|Date||Saturday, Sept. 21|
|Radio||ESPN 1320 AM|
|Game Notes||Sacramento State | Fresno State|
1. Looking Up
Playing a team from the Football Bowl Subdivision is nothing new for Sacramento State as the Hornets have faced an FBS opponent each season since 2002. However, playing two in the same season has not been as common. The last time Sacramento State played a pair of FBS games was in 2013 at San Jose State and Arizona State. The team also did it in 2012 (New Mexico State, Colorado) and 2007 (Fresno State, New Mexico). The Hornets are far from the only Big Sky school playing two FBS games this year. Idaho has already played Penn State and Wyoming. Northern Colorado opened with San Jose State and Washington State. Portland State played at Arkansas and Boise State and Weber State made the trip to San Diego State and Nevada. Idaho State, which played at Utah last weekend, will round out the group with a game at BYU later this season.
2. Honorary Captain
This week's honorary captain is Steve Patterson. A former football player and track athlete at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Patterson is the president of Patterson Properties, Inc., a local commercial real estate development company. He became a part of the Hornet program when his son K.C. played for the team as a quarterback.
Each week the honorary captain speaks to the team on Friday night, joins the captains on the field for the coin toss and is a part of the Hornet game day activities.
3. Nearby Strangers
There is just 174 miles between Hornet Stadium and Bulldog Stadium yet it is a drive that hasn't been made too often by Sacramento State. Despite playing regularly in nearly every other sport, the two schools have met just three times prior to Saturday night. In a weird twist, both teams have had a different head coach in each game.
1972 - Ray Clemons vs. Darryl Rogers
2007 - Marshall Sperbeck vs. Pat Hill
2016 - Jody Sears vs. Tim DeRuyter
2019 - Troy Taylor vs. Jeff Tedford
4. Grab Your Laptop
If you want to watch Saturday night's game, you will have to head to Facebook. The Mountain West Conference is teaming with Stadium to stream the game live on Facebook with Ari Wolfe and David Carr providing the commentary. As always, Hornet fans can listen in on ESPN 1320 with Jason Ross, Steve McElroy and Danny Sullivan. Links to both the video and audio streams are available at the top of the page.
5. What's Going On
For those fans making the trip, Fresno State has plenty of pregame activities. A family fun zone will be set up at Beiden Field (the baseball stadium) and there will also be Bulldog Fiesta located inside the gray lot. Both events are open the general public but make sure to wear your green and gold. The high temperature for Saturday is predicted to be 90 degrees which is significantly cooler than the 102 temp registered at kickoff in 2007.