Tag: Big Sky Conference

CSJ Roundtable, Week of 3/7/21: FCS March Madness Actually Starts With March Mildness

Compared to the chaos of the final week of February, where we saw half the top 25 lose, the results of the first week in March could instead be called “March Mildness”.

CSJ Roundtable, Week of 2/27/21: What The Hell Did We Just Witness?

Like many other football fans across the nation of FCS, we watched North Dakota State’s 39 game winning streak come to an end in Carbondale, Illinois, but it wasn’t the only event this weekend that had us shaking our heads.

CSJ Spring 2021 Week 1 Roundtable: Can A Spring Season Be Pulled Off?

The CSJ writing staff answer the questions many of us have about the beginning of this unprecedented FCS season.

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 […]

OPINION: No, David Pollack. FCS Football Is Right Where It Should Be.

On July 21st, 2020, when David Pollack went on air to suggest that FCS football should permanently become spring football, I cringed.

ANALYSIS: As Ivy League Contemplates Moving to Spring, NCAA Needs to Clarify Whether An FCS Championship Will Happen

The Patriot League’s dilemmas, whether the rest of FCS admits it or not, is the FCS’ dilemmas. And as we inch closer to an alleged 2020 college football season, the NCAA needs to make some things very clear before a huge mess happens.

Weber State TE Logan Strom Hopes To Follow The Antonio Gates Path To Becoming A Starter

New Weber State TE Logan Strom has taken a very interesting route to the Wildcat football program. The former two-sport Norfolk High school (NE) standout has been to several different programs in basketball before deciding recently to head to Ogden, Utah as a prospective TE. Our David Mays caught up with Logan.

2020 College Sports Journal FCS Preseason All-America Team Announced

Sixty student-athletes in the NCAA Division I Football’s Championship Subdivision have been named to the 2020 College Sports Journal Preseason FCS All-America Team.

CSJ Big Sky Men’s Hoops Preview Week Ending 2/22/2020: Idaho Stuns EWU as Eagles Fall Out of Big Sky Lead

Eastern Washington’s bid to move into a tie for the lead in the Big Sky Conference standings took a major hit from the unlikeliest of sources Idaho held on for a 74-71 win over the Eagles on Feb. 13.

FCS Semifinal Round Playoffs: Lance, Watson Key Top Seeded North Dakota State to a 42-14 Win over Montana State

FARGO, N.D.—WR Christian Watson scored touchdowns on back-to-back touches early in the second quarter and top playoff seeded North Dakota State defeated fifth seeded Montana State 42-14 in a Division I FCS semifinal matchup for its 36th straight victory in front of 18,077 in attendance inside the Fargodome. QB Trey Lance found Watson behind the […]

2019 FCS Playoffs Semi-Finals Matchup: Montana State at North Dakota State

FCS Semifinal Round Playoff Matchup: Montana State at North Dakota State Where: Fargodome, Fargo, N.D. When: Saturday, December 21st, 1:00PM CST TV/Streaming: ESPN2/Watch ESPN #5 Montana State Bobcats Coach: Jeff Choate – 4th Year at Montana State – 4 Years Total as a Head Coach Record at Montana State: 28-21 Overall Record: 28-21 Big Sky Championships: […]

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Where Everything Is Made Up And the Picks Don’t Matter

As of right now, the FCS Playoff field feels like the show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway”, where the picks are just random improvisations of things that end up not making any sense. Nonetheless, we’ll keep pressing on, trying to figure out some version of truth.

The Week That Was: Highlights of the Five Top FCS Games, Week Ending 9/28/2019

A week ago, UC Davis was being lauded for giving top-ranked North Dakota State a true run for their money at their place. Last week, thanks to a sneak Grizzly attack, Aggie fans have to wonder whether they can still make the playoffs.

2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: Montana Grizzlies

The Griz still missed the playoffs, but made improvements on both sides of the ball. QB Dalton Sneed and the offense did well at moving the ball, but the turnovers were costly for them. Dante Olson made a huge splash in the Big Sky and the FCS as a defensive nightmare for opposing teams.

Gauging The FCS Football Landscape For 2019 – In Which Tier Is Your Favorite Football Program?

