College football: Around the region
Weber St. at EWU
Kickoff: 4:05 p.m. at Roos Field, Cheney
Records: EWU 2-2, Weber State 1-4
TV/Radio: SWX, Comcast SportsNet/700-AM
Overview: Neither team is exactly on fire, with Eastern dropping two straight and Weber four in a row, the latter while being outscored 214-22. An injury to a since-departed senior quarterback at Weber has put the job in the hands of true freshman Austin Chipoletti, and the Wildcats have struggled. They are ranked near the bottom of the nation in total offense (273.8 ypg), passing offense (103 ypg) and third-down conversions (23.9 percent). They’ve also struggled on defense, giving up 549 ypg. The Eagles defense is smarting from two sub-par outings, giving up 450 yards on the ground last week against Sam Houston State.
Fresno St. at Idaho
Kickoff: 2 p.m.; Kibbie Dome, Moscow, Idaho
Records: (23) Fresno State 4-0, Idaho 1-4
Overview: Idaho has already squared off against some of the most productive QBs in the nation – Wyoming’s Brett Smith, Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch and Washington State’s Connor Halliday. And this afternoon, it will see Fresno State’s Derek Carr, who’s third in the nation in total offense (374.8 yards per game) and tied for third with 14 TD passes. The 23rd- ranked Bulldogs are the first ranked team to play at the Kibbie Dome since 2010, when Boise State came to Moscow. Besides Carr and an explosive FSU offense, the Bulldogs defense has amassed 13 sacks, which is good for 10th in the nation on a per-game basis. The Vandals have allowed 28 sacks, seven more than any other FBS team.
UW at Stanford
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
(15) Washington 4-0,
(5) Stanford 4-0
Overview: The winner will gain the edge in the Pac-12 North standings, set up an even bigger matchup against No. 2 Oregon and keep its undefeated season alive. Stanford has won 12 straight games and 11 in a row at home, while the Huskies are looking to move to 5-0 for the first time since 1992. UW was the only Pac-12 team to beat Stanford last season. Stanford QB Kevin Hogan (174.6) and Washington’s Keith Price (173.6) have the Pac-12’s highest passer ratings.
Pacific at Whitworth
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Records: Whitworth 2-2, Pacific (Ore.) 3-0
Overview: The Pirates open the Northwest Conference schedule against a Pacific team that is trying to reach 4-0 for the first time since 1950. Whitworth started the year on fire but has lost consecutive games to La Verne, and on the road last week to Chapman. Boxers coach Keith Buckley employs a two-quarterback system. P.J. Minaya and T.C. Campbell have completed 59 percent of their passes for 867 yards, 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions. They will be countered by the Pirates’ secondary and senior De’ Hall, who, along with Boxers’ defensive back Craig Bailey, shares the conference lead with three interceptions.