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Big Sky Conference
Big Sky Conference logo
Established 1963
Association NCAA
Division Division I FCS
Members 11 full-time
(2 football affiliates)
(2 men's golf affiliates)
Sports fielded 16 (men's: 7; women's: 9)
Region Western United States
(plus Northeastern United States in men's golf)
Headquarters Ogden, Utah
Commissioner Douglas Fullerton (since 1995)
Website bigskyconf.com
Locations
Big Sky Conference locations

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, North Dakota, 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. Initially conceived for basketball,[1] the BSC was founded in 1963 with six members in four states; four of the charter members have been in the league from its founding, and a fifth returned in 2014 after an 18-year absence.

50th anniversary[edit]

The 2012-13 season marked the completion of 50 years of athletic competition and 25 years sponsoring women’s collegiate athletics. Before the season the league unveiled a new logo to celebrate this.

The 25th season of women’s athletics also marked a first for the league, as Portland State won the league’s inaugural softball championship. Women's sports were formerly conducted in the Mountain West Athletic Conference.

The Big Sky sponsors championships in 16 sports, including men’s and women’s cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, basketball, and tennis. In addition, there are also championships in football, and women’s volleyball, soccer, and softball.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

All 12 of the Big Sky's full members play football in the conference except for Idaho, which houses its FBS football team in the Sun Belt Conference.

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment Nickname Colors U.S. News
Ranking[3]
Eastern Washington University Cheney, Washington 1882 1987 Public 12,130 $52 million Eagles Red, White, Black
              
60
(Regional: West)
University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho 1889 2014[a 1] Public 12,312 $208 million Vandals Silver & Gold
         
161
National
Idaho State University Pocatello, Idaho 1901 1963 Public 15,553 $40 million Bengals Orange, Black, White
              
Not Published
(National)
University of Montana Missoula, Montana 1893 1963 Public 14,943 $108 million Grizzlies[a 2] Maroon & Silver
         
201
(National)
Montana State University Bozeman, Montana 1893 1963 Public 14,660 $100 million Bobcats Navy Blue & Gold
         
201
(National)
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883 2012 Public 15,250 $198 million None Kelly Green, White, Black
              
173
(National)
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona 1899 1970 Public 23,600 $110 million Lumberjacks Blue & Gold
         
Not Published
(National)
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 2006 Public 12,392 $66 million Bears Navy Blue & Gold
         
Not Published
(National)
Portland State University Portland, Oregon 1946 1996 Public 24,284 $50 million Vikings Forest Green, White, Black
              
Not Published
(National)
California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, California 1947 1996 Public 27,972 $29 million Hornets Green & Gold
         
66
(Regional: West)
Southern Utah University Cedar City, Utah 1897 2012 Public 8,297 $12 million Thunderbirds Red, White, Black
              
71
(Regional: West)
Weber State University Ogden, Utah 1889 1963 Public 26,681 $69 million Wildcats Purple, Grey, White
              
80
(Regional: West)
  1. ^ Idaho had been a charter member of the Big Sky in 1963, but left the conference in 1996.
  2. ^ The Montana women's basketball team is known as the Lady Griz, but all other women's teams are known as Grizzlies.

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment Nickname Colors Primary
Conference
Big Sky
Sport
U.S. News
Ranking
Binghamton University, SUNY Vestal, New York 1946 2014 Public 16,098 $87 million Bearcats Green & White
         
America East Men's Golf 97
National
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California 1901 2012 Public 18,722 $149 million Mustangs Green & Gold
         
Big West Football 9
Regional: West
University of California, Davis Davis, California 1905 2012 Public 27,530 $744 million Aggies Blue & Gold
         
Big West Football 39
National
University of Hartford West Hartford, Connecticut 1877 2014 Private 7,025 $115 million Hawks Scarlet & White
         
America East Men's Golf 98
Regional: North

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Subsequent Conference Membership
Boise State University Boise, Idaho 1932 1970 1996 Public 22,678 Broncos Big West (1996–2001)
WAC (2001–2011)
Mountain West (2011–present)
California State University, Northridge Northridge, California 1958 1996 2001 Public 36,070 Matadors Big West (2001–present)
Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington 1887 1963 1979 Private 7,764 Bulldogs WCC (1979–present)
University of Nevada Reno, Nevada 1874 1979 1992 Public 18,227 Wolf Pack Big West (1992–2000)
WAC (2000–2012)
Mountain West (2012–present)
Notes
  • Gonzaga, which has not fielded a football team since 1941, was a charter member in 1963.

