Now, you may be thinking to yourself “Why is Oregon and Washington adding an FCS team to their schedule such a big deal?” Well, Montana used to be a part of the Pacific Coast Conference, a defunct conference that is now known as the PAC-12. The Ducks and Huskies both used to play in that conference alongside the Grizzlies.
According to College Football Talk, Oregon added a future game with Montana for September 14, 2019. Washington will play the Grizzlies twice, once on September 9, 2017 and then again on September 4, 2021.
The Grizzlies used to share a conference with their future opponents from 1924-1949, before they moved into the Mountain States Conference. Montana has been a member of the FCS’s Big Sky Conference since 1963 and they have been a rather big power in the classification. The team has played in eight FCS championship games since 1995 and won the national title in 1995 and 2001.
“I think it’s exciting for our kids,” first-year Montana head coach Bob Stitt said in a released statement. “As much as we recruit the West Coast, especially Washington and Oregon, I think our players are going to be fired up to go out there and play, number one, against a Pac-12 opponent, but the big dogs in their home state. So it should be very exciting for us.”
While most fans will be doubting Montana’s ability to go out and actually compete with teams from a conference the caliber of the PAC-12, neither the Ducks nor the Huskies better take this team lightly. They surely won’t be a walk in the park.
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