022Northern Arizona Northern ArizonaSam Houston Sam Houston4:00 p.m. MSTHuntsville, TexasStats Radio: Lumberjack Radio Network Video
Saturday 9/10/2022UC Davis UC DavisSouth Dakota State South Dakota State5:00 p.m. MTBrookings, S.D.Video
Saturday 9/10/2022Weber State Weber StateUtah State Utah State5:00 p.m. MTLogan, UTTV: Mountain West Network Stats Radio: 103.1 FM “The Wave” Audio Video
Saturday 9/10/2022Idaho IdahoIndiana Indiana5:00 p.m. PTBloomington, Ind. / Memorial StadiumTV: BTN Stats Video
Saturday 9/10/2022Idaho State Idaho StateSan Diego State University San Diego State University6:00 p.m. MTSan Diego, CATV: Mountain West Network Radio: KISU Video
Saturday 9/10/2022Eastern Washington Eastern WashingtonUniversity of Oregon University of Oregon5:30 p.m. PTEugene, Ore.TV: PAC-12 NETWORKS Stats Radio: 700-AM ESPN & 105.3-FM in Spokane/Cheney Video
Table via Big Sky Conference
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Bobcat Stadium

Montana State 63, Morehead State 13

Highlights: Available

Last Week: Morehead State lost 63-13 to #23 Mercer
Montana State won 40-17 over McNeese State

Montana State handled the Bayou Cowboys with a balanced attack last week. Morehead State started their season off with a blowout loss to #23 Mercer. Expect the Bobcats to give Morehead State a similar whooping as Head Coach Brett Vigen diversifies the offense and tries players out at new positions.

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Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Montana 24, South Dakota 7

Highlights: Available

Last Week: South Dakota lost 34-0 to Kansas State (FBS)
Montana won 47-0 over Northwestern State

Some experts have picked South Dakota to be a dark horse for the playoffs, but that is not based off of their out of conference schedule. The Yotes will have to put on a legendary performance to outlast the top five Griz. Montana will get more of a test this week than they had with the Northwestern State Demons, but they should run through the competition with ease. Look for the Griz to start finding a rhythm of comfortable scripted plays and getting even more aggressive on defense.

Photo via Washington Athletics.
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Husky Stadium (Washington)

Washington 52, Portland State 6

Highlights: Available

Last Week: Portland State lost 21-17 to San Jose State (FBS)
Washington won 45-20 over Kent State (FBS)

Portland State gave San Jose State all they could handle and more, but a few times of stepping on their own feet got in their way of getting a fear the FCS type of win. The Vikings always do surprisingly well in out of conference play and have the potential to make Washington work for it, similar to when the Huskies had to last year against the Griz. I don’t expect the Vikings to pull off a win, but the first half should be play competitive, if not in their favor based off of last week’s performance.

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War Memorial Stadium (Wyoming)

Wyoming 33, Northern Colorado 10

Highlights: Available

Last Week: Northern Colorado lost 46-34 to Houston Baptist
Wyoming won 40-37 in 2OT over Tulsa (FBS)

Northern Colorado had one of the most disappointing season opener‘s in the entire FCS last week. Wyoming could be considered the closest at the FBS level to Northern Colorado’s situation as they had multiple starters on both sides of the ball enter the transfer portal with Craig Bohl even placing a newspaper style ad on social media looking for quarterbacks. The Bears chances are definitely dampened Without David Hoage and the quarterback position being a giant problem going forward. It looks like the Bears could lose by as many as three touchdowns this week to a potential second to last place finisher in the Mountain West if McCaffrey starts McCaffrey.

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Alex G. Spanos Stadium

Cal Poly 28, San Diego 27

Highlights: Available

Last Week: San Diego won 58-0 over La Verne (DIII)
Cal Poly lost 35-7 to Fresno State (FBS)

San Diego and Cal Poly meet up for their annual rivalry game this week. San Diego who is usually a top finisher in the pioneer league faces some questions on offense and Cal Poly is a usual bottom dweller in the Big Sky who looks to answer those with a hearty defense. Even though Cal Poly generally recruits higher caliber players than San Diego this could be a competitive game all the way to the last drive.

