GRAND FORKS, ND -- Montana State’s loss to North Dakota on Saturday certainly stings for the Bobcats and their fans. But with five FCS wins under their belt and four games remaining, it’s not devastating to their playoff hopes.
But it does create a sense of urgency for the Bobcats to perform well the rest of the season.
“We discussed in the locker room with the team,” said head coach Jeff Choate. “We put ourselves in a situation, not unlike what happened to us last year, when we dropped two in a row in Big Sky play. You start to stare up at the standings a little bit and each game becomes more and more impactful at that point.
“Clearly getting home and playing Southern Utah, that’s a big game for us in terms of getting our momentum back and creating some juices down the stretch.”
At 5-3 overall with a 2-2 mark in league play, the margin for error is getting smaller.
“With this conference and at this level of football, anyone can beat anyone,” offensive lineman Lewis Kidd said. “So just focusing on that and trying to come back next week and bounce back is going to be the biggest part for us.”
After Southern Utah (2-7, 1-4) this coming Saturday, MSU will travel to face a Northern Colorado team (1-7, 1-3) with only one win on the season.
But after that it’s No. 22 UC Davis on the road, and the annual Cat-Griz clash against No. 12 Montana to close the regular season, so the next two games are about as close to must win as you can get for the Bobcats’ postseason hopes.