This album contains the 13 teams in the Big Sky Conference.
Team - Cal Poly Mustangs Head Coach - Tim Walsh 10th season, 51–52 (.495) 2017 Record - 1-10 School - California Polytechnic State University Enrollment - 21,306 Location - San Luis Obispo, California Stadium - Alex G. Spanos Stadium Capacity - 11,075 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Musty the Mustang Band - Cal Poly Mustang Band Fight Song - Ride High You Mustangs Colors - Forest Green, Vegas Gold, and Copper FCS Rivals - UC Davis Aggies FCS Timeframe - 1994 to Present Conference Titles - 1 in 2012 (Shared) Playoff Appearances - 4 (1-4 Record) - 2005, 2008, 2012, 2016 National Championships - 0
Team Fun Fact - John Madden a former NFL player, Super Bowl winning coach of the Oakland Raiders, and former NFL commentator, graduated from Cal Poly in 1961.
Eastern Washington Eagles
Team - Eastern Washington Eagles Head Coach - Aaron Best 2nd season, 7–4 (.636) 2017 Record - 7-4 School - Eastern Washington University Enrollment - 13,000 Location - Cheney, Washington Stadium - Roos Field (The Inferno) Capacity - 8,600 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Swoop Band - Eagles Marching Band Fight Song - Go, Eagles, Go Colors - Red and White Rivals - Montana Grizzlies & Portland State Vikings FCS Timeframe - 1984 to Present Conference Titles - 9 (All Big Sky) 1992, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 Playoff Appearances - 12 (16-11 Record) 1985, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 National Championships - 1 🏆 (2010)
Team Fun Fact - The Seattle Seahawks Training camp was held at Eastern Washington from 1976-1985 and again in 1997-2006.
Team - Idaho Vandals Head Coach - Paul Petrino 6th season, 19–41 (.317) 2017 Record - 4-8 as an FBS Team School - University of Idaho Enrollment - 11,780 Location - Moscow, Idaho Stadium - Kibbie Dome Capacity - 16,000 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Joe Vandal Band - The Sound of Idaho Fight Song - Go, Vandals, Go Colors - Silver & Vandal Gold FCS Rivals - Idaho State Bengals “Battle of the Domes” & the Montana Grizzlies “Little Brown Stein Game” FCS Timeframe - 1978 to 1996 & 2018 to Present Conference Titles - 6 Big Sky (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992) & 1 Big West Title in 1998 Playoff Appearances - 11 (6-11 Record) 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
National Championships - 0
Team Fun Fact - The University of Idaho is the only institution of higher education to use the mascot of the Vandal.
Idaho State Bengals
Team - Idaho State Bengals Head Coach - Rob Phenicie (2nd year) 2017 Record - 4-7 School - Idaho State University Enrollment - 12,643 Location - Pocatello, Idaho Stadium - Holt Arena Capacity - 12,000 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Benny the Bengal Band - The Bengal Marching Band Fight Song - Growl, Bengals, Growl Colors - Orange and Black FCS Rivals - Weber State, Montana, Montana State & Idaho FCS Timeframe - 1978 to Present Conference Titles - 2 in 1981 & 2002 (Big Sky) Playoff Appearances - 2 (3-1 Record) 1981 & 1983 National Championships - 1 🏆 (1981)
Team Fun Fact - Marvin Lewis the head coach for the NFL Cincinnati Bengals also graduated from Idaho State, home of the Bengals.
Team - Montana Grizzlies Head Coach - Bobby Hauck (2nd Hire - 1st Season Back) 2017 Record - 7-4 School - University of Montana Enrollment - 12,000 Location - Missoula, Montana Stadium - Grizzly Stadium Capacity - 25,203 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Monte Band - University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band Fight Song - Up With Montana Colors - Maroon and Silver Rivals - Montana State, Eastern Washington, Idaho Vandals FCS Timeframe - 1978 to Present Notable NFL Alum - Dan Carpenter K Conference Titles - 17 Big Sky Titles Playoff Appearances - 23 (31-20 Record) 1982, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 to 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 National Championships - 2 🏆 🏆 1995 & 2001
Team Fun Fact - Griz fullback and Plentywood native Kraig Paulson began the tradition of passing #37 on to a younger player who hailed from the state of Montana. Number 37 has come to represent the Spirit of Montana.
