For the ninth straight year, the Bengals (1-0) will take on a pair of FBS programs.
Idaho State plays the first of the two games Saturday (3:30 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks) at Colorado (1-0), receiving a $500,000 payout. The Big Sky program travels to Oregon State next week for a $475,000 payout.
The Bengals have lost 24 straight against FBS opponents since beating Utah State in 2000.
Idaho State opened the season last week with a 47-3 win over Division II Simon Fraser. Sophomore quarterback Tanner Gueller threw for 338 yards and three TDs, and Hagen Graves (Skyview High) was his top target, catching six passes for 61 yards.
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Josh Cook is 12 yards shy of breaking the school’s career record for tight end receiving yards (1,270) set by Josh Hill, a Blackfoot High graduate now with the New Orleans Saints.