Membership timeline[edit]

University of Hartford Binghamton University University of California, Davis California Polytechnic State University Southern Utah University University of North Dakota University of Northern Colorado Portland State University California State University, Sacramento California State University, Northridge Eastern Washington University Mountain West Conference Western Athletic Conference Big West Conference University of Nevada, Reno Northern Arizona University Mountain West Conference Western Athletic Conference Big West Conference Boise State University Weber State University Montana State University University of Montana Idaho State University Western Athletic Conference Sun Belt Conference Big West Conference University of Idaho Mountain West Conference Gonzaga University

Full members Assoc. members (football only) Full members (except football) Assoc. members (other sports) Other Conference Other Conference

Sports[edit]

Locations of Big Sky Conference member institutions.

As of the 2014–15 school year, the Big Sky sponsors championships in seven men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[4] Cal Poly and UC Davis participate as football-only affiliates, otherwise participating in the Big West Conference. Binghamton and Hartford are affiliates in men's golf only, otherwise participating in the America East Conference. Before the 2014–15 school year, the latter two schools had participated in men's golf alongside five full Big Sky members in the single-sport America Sky Conference.[5] The return of Idaho brought the number of members participating in men's golf to six, which led to the Big Sky adding men's golf and absorbing the America Sky Conference.

Baseball[edit]

The Big Sky is unusual among Division I all-sports conferences in not sponsoring baseball. The conference originally sponsored baseball, with all members participating. When Boise State and Northern Arizona arrived for the 1971 season, competition was split into two divisions of four teams each, with the winners in a best-of-three championship series.[6][7] Montana State[8] and Montana soon dropped the sport and by the 1973 season, only six teams remained but the divisions were kept, and Boise State moved over to the North Division for two years.[9] In May 1974, the Big Sky announced its intention to discontinue five of its ten sponsored sports. It retained football, basketball, cross-county, track, and wrestling, and dropped conference competition in baseball, golf, tennis, swimming, and skiing.[10][11] Of the eleven Big Sky baseball titles, four each went to Idaho (1964,'66,'67,'69)[12] and Gonzaga (1965,'71,'73,'74), and three to Weber State (1968,'70,'72).[13] Gonzaga won the final title in 1974 over Idaho State in three games, after losing the first game in Pocatello.[14] Southern division champion Idaho State chose to end its baseball program weeks following the conference's announcement,[15] and Gonzaga, Idaho, and Boise State joined the new Northern Pacific League (NorPac) for baseball in 1975.[16] Boise State and Idaho competed in the NorPac for six seasons, then discontinued baseball after the 1980 season.[17] Currently, three Big Sky members sponsor baseball: North Dakota, Northern Colorado, and Sacramento St. Beginning in 2014, all three will compete in the WAC for baseball.

Teams in Big Sky Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Basketball
11
11
Cross Country
11
11
Football
13
-
Golf
8
11
Soccer
-
10
Softball
-
8
Tennis
11
11
Track and Field (Indoor)
11
11
Track and Field (Outdoor)
11
11
Volleyball
-
11

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total
Sports
Eastern Washington
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Idaho
Green tickY
Green tickY
[n 1]
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
5
Idaho State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Montana
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Montana State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
North Dakota
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Northern Arizona
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Northern Colorado
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Portland State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Sacramento State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Southern Utah
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Weber State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Totals
12
12
11+2[n 2]
6+2[n 3]
12
12
12
77+4
  1. ^ Idaho plays football in the Sun Belt Conference.
  2. ^ Affiliates Cal Poly and UC Davis.
  3. ^ Affiliates Binghamton and Hartford.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big Sky Conference which are played by Big Sky schools:

School Baseball Ice Hockey Skiing Soccer Swimming Wrestling
Montana State No No Independent No No No
North Dakota WAC NCHC No No WAC No
Northern Colorado WAC No No No No WWC
Sacramento State WAC No No Big West No No