Montana State Bobcats
Team - Montana State Bobcats Head Coach - Jeff Choate 9-13 Record (2nd Season) 2017 Record - 5-6 School - Montana State University Enrollment - 16,440 Location - Bozeman, Montana Stadium - Bobcat Stadium Capacity - 21,527 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Champ the Bobcat Band - Spirit of the West Marching Band Fight Song - Stand Up and Cheer! Colors - Blue and Gold Rivals - Montana “Brawl of the Wild” FCS Timeframe - 1978 to Present NFL Alum - Bill Kollar DT - 1974 1st Round Pick by the Cincinnati Bengals Conference Titles - 11 Big Sky Titles Playoff Appearances - 8 (6-7 Record) 1984, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 National Championships - 1 🏆 1984
Team Fun Fact - Montana States field was named for Cyrus J. Gatton, a former Montana State football player from 1913-1916. A native of Iowa who was raised in Bozeman, Gatton enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Service during World War I and was killed while flying for the French on November 4, 1918.
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
Team - Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Head Coach - Jerome Souers: 20th Season 119-107 2017 Record - 7-5 School - Northern Arizona University Enrollment - 30,368 Location - Flagstaff, Arizona Stadium - Walkup Skydome Capacity - 16,200 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Louie the Lumberjack Band - Lumberjack Marching Band Fight Song - Lumberjack Fight Song Colors - Blue and Gold Rivals - Southern Utah Thunderbirds (They play for the Grand Canyon Trophy) FCS Timeframe - 1978 to Present NFL Alum - Willard Reaves - RB - Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins in the 1980s Conference Titles - 2 Big Sky Titles (1978, 2003) Playoff Appearances - 6 (1-6 Record) 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2013, 2017 National Championships - 0
Team Fun Fact - The playing surface at the Walkup Skydome is at an elevation of 6,880 feet above sea level, second only to Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium, by 335 feet.
Northern Colorado Bears
Team - Northern Colorado Bears Head Coach - Earnest Collins Jr. - 7th season, 24–53 2017 Record - 3-7 School - University of Northern Colorado Enrollment - 12,000 Location - Greeley, Colorado Stadium - Nottingham Field Capacity - 8,533 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Klawz the Bear Band - University of Northern Colorado Marching Band. “Pride of the Rockies” Fight Song - UNC Fight Song Colors - Navy Blue & Gold Rivals - University of North Dakota FCS Timeframe - 2004 to Present NFL Alum - Vincent Jackson WR Drafted 2nd Round Pick 61 in 2005 - San Diego Chargers & Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2005-2016 Conference Titles - 0 Playoff Appearances - 0 National Championships - 0
Team Fun Fact - While the Bears are a newer team to the FCS landscape, they come from a legacy of DII success. Most recently they won the Division II Championship in 1996 & 1997.
Portland State Vikings
Team - Portland State Vikings Head Coach - Bruce Barnum, 3rd Season 12-22 (.353) 2017 Record - 0-11 School - Portland State University Enrollment - 27,229 Location - Portland, Oregon Stadium - Providence Park Capacity - 22,000 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Victor E. Viking Band - The Viking Sound Pep Band Fight Song - PSU Fight Song Colors - Green, White & Silver Rivals - Eastern Washington “The Dam Cup” FCS Timeframe - 1998 to Present NFL Alum - Julius Thomas TE - 2012 4th Round Draft Pick by the Denver Broncos Conference Titles - 0 Playoff Appearances - 2 (0-2 Record) 2000 & 2015 National Championships - 0
Team Fun Fact - The Nike Swoosh is a corporate trademark created in 1971 by Carolyn Davidson, while she was a graphic design student at Portland State University.
