By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Portland State Vikings faces the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars on Saturday afternoon at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The game is expected to kick off at 3 pm EST.
There is no consensus analysis for this game despite BYU expected to be the winner. Portland State is an FCS school.
This is the first-time these two schools are facing each other. Portland State is 4-34 all-time against FBS schools.
Portland State is on a two-game losing streak dating back to last season. They lost to the Eastern Washington Eagles and the Sacramento State Hornets. They have not won a college football game since Nov. 5, 2016 when they defeated the UC Davis Aggies, 51-29.
The Vikings will look to improve on their 3-8 record from last season. Two of those losses were to FBS schools: the Washington Huskies and the San Jose State Spartans, which came in the first three weeks of the season.
The Cougars are on a five-game win streak, including a bowl game win over the Wyoming Cowboys. They have not lost a college football game since Oct. 20, 2016 when they were defeated 28-27 by the No. 14 Boise State Broncos.
The Vikings were led by Alex Kuresa, a senior quarterback last season, who had 2,137 passing yards. He also had 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Kuresa also led the team with 1,027 rushing yards and 10 additional rushing touchdowns. Josh Kraght, who will be a senior this season, had 518 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Taysom Hill, a senior quarterback last season, who is now with the Green Bay Packers, led the team with 2,323 passing yards. He also had 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Jamaal Williams, a senior running back, who is also now with the Packers, had 1,315 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Nick Kurtz, who will be a junior this season, had 541 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
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