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total
Sports
Eastern Washington
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Idaho
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Idaho State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Montana
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Montana State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
North Dakota
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Northern Arizona
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Northern Colorado
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Portland State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Sacramento State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Southern Utah
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Weber State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Totals
12
12
12
10
8
12
12
12
12
102

Montana is adding softball for the 2015 season (2014–15 school year). [1]

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big Sky Conference which are played by Big Sky schools:

School Gymnastics Ice Hockey Rowing Sand Volleyball Skiing Swimming
Idaho No No No No No WAC
Montana State No No No No Independent No
North Dakota No WCHA No No No WAC
Northern Arizona No No No No No WAC
Northern Colorado No No No No No WAC
Sacramento State MPSF No The American Independent No No
Southern Utah Mountain Rim No No No No No

Facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity
Cal Poly Alex G. Spanos Stadium 11,075 Football-only member
Eastern Washington Roos Field 8,600 Reese Court 6,000
Idaho Plays football in Sun Belt Cowan Spectrum 7,000
Idaho State Holt Arena 12,000 Holt Arena (men)
Reed Gym (women)
8,000
3,040
Montana Washington–Grizzly Stadium 25,203 Dahlberg Arena 7,321
Montana State Bobcat Stadium 20,767 Worthington Arena 7,250
North Dakota Alerus Center 13,500 Ralph Engelstad Arena
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
13,280
3,300
Northern Arizona Walkup Skydome 10,000 Walkup Skydome 7,000
Northern Colorado Nottingham Field 6,500 Butler–Hancock Sports Pavilion 2,992
Portland State Providence Park 20,000 Peter Stott Center 1,500
Sacramento State Hornet Stadium 21,195 Colberg Court 1,200
Southern Utah Eccles Coliseum 8,500 Centrum Arena 5,300
UC Davis Aggie Stadium 10,367 Football-only member
Weber State Stewart Stadium 17,500 Dee Events Center 11,500

Basketball[edit]

NBA Players[edit]

Rivalries - Conference[edit]

Rivalries - Non-conference[edit]

Rivalries - football[edit]

Protected Football rivalries[edit]

School Rival 1 Rival 2
UC Davis Sacramento State Cal Poly
Cal Poly UC Davis Sacramento State
Eastern Washington Montana Portland State
Idaho State Weber State Portland State
Montana Montana State Eastern Washington
Montana State Montana North Dakota
North Dakota Montana State Northern Colorado
Northern Arizona Southern Utah Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado North Dakota Northern Arizona
Portland State Eastern Washington Idaho State
Sacramento State UC Davis Cal Poly
Southern Utah Northern Arizona Weber State
Weber State Idaho State Southern Utah

Conference[edit]

Schools First
Meeting
Game Trophy Winner
(Last Meeting)
All-time Record
Cal Poly UC Davis 1939 Battle for the Golden Horseshoe The Golden Horseshoe Cal Poly UC Davis leads 19–17–2
Eastern Washington Portland State 1986 The Dam Cup Dam Cup Eastern Washington Portland State leads 19-15-1
Eastern Washington Montana 1938 The EWU-UM Governors Cup Governors Cup Eastern Washington Montana leads 26–13–1
Idaho State Weber State 1962 Weber State Weber State leads 35–14
Montana Montana State 1897 Brawl of the Wild The Great Divide Trophy Montana Montana leads 70–37–5
UC Davis Sacramento State 1954 Causeway Classic Causeway Carriage UC Davis UC Davis leads 39-18
Cal Poly Sacramento State 1967 Green and Gold Game Sacramento State The Series is Tied 16-16
Southern Utah Northern Arizona 1983 The Canyonland Classic HintonBurdick Grand Canyon Trophy Southern Utah Northern Arizona leads 11-5

Non-conference[edit]

Schools First
Meeting
Game Trophy Winner
(Last Meeting)
All-time Record Note
Idaho Idaho State 1916 Idaho Idaho leads 28–11 Last competed for in 2008
Idaho State Boise State 1968 Boise State Boise State leads 24–6
Montana Idaho 1903 Little Brown Stein Montana Idaho leads 55–27–2 Last competed for in 2003
Northern Colorado Colorado State 1893 Colorado State Colorado State leads 18–1–1 Last competed for in 2011
North Dakota North Dakota State 1894 Nickel Trophy North Dakota North Dakota leads 62–45–3 Last competed for in 2003

