BOZEMAN — After edging out Illinois State this past Saturday the No. 1-ranked North Dakota State Bison will host the fifth-ranked Montana State Bobcats in the FCS semifinals on Saturday.
It’s the first semifinal appearance for MSU since 1984, and this week’s opponent is no stranger. Last year the Bison crushed MSU 52-10 en route to their second consecutive national championship.
NDSU's FargoDome is one of the toughest home environments in all of college football, but already having that experience under their belt is a huge help for Jeff Choate’s Bobcats knowing what's in store when they gear up for Saturday's game.
“I think it really matters because it is a unique environment. And it’s loud, it’s very compact. It’s different and I think having been there does help," said Choate. "You can walk through it when no one is there and it’s not going to matter, but we’ve been there when it’s loud and rowdy and I think that helps. We’ve been there, we’ve seen it. We didn’t compete very well, but I think it helps to have had a chance to see it and been in that environment.”
Montana State (11-3) and North Dakota State (14-0) will kick off at noon Saturday with the winner securing a place in the FCS national championship game, which will be played Jan. 11, 2020 in Frisco, Texas.