EWU and UI previews
EWU at Idaho St.
Kickoff: 2:05 p.m., Holt Arena, Pocatello
Records: EWU 6-2, 4-0 Big Sky; ISU 3-5, 1-4
Overview: Eastern will be without backup safety Toddy Raynes and possibly starter Allen Brown. Both were felled by hamstring injuries at Montana, which scored three TDs in the fourth quarter against some shaky coverage by the Eagles. ISU will test the Eastern secondary all day, as the Bengals gain over 80 percent of their yards through the air. The Bengals defense gives up an average of 28 points in conference games compared with 58 per game in 2012. Eastern’s offense is in high gear, with QB Vernon Adams coming off a personal- best effort of 457 yards passing and six TDs at Montana. The third-ranked Eagles have won the last six meetings since ISU took a 34-30 victory at home in 2005.
Texas St. at Idaho
Kickoff: 2 p.m., Kibbie Dome, Moscow
Records: Texas St. 5-3; UI 1-7
TV/Radio: SWX/ Altitude; 1080/1280-AM
Overview: Last year these teams met as conference opponents in the final season of football in the WAC. Texas State has already made the jump to the Sun Belt, and Idaho will follow next season. Because the Vandals are playing a future conference foe at home the game has more significance to coach Paul Petrino. “(We want to) make people know that when they travel all the way here that it’s going to be a tough place for them to play,” he said, “and a tough place for them to win.” The Bobcats, who throttled UI 38-7 last year, lean on a run-dominated option offense. They average 192.3 yards rushing per game. Idaho is expected to start third-string QB Taylor Davis for the second consecutive week.