(Editor’s note: Big Sky Conference media release)
OGDEN, Utah – ROOT SPORTS and the Big Sky Conference announced its broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2019 season with a total of 10 games to be televised on the network.
This year marks the eighth 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, and available for fans to watch on ROOT SPORTS and select games will be available on AT&T SportsNet.
“This is great for the Big Sky as we are excited to continue our partnership with ROOT SPORTS. Our relationship enables us to elevate our league and bring us exposure on a larger scale,” said Big Sky Conference commissioner Tom Wistrcill. “ROOT SPORTS produces award-winning broadcasts and we are happy to have our games featured weekly.”
The Big Sky Conference will continue every weekend with a ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week, until the final week of the 2019 football regular season. The first game of the season to be televised on ROOT SPORTS will be Eastern Washington at Idaho on Sept. 21. The Eagles were the 2018 FCS Division I Championship Runner-ups as the No. 3 overall seed and the co-Big Sky Champions. The Vandals are in their second season back with the Big Sky guided by head coach Paul Petrino, and they have three appearances on ROOT SPORTS this upcoming season.
Montana will visit UC Davis on Sept. 28. It will be the first home game on ROOT SPORTS for the Aggies since 2015. UC Davis is coming off a record-breaking season in which it advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs as the No. 6 overall seed and finished with a school record 10 wins. Head Coach Dan Hawkins was named the Eddie Robinson Award Winner, which is given to the top coach in the FCS.
Montana will make a total of six appearances in the Game of the Week – four of them at home. Head Coach Bobby Hauck enters his second season in his second stint with the Griz.
Idaho State will play in its first of two games on ROOT SPORTS on Oct. 5 when it faces Montana in Missoula. The Bengals finished tied for fourth in the league after posting their best conference record since 2014.
Eastern Washington hosts Northern Colorado on Oct. 12 in Cheney. It will be the second consecutive season the Bears will be featured in a Game of the Week.
In-state rivals Idaho State and Idaho will go head-to-head on Oct. 19 in Moscow. The Bengals defeated the Vandals last season in Pocatello, as Idaho looks forward to the rematch at home.
The Eagles and Griz will play in Missoula on Oct. 26 in a match-up that is always fun to watch.
Closing out the month of October is Southern Utah at Montana State on Nov. 2. The Bobcats earned an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs and secured a win in the first round to advance to the quarterfinals last season.
Montana will host in back-to-back weekends in Missoula. The Griz will play Idaho on Nov. 9, followed by Weber State on Nov. 16. The Wildcats are coming off their third straight FCS Playoff berth in which they earned the league’s automatic bid, were tabbed the No. 2 overall seed, advanced to the quarterfinals, and finished the season with 10 wins.
The broadcasts will conclude with a telecast in Bozeman, Mont. The Bobcats will host Montana in the 119th “Brawl of the Wild” on Nov. 23.
Game times will be announced at a later date.
2019 ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Football Television Schedule
Sept. 21 — Eastern Washington at Idaho
Sept. 28 — Montana at UC Davis
Oct. 5 — Idaho State at Montana
Oct. 12 — Northern Colorado at Eastern Washington
Oct. 19 — Idaho State at Idaho
Oct. 26 — Eastern Washington at Montana
Nov. 2 — Southern Utah at Montana State
Nov. 9 — Idaho at Montana
Nov. 16 — Weber State at Montana
Nov. 23 — Montana at Montana State