OGDEN, Utah (November 19, 2017) – Three Big Sky teams heard their names called today when the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee released the 24-team field. Co-Big Sky Champions Southern Utah and Weber State, along with Northern Arizona will represent the conference in postseason play.
Weber State vs. Western Illinois
Saturday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. MT
Ogden, Utah – Stewart Stadium
The Weber State Wildcats have inked their sixth FCS Playoff berth with an at-large bid by the committee this morning. Weber State will take on the Leathernecks of Western Illinois Saturday at 2 p.m. MT at Stewart Stadium. The Wildcats finished the regular season 9-2 overall and 7-1 in league play to earn a share of the conference title. It is the second straight season that the Wildcats have clinched a playoff appearance, as they ride a five-game win streak into postseason. Weber State’s bracket slot is matched up with a second-round face-off versus Southern Utah in Cedar City on Dec. 2.
Northern Arizona vs. San Diego
Saturday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. MT
Flagstaff, Ariz. – Walkup Skydome
Northern Arizona finished the regular season 7-4, 6-2 in Big Sky play. The Lumberjacks were selected as an at-large bid for the FCS Playoffs and will host San Diego of the Pioneer League Saturday at 6 p.m. MT at the Walkup Skydome. The Lumberjacks have won as many as six straight games this season, outscoring its opponents during the stretch 237 to 114. Saturday will mark the first postseason appearance for the Lumberjacks since 2013 and the sixth overall. The winner of Northern Arizona versus San Diego will play at North Dakota State on Dec. 2.
Southern Utah vs. Winner of Weber State/Western Illinois
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. MT
Cedar City, Utah – Eccles Coliseum
Southern Utah went undefeated at home, clinched a share of the Big Sky title, and it all added to the Thunderbirds receiving a first-round bye in the FCS Playoffs. Southern Utah will host the winner of Weber State versus Western Illinois on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. MT at Eccles Coliseum. The Thunderbirds were picked as the No. 8 overall seed – the highest ever in school history. Southern Utah has won a school record nine games, as it takes a seven-game win streak into postseason play. The Thunderbirds will play in the playoffs for the third time in school history and third time in five years.
— Big Sky Conference