Commissioners[edit]

Headquarters[edit]

Big Sky championships[edit]

Big Sky men's basketball[edit]

Season Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion
1964 Montana State no tournament
1965 Weber State
1966 Weber State, Gonzaga
1967 Gonzaga, Montana State
1968 Weber State
1969 Weber State
1970 Weber State
1971 Weber State
1972 Weber State
1973 Weber State
1974 Idaho State
1975 Montana
1976 Weber State, Boise State, Idaho State Boise State
1977 Idaho State Idaho State
1978 Montana Weber State
1979 Weber State Weber State
1980 Weber State Weber State
1981 Idaho Idaho
1982 Idaho Idaho
1983 Weber State, Nevada Weber State
1984 Weber State Nevada
1985 Nevada Nevada
1986 Northern Arizona, Montana Montana State
1987 Montana State Idaho State
1988 Boise State Boise State
1989 Boise State Idaho
1990 Idaho Idaho
1991 Montana Montana
1992 Montana Montana
1993 Idaho Boise State
1994 Weber State, Idaho State Boise State
1995 Weber State, Montana Weber State
1996 Montana State Montana State
1997 Northern Arizona Montana
1998 Northern Arizona Northern Arizona
1999 Weber State Weber State
2000 Montana, Eastern Washington Northern Arizona
2001 CS-Northridge CS-Northridge
2002 Montana State Montana
2003 Weber State Weber State
2004 Eastern Washington Eastern Washington
2005 Portland State Montana
2006 Northern Arizona Montana
2007 Weber State, Northern Arizona Weber State
2008 Portland State Portland State
2009 Weber State Portland State
2010 Weber State Montana
2011 Northern Colorado Northern Colorado
2012 Montana Montana
2013 Montana Montana

Basketball championships (by school)[edit]

School Member years Conference
Titles
Tournament
Titles
Last won
Weber State 1963–present 19 8 2010
Montana 1963–present 9 9 2013
Montana State 1963–present 5 2 2002
Northern Arizona 1970–present 5 2 2007
Idaho 1963–96 4 4 1993
Idaho State 1963–present 4 2 1994
Boise State 1970–96 3 4 1989
Gonzaga 1963–79 2 0 1967
Nevada 1979–92 2 2 1985
Northern Colorado 2006–present 1 1 2011
Portland State 1996–present 2 2 2009
Eastern Washington 1987–present 2 1 2004
CS-Northridge 1996–2001 1 1 2001
Sacramento State 1996–present 0 0 N/A

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The best finish by a Big Sky team in the men's NCAA Tournament came in 1977, when the Idaho State Bengals advanced to the Elite Eight, with a one-point upset of UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen in Provo, Utah. The highest seed granted a Big Sky team was in 1982: the Idaho Vandals under Don Monson were seeded third in the west regional. They beat Lute Olson's Iowa Hawkeyes in nearby Pullman in overtime, but lost to second-seeded Oregon State in the regional semifinals (Sweet Sixteen), also played in Provo. Other Big Sky teams that advanced to regional semifinals include the Weber State Wildcats in 1969 and 1972, and the Montana Grizzlies under Jud Heathcote in 1975. They fell to UCLA by just three points, who went on to win another title in John Wooden's final year as head coach.

Big Sky women's basketball[edit]

Season Tournament Champion Tournament Runner-Up
1983 Montana Weber State
1984 Montana Eastern Washington
1985 Idaho Montana
1986 Montana Eastern Washington
1987 Eastern Washington Montana
1988 Montana Eastern Washington
1989 Montana Idaho
1990 Montana Idaho
1991 Montana Montana State
1992 Montana Boise State
1993 Montana State Montana
1994 Montana Boise State
1995 Montana Montana State
1996 Montana Weber State
1997 Montana Montana State
1998 Montana Northern Arizona
1999 CS Northridge Portland State
2000 Montana CS-Northridge
2001 Idaho State Montana
2002 Weber State Montana State
2003 Weber State Montana State
2004 Montana Idaho State
2005 Montana Weber State
2006 Northern Arizona Weber State
2007 Idaho State Northern Arizona
2008 Montana Montana State
2009 Montana Portland State
2010 Portland State Montana State
2011 Montana Portland State
2012 Idaho State Northern Colorado
2013 Montana Northern Colorado
2014 North Dakota Montana