Sacramento State Hornets
Team - Sacramento State Hornets Head Coach - Jody Sears 4th Season, 18-27 (.400) 2017 Record - 7-4 School - California State University Enrollment - 30,510 Location - Sacramento, California Stadium - Hornet Stadium Capacity - 21,195 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Herky the Hornet Band - Sacramento State Marching Band Fight Song - Fight Hornet Fight! Colors - Green and Gold Rivals - UC Davis “The Causeway Classic” FCS Timeframe - 1993 to Present Notable NFL Alum - Lonie Paxton: Longsnapper. Undrafted; played from 2000-2011. 3X Super Bowl Champ Conference Titles - 0 Playoff Appearances - 0 National Championships - 0
Team Fun Fact - The rivalry game between UC Davis is known as The Causeway Classic, and each team competes for the Causeway Carriage, referring to the fact that the schools are connected by the long Yolo Causeway bridge over the Yolo Bypass flood way. UC Davis leads the series 44-19.
Southern Utah Thunderbirds
Team - Southern Utah Thunderbirds Head Coach - Demario Warren 2nd Season, 15-8 (.652) 2017 Record - 9-3 School - Southern Utah University Enrollment - 9,299 Location - Cedar City, Utah Stadium - Eccles Coliseum Capacity - 8,500 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Thor Band - SUU Marching Band Fight Song - The Great SUU Colors - Scarlet and White Rivals - Northern Arizona FCS Timeframe - 1993 to Present Notable NFL Alum - James Cowser, Undrafted NFL DE playing for the Oakland Raiders. Conference Titles - 3 Total - 2 Big Sky Titles 2015, 2017 & 1 Great West Title 2010 Playoff Appearances - 3 (0-3 Record) 2013, 2015, 2017 National Championships - 0
Team Fun Fact - There are 176 genres of cats and 152 birds; including 44 variants of eagles. However, there is but one school that can boast about the name Thunderbird. Southern Utah University
UC Davis Aggies
Team - UC Davis Aggie’s Head Coach - Dan Hawkins 1st Season, 5-6 (.455) 2017 Record - 5-6 School - University of California, Davis Enrollment - 36,441 Location - Davis, California Stadium - Aggie Stadium Capacity - 10,849 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Gunrock the Mustang Band - California Aggie Marching Band Fight Song - Aggie Fight Song Colors - Aggie blue and gold Rivals - Sacramento State Hornets “Causeway Classic” & Cal Poly “Battle for the Golden Horseshoe” FCS Timeframe - 2004 to Present Notable NFL Alum - J.T. O’Sullivan QB - 2002 NFL Draft Round 6 Pick: 186. NFL Career from 02-2010 Conference Titles - 2 Great West Titles in 2005 & 2009 Playoff Appearances - 0 National Championships - 0
Team Fun Fact - During finals, UC Davis partners with local SPCA to bring in certified therapy dogs and rescue pets to help students de-stress.
Weber State Wildcats
Team - Weber State Wildcats Head Coach - Jay Hill 4th Season, 26-23 (.531) 2017 Record - 11-3 School - Weber State University Enrollment - 26,809 Location - Ogden, Utah Stadium - Stewart Stadium Capacity - 17,312 Conference - Big Sky Mascot - Waldo the Wildcat Band - Weber State Wildcat Band Fight Song - The Purple and White Colors - Purple & White Rivals - Southern Utah “The Beehive Bowl” FCS Timeframe - 1978 to Present Notable NFL Alum - Paul McQuistan OG - 2006 NFL 3rd Round Pick - 2006 to 2014 - Won Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013 Conference Titles - 2 Big Sky (2008 & 2017) Playoff Appearances - 6 (4-6 Record) 1987, 1991, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017 National Championships - 0
Team Fun Fact - For many years, the students kept a live wildcat to display at football games. The animal, unhappy at being kept in a cage, ended its career as a mascot when it bit a cheerleader named Judy Freeman on the nose.