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Idaho, Whitworth football previews

Vandals at Bobcats

Kickoff: 4 p.m., Jim Wacker Field, San Marcos, Texas

Records: Idaho (0-4, 0-2 Sun Belt), Texas State (2-2, 0-0)

Online/Radio: ESPN3/1080-AM and 1280-AM

Overview: Considering how dreadfully they’ve played at home (and in a half-empty Kibbie Dome), it might be a relief for the Vandals to head back out on the road. Surely it’s a relief that the beleaguered defense made some strides last week, though it was still done in by a few big plays. However, Texas State’s option attack, led by quarterback Tyler Jones, the Sun Belt’s most efficient passer, and running back Robert Lowe, who’s averaging just under 90 yards a game, will be a tough assignment. The Vandals must provide better protection for quarterback Matt Linehan, sacked seven times last week and on the run the rest of the time. Also, one of their four running backs must step forward. Bullish Elijhaa Penny may get the next chance.

John Blanchette

Pirates at Boxers

Kickoff: 1 p.m. at Forest Grove, Oregon

Records: Whitworth (3-1, 1-0 Northwest Conf.); Pacific (0-2, 0-0)

Radio: 1230-AM

Overview: Whitworth hopes to rebound after the first loss of the Rod Sandberg era. Senior quarterback Bryan Peterson is expected to start despite suffering a hip injury in last week’s 49-34 loss at home to Chapman. Senior backup quarterback Michael McCune is ready to play but sophomore Ian Kolste remains doubtful with a shoulder injury. Running back Duke Degaetano is expected to play but coaches were not sure whether senior cornerback De’ Hall would. He will be a game-time decision.

Thomas Clouse

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