Big Sky football titles[edit]

Season, conference record,[24][25] and champion

  • 1970 - (5-0) - Montana
  • 1971 - (4-1) - Idaho - (Boise State won Camellia Bowl, UI was Div. I)
  • 1972 - (5-1) - Montana State
  • 1973 - (6-0) - Boise State - Div. II semifinalist
  • 1974 - (6-0) - Boise State
  • 1975 - (5-0-1) - Boise State
  • 1976 - (6-0) - Montana State - won Div. II national championship
  • 1977 - (6-0) - Boise State - not invited to Div. II playoffs
  • 1978 - (6-0) - Northern Arizona - not invited to inaugural four-team I-AA playoffs - (independent Nevada selected from West)
  • 1979 - (6-1) - Montana State - (Boise State (7-0) ineligible) - Nevada (5-2) to four-team I-AA playoffs
  • 1980 - (6-1) - Boise State - won I-AA national championship
  • 1981 - (6-1) - Idaho State^ - (also 6-1 - Boise State - both to eight-team I-AA playoffs) - ISU won I-AA national championship
  • 1982 - (5-2) - Montana^, Idaho, and Montana State (UM @ UI in twelve-team I-AA playoffs, MSU excluded)
  • 1983 - (6-1) - Nevada - I-AA semifinalist
  • 1984 - (6-1) - Montana State - won I-AA national championship
  • 1985 - (6-1) - Idaho^ - (also 6-1 - Nevada - both to I-AA playoffs)
  • 1986 - (7-0) - Nevada - I-AA semi-finalist
  • 1987 - (7-1) - Idaho^ - (also 7-1 - Weber State - both to I-AA playoffs)
  • 1988 - (7-1) - Idaho - I-AA semifinalist
  • 1989 - (8-0) - Idaho - (Montana - I-AA semifinalist)
  • 1990 - (7-1) - Nevada - I-AA runner-up, defeated Boise State in I-AA semifinals in 3OT
  • 1991 - (8-0) - Nevada
  • 1992 - (6-1) - Idaho^ and Eastern Washington - (both to I-AA playoffs)
  • 1993 - (7-0) - Montana - (Idaho - I-AA semifinalist)
  • 1994 - (6-1) - Boise State - I-AA runner-up - (Montana - I-AA semifinalist)
  • 1995 - (6-1) - Montana - won I-AA national championship
  • 1996 - (8-0) - Montana - I-AA runner-up
  • 1997 - (7-1) - Eastern Washington - I-AA semifinalist
  • 1998 - (6-2) - Montana
  • 1999 - (7-1) - Montana
  • 2000 - (8-0) - Montana - I-AA runner-up
  • 2001 - (7-0) - Montana - won I-AA national championship
  • 2002 - (5-2) - Montana, Montana State, and Idaho State - (UM, MSU to I-AA playoffs, ISU excluded)
  • 2003 - (5-2) - Montana State^, Montana, and Northern Arizona - (all three to I-AA playoffs)
  • 2004 - (6-1) - Montana^ and Eastern Washington - (both to I-AA playoffs) - UM - I-AA runner-up
  • 2005 - (5-2) - Eastern Washington^, Montana State, and Montana - (EWU, UM to I-AA playoffs, MSU excluded)
  • 2006 - (8-0) - Montana - FCS semifinalist
  • 2007 - (8-0) - Montana
  • 2008 - (7-1) - Weber State^ and Montana - (both to FCS playoffs) - UM - FCS runner-up
  • 2009 - (8-0) - Montana - FCS runner-up
  • 2010 - (7-1) - Montana State^ and Eastern Washington - (both to FCS playoffs) - EWU won FCS national championship
  • 2011 - (2-0) - Montana State and Montana^^
  • 2012 - (7-1) - Eastern Washington^, Montana State, and Cal Poly - (all three to FCS playoffs)
  • 2013 - (8-0) - Eastern Washington - FCS semifinalist

^ - winner of head-to-head matchup(s) in conference game(s) during the regular season.

