One of the most anticipated non-conference series in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) will be approaching soon. The Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley have joined together to announce the 2019 Challenge Series matchups between two of the teams in the FCS conferences.
The series is entering its third year of competition. In 2018, the MVFC won the series, 5-3. A total of 12 teams competed in the eight games with eight different winners. The two leagues played each other multiple times during last year’s FCS Playoffs with the MVFC taking the slight edge at 2-1.
The MVFC holds the all-time series advantage with a record of 62-41 in games played between their institutions, which includes 34 playoff meetings. Notably, the Big Sky and the MVFC make up two of only three leagues to have two or more playoff teams every year since 1999. From 2014-17, the MVFC and Big Sky combined to produce eight of the 24 teams in the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoff field.
At the conclusion of the 2018 season, it was the Big Sky and MVFC going head-to-head for the NCAA Division I championship title. North Dakota State defeated Eastern Washington, 38-24, in front of 17,802 fans that piled into Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas to watch the two teams play.
When the final stats FCS Top 25 poll came out, the MVFC had three teams already ranked - North Dakota State (1), South Dakota State (3), Northern Iowa (23), while the Big Sky had Eastern Washington (2), Weber State (6), UC Davis (7) and Montana State (17) to lead all conferences with four in the final poll. The original story can be found here:https://valley-football.org/news/2019/8/7/football-mvfc-and-big-sky-conference-announce-2019-challenge-series.aspx