ROOT Sports will be televising 10 Big Sky Conference football games during the 2018 season and Montana and Montana State will be a part of eight of those games.
This will mark the seventh 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, with many of the games available in both the Northwest region on ROOT SPORTS and in the Rocky Mountain regions on AT&T SportsNet.
“The Big Sky’s partnership with ROOT Sports and DirecTV has continued to increase our brand and exposure on a national level,” said Big Sky Conference commissioner Andrea Williams. “ROOT Sports produces award-winning broadcasts and the conference is excited to be a part of that every week.”
Big Sky Conference football action will continue every weekend with a ROOT Sports Game of the Week, until the final weekend of the 2018 regular season. The first game of the season to be televised on ROOT Sports will be Sacramento State at Montana on Sept. 22.
The Hornets posted their best record under Jody Sears last season, the 2017 Co-Big Sky Coach of the Year. The Griz return UM alum, Bobby Hauck, one of the winningest coaches in school history. He led the Grizzlies to three national championship appearances and seven-straight Big Sky championships.
Eastern Washington and Montana State will make their season debut on ROOT Sports when the Eagles travel to Bozeman on Sept. 29. The Eagles, ranked in the Top 25 at the end of the season, tallied six league wins a year ago, while the Bobcats went 5-3.
Idaho returns to the Big Sky in 2018 as a full-time member and eligible to win the conference title. Led by Paul Petrino, the Vandals will play at Montana State on Oct. 13. Idaho last played football in the Big Sky in 1995.
Weber State will host Montana State on Oct. 20. The Wildcats recorded a school-record 11 wins and made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs before falling to championship game participant James Madison in the final seconds. Weber State earned Co-Big Sky Champion honors, while having the only two unanimous all-conference selections in tight end Andrew Vollert and Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year Taron Johnson. The Wildcats finished ranked No. 5 in the final FCS Polls, the highest ranking in school history.
November will kick off with Montana at Southern Utah on Nov. 3, followed by Idaho hosting the Griz on the Nov. 10.
ROOT Sports will also televise the Brawl of the Wild on Nov. 17.
The non-Treasure State games on ROOT Sports this season will be the Southern Utah vs. Eastern Washington matchup on Oct. 6, the Idaho vs. Eastern Washington game on Oct. 27 and the Eastern Washington vs. Portland State game.
Game times will be announced at a later date.