Everyone, welcome to our new website. We will figure out how to go about charging for the content here in the next few days, but in the mean time, I wanted to keep providing the coverage you all desire.
Nothing will change in my coverage plan, except that now there will be a whole lot more. As I'm able to dedicate all my working hours to covering Montana State athletics, a good amount of that time will go toward not just providing more football coverage of MSU, but also more coverage regarding the Big Sky Conference as well.
I will be attending the weekly press conference up at Montana State at noon tomorrow and I will also be attending most of practice, something I wasn't able to do previously since fall camp ended. Wednesday, I will be on the Big Sky coaches conference call for the duration, another luxury I wasn't provided previously this season due to work load. Because of this, the Big Sky weekly previews that were customary last season will return.
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BOLD PREDICTION OF THE WEEK: Senior defensive end Caleb Schreibeis will force a fumble against Portland State on Saturday, giving him a school single-season record of six strips this season. How the captain isn't a finalist for the Buch Buchanan (top defensive FCS player), I'm not sure. Not only is he a strip machine, he's also registered at least one sack in all eight starts he's made this season. Six of those eight sacks have come in the fourth quarter. Couple that with 12 tackles for loss and a stat line influenced by an early-October suspension and you have to say Schreibeis at least deserves to be on the watch list. He's been the most consistent player for one of the top defenses in the country.
EARLY 'CAT TRACKS: Montana State's (5-1, 8-1) third straight eight-win season matches 1956-58 as the best stretch in school history...Sixth-year head coach Rob Ash's 47 wins at MSU is tied with Sonny Holland (1971-1977) for most in school history... Junior linebacker Na'a Moeakiola's five tackles-for-loss Saturday was the most by a Bobcat since 2002 (Adam Cordeiro, Idaho State), and the most in the Big Sky this season...Junior Cody Kirk (683 yards, 11 touchdowns) and senior Orenzo Davis (473 yards, 6 TDs) have combined for 1,111 yards, the sixth-highest combination between two tailback teammates in MSU history. Kirk and 2011 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year Tray Robinson (641 yards, 5 touchdowns in 2011) combined for 1,992 yards and 19 scores during MSU's 10-3 campaign in 2011...Montana State is 17-9 overall against Portland State, 11-1 in Bozeman...In five career match-ups, Rob Ash has never lost to PSU...Montana State defeated Portland State 38-36 in the City of Roses last season. The win was largely aided by a late two-point conversion stop by MSU's defense, led by a tackle for loss shared by senior defensive tackle Zach Minter and senior cornerback Darius Jones...Montana State's game against PSU will be broadcast live on ROOT Sports. Kickoff is at 1:35 p.m.
AROUND THE BIG SKY: Big Sky teams own wins over the Pac 12 (Sac State beat Colorado), Mountain West (NAU topped UNLV, Cal Poly beat Wyoming), and WAC (EWU beat Idaho) this season...MSU leads the Big Sky in third down offense (54.9%) and defense (28.1%)...The Cats lead the Big Sky in rush defense (63.9) and total defense (285.8)...Portland State is second in the conference in scoring offense (34.9 points per game) and second in rushing offense (210 yards per game)...Nigel Burton is 12-19 as the end of his third season at PSU approaches...Portland State fell to 2-4 in Big Sky play, 3-6 overall this fall with a 32-28 loss to Northern Colorado. In UNC's second Big Sky win in under Earnest Collins Jr., junior quarterback Seth Lobato threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns...other Big Sky matchups this week include: Northern Colorado (2-4, 3-6) at Weber State (1-5, 1-8); UC Davis (2-4, 3-6) at Eastern Washington (5-1, 6-2); Southern Utah (3-4, 4-6) at No. 11 Northern Arizona (6-0, 8-1); and Idaho State (0-6, 1-8) at No. 19 Cal Poly (5-1, 7-1).
THE INJURIES: Sophomore tight end Tiai Salanoa (leg) and freshman offensive guard Matt Devereux (concussion) are out indefinitely for Saturday's contest...freshman wide receiver Jake Olson, Montana State's long snapper for a portion of this season, it out indefinitely as well...senior defensive tackle Zach Minter (undisclosed) is probable and will likely play after suffering an injury that Ash described as "being dinged up" during MSU's 20-17 win over Sacramento State last week.