Some news, notes and quotes from today’s Great West Conference football coaches media call.
** In action over the weekend, the Great West went 2-3 overall. UC Davis and South Dakota both won, while North Dakota, Cal Poly and Southern Utah all lost.
** The talk of the league this week is undoubtedly on next Saturday’s matchup between South Dakota (3-1) and North Dakota (1-2), in Grand Forks, N.D. Two interesting stats: South Dakota hasn’t won in Grand Forks since 1985, and North Dakota has beaten USD the last two seasons (both in Vermillion). Said USD coach Ed Meierkort: “We’ve been each others crutch.”
(I’ll have more on this game later in the week)
** Cal Poly, the preseason pick to win the Great West, has dropped back-to-back games to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents. Said head coach Tim Walsh: “I think we’re improving. We made strides, just didn’t make enough of them.” On Saturday, the 19th-ranked Mustangs (1-2) will host former league South Dakota State, ranked No. 16 in the country.
** The other “big” game in the Great West this week is UC Davis at Boise State. Yeah, THAT Boise State. Yeah, FIFTH-RANKED Boise State. Yikes. Said UC Davis coach Bob Biggs: “Right now, their eye is on the big prize. I’m sure they look at their schedule and think, ‘There’s not a game on there that we can’t go out and win.’ It’s one of those games where we have nothing to lose.”
** There are also some interesting UC Davis connections at play for this game. Boise State head coach Chris Peterson played quarterback at UC Davis from 1983-86. From there, he became a freshman coach at Davis, alongside Bob Biggs. And Peterson later went to Oregon on UC Davis grad Mike Belotti’s staff. And Peterson then went to Boise State on UC Davis grad Dan Hawkins’ staff. Interesting, huh?
** The other Great West league this week is Southern Utah at home against No. 22 Texas State.