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Bowers Stadium

Northern Arizona 10, Sam Houston 3

Highlights: Available

Last Week: Northern Arizona lost 40-3 to Arizona State (FBS)
Sam Houston lost 31-0 to #6 Texas A&M (FBS)

A young Northern Arizona team did not put out a good showing against Arizona State last week. Meanwhile, Sam Houston was shut out at Texas A&M. One of these teams will get to prove that they took this week of practice seriously and want to get better. The other team will still be answering hard questions about what the rest of the season will look like after this game. Northern Arizona doesn’t have to win but a second non-competitive out of conference schedule game doesn’t put morale in a good place with the in conference schedule just around the corner. These young players need a good game to build their confidence.

Photo via SDSU Athletics.
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Dykhouse Stadium

South Dakota State 24, UC Davis 22

Highlights: Available

Last Week: UC Davis lost 34-13 to Cal (FBS)
South Dakota State lost 7-3 to Iowa (FBS)

Both of these teams had a competitive loss to their FBS foes, but South Dakota State is still miles more prepared than Aggies could be. As a top three team in the nation the jack rabbits should beat UC Davis by multiple scores. Dan Hawkins will want to keep this game competitive for the sake of morale and staying a middle of the conference team.

Photo via WSU Athletics.
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Maverik Stadium

Weber State 35, Utah State 7

Highlights: Available

Last Week: Weber State won 41-5 over Western Oregon (DII)
Utah State lost 55-0 to Alabama (FBS)

Weber State had a solid all-around performance against DII Western Oregon, while Utah State got beat by Nick Saban University. The Aggies might be on a down year, but the Wildcats will need to pull a lot of tricks out of their hat, sleeves and socks to be able to pull a win against this FBS team. Their offense will have to be able to march down the field at-will and count on their defense to make key turnovers again.

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Memorial Stadium (Indiana)

Indiana 35, Idaho 22

Highlights: Available

Last Week: Idaho lost 24-17 to Washington State (FBS)
Indiana won 23-20 over Illinois (FBS)

Idaho shocked FCS fans around the country last week with their gritty performance and almost knocking off FBS Washington State. The Vandals should be proud of what they did last week and ready to show a similar but improved performance this week against Big Ten Indiana. If Coach Eck can manufacture another stout all-around performance the Hoosiers might be in trouble late in the game.

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Dignity Health Sports Park

San Diego State 38, Idaho State 7

Highlights: Available

Last Week: Idaho State Bye Week, Lost 52-21 to UNLV (FBS) in Week 0
San Diego State lost 38-20 to Arizona (FBS)

Idaho State took a rough beating from UNLV in week zero. For the Bengals sake they hope this week at San Diego State might be a closer final score. With a surprising loss to FBS Arizona Idaho State might keep it closer than three scores this week, but they have to keep quarterback Tyler Vander-Wal healthy if they want to be able to move the ball into scoring opportunities.

Photo via EWU Athletics.
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Autzen Stadium

Oregon 70, Eastern Washington 14

Highlights: Available

Last Week: Eastern Washington won 36-29 over Tennessee State
Oregon lost 49-3 to #3 Georgia (FBS)

Eastern Washington has done it again by developing another stud quarterback. This is a perfect storm heading into the game at Oregon with the ducks getting thrashed last week and the Eagles pulling off a solid victory. Eastern Washington should be proud of last week, but focused to play a household name FBS school this week. The ducks stadium is one of the most hostile environments the program has ever played at and players will have to show not only talent but extreme discipline and maturity to navigate the rowdy duck fans and noise level. I wouldn’t expect a win as Oregon will likely be in a revenge mindset after last week, but Eastern Washington could keep the game much closer than national pundits think it will be.