MISSOULA – So how good is the Montana Grizzlies football team this year? Are they closer to the No. 14 ranking in the country they owned just a few weeks ago? Or to the turnover-plagued unit that lost two in a row?
The two setbacks have definitely dampened the high expectations built when the team started winning right away in coach Bobby Hauck’s return, but the Grizzlies feel they can return to their earlier form. Better execution could lead to a more optimistic final month of the season.
“Winning is hard. Losing is easy. All you’ve got to do is cave in,” said Hauck. “We felt like team-wide I believe the feeling is that we’ve let a couple of potential wins slip from our grasp, and we’re a little bit disgusted by that, I hope.”
“We’re out here to win football games, and that’s how we approach every day,” said Griz quarterback Dalton Sneed. “That’s how we want to be as a team every day, to win every week and win every practice. So no different mentality. We want to go out there and preform our best.”
This is seems like a make-or-break week for the Grizzlies. Another loss all but shatters any playoff hopes, but if Montana can hand No. 6 UC Davis its first Big Sky Conference loss, UM suddenly puts itself back in the race with a little momentum.
The huge showdown with the Aggies kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.