Montana at Idaho State, Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m.: On paper, this should be a breather for the Griz, given the chaos surrounding the Idaho State athletic department in general and football program in particular.
The Bengals have a new coach in Rob Phenicie, who took over after Mike Kramer, the bombastic former Montana State coach, abruptly retired after last season -- which included a 62-44 loss to Montana. Meanwhile, a booster group is demanding the firing or resignations of the school president and athletic director, claiming that neither are making sports a priority.
ISU has long been the forgotten stepchild in its own state -- southeast Idaho's high-powered sports station broadcasts BYU, Boise State and Idaho but not Idaho State -- and hasn't been formidable since the its 1981 national title team, except for back-to-back eight-win seasons in 2002-03 and an 8-4 blip under Kramer three years ago.
Other than that aberration, the Bengals have had all of 18 wins dating to 2005. ISU is deciding among six quarterbacks, including Idaho transfer Gunnar Amos, but the Bengals are always a danger in Holt Arena.