The 2023 FCS Football Championship is heating up, and the Southern Illinois Salukis are set to face off against the Idaho Vandals in the second round. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at 10pm ET at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, ID.
What it is: 2023 FCS Football Championship
Matchup: Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Idaho Vandals
Date: Saturday Dec. 2, 2023
Time: 10pm ET
Locations: Kibbie Dome, Moscow, ID
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Southern Illinois Salukis
The Southern Illinois Salukis are coming off a strong regular season, finishing with an 8-4-0 record. They earned a spot in the FCS playoffs by defeating the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 34-24 in the first round. The Salukis are led by quarterback Anthony Wooden, who has thrown for 2,456 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. Running back Javon Williams has also been a key contributor for the Salukis, rushing for 1,023 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Idaho Vandals are also coming off a successful regular season, finishing with an 8-3-0 record. They earned a spot in the FCS playoffs by defeating the Eastern Washington Eagles 35-21 in the first round. The Vandals are led by quarterback Connor Richardson, who has thrown for 2,738 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Wide receiver Tristen Holmes has also been a key contributor for the Vandals, catching 62 passes for 912 yards and 10 touchdowns.
How to Watch
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
What to Expect
This should be a close and exciting game between two evenly matched teams. Both teams have experienced quarterbacks and playmakers, so it could come down to the wire. The Salukis have a slight edge in experience, but the Vandals have the home-field advantage.
The Salukis are a slight favorite to win this game, but the Vandals are capable of pulling off an upset. I predict that the Salukis will win a close game, 31-27.