Even though the Bobcats are on a bye this week, our predictions and insights are still razor-sharp. Be on the lookout for a vote on the punishment for the “expert” with the worst record this season.
Overall (Last Week)
Against the Spread (ATS)
(5) Montana (5-1) @ (15) Sacramento State (4-2) (+2.5) @ 7 p.m. on SWX or PlutoTV
Parker: Sac State was impressive in all facets of the game against the Cats last week. This week the Hornets get a chance to take out the Griz coming off their bye week. I could see this game going either way with the explosive offenses of each team, but I think Sac State will try to slow the game down and limit the number of possessions the Griz get on offense. I see the Hornets jumping on the sluggish Griz early, then holding on at the end to solidify themselves at the top of the conference.
Sac State 38, Montana 30
Caleb: After a dominant performance last week against the Cats, the Hornets face another tall task in the form of Montana visiting them this Saturday. Heading into this weekend, neither team has lost to an FCS opponent. While Sac State has been good, the Griz coming off of a bye will have the edge.
Montana 38, Sac State 31
Cameron: Both Montana and Sacramento State will be full of confidence heading into a game that will play a huge role in deciding a conference champion. Sac State looked physically dominant on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball last week while spoiling MSU’s homecoming — which is exactly what I would fear if I were the Griz. If Sac State can dominate in the trenches, the game will be theirs, but since they just faced a tough Bobcat team, I expect a rested UM team to come out hot for the Hornets’ homecoming.
Montana 35, Sac State 24
Idaho State (3-3) @ Idaho (2-5) (+6.5) @ 3:30 on PlutoTV
Parker: Last week, I was the only “expert” to pick Idaho State to win against North Dakota by predicting that the Bengals would have an offensive flurry, but I didn’t quite expect 55 points. Last week, Idaho came out and dropped a goose-egg against Portland State. I’m going to stick with my guns here and keep riding junior quarterback Matt Struck and the rest of the Bengals offense for this pick.
Idaho State 45, Idaho 24
Caleb: Both Idaho teams have had their ups and downs this season. The Vandals only have two wins, but managed to pull off a big upset against Eastern Washington a month ago. Since then, Idaho has been 0-3 and lost a few games they were favored to win. On the other hand, Idaho State has put on a strong showing as of late, beating up on North Dakota by an astounding 55-20. It hasn’t been all shine for the Bengals though, they’ve lost a total of three games, but all were against either an FBS opponent or a top 15 team. With that said, I think the Bengals will pull this one off on the road.
Idaho State 34, Idaho 17
Cameron: The good ole battle of the domes will be taking place this weekend as Idaho and Idaho State battle it out in Moscow for the spuds’ homecoming. The Vandals are coming off a hard to comprehend 24-0 shutout loss against Big Sky bottom feeder Portland State while the Bengals on the other hand are fresh off a solid win after hosting North Dakota. An Idaho player said this week that this game means more because it decides who the best team in Idaho is. I don’t know if he has ever heard of Boise State, but I am sure they would like to have a say in that along with the College of Idaho Yotes who are ranked top 10 in NAIA and currently undefeated. That being said, I will go with the Bengals to be crowned as the third best team in the Gem State.
Idaho State 45, Idaho 28
Northern Arizona (3-3) @ (4) Weber State (4-2) (-15.5) @ 2 p.m. on Pluto TV
Parker: This game should be another cakewalk for the fourth-ranked Wildcats from Weber State, but to quote the great Lee Corso “Not so fast, my friend.” Northern Arizona was on bye last week, giving them time to recover from injuries and mentally reset. The Weber State defense could be the best in the country, but the offense has been lethargic at times, resulting in final scores that were closer than the game appeared. On top of that, Weber State has yet to play a quarterback as efficient as Lumberjack senior Case Cookus. A few big plays early in the game for Northern Arizona may result in a deficit the Wildcats cannot come back from. I think the Lumberjacks are going to shake up the standings and prove they are not a team to sleep on.
NAU 27, Weber State 21
Caleb: Per usual, Weber State is an FCS powerhouse. Their defense currently sits atop the Big Sky, allowing only 19.2 points per game. On top of that, the Wildcats have won three straight and have found themselves in the STATS FCS top five. NAU has looked good and senior quarterback Case Cookus makes the Lumberjacks a team that could jump up and surprise anyone. NAU has faced a tough schedule and that continues this week. I expect Weber to continue their campaign and stay undefeated against FCS.
Weber State 30, NAU 24
Cameron: NAU still has stud senior quarterback Case Cookus, so expect the Lumberjacks to at least score once or twice.
Weber State 42, NAU 14
Baltimore Ravens (4-2) @ Seattle Seahawks (5-1) (-3.5) @ 2:25 p.m. on FOX
Parker: The 12th man will be rocking for this game. The Seahawks are confident of Russell Wilson’s push for MVP. I find the more interesting matchup in this game to be how the Seahawks defense handles Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. If Jackson can handle the pressure of the crowd, I think the Ravens can be spoilers in this one. Usually, picking against the Seahawks at home is sacrilegious, but I have already picked two underdogs this week, so what’s one more?
Ravens 31, Seahawks 27
Caleb: Believe it or not, to begin the season the Ravens boasted the most FCS players on their 53-man roster with a total of nine. The Seahawks, on the other hand, had only three. But, enough about obscure facts, this is set up to be one of the best games of the week. Both teams have high expectations and are looking to build on their strong starts. Seattle’s extra man will get them the win.
Seahawks 31, Ravens 24
Cameron: Expect two traditional defensive powers to play very mediocre defense, and instead rely on their MVP-caliber quarterbacks to win the ball game. I would be fair and evaluate this game further, but being from Sammamish, WA, born and raised, I've been a part of the 12th man for a long time. #biased
HAWKS 35, Ravens 30