Sport: NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision
Headquarters: Ogden, Utah
Big Sky Conference Football Tickets
The Big Sky Conference is the premier FCS conference of mid-sized college teams that are located in the Western United States. Named after a popular western novel, the conference was founded in 1963 with an original charter of six members across four states, including Washington, Idaho, Montana and Utah. Over the decades, the Big Sky has expanded to encompass 13 educational institutions and several more states during the football season. Every year, each team competes for a chance to win the Big Sky Conference and make the 24-team Division I Football Championship. The winner of the conference receives an automatic bid to the playoffs while any remaining teams are chosen by a selection committee. If you are a fan of Big Sky football games, then you can purchase tickets at the StubHub website or app.
Who are the current members of the Big Sky Conference?
The Great Divide rivalry between two of the six original members, Montana and Montana State, is perhaps the premier rivalry of the Big Sky football games. The two teams have played almost every year since 1897, making it one of the most-played rivalries in college football history. The Big Sky football schedule features several other intrastate rivalries, including the Battle of the Domes between Idaho and Idaho State, the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe between UC Davis and Cal Polytechnic, the Causeway Classic between UC Davis and Sacramento State and the Beehive Bowl between Southern Utah and Weber State. Cross-border rivalries include the Dam Cup between Portland State and Eastern Washington University, the Governors Cup between Eastern Washington and Montana and the Grand Canyon Rivalry between Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.
How many national champions have come from the Big Sky?
Big Sky teams have won the national championship on six separate occasions. Boise State, which would later become a national force at the bowl subdivision level, won the 1980 national championship as a member of the Big Sky Conference. Montana State University won both the 1976 and 1984 championship. The University of Montana, which also holds the most Big Sky conference titles, won the championship in both 1995 and 2001. Eastern Washington won the championship in 2010 with a 20-19 thriller against No. 5 Delaware.
Who are some notable players from the Big Sky Conference?
The College Football Hall of Fame has inducted several past members of the Big Sky. David Dickenson, a 2018 HOF inductee, played quarterback for Montana between 1992 and 1995. His career culminated in a national championship win. John Melvin Friesz, inducted in 2006, played quarterback for Idaho between 1986 and 1989 and received the Walter Payton Award for the most outstanding offensive player in Division I FCS. Rex Al Mirich, inducted in 2012, played tackle for Northern Arizona and several NFL teams. Quarterback Neil Vincent Lomax, inducted in 1996, played for Portland State University between 1977 and 1980 and once finished seventh in Heisman voting. UC Davis has two inductees: quarterback Kenneth John O’Brien, who played between 1978 and 1982, and head coach Jimmie Lee Sochor, who led the team between 1970 and 1988.
What are some of the largest stadiums in the Big Sky Conference?
Washington-Grizzly Stadium, home of the Montana football team, is the largest facility in the conference with a seating capacity of 25,203. Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium and Montana State’s Bobcat Stadium both have a capacity of around 21,000. Weber State’s Stewart Stadium seats around 17,500 while Idaho State’s Kibbie Dome has a capacity of 16,000. All other stadiums have a capacity of between 7,500 and 12,000.Back to Top