Big Sky Conference

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Big Sky Conference
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The Big Sky Conference (BSC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division I with football competing in the Football Championship Subdivision. Member institutions are located in the western United States in the nine states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Four affiliate members each participate in one sport. Two schools from California are football-only participants and two schools from the Northeast participate only in men's golf.


Full members

School Location Joined
Eastern Washington Eagles Cheney, Washington 1987
Idaho Vandals Moscow, Idaho 1963, 2014
Idaho State Bengals Pocatello, Idaho 1963
Montana Grizzlies Missoula, Montana 1963
Montana State Bobcats Bozeman, Montana 1963
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Flagstaff, Arizona 1970
Northern Colorado Bears Greeley, Colorado 2006
Portland State Vikings Portland, Oregon 1996
Sacramento State Hornets Sacramento, California 1996
Southern Utah Thunderbirds Cedar City, Utah 2012
Weber State Wildcats Ogden, Utah 1963

Affiliate members

Institution School Joined Big Sky sport
Binghamton Bearcats Vestal, New York 2014 Men's golf
Cal Poly Mustangs San Luis Obispo, California 2012 Football
UC Davis Aggies Davis, California 2012 Football
Hartford Hawks West Hartford, Connecticut 2014 Men's golf

Former members

Institution Location Joined Left
Boise State Broncos Boise, Idaho 1970 1996
Cal State Northridge Matadors Northridge, California 1996 2001
Gonzaga Bulldogs Spokane, Washington 1963 1979
Nevada Wolf Pack Reno, Nevada 1979 1992
North Dakota Fighting Hawks Grand Forks, North Dakota 2012 2018

Media guides and yearbooks

Media guides


1980s 1982 • 1986
Big Sky Conference
Full members (all sports) Eastern Washington Eagles • Idaho Vandals • Idaho State Bengals • Montana Grizzlies • Montana State Bobcats • Northern Arizona Lumberjacks • Northern Colorado Bears • Portland State Vikings • Southern Utah Thunderbirds • Weber State Wildcats
Football-only members Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs • Sacramento State Hornets • UC Davis Aggies
Former members Boise State Broncos • Cal State Northridge Matadors • Gonzaga Bulldogs • Nevada Wolf Pack • North Dakota Fighting Hawks
Football Venues Washington-Grizzly Stadium
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Current: ASUN Conference • Big East Conference • West Coast Conference
Former: Big Eight Conference • Southwest Conference