With just two regular season games remaining, there are up to seven different teams could make it to the FCS Playoffs. These teams are fighting for four or five spots, so every game at this point is important. The “experts” have a pulse on the Big Sky Conference, and we expect some flawless predictions this week.
Overall (Last Week)
Against the Spread (ATS)
(10) Montana State (7-3) @ UC Davis (5-5) (-3) @ 5 p.m. on PlutoTV
Parker: Welcome to November football. Every game matters from here on out. I expect the Cats to treat this match like a playoff game. UC Davis’ record this season is deceiving because of their difficult schedule, and the line setters agree. The unranked Aggies are three-point favorites over the tenth-ranked Cats. I am excited to watch this game, and I can see several scenarios playing out. The Cats need to win at least one of their next two games to secure a place in the playoffs, so why not envision the ideal scenario for the Cats.
MSU 42, UC Davis 24
Caleb: This weekend is going to be a big one for the Cats. MSU currently sits with a 7-3 record and needs to win one of the next two games to return to the playoffs. Losing both would make the Bobcats a bubble team that probably has a greater chance of missing the postseason than squeezing in. The Aggies 5-5 record doesn’t exactly indicate how strong their team is. They’ve won three of their last four with their only loss coming to the hands of first-in-conference Weber State. And let’s not forget that they had North Dakota State on the ropes deep into the fourth quarter earlier this year. While UC Davis is a tough team, I think the Bobcats will return a few of their injured men and end the Aggies’ playoff hopes.
MSU 31, UC Davis 27
Cameron: This game is a make-or-break game for the tenth-ranked Cats, as they look to make the playoffs for the second straight season. UC Davis has had a disappointing season based on their expectations, and this game against MSU will most certainly mean a lot to that program. I believe that MSU will come fired up into Davis, not accepting anything less than a win. With UC Davis being last year’s Big Sky co-champion, they will make it a dog fight.
MSU 17, UC Davis 14
Northern Colorado (2-8) @ North Dakota (5-4) (-16) @ 12 p.m on PlutoTV
Parker: Last week, Northern Colorado got dismantled by the Cats and North Dakota was in a fight to the end against third-ranked Weber State. North Dakota has two fairly easy games to close out their schedule, so this creates an awkward scenario for the Cats. If it comes down to selection day, and UND and MSU have similar resumes, UND won the head-to-head matchup, so they would get the slight edge. Hopefully both UND and MSU can finish out the season with wins and be playoff bound. UND is the better team in this match
UND 38, N Rado 24
Caleb: After losing to Weber last week, the Fighting Hawks have found themselves back on the playoff bubble. Luckily for them, they close the season against two of the worst teams in the Big Sky, Northern Colorado and Southern Utah. There’s not much to say about this game. North Dakota will win big.
UND 41, Northern Colorado 14
Cameron: Northern Colorado got spanked by Montana State last week, which makes me think that they won’t be 100 percent facing a dangerous North Dakota team. North Dakota proved they are a tough team this season with a close loss to Weber State and impressive victories over Montana State, UC Davis and Sam Houston State. Expect this North Dakota team (who is close to being playoff eligible) to come out strong, never allowing UNC a shot at winning.
UND 45, Northern Colorado 10
(6) Sacramento State (7-3) @ Idaho (4-6) (+9.5) @ 3 p.m. on PlutoTV
Parker: With Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson hopefully back this week, this game should not be close. Idaho got dismantled by the Griz last week after holding a brief lead in the first half, and too many penalties and a lack of discipline have held back the Vandals. Sac State, with wins to close out the season, should be a top 5 seed representing the Big Sky Conference.
Sac State 42, Idaho 27
Caleb:After an incredible victory last week, which included two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the game and a successful onside kick, Sac State remains one of the toughest teams in the country. Last week they were without senior quarterback Kevin Thomson and may have to do it again this week without him. There have been a few reports that Thomson is practicing this week, but he is still believed to be day-to-day. Even without him, I think the Hornets handle the “Lil Brownie-less” Vandals.
Sac State 38, Idaho 24
Cameron: Idaho showed up for the first quarter of last Saturday’s “Little Brown Stein” against Montana but then went back to their old ways for the last three quarters, allowing the Griz to score 42 points. Sac State is still in the top 10 and looking to finish the season strong. I believe junior quarterback Kevin Thomson will start against Idaho, so I would write more about this game, but it’d be a waste of effort. I personally will guarantee a blowout.
Sac State 54, Idaho 21
(3) Weber State (8-2) @ (5) Montana (8-2) (-4.5) @ 1 p.m. on Root Sports
Parker: The Griz win again. The guys over the hill are prepared to take on the only undefeated team in conference play, Weber State. The Wildcats have been nothing but dominant on defense, so senior Griz quarterback Dalton Sneed will have his work cut out for him. I am excited to watch how the Griz matchup with the physicality of Weber. If the Griz get some flow going in the passing game, I think they could pull away in this one. I am hoping for Cats and Griz wins this weekend to set up a Brawl of the Wild game with an FCS Playoff top-8 seed on the line.
UM 35, Weber State 24
Caleb: This should be one of the best games in the FCS this week and possibly this year. Both these teams look tough, and the winner of this game makes a strong argument for earning a seed and a first-round bye come playoffs. I think Weber State is the better outfit, but anything can happen when traveling to Washington Grizzly Stadium. I think this game comes down to the wire, but the better team wins.
Weber State 34, UM 27
Cameron: Big Sky powerhouse, third-ranked Weber State and former Big Sky power, fifth-ranked Montana, will face off this Saturday in a game that, with a win, will guarantee Weber a share of the conference title. Montana is undefeated at home this season, and with senior quarterback Dalton Sneed back in the starting lineup, the Griz will present the Wildcats their toughest challenge of the season. But Montana seems to shy away in the big games,
and I think Weber will be too dominant on the defensive side of the ball against the Griz.