BOZEMAN – Kennesaw State is traveling almost 2,000 miles from Georgia to play Montana State on Saturday. However, this game will be extremely eye-opening for the 25th-ranked team in the nation, which hasn’t played a game in the snow this season.

“It’s going to be kind of an awakening for them, but I’m sure they’re going to come ready to play, and at the end of the day we have to be ready to play, too,” said MSU senior linebacker Mac Bignell.

Throughout the season, Kennesaw State has played in an average temperature of nearly 75 degrees on game days. But the forecast in Bozeman on Saturday is going to shock them: temperatures in the low 30s and snowing. It may be a novelty to them to play in these conditions, but after a few drives, that excitement should fade away.

“It definitely plays to our advantage. We have to practice in that, we have to obviously plays games in that, so we are able to execute it that,” said running back Nick LaSane. “I think it’s going to be tough for them to withstand that.”

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Snow makes a big difference on the football field, but the Bobcats have had time to adjust to the conditions outside. They have practiced in the weather all week.

“Playing in it today, getting our footwork where it needs to be, seeing how the snow sticks to your shoes and how that changes how you run and whatnot,” said Bignell. “So it’s definitely an advantage for us to get out and practice in it today.”

Not only is the temperature change going to be about 40 degrees colder than what the Owls are used to, the elevation is also a huge factor. Kennesaw, Georgia is about 1,000 feet above sea level. That’s nearly 4,000 feet lower than Bozeman. And that just adds another challenge.

“I’m a Texas guy, so coming from Texas I know how that is playing in the heat and having to adjust to this weather,” LaSane said. “Your lungs feel like they’re on fire, the altitude on top of the snow, it’s tough.”

The Bobcats are no strangers to these conditions, but it will be a different story for Kennesaw State.

“It’s kind of one of those things where everyone handles it differently, so we’ll find out when they come here, and most of them will probably see snow for the very first time in their lives,” Bignell said. “So it will definitely be an experience for them.”

Kickoff between Montana State and Kennesaw State is at noon on Saturday.