From the sidelines: Not there yet: Griz and Cats have a lot to play on Saturday

From the sidelines: Not there yet: Griz and Cats have a lot to play on Saturday

That is our penultimate week. This week is the week we want we might simply get via. As a result of it is nearly time. Cat Grays is nearly right here.

And whereas followers of each the Montana State Bobcats and the Montana Grizzlies might overlook their video games this weekend, the groups themselves, we all know full nicely they can not.

There is not any doubt that Montana State Bobcats had been frothy within the mouth to get to 121 brawls from the wild. After successful 4 in a row, the Cats had been on the verge of their longest successful streak even in opposition to Griz final yr in Missoula, solely to have Montana spoil it utterly, and Brent Vigen’s Brawl of the Wild debuts.

Little doubt that recreation left a nasty style within the mouth of MSU. And whereas the cats have been on a mission all season, and it undoubtedly exhibits, they can not start to consider Brawl simply but.

Now I do know Cal Polly, who’s visiting MSU on Saturday night time, is absolutely unhealthy. I noticed a Mustang with my very own eyes final Saturday night time on the snowy Washington Grizzly Stadium. I do know the cats are like 37 favorites forward of Cal Poly, and after Bozeman has drowned greater than a foot of snow, the cats will take pleasure in their time in San Luis Obispo.

Nevertheless, they should make it possible for they win. As a result of if, by some luck, the cats do not, they are going to lose lots of the shares they’ve collected. No matter Cat-Griz’s rating, if MSU loses to Cal Poly, the Huge Sky title is gone, and, nicely, the highest 4 gamers at seed stage and on residence soil throughout the playoffs. These two issues are extra at stake this Saturday night time than the following, as a result of so as to keep on the road subsequent Saturday in opposition to Griz, they need to care for enterprise in opposition to the Mustang.

And whereas I am positive the Cats will deal with their enterprise, Montana Grizzlies’ activity is far less complicated. After shedding three straight video games, the Grays had been on indispensable victories the remainder of the best way, together with Saturday’s ultimate at residence in opposition to Jap Washington.

In fact, this isn’t your typical EWU band. The Eagles 2-7, and a kind of wins is in opposition to the NCAA DII. They’ve the second worst protection in the entire FCS, and whereas their offensive numbers are good, they are not wherever close to the goal-scoring workforce in video video games they’ve been for the previous decade. Not even shut.

Nevertheless, the Grizzlies don’t have any selection however to deal with the Eagles as in the event that they had been the perfect workforce in Huge Sky. As a result of Montana has no margin for error. Loss to the Eagles and went to the playoffs. A loss at residence on Saturday seems to be a completely epic failure this season, particularly given Montana’s expertise.

In different phrases, if the Griz misplaced to Jap Washington, then to them, Cat-Griz can be nothing greater than Pleasure. Nothing else shall be at stake for UM. And that is not what the Grizzlies are all about. Sure, they at all times wish to win in Brawl, however additionally they have greater objectives, they usually haven’t got the “I do not care if we go 1-10” syndrome so long as we beat the cats. That was by no means what UM was all about, but when they falter in opposition to EWU Saturday, that is precisely what it could be like. Now, if the Grays beat the Eagles, Montana will play for a ton at Bozeman — together with the complement berth, and even a possible Nationwide seed, amongst many.

So whereas it is simple for all of us to miss Cal Poly and Jap Washington this weekend (we are able to try this as a result of we’re followers and don’t have any bearing on the end result of the sport), they’re each monster video games for MSU and UM this weekend, neither It issues that the mixed document for Eagles and Mustangs is 4-14. Each video games should win.

I do know, I can not wait to quarrel both. However we now have to attend, all of us should get via one other Sabbath.

NB: Grizzlies host #16 Jap Saturday at 1 p.m. in Missoula. The Bobcats No. 3 travels to Cal Poly, with kick-off at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Each video games shall be broadcast on native MTN associates.

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