BOZEMAN -- The Montana State football team is heading to the FCS semifinals to take on North Dakota State for the second consecutive postseason. But, for the first time this playoffs, something is different for MSU.
That's because school is out for the Bobcats. The students finished finals last week and are now on winter break.
For the football players, that allows them to put all of their energy into preparing for the Bison, who have won seven of the past eight FCS national championships. For quarterback Tucker Rovig, it also allows him to catch up on some rest.
"That's, honestly, probably the best thing about this week so far, is the fact that I don't have to worry about school and also the fact that we get to sleep in a little bit later," smiled Rovig. "And usually we have morning practices and now we get to sleep in and out meetings start at 9 instead of 7 o'clock. It's definitely nice."
They will need all the rest they can get as the Bobcats face the top overall seed in the playoffs, which defeated Montana State 52-10 in the 2018 second round at the FargoDome. But it's a completely different year for each team, and the No. 5 Bobcats are coming in fully focused for their first semifinal game since 1984.
Kcikoff between the NDSU and Montana State is Saturday at noon (MST).