^^ - vacated due to NCAA violations

Football championships (by school)[edit]

School member years total titles Last won
Montana 1963–present 18 2009
Montana State 1963–present 15 2012
Idaho 1963–95 8 1992
Eastern Washington 1987–present 7 2013
Boise State 1970–95 6 1994
Nevada 1979–92 4 1991
Idaho State 1963–present 3 2002
Weber State 1963–present 3 2008
Northern Arizona 1970–present 2 2003
Cal Poly 2012–present 1 2012
Cal State Northridge 1996–2001 0
Sacramento State 1996–present 0
Portland State 1996–present 0
Northern Colorado 2006–present 0
North Dakota 2012–present 0
Southern Utah 2012–present 0
UC Davis 2012–present 0

All-time school records by wins for current teams[edit]

This list goes through the 2013 season.

# Team Records Pct. Big Sky
Championships
National
Championships
1 North Dakota 622-383-30 .615 0 1
2 Montana 564-478-26 .540 18 2
3 Eastern Washington 503-404-23 .553 7 1
4 UC Davis 495-384-35 .561 0 0
5 Cal Poly 485-383-19 .557 1 1
6 Montana State 470-467-33 .502 15 3
7 Idaho State 449-488-21 .480 3 1
8 Northern Arizona 445-438-23 .504 2 0
9 Northern Colorado 425-450-26 .486 0 2
10 Portland State 331-354-10 .483 0 0
11 Weber State 266-294-3 .475 3 0
12 Sacramento State 263-351-8 .429 0 0
13 Southern Utah 261-319-13 .451 1 1

Overall Big Sky Conference champions[edit]

Boise State Broncos (1970–1996) Cal State Northridge Matadors (1996–2001) Eastern Washington Eagles (1987–present) Gonzaga Bulldogs (1963–1979) Idaho State Bengals (1963–present) Montana State Bobcats (1963–present) Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (1970–present) Portland State Vikings (1996–present) Sacramento State Hornets (1996–present) Idaho Vandals (1963–1996) Nevada Wolf Pack (1979–1992) Northern Colorado Bears (2006–present) Montana Grizzlies (1963–present) Weber State Wildcats (1963–present)
Football 6 - 7 - 3 15 2 - - 8 4 - 18 3
Men's Basketball 2 1 1 2 2 5 4 2 - 4 1 1 8 18
Women's Basketball (RS/Tourn) 1/0 1/1 1/1 - 3/3 3/1 1/1 1/1 - 1/1 - 1/0 20/19 2/2
Men's Cross Country 2 - - - 5 2 18 - - 2 3 - 8 7
Women's Cross Country - - - - - 4 15 - - 1 - - 2 4
Men's Indoor Track and Field 2 - - - 5 - 12 - 2 1 1 - - 5
Women's Indoor Track and Field 6 3 - - 1 1 7 - 2 1 - - 1 4
Men's Outdoor Track and Field 1 - - - 12 1 15 - - 4 2 - 1 9
Women's Outdoor Track and Field 6 3 - - 1 1 7 - 3 1 - - 1 5
Men's Tennis 5 - 1 - 2 4 2 - 10 10 2 - - 11
Women's Tennis 2 1 - - 2 - 3 - 9 - 1 - - 10
Women's Soccer - - 1 - 2 - - 1 1 - - - 4 4
Volleyball 1 1 5 - 3 - 1 5 11 3 - 2 3 -
Women's Golf 1 - - - 1 1 5 4 1 - - - 1 1
Men's Golf (1964–2002) 1 1 - - - - - 1 2 - 2 - 6 17
Baseball (1963–1974) - - - 4 - - - - - 4 - - - 3
Men's Swimming (1963–1974) - - - - - - - - - 2 - - 8 -
Wrestling (1963–1987) 10 - - - 7 3 - - - - - - 1 2
Men's Skiing (1963–1974) 1 - - - - 4 - - - 2 - - 3 -

Football[edit]

Basketball[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Vandals list baseball play". Spokane Daily Chronicle. January 28, 1971. p. 22. 
  8. ^ "Big Sky baseball altered; MSU out, NAU in playoffs". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. May 19, 1971. p. 13. 
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