Bobcats among four Big Sky teams in playoffs
For the third time since expanding 13 teams, the Big Sky Conference will send four of its program schools to the FCS Playoffs.
In a three-way tie for the league championship, Weber State, Eastern Washington and UC Davis each posted 9-2 overall records en route to a first-round bye in the 24-team postseason bracket. Weber State takes the No. 2 seed with Eastern Washington at No. 3 and UC Davis at No. 6.
EWU’s lone loss came to Weber State; UC Davis’ lone loss came to Eastern; Weber’s lone loss was versus Northern Arizona. The playoff bid marks the Wildcats’ seventh playoff appearance in school history after winning back-to-back league championships for the first time. Eastern Washington ripped off four straight wins to earn its 13th bid to the FCS tournament – including 10 in the last 15 seasons. UC Davis will make its first playoff push since moving to Division I football in 2004.
Montana State (7-4) earned its first playoff appearance since 2014 after rallying from a 22-point deficit to knock off rival Montana, 29-25, on Saturday.
Round 1 of the FCS Playoffs happens this coming Saturday. Weber State will await the winner of Stony Brook-Southeast Missouri State, EWU will see the winner of Nicholls State and San Diego, and Davis will play either Lamar or Northern Iowa.
The Bobcats will host Incarnate Word in a first-round game at 1 pm Saturday; the winner of that one moves on to play at top-seeded North Dakota State the following weekend.