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‘Cats, Griz putting rivalry result in rearview with playoffs upcoming

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Moving on: it will be essential for both the big winner and the heartbroken loser as the FCS playoffs come to Montana next weekend.

In the 119th edition of the fierce rivalry between Montana and Montana State in Bozeman last weekend, the Bobcats destroyed the Grizzlies. The 48-14 MSU win marked the largest margin of victory in the rivalry for the ‘Cats since 1966. And Montana State did it in startling fashion, rushing for 382 yards against the Big Sky Conference’s top-ranked rushing defense.

The magnitude of the matchup this season was heightened as both teams entered last Saturday’s showdown ranked in the Top 10 in the FCS national polls for the first time since 2011. But that scenario actually made the result of Saturday’s game less consequential in terms of the continuation of each team’s season.

Both teams are into the FCS playoffs simultaneously for the first time since 2014.

Moving on: it will be essential for both the big winner and
the heartbroken loser as the FCS playoffs come to Montana next weekend.

In the 119th edition of the fierce rivalry
between Montana and Montana State in Bozeman last weekend, the Bobcats
destroyed the Grizzlies. The 48-14 MSU win marked the largest margin of victory
in the rivalry for the ‘Cats since 1966. And Montana State did it in startling
fashion, rushing for 382 yards against the Big Sky Conference’s top-ranked
rushing defense.

The magnitude of the matchup this season was heightened as both teams entered last Saturday’s showdown ranked in the Top 10 in the FCS national polls for the first time since 2011. But that scenario actually made the result of Saturday’s game less consequential in terms of the continuation of each team’s season.

Both teams are into the FCS playoffs simultaneously for the first time since 2014.

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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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