They (Portland State) have proven they can run the ball when they want to. Bottom line, they are a good Big Sky team. —Jay Hill
With just two weeks remaining of Big Sky football, it is fair to say that most teams are what their records show. No. 12/14 Weber State, with its 7-2 record, has proven itself one of the finest teams in the conference, along with No. 15/19 Southern Utah (7-2) and No. 24 Northern Arizona (the three schools are currently locked in a three-way tie for first).
A team that continues to perplex, however, is the Portland State Vikings.
The Wildcats' foe this weekend, the Vikings are a conference-worst 0-9 this season, and yet, they are something of a mystery for Weber State and head coach Jay Hill.
“I haven’t played a game at Portland yet,” said Hill. “I know they are well coached and always give you their best shot. Their record doesn’t show what kind of team they are.”
Part of the mystery is redshirt freshman quarterback Davis Alexander. Alexander has only appeared in one contest this season, last week against UC Davis, where he threw for over 400 yards and a touchdown.
That kind of passing attack was a drastic change for Portland State, who have relied heavily on their rushing attack.
“They throw it a lot more ‘cause that’s what (Alexander’s) strength is,” said Hill. “They have proven they can run the ball when they want to. Bottom line, they are a good Big Sky team.”
The T-Birds, coming off a home victory over North Dakota (3-7), will have their own prolific passing attack to deal with.
SUU travels to Davis, California to battle the UC Davis Aggies (5-4).
“This is probably the best team we've played since Eastern Washington,” said SUU head coach Demario Warren. “They've got the No. 6 offense in the country, the best receiver in the country and their quarterback is third in passing right now. This is going to be a tough game for us.”
WSU on the air
No. 12/14 Weber State (7-2) at Portland State (0-9)
Saturday, 3 p.m. MDT
Providence Park, Portland, OR
Radio: KLO 1430 AM
Online: Pluto TV 232/WatchBigSky.com
SUU on the air
No. 15/19 Southern Utah (7-2) at UC Davis (5-4)
Saturday, 5 p.m. MDT
Aggie Stadium, Davis, CA
Radio: KSUB 590 AM
Online: Pluto TV 245/WatchBigSky.com