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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