Big Sky Football Previews, Scores And Results

The Big Sky football conference is winding down and it may come down to Montana against Montana State on Nov. 19.

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BIg Sky Football Schedule, Week 11: Northern Colorado Has One Final Chance At Avoiding Winless Season

Earnest Collins Jr. hasn't had the first season he likely dreamed of when he signed on to become the coach of his alma mater, Northern Colorado. The Bears have one final game this season, a home contest against the Portland St. Vikings (6-3), to avoid finishing the season 0-8 in the Big Sky Conference and 0-11 on the season. The game kicks off at 12:05 p.m. MT.

The big contest of the season doesn't happen until Nov. 19 when Montana and Montana State clash in Bozeman for the league title. Montana State already has a share of the Big Sky title locked up and will win the conference outright with a win over the Grizzlies. But here's what's on tap for this weekend:

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (4-5, 3-4 Big Sky) vs. Weber St. Wildcats (3-6, 3-3 Big Sky), 1:30 p.m. MT: The Lumberjacks enter this game on a two-game winning streak, recently defeating Northern Colorado. The WIldcats have lost three straight.

Eastern Washington Eagles (4-5, 4-3 Big Sky) vs. Cal Poly Mustangs (5-4, 3-1 Independent), 7:05 p.m. MT: Both teams enter this game having lost last Saturday. Can Bo Levi Mitchell put the Eagles back on the winning track?

Idaho St. Bengals (2-7, 1-5 Big Sky) vs. Sacramento St. Hornets (3-6, 2-5 Big Sky), 7:05 p.m. MT: The Bengals enter this contest on a six-game losing streak. It might be tough for them to do it this week, but they still have the season-ender against Eastern Washington.


Big Sky Football Schedule, Week 10: Montana State Visits Weber State; Northern Colorado Faces Northern Arizona

The Big Sky Conference is winding down its regular season schedule and it is still two more weeks before the Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State Bobcats face off for what could determine the conference championship. Both teams are in action this week as they look to clash for the FCS playoff berth on Nov. 19.

Here is this week's schedule:

Western Oregon vs. Montana Grizzlies (7-2, 6-1 Big Sky), 1:05 p.m. MT: The Grizzlies should have no problems with this cupcake team, The team will enter their Nov. 19 contest with Montana State on a six-game winning streak and a chance to give the Bobcats their first conference loss (if it doesn't happen this week).

Montana State Bobcats (8-1, 6-0 Big Sky) vs. Weber State Wildcats (3-5, 3-2 Big Sky), 1:30 p.m. MT: The Wildcats lost to Montana last week and get to face an equally if not more punishing opponent with the Bobcats this Saturday. The Bobcats can put the conference out of reach for Montana with a victory.

Sacramento State Hornets (3-5, 2-4 Big Sky) vs. Portland State Vikings (5-3, 3-2 Big Sky), 2:05 p.m. MT: Can the Hornets follow their season pattern and pick up a win after dropping two games? They did it earlier by defeating Montana back in September. The Vikings are on a two-game win streak, but a loss might be in the air.

Northern Colorado Bears (0-9, 0-6 Big Sky) vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (3-5, 2-4 Big Sky), 4:05 p.m. MT: The Bears have just Portland State left after this game and they'll desperately want to avoid an 0-11 season during Earnest Collins Jr.'s first season.


Big Sky Football Schedule, Week 9: Northern Colorado Still Seeking 1st Win; Montana State Hosts Idaho State

The Northern Colorado Bears have had a long season and it could be an even longer one after Saturday afternoon should the team fall to 0-9. They will face the North Dakota Fighting Sioux at 1:35 p.m. Mt at home in Nottingham Field. North Dakota, an FCS independent, is 4-3 and coming off of a 23-19 loss to the Cal Poly Mustangs. Earnest Collins Jr. will likely need to wait for a different week to pick up his first win at his alma mater.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

Idaho St. Bengals (2-6) vs. Montana State Bobcats (7-1) 12:05 p.m. MT: The Bobcats are 5-0 in conference play and look to remain at the top for the conference championship. In 2010, the Bobcats pulled out a 23-20 overtime win against the Bengals.

Weber St. Wildcats (3-4) vs. Montana Grizzlies (6-2), 1:00 p.m. MT: Despite the losing record, the Wildcats are 3-1 in conference play. Still, the Grizzlies shouldn't have a tough time in this game.

Portland St. Vikings (4-3) vs. Eastern Washington Eagles (4-4), 2:05 p.m. MT: Can Bo Levi Mitchell lead the Eagles to a victory on Saturday to put his team above .500?

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-5) vs. Sacramento St. Hornets (3-4), 7:05 p.m. MT: The Lumberjacks have lost three in a row, but two of those losses came against the Montana schools.


Big Sky Football Scores: Montana, Montana State Keep Firm Hold On Top Of Conference

The Montana St. Bobcats remain atop the Big Sky Conference standings with a 7-1 overall record and 5-0 record in conference. The Montana Grizzlies are right behind at 6-2 (5-1). Northern Colorado remains winless and in last place. Here are the weekend's results:

BYU Cougars (6-2) def. Idaho St. Bengals (2-6), 56-3: The Cougars had no trouble defeating their FCS opponent and gained 290 rushing yards on the ground.

Montana St. Bobcats (7-1) def. Northern Colorado (0-8), 31-21: The Northern Colorado Bears were down just 24-21 in the fourth quarter, but they were unable to find the end zone after Seth Lobato had a touchdown pass late in the third quarter. Earnest Collins Jr. is still looking for his first win with his alma mater.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds (4-4) def. Weber St. Wildcats (3-4), 35-28: The Thunderbirds join the Big Sky Conference in 2012, but on Saturday they defeated Weber State as an independent team. Austin Minefree was involved in three Southern Utah touchdowns in the second half. He ran for two touchdowns and caught a 25-yard pass. His team scored 32 points in the second half.

Montana Grizzlies (6-2) def. N. Arizona Lumberjacks (2-5), 28-24: The Grizzlies were down, 24-21, with less than five minutes left in the game, but freshman running back Jordan Canada picked up a 46-yard touchdown run right after the Lumberjacks took that three-point lead.

Portland St. Vikings (4-3) def. Willamette, 36-10: Connor Kavanaugh threw three touchdown passes.

E. Washington Eagles (4-4) def. Sacramento St. Hornets (3-4), 42-35 OT: Bo Levi Mitchell threw four touchdown passes for t he Eagles in regulation, but Jordan Talley had the game-winning run in overtime.


Big Sky Football: Montana State Visits Northern Colorado

Montana State and Montana continue their run to the top of the conference standings. The former visits the 0-7 Northern Colorado Bears on Saturday.

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