It’s May. Spring football is over, and the preseason camps don’t start for a couple months. We are in the doldrums of the FCS offseason. But at this point, everyone is 0-0 and hope springs eternal. 127 schools think they have a shot to make the playoffs and compete for an FCS Championship in Frisco. […]

Stairway to Seven: North Dakota State Outpowers Eastern Washington 38-24 To Capture 2018 Division I FCS National Title

FRISCO, Tex.— The Bison powered their way to a 38-24 victory against Eastern Washington to repeat as national champions at Toyota Stadium in front of 17,082 fans. NDSU won its seventh national title to make it the most of any program in Division I FCS history, surpassing Georgia Southern, which has six. The Bison (15-0) […]

Eastern Washington’s Road to Frisco for a Second Time this Decade

This year, Eastern Washington finally got back to Frisco. The Eagles were actually the first national champions crowned in the Dallas metroplex area back in January 2011 when it was awarded to host the game. The Eagles are in the Top 3 this decade in terms of wins within the Division I FCS but playoff […]

FCS Playoffs: Barriere, Eastern Washington Rout Maine 50-19 for a Ticket to the National Title Game

CHENEY, Wash.— Eric Barriere threw seven touchdown passes as third seeded Eastern Washington beat seventh seeded Maine 50-19 in the semifinals of the Division I FCS playoffs, to advance to the national title game for the second time in the school’s history. The Eagles broke a three-game losing streak in playoff semifinal games. “We were […]

FCS Playoffs: Barriere, McPherson Combine To Have Eastern Washington Outlast UC Davis, 34-29

Trailing 21-14, Eastern Washington scored twice within a less than three minute span to pull ahead and ultimately prevail 34-29 over Big Sky conferencemate UC Davis in a frenzied fourth quarter of FCS Playoff action.

FCS Playoffs: Turnovers and Stingy Defense Lead Maine over Weber State, 23-18

Seventh seeded Maine’s national championship run continued with its Division I FCS quarterfinals win over two-seeded Weber State 23-18 in front of 7,726 in attendance at Stewart Stadium.

CSJ 2018 Quarterfinal FCS Playoff Preview: UC Davis at Eastern Washington, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

A rematch between Big Sky Conference teams will take place this Saturday when the Eastern Washington University football team hosts UC Davis in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

FCS Playoffs: Blocked Field Goal Returned for Touchdown Swings Momentum Eastern Washington’s Way to Defeat Nicholls 42-21

CHENEY, Wash. – At the close of the first half, Nicholls, up 14-3, had just advanced the ball 68 yards on 11 plays behind the offensive direction of QB Chase Fourcade, and PK Lorran Fonseca was lining up for a field gol try to put the Colonels up two scores. But Eastern Washington rover Kedrick […]

FCS Playoffs: Wildcats Ride 27-Point Outburst in Second Quarter To Defeat Southeast Missouri State, 48-23

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State scored its most points of the year and defeated Southeast Missouri State 48-23 Saturday afternoon at Stewart Stadium in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. “I thought that was an awesome game,” head coach Jay Hill said. “Offense, defense, special teams all had their moments tonight … I thought […]

FCS Playoffs: Doss, Defensive Stand Send UC Davis By Northern Iowa, 23-16

DAVIS, Calif.—UC Davis quarterback Jake Maier threw for 310 yards while wide receiver Keelan Doss hauled in nine catches for 137 yards, helping the sixth playoff seeded UC Davis t to a 23-16 win over Northern Iowa in a Division I FCS second-round contest at Aggie Stadium with 8,306 in attendance. It was the first Division I playoff win […]

FCS Playoffs: Dunn and the North Dakota State Rushing Attack Overwhelm Montana State, 52-10

FARGO, N.D. —Lance Dunn scored four touchdowns all in the first half and top playoff seeded North Dakota State overwhelmed Montana State 52-10 in a second-round Division I FCS playoff game in front of 17,007 fans at at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. MSU hit an explosive play on the first snap of the […]

CSJ 2018 Second Round FCS Playoff Preview: Northern Iowa at UC Davis, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Northern Iowa at (6) UC Davis When: Saturday, December 1, 4:00 PM PST Where: Aggie Stadium, Davis, Calif. TV/Streaming: ESPN College Extra, ESPN3 Northern Iowa Panthers (7-5) Cedar Falls, Iowa Missouri Valley Football Conference Enrollment: 10,005 FCS Sagarin Rating: 97 (7 in FCS) How They Got Here: The Panthers won its opening round playoff game at home to Lamar narrowly […]

