It all comes down to Saturday for Southern Utah and Weber State. The No. 14/18 T-Birds and the No. 9/12 Wildcats, locked in a three-way tie at the top of the Big Sky conference with No. 21 Northern Arizona, can lay claim to a share of the conference title with a victory this weekend. A loss, on the other hand, could potentially remove either team from playoff contention.
The Thunderbirds have the biggest test by far, with all apologies to the Wildcats' opponent, Idaho State, as they battle Northern Arizona.
The Lumberjacks have been one of the best teams in the Big Sky this season, racking up six conference wins to just one loss.
“They've got an all-around great team," SUU head coach Demario Warren said. "Their defense is doing a great job against the pass, they're taking the ball away from the offenses. On offense they've got one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Case Cookus was the freshman of the year two years ago. He got banged up last year, but he's back and he's leading a great offense once again."
Of course, the T-Birds boast one of the conferences best signal callers as well, in Patrick Tyler. Thanks to his performance against UC Davis, against whom he threw for 370 yards and three scores, Tyler was named ROOT SPORTS Player of the Week.
As for Weber State, the Wildcats are set to face the rival Bengals.
Idaho State is in the midst of an average season, sitting at 4-6, but don’t let that fool you — the Bengals boast a more than capable Big Sky attack.
“They have a very good offense,” Weber State head coach Jay Hill said of Idaho State. “I like their running back (James Madison), he’s the third best back in the league right now. Their wide receiver (Mitch Gueller) is really good too. This is a really good offensive team.”
Idaho State (4-6) at No. 9/12 Weber State
Saturday, 2 p.m. MDT
Stewart Stadium, Ogden
Radio: KLO 1430 AM
Online: Pluto TV 232/WatchBigSky.com
No. 23 Northern Arizona (7-3) at No. 14/18 Southern Utah (8-2)
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. MDT
Eccles Coliseum, Cedar City
TV: Eleven Sports
Radio: KSUB 590 AM
Online: Pluto TV/WatchBigSky.com