Montana defensive back Josh Sandry celebrates a sack against Southern Utah at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. (SLIM KIMMEL/MTN Sports)

MISSOULA – The Montana Grizzlies are 3-1, ranked number 10 in the country, and coming off their most complete performance of the season. So you can understand why some might overlook this weekend’s game, which looks like the biggest mismatch on the schedule.

Mississippi Valley State comes to Missoula with an 0-5 record. After four blowouts, they came close in a 16-14 setback at Jackson State last week. The Delta Devils rate dead last in the country, rushing for less than 15 yards a game. So head coach Bob Stitt and his assistants have another job this week, keep the heavily favored Grizzlies on task.

“Coach (Andrew) Selle was telling our quarterbacks about the year that they were 9-0 and Idaho State was 0-9, and they had to kick a field goal late in the game to win it,” said Stitt. “So you can’t go off records. If you’re going to be a championship football team, you’ve got to respect every opponent. And you’ve got to prepare for every opponent the exact same way.”

The Grizzlies and Delta Devils will kickoff at 2:30 Saturday. It’s also the Team Up Montana pink game in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

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