CSJ 2018 Second Round FCS Playoff Preview: Montana State at North Dakota State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Montana State at (1) North Dakota State When: Saturday, December 1, 2:00 PM CST Where: Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome, Fargo, ND TV/Streaming: ESPN College Extra, ESPN3 Montana State Bobcats (8-4) Location: Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky Conference Enrollment: 1 0,177 FCS Sagarin Rating: 132 (19 in FCS) How They Got Here: The Bobcats won its opening round game […]

CSJ First Round Playoff Preview – Incarnate Word at Montana State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Incarnate Word at Montana State When: Saturday, November 24, 1:00 PM MST Where: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman, MT TV/Streaming: ESPN3 Incarnate Word Cardinals (6-4, 6-2 Southland) San Antonio, Tex. Southland Conference Enrollment: 10,389 FCS Sagarin Rating: 173 (47 in FCS) Season Recap:In one season, UIW football Head Coach Eric Morris took the Cardinals from a 1-10 record (2017) to a 6-4 […]

CSJ 2018 Week 12 Preview: Weber State at Idaho State, How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

Weber State at Idaho State When: Saturday, November 17, 2:35 PM MST Where: Holt Arena, Pocatello, Idaho TV/Streaming: Watch Big Sky / Pluto TV Weber State Wildcats (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky) The Wildcats have won five games in a row and come into this game hoping to win at least a share of the Big Sky Conference title. The […]

CSJ 2018 Week 12 Preview: Montana State at Montana, How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

Montana State at Montana When: Saturday, November 17, 12:00 PM MST Where: Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Missoula, Mont. TV/Streaming: ROOT Sports NW/DirecTV Audience Network (Ch. 101)/DISH Studio (Ch. 102) Montana State Bobcats (6-4, 4-3 Big Sky) Montana State brings a diverse, multiple ground game on offense to this game. The Bobcats starting the season almost fully running the ball most of […]

CSJ 2018 Week 9 Preview: Weber State at North Dakota, How To Watch and Prediction

Weber State at North Dakota When: Saturday, October 27, 2:00 PM CDT Where: Alerus Center, Grand Forks, N.D. TV/Streaming: Pluto TV channel 241/ WatchBigSky Weber State Wildcats (5-2, 3-1 Big Sky) This will be just the fourth meeting all-time between the two schools, with Weber State holding a 2-1 series lead. Grand Forks was the site of Jay Hill’s […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 7 Game Preview: Eastern Washington at Weber State

When: Saturday, October 6, 3:00 PM PDT Where: Stewart Stadium, Ogden, Utah TV/Streaming: Eleven Sports (DirecTV Ch. 623) / Pluto / WatchBigSky Eastern Washington Eagles (5-1, 3-0 Big Sky) The Eagles are undefeated in FCS play with its lone lose to FBS Washington State. Eastern ranks third in FCS in total offense at 570.2 yards per game. The Eagles […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 6 Game Preview: Idaho at Idaho State

When: Saturday, October 6, 3:35 PM MDT Where: Holt Arena, Pocatello, Idaho TV/Streaming: Pluto TV Channel 243 / Watch Big Sky Idaho Vandals (2-2, 1-1 Big Sky) The Vandals are coming off a 20-7 win over Portland State-their first Big Sky Conference win since moving to the FCS level again. Idaho moved out of the Big Sky Conference in […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 4 Game Preview: Idaho at UC Davis

Idaho at UC Davis When: Saturday, September 22, 4:00 PM PDT Where: Aggie Stadium, Davis, Calif. TV/Streaming: Eleven Sports (DirecTV Ch. 623) / Pluto TV Idaho Vandals (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) The Vandals are 1-1 after losing to Fresno State 79-13 in Week 1 and defeating DII Western New Mexico 56-10 in Week 2. The Vandals had a bye in Week 3. […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 3 Game Preview: Montana at Western Illinois

Montana at Western Illinois When: Saturday, September 15, 3:00 PM CDT Where: Hanson Field, Macomb, Ill. TV/Streaming:ESPN+ (subscription) Montana Grizzlies (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky) W-vs. Drake 48-16 Montana improved to 2-0 on the season after putting up 38 second-half points in a 48-16 victory over Drake. The Grizzlies edged Missouri Valley Football Conference foe Northern Iowa, 26-23, […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 2 Game Preview: San Diego at UC Davis

San Diego at UC Davis When: Saturday, September 8th, 7:00 PM PDT Where: Aggie Stadium, Davis, Calif. TV/Streaming Coverage: WatchBigSky.com / Pluto TV Channel: 245 San Diego (1-0, 0-0 Pioneer, last week W 39-9 vs. DII Western New Mexico) San Diego found the end zone on its first four drives and never looked back en route to a dominating, […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 2 Game Preview: Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona

Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona When: Saturday, September 8th, 4:00 PM MST Where: Walkup Skydome, Flagstaff, Ariz TV/Streaming Coverage: Your Phoenix CW/SWX-Spokane, Pluto tv (Channel 239) Eastern Washington (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky, last week W 58-13 vs Central Washington) The Eagles are now a more balanced offensive team showing this in its win over Top 10 ranked DII Central […]

CSJ Conference Preview: Big Sky Conference

College Sports Journal announces their 2018 Fearless Prediction for the Order of finish of the Big Sky Conference. CSJ picks Weber State to repeat as the Big Sky champions this season, due to the return of five All-Americans and 10 players that earned All-Big Sky honors off last year’s championship team. Leading the Wildcats this […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Eastern Washington Eagles

Eastern Washington Eagles Location: Cheney, WA Coach: Aaron Best (7-4) 2nd Season Stadium: Roos Field (Capacity: 8,600) CSJ Projections: 2nd: Big Sky 3rd: Washington 8th: FCS 103rd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Eagles got snubbed from the FCS playoffs after finishing the season at 7-4 overall after coming off a semifinal appearance in […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Montana Grizzlies

Montana Grizzlies Location: Missoula, MT Coach: Bobby Hauck (80-17 @ UM, 95-67 overall) 8th Season (2 Stints, 1st year back this year) Stadium: Washington Grizzly Stadium (Capacity: 25,203) CSJ Projections: 3rd: Big Sky Conference 1st: Montana 22nd: FCS 133rd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Grizzlies failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Location: Flagstaff, AZ Coach: Jerome Souers (119–107 overall) 21st season Stadium: Walkup Skydome (Capacity: 17,500) CSJ Projections: 5th: Big Sky 3rd: Arizona 27th: FCS 140th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Lumberjacks finished 7–5, (6–2 BSC) and in a three-way tie for third place in the Big Sky receiving an at-large bid […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Sacramento State Hornets

Sacramento State Hornets Location: Sacramento, CA Coach: Jody Sears (18-27 at Sac St., 22-46 overall) 5th Season Stadium: Hornet Stadium (Capacity: 21,195) CSJ Projections: 6th: Big Sky 7th: California 30th: FCS 145th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Hornets had one of its best seasons in the Division I era for a team that moved […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Montana State Bobcats

Montana State Bobcats Location: Bozeman, MT Coach: Jeff Choate (9-13) 3rd Season Stadium: Bobcat Stadium (Capacity: 17,777) CSJ Projections: 7th: Big Sky 2nd: Montana 32nd: FCS 147th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Bobcats finished 5-6 overall but three of the losses were by eight points or less and the highlight of the season […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Idaho Vandals

Idaho Vandals Location: Moscow, ID Coach: Paul Petrino (19–41) 6th Season Stadium: Kibbie Dome (Capacity: 16,000) CSJ Projections: 8th: Big Sky 2nd: Idaho 34th: FCS 150th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: In the Vandals last FBS season, the team slumped to a 4-8 overall mark (3-5 Sun Belt) after the team finished 9-4 in 2016 […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: UC Davis Aggies

UC Davis Aggies Location: Davis, CA Coach: Dan Hawkins (117–67–1 overall, 5-6 at UCD) 2nd Season Stadium: Aggie Stadium (Capacity: 10,743) CSJ Projections: 9th: Big Sky 8th: California 37th: FCS 155th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: In Coach Hawkins first season at his alma mater, the Aggies improved to a 5-6 overall mark after finishing 3-8 […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Northern Colorado Bears

Northern Colorado Bears Location: Greeley, CO Coach: Earnest Collins, Jr. (24-53 overall) 8th Season Stadium: Nottingham Field (Capacity: 8,533) CSJ Projections: 10th: Big Sky 4th: Colorado 66th: FCS 194th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Bears finished with just a 3-7 record overall and just 2-6 in BSC play–playing only 10 games as its scheduled […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Idaho State Bengals

Idaho State Bengals Location: Pocatello, ID Coach: Rob Phenicie (4-7) 2nd Season Stadium: Holt Arena (Capacity: 12,000) CSJ Projections: 11th: Big Sky 3rd: Idaho 68th: FCS 197th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: In Coach Phenicie’s first season with the Bengals, his team matched the win total of the prior two seasons combined in finishing 4-7 overall […]