Huskies this week: vs. Idaho State
By the numbers
Total points allowed by Idaho State, the fewest of any FCS team through two games.
Consecutive defeats by the Bengals against FBS-level opponents since they defeated Utah State in 2000. Last year, Idaho State lost 73-7 at Nebraska.
Yards per punt by Idaho State punter CJ Reyes, who —get this — also serves as the Bengals’ punt returner and backup quarterback. He has one punt return this season for 4 yards. In 2012, he completed 21 of 33 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown.
Game time: Noon,
TV: Pac-12 Networks.
Coach: Mike Kramer (5-19 in his third season at Idaho State; 82-94 overall in his 16th season, with previous stops at Eastern Washington and Montana State.)
Last game: Idaho State, of the Football Championship Subdivision, stayed unbeaten Saturday with a 29-3 home victory over Western State-Colorado. The Bengals were 1-10 in 2012, finishing last in the Big Sky Conference with an 0-8 record.
The series: This is the first meeting.
The early line: The official Las Vegas line has not been posted at this point.
Key players: Quarterback Justin Arias has thrown for an FCS-leading 868 yards in the Bengals’ first two games with four touchdowns and one interception. Receiver Cam Richmond has 21 catches for 301 yards and one touchdown. Linebacker Mitch Beckstead has a team-high 18 tackles, and defensive back Taison Manu earned FCS freshman All-American honors in 2012. Senior Kimo Makaula, a backup defensive end who began his career with the Huskies before transferring, has four tackles and one sack for the Bengals this season.
Idaho State’s key to success: Hmmm ... well, the Huskies are favored by some by 53 points, so it’s hard to imagine what the Bengals could do to keep this one close.