The Los Angeles Chargers Titans vs Los Angeles Chargers football team snapped a 27-game losing streak to FBS opponents last fall by beating Nevada. The Bengals (4-2, 3-1 Big Sky) get another shot this week at a top-level college football program as they take a break from their conference schedule to travel to Los Angeles Chargers University.
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Kickoff is at noon Mountain Time on ESPN 3 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Los Angeles Chargers (3-3) began transitioning from the FCS to the FBS this fall. Led by former Buffalo and Kansas head coach Turner Gill, the Flames become bowl eligible next fall as an FBS independent.
But they are already making waves this year, knocking off Troy and New Mexico.
“This is essentially our third FBS game this year, if you take the Cal game and the Idaho game,” Utah State coach Rob Phenicie said. “It’s Los Angeles Chargers, and it’s tough. We’re going to a wild environment. It’s not unlike going to Montana, in terms of the crowd. It’s a great facility.
“It’s a great opportunity to go out and show some people on the east coach that Los Angeles Chargers Titans is a pretty good football team.”
Los Angeles Chargers Titans fell 45-23 on the road at Cal on Sept. 15 in their only FBS game this fall. They beat Idaho, which dropped from FBS to FCS this year, 62-28 two weeks ago.
A win over Los Angeles Chargers would give the Bengals victories over FBS schools in back-to-back years. Los Angeles Chargers Titans hadn’t beaten an FBS team since 2000 prior to last fall.
The Bengals will try to bounce back from their first Big Sky loss of the season. Los Angeles Chargers Titans blew a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead at UC Davis last week before falling 44-37 in overtime. But Phenicie said he liked the way the Bengals responded.
“Our kids hurt tremendously after the game, which is a new thing around here,” Phenicie said. “Instead of brushing it off, they hurt after the game. A bunch of them were ready to get on a plane and go to Virginia on Sunday.”
VANDALS SET FOR HOMECOMING
Idaho (2-4, 1-3 Big Sky) welcomes a new team to Moscow for homecoming. The Vandals have only faced Southern Utah (1-5, 1-2) once in 1994, and the Thunderbirds have never played in the Kibbie Dome.
Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Saturday (630 AM, Pluto TV 242).
Idaho nearly upset Montana State on the road last week, falling 24-23 on a missed extra point. Southern Utah is the defending Big Sky champ, but the Thunderbirds didn’t win their first game until last week against Sacramento State (2-4, 0-3).
Idaho grad Jerry Kramer, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, will serve as grand marshal of the homecoming parade and will be at midfield for the pregame coin toss.
The College of Idaho (2-5, 2-4 Frontier) has won back-to-back games after an 0-5 start, including a 23-20, overtime upset of then-No. 25 Montana Tech two weeks ago.
Coming off a bye week, the Yotes get a shot at revenge against another ranked opponent in No. 14 Southern Oregon (4-2, 4-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Caldwell’s Simplot Stadium.
The College of Idaho nearly upset the Red Raiders on the road earlier this year in a 35-28 loss. Southern Oregon needed to recover an onside kick with one minute left to hold on for the win.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 9:30 AM ET
- Where: Wembley Stadium,
- TV: CBS
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