2017 Southern Utah Thunderbirds Football Team
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2017 Southern Utah Thunderbirds Football Team
2017 Southern Utah Thunderbirds football
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Big Sky co-champion
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 14
FCS CoachesNo. 13
2017 record9-3 (7-1 Big Sky)
Head coachDemario Warren (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorJustin Walterscheid (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorRod Chance (2nd season)
Home stadiumEccles Coliseum
(Capacity: 8,500)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 14 Southern Utah +^   7 1         9 3  
No. 5 Weber State +^   7 1         11 3  
Northern Arizona ^   6 2         7 5  
  6 2         7 4  
Sacramento State   6 2         7 4  
Montana   5 3         7 4  
Montana State   5 3         5 6  
UC Davis   3 5         5 6  
Idaho State   2 6         4 7  
Northern Colorado   2 6         3 7  
North Dakota   2 6         3 8  
Cal Poly   1 7         1 10  
Portland State   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2017 Southern Utah Thunderbirds football team represented Southern Utah University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by second-year head coach Demario Warren and played their home games at Eccles Coliseum in Cedar City, Utah as sixth-year as members of the Big Sky Conference.[1] They finished the season 9-3, 7-1 in Big Sky play to earn a share of the conference championship with Weber State.[2][3] They received the conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs where they lost to Weber State in the second round.[4][5][6]

Previous season

The Thunderbirds finished the 2016 season 6-5, 5-3 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for fourth place.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 26:15 p.m.at Oregon*P12NL 21-7752,204
September 95:00 p.m.at Stephen F. Austin*ESPN3W 51-1412,324
September 166:00 p.m.No. 21 Northern Iowa*Pluto TVW 24-218,841
September 237:00 p.m.at Sacramento StatePluto TVL 27-547,272
October 76:00 p.m.Cal Polydagger
  • Eccles Coliseum
  • Cedar City, UT
Pluto TVW 20-1410,633
October 146:00 p.m.at No. 18 Weber StateELVNW 32-169,135
October 215:00 p.m.No. 8 Eastern Washington
  • Eccles Coliseum
  • Cedar City, UT
ELVNW 46-287,463
October 2812:30 p.m.at Northern ColoradoNo. 25CETW 27-143,869
November 46:00 p.m.North DakotaNo. 17
  • Eccles Coliseum
  • Cedar City, UT
Pluto TVW 47-217,641
November 115:00 p.m.at UC DavisNo. 15Pluto TVW 47-276,715
November 182:30 p.m.No. 23 Northern ArizonaNo. 14
ELVNW 48-2010,842
December 26:00 p.m.No. 11 Weber State*No. 12
ESPN3L 13-3011,811

Game summaries

at Oregon

1 2 3 4 Total
Thunderbirds 7 14 0 0 21
Ducks 21 21 21 14 77
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Stephen F. Austin

1 2 3 4 Total
Thunderbirds 7 24 10 10 51
Lumberjacks 0 0 14 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-3 2005 SFA, 40-17

Northern Iowa

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 21 Panthers 0 7 3 11 21
Thunderbirds 7 7 7 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-5 2011 UNI, 34-21

at Sacramento State

1 2 3 4 Total
Thunderbirds 7 7 0 13 27
Hornets 7 23 10 14 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
8-8 2015 SUU, 44-0

Cal Poly

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 7 0 0 7 14
Thunderbirds 10 7 0 3 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
4-16 2015 SUU, 54-37

at Weber State

1 2 3 4 Total
Thunderbirds 7 13 9 3 32
No. 18 Wildcats 3 10 3 0 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
7-16 2016 WEB, 37-36

Eastern Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Eagles 14 7 0 7 28
Thunderbirds 0 15 10 21 46
Overall record Last meeting Result
2-6 2014 EWU, 42-30

at Northern Colorado

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 25 Thunderbirds 13 7 7 0 27
Bears 0 7 7 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
4-1 2015 SUU, 30-3

North Dakota

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Hawks 7 7 7 0 21
No. 17 Thunderbirds 13 14 13 7 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
4-4 2016 UND, 45-23

at UC Davis

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 15 Thunderbirds 14 12 14 7 47
Aggies 0 7 7 13 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
8-11 2016 SUU, 24-3

Northern Arizona

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 23 Lumberjacks 6 7 0 7 20
No. 14 Thunderbirds 3 24 14 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
8-12 2016 SUU, 48-21

FCS Playoffs

Weber State-Second Round

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Wildcats 0 13 14 3 30
No. 12 Thunderbirds 10 3 0 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
8-16 10/14/17 SUU, 32-16

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS RV NR RV RV NR NR NR RV 25 17 15 14 12 14
Coaches RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV 23 19 18 13 13

References

  1. ^ "Southern Utah Unveils 2017 Schedule". Southern Utah Thunderbirds Athletics. December 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Southern Utah, Weber State Share Big Sky Championship". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Football Big Sky Conference Champions, Headed to Playoffs | 2017 News | News & Press | SUU". SUU. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Weber State vs. Southern Utah - Game Recap - December 2, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Judd, Brandon (2017-12-02). "Weber State rallies past Southern Utah to reach FCS quarterfinals". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Standard-Examiner. "RIVALRY REVENGE: Weber State shuts down Southern Utah in historic playoff win". Standard-Examiner. Retrieved .

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