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Bobcats, Grizzlies preparing for atypical fourth non-conference contests

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BOZEMAN, Montana — During the first three seasons of his tenure as the head coach at Montana State, Jeff Choate had to adjust to playing 11-game seasons.

Saturday, MSU hosts Norfolk State for the fourth and final non-conference game of the rare 12-game schedule. Every five seasons, the FCS allows its members to play 12 games. At the FBS level, teams play 12 games consistently. Choate coached in the FBS with stops at Utah State, Boise State, Washington State, UTEP, Florida and Washington between 2002 and 2015.

“It was almost weird for me to play an 11-game schedule,” Choate said. “We always played a 12-game schedule at the FBS level.

“I think it’s really valuable because it allows you to find out a little bit more about yourself. Three games, it’s hard to say. Especially with the way you can schedule.”

Montana State played almost every player who made the trip to Texas Tech as the Bobcats opened the season at an FBS opponent for the third time in four seasons under Choate. MSU fell 45-10 in the first career start by redshirt freshman quarterback Casey Bauman.

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In their annual ‘Gold Rush’ game, the Bobcats used an explosive, dominant 28-point third quarter to race to a 38-17 victory over No. 12 Southeast Missouri State.

“That game gave us a little bit of a glimpse of who we could be,” Choate said.

BOZEMAN, Montana — During the first three seasons of
his tenure as the head coach at Montana State, Jeff Choate had to adjust to
playing 11-game seasons.

Saturday, MSU hosts Norfolk State for the fourth and final
non-conference game of the rare 12-game schedule. Every five seasons, the FCS
allows its members to play 12 games. At the FBS level, teams play 12 games
consistently. Choate coached in the FBS with stops at Utah State, Boise State,
Washington State, UTEP, Florida and Washington between 2002 and 2015.

“It was almost weird for me to play an 11-game schedule,”
Choate said. “We always played a 12-game schedule at the FBS level.

"I think it’s really valuable because it allows you to find out a little bit more about yourself. Three games, it’s hard to say. Especially with the way you can schedule.”

Montana State played almost every player who made the trip
to Texas Tech as the Bobcats opened the season at an FBS opponent for the third
time in four seasons under Choate. MSU fell 45-10 in the first career start by
redshirt freshman quarterback Casey Bauman.

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In their annual ‘Gold Rush’ game, the Bobcats used an
explosive, dominant 28-point third quarter to race to a 38-17 victory over No.
12 Southeast Missouri State.

“That game gave us a little bit of a glimpse of who we could be," Choate said.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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