When Idaho State opens its Big Sky Conference season Saturday at No. 22 North Dakota, the 3 p.m. game will cap a week of Potato Bowl USA, an annual celebration of one of North Dakotaâ€™s biggest crops â€“ potatoes.
How apt that the crowning celebration of the week â€“ the Potato Bowl game â€“ is against a team from Idaho, which leads the nation in potato growth.
North Dakotaâ€™s Potato Bowl USA festivities include PLINKO, a golf scramble, a baked potato bar, 1K and 2K races, pancake breakfasts and the homecoming parade.
Unfortunately for French fry fans, the annual Simplot French Fry Feed â€“ the biggest fry feed in the world â€“ has been canceled this year due to inclement weather. So too have the fireworks that follow the french fry free-for-all.
POCATELLO â€” After nonconference matchups with a struggling Division II team and a Pac-12 Conference squad on the rise, Idaho State finally finds level playing ground this week in its Big Sky Conference opener.
The Bengals (1-1) travel to North Dakota (2-1) to open the league slate Saturday. The Fighting Hawks are flying high after an upset win at then-No. 5 Sam Houston State last weekend, and entered the STATS FCS top 25 poll this week at No. 22.
Here is a look at North Dakota ahead of Saturdayâ€™s matchup, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Mountain time from Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The 2018 Idaho State Cross Country Invitational will be held at the Mink Creek Nordic Center. The event is Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. The course change comes after the team had raced at Centennial Course since 2002.
The new course is located about seven miles from Pocatello. The East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center is operated by the City of Pocatello along with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. In the winter it hosts groomed ski trails and hills. During the non-winter months, it provides access to trails for hiking and running.
â€śThis new course has a lot of variation,â€ť ISU coach Nate Houle said. â€śBeing able to be up in the mountains and the pines presents a different environment that is a little more fun.â€ť
In 2002, Idaho State University unveiled Centennial Course, a cross country trail network that is located north of the ISU Research Park.
POCATELLO â€” After dropping last weekâ€™s 45-23 game at the California Golden Bears of the Pac-12 Conference, Idaho State heads into its Big Sky Conference slate Saturday at North Dakota.
The Bengals (1-1) have played polar-opposite opponents to start the season â€” a 3-0 Cal squad that earned votes in the most recent Associated Press top-25 poll, and a struggling Division II Western State Colorado team that has lost 13 of its last 14 games.
Here are the positive and negative takeaways from ISUâ€™s game at Cal.