BOZEMAN – The Montana State Bobcats started off Big Sky Conference play with a win over Portland State on the road, but they face one of their toughest matchups in the conference this week.
The Bobcats host Eastern Washington in Bozeman on Saturday. The Eagles are 3-1 this season and come into the game ranked fifth in the nation. And EWU is firing on all cylinders, opening up its conference schedule with a 70-17 thrashing against Cal Poly last Saturday.
But the Bobcats have so far held their own and sit just outside of the top 25, receiving 229 votes in the STATS FCS Top 25 rankings, the most of any unranked team. And this week they want to show that they belong.
“They’re kind of proven, right now we are not proven, they are. They are a proven commodity, like our coaches say, so we have to go in and we have to play a great game against them knowing they are a great team,” said MSU quarterback Troy Andersen. “I definitely think this is a great opportunity for us — you know, a home game against a top-five-ranked opponent. It’s a great opportunity for us to show who we think we are and make a statement.”
Montana State squares off against No. 5 Eastern Washington on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Bobcat Stadium.