Last week, we had some blunders, but this week is different. The “experts” have a pulse on the Big Sky Conference, and we expect some accurate predictions this week. 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)
Southern Utah (2-7) @ (14) Montana State (5-3) (-13) @ 12 p.m. on Root Sports
Parker: Last week was a heart-wrencher for the Cats. It was ultimately a combination of mistakes on offense and special teams that resulted in a puzzling loss for MSU. This week should be an easier test, and hopefully the Cats can get back on track. I am hoping, for my own mental sanity, that they get it figured it out. I still have confidence in this squad, so why not Cats by 50?
MSU 57, SUU 7
Caleb: Well, the Cardiac Cats have done it again and dropped a midseason game against an alright opponent. After the bye week, I really thought that MSU would have straightened out their offense, but Head Coach Jeff Choate said he decided to focus on the defensive side of the ball. With that being said, the Bobcats should easily handle Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds have struggled all season and are in last place in the conference. Maybe a Bobcat win this week will give the team a confidence boost and propel them through the last few weeks. Even with the offensive woes I think the Cats pull this one off.
MSU 27, SUU 16
Cameron: Never did I expect to be concerned about playing Southern Utah this season but here we are and here I am, as nervous as I could be. To avoid sugar coating anything, our offense just can’t figure it out. Defensively, the Cats have been pretty good and last week’s loss to North Dakota was probably their best performance yet, but the offense really holds this team back. Trust me, I love the Cats and will cheer for them regardless of anything, but from what I have seen, this year’s squad is unorganized, undisciplined and uninterested. I hope I eat my words on Saturday.
SUU 28, MSU 10
(3) Weber State (6-2) @ (6) Sac State (6-2) (-7) @ 7 p.m on PlutoTV
Parker: This will be a fantastic game. Weber State has the best defense in the conference and Sac State, led by junior quarterback Kevin Thomson, has looked unstoppable at times this season. Weber State has not played a quarterback of the caliber of Thomson, and if the Hornets jump on the Wildcats early, Weber State may not be able to make up the difference. Similar to the Cats, the Wildcats offensive uncertainties could be exposed in this one. The Hornets will have the conference title in the grasps if they can pull out this win.
Sac State 41, Weber State 30
Caleb: This game could very well determine who wins the Big Sky. Both the Wildcats and Hornets are looking tough, and with the Bobcats looking so rough I may be more inclined to tune into this game on Saturday. The Hornets and Wildcats are the only two Big Sky teams left undefeated. While both of them sit atop the conference, only one leads in both points scored and allowed — the Hornets. Sac State averages an impressive 40.4 points per game and only gives up 19.5 points per game. On top of leading in statistical categories, the Hornets host the Wildcats. All things combined, I think Sac State pulls this off and goes on to win the conference.
Sac State 35, Weber State 31
Cameron: The conference’s clear top two teams, Weber State and Sacramento State look to square off for what might just decide this years champion. Weber State has a similar issue to MSU, where they often start slow and then finish teams off late. As MSU learned against Sacramento State, that just won’t work. The Hornets are the real deal this year, and I think they jump out to a big lead early, which WSU just can't come back from.
Sac State 38, Weber State 28
Northern Arizona (4-4) @ Eastern Washington (3-5) (-13) @ 2 p.m. on PlutoTV
Parker: This football game could be decided by the first to 50 points. I expect a shootout between two of the best quarterbacks in the country. Both teams have had underwhelming seasons so far, but this could still be an extremely exciting game to watch if you enjoy a high scoring affair. I am predicting over 1,000 total yards between the Lumberjacks and Eagles, with home field advantage being the difference maker.
EWU 62, NAU 48
Caleb: The season is all but over for each of these two teams. Dropping four games or more makes playoff hopes bleak. If Northern Arizona manages to win out, meaning they would have to beat Sac State (yikes!), they would have a chance at making the playoffs. Either way, both these teams are playing for pride at this point. Both NAU and EWU have two of the best quarterbacks in the conference and possibly the country. I expect this game to be a barn burner. Ultimately, I think Eastern pulls this one off.
EWU 42, NAU 38
Cameron: Two of the nation’s top passing attacks will battle it out this weekend in what will surely be an entertaining ball game. NAU senior quarterback Case Cookus is smoking defenses while leading what has become the nation’s number one ranked passing attack. Eastern has an advantage on defense from what scores earlier this season indicate, but regardless it's going to be a shootout.
EWU 48, NAU 42
(8) Montana (6-2) @ Portland State (5-4) (+8.5) @ 3 p.m. on Pluto TV
Parker: Let us not forget last year when Portland State shocked the Griz in Missoula. This should leave the Griz with some extra motivation to avoid a let down game after playing well in the second half against the Eagles last week. Portland State has had some excellent games this year, but also some duds. If they play their best, they could be spoilers again, but I expect the Griz will pull away in the second half, even with the backup quarterback under center.
UM 42, PSU 30
Caleb: Last year, the Vikings booted a 52-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Griz. I’m sure there are still a fair amount of sore Griz fans and players after that type of loss. While the Vikings managed to pull off a win last year, this year will be a different story. After dropping a game a few weeks ago to Sac State, it appears that the Griz are back on track. I’d imagine that traveling to Portland State should be an easy win for Montana.
UM 35, PSU 20
Cameron: The Griz are the conference’s only other serious title contender and continued to look the part last week, even without their star senior quarterback Dalton Sneed. With one of the conference’s best pass rushes, Portland State will look to make some noise in the backfield throughout the game. I suspect that the score will be closer than most assume it will be, but Montana comes out on top.