Preview capsules for Saturday’s games
I type these up each week for the newspaper. Why not spread the wealth to Tailgate Talk’s readers?
Idaho State at Washington
When: 12 p.m. at Husky Stadium.
TV/radio: Pac-12 Network, cable Channel 420; AM 1550.
Records: UW 2-0; Idaho State 2-0.
Plot: No. 17 Washington’s offense is averaging 603 yards per game. Looking to match their best start in 12 years, the Huskies have a Big Sky opponent before the rigors of conference play begin.
UW player to watch: Bishop Sankey leads the nation with 184.5 rushing yards per game. Don’t expect him to play the whole game, but he could still build on his average of 6.3 yards per carry.
Idaho State player to watch: Quarterback Justin Arias leads the Bengals’ pass-oriented attack. The senior has thrown for 868 yards and 4 TDs in two games against weak opponents.
Line: UW by 48.
Idaho at Washington State
When: 7:30 p.m. at Pullman.
TV/radio: Pac-12 Network, cable Channel 420; AM 1360.
Records: WSU 2-1; Idaho 0-3.
Plot: WSU plays its annual border war against a struggling Idaho team. The Cougs look to further hone the Air Raid offense before facing Stanford the following week.
WSU player to watch: When the Cougars do run the ball, sophomore Teondray Caldwell has been effective, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
Idaho player to watch: Dezmon Epps is the Vandals’ big-play receiver. He has 23 catches for 265 yards this season
Line: WSU by 31.
Oregon State at San Diego State
When: 4:30 p.m. at San Diego
TV/radio: CBS Sports Network, cable Channel 412; AM 1190.
Records: Oregon State 2-1; San Diego State 0-2.
Plot: The Beavers look to avoid a letdown one week their thrilling overtime win against Utah.
OSU player to watch: Sean Mannion has been brilliant, averaging more than 400 passing yards per game and 12 TDs to one interception.
San Diego State player to watch: Thrust into action due to injury, Quinn Kaehler threw for 216 yards against Ohio State in San Diego’s last game. He’ll face a Beavers defense that gave up 539 yards last week.
Line: OSU by 8.
Portland State at UC Davis
When: 6 p.m. at Davis, Calif.
Webcast/radio: www.watchbigsky.com; AM 970.
Records: Portland State 2-1; UC Davis 0-3.
Plot: The Vikings look to keep one of the hottest offenses in FCS rolling. Though the Aggies are a football-only member of the Big Sky, this will be a nonconference contest.
PSU player to watch: Kieran McDonagh, a Skyview grad, leads the nation in yards per completion (20.9), ranks fifth in total offense (328.7) and pass efficiency (181.9). He is 12th in passing yards (285.0).
UC Davis player to watch: Nick King has four sacks this season to lead a defense that held No. 25 FCS Northern Arizona to 191 yards of offense.