Big Sky Conference

Big Sky Announces 2018 ROOT SPORTS Football Schedule



OGDEN, Utah (April 16, 2018) – ROOT SPORTS and the Big Sky Conference announced its broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2018 season with a total of 10 games to be televised on the network.

This will mark the seventh year of a partnership between ROOT SPORTS and the Big Sky Conference. All 10 Big Sky Conference football games will be produced and televised in high-definition, with many of the games available in both the Northwest region on ROOT SPORTS and in the Rocky Mountain regions on AT&T SportsNet.

“The Big Sky’s partnership with ROOT SPORTS and DIRECTV has continued to increase our brand and exposure on a national level,” said Big Sky Conference commissioner Andrea Williams. “ROOT SPORTS produces award-winning broadcasts and the conference is excited to be a part of that every week.”

Montana head football coach Bobby Hauck at a Griz men’s basketball game earlier this season/by Brooks Nuanez

Big Sky Conference football action will continue every weekend with a ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week, until the final weekend of the 2018 regular season. The first game of the season to be televised on ROOT SPORTS will be Sacramento State at Montana on Sept. 22. The Hornets posted their best record under Jody Sears last season, the 2017 Co-Big Sky Coach of the Year. The Griz return UM alum, Bobby Hauck, one of the winningest coaches in school history. He led the Grizzlies to three national championship appearances and seven-straight Big Sky championships.

Eastern Washington and Montana State will make their season debut on ROOT SPORTS when the Eagles travel to Bozeman, Mont. on Sept. 29. The Eagles, ranked in the Top 25 at the end of the season, tallied six league wins a year ago, while the Bobcats went 5-3.

The following week, Eastern Washington will host the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah on Oct. 6. SUU earned the league’s automatic bid for the Football Championships Playoffs in 2017, while also receiving the No. 8 seed overall. The Thunderbirds were Co-Big Sky Champions, Demario Warren shared coach of the year honors for the conference, and Southern Utah was voted 21st and 22nd in the final FCS polls.

Idaho returns to the Big Sky in 2018 as a full-time member and eligible to win the conference title. Led by Paul Petrino, the Vandals will play at Montana State on Oct. 13. Idaho last played football in the Big Sky in 1995.

Defending league champion Wildcats

Weber State will host Montana State on Oct. 20. The Wildcats recorded a school-record 11 wins and made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs before falling to championship game participant James Madison in the final seconds. Weber State earned Co-Big Sky Champion honors, while having the only two unanimous all-conference selections in tight end Andrew Vollert and Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year Taron Johnson. The Wildcats finished ranked No. 5 in the final FCS Polls, the highest ranking in school history.

The Vandals will visit Eastern Washington on Oct. 27, while the month of November will kick off with Montana at Southern Utah on Nov. 3, followed by Idaho hosting the Griz on the Nov. 10.

The broadcasts will conclude with a pair of games set to close out the regular season. Portland State will host Eastern Washington with the “Battle for the Dam Cup” on the line the final week, while Montana will host Montana State in the 118th “Brawl of the Wild” on Nov. 17.

Game times will be announced at a later date.

2018 ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Football Television Schedule

Sept. 22 Sacramento State at Montana

Sept. 29 Eastern Washington at Montana State

Oct. 6 Southern Utah at Eastern Washington

Oct. 13 Idaho at Montana State

Oct. 20 Montana State at Weber State

Oct. 27 Idaho at Eastern Washington

Nov. 3 Montana at Southern Utah

Nov. 10 Montana at Idaho

TBD                       Eastern Washington at Portland State

Nov. 17 Montana State at Montana

Photos by Brooks Nuanez. All Rights Reserved. 

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