If you want to get on the bandwagon of a team right before it gets going, jump on the PSU bus for Stephen F. Austin on Aug. 31 at PGE Park because the Vikings figure to have the makings of a title team. At least a Big Sky Conference title team.

PSU was second in the conference last year and returns standouts in quarterback Juston Wood and running back Ryan Fuqua, as well as solid players at other key positions, including left guard Devan Kelley, tight end Tim Hester and kicker Mike


The program has 23 wins in the last three seasons, and one preseason poll has PSU at No. 6 in NCAA Division 1-AA.

The Vikings appear deeper than last season, so injuries won't be as problematic, and they play Montana at home in October. PSU even gets to take on Mighty Oregon at Autzen Coliseum (oh, wait, it's just a stadium).

If the Viks develop a solid offensive line and their depth on defense slows teams to about 20 points per game instead of 28, they should be playoff-bound for the second time in three seasons.

So, if the Ducks and Beavers are just too mainstream for your tastes, and you need an alternative to Keith Jackson's cornfed isms, try the Vikings and claim you were there from the beginning.

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