Pigskin Prophecies – The Brawl of the Wild

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On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Bobcats will compete against the University of Montana Grizzlies in the 118th Brawl of the Wild contest. This year, MSU will travel to Missoula to battle against our cross-state rivals. The Cats have won the past two matchups and will be vying for a three-peat, while Montana will look to reclaim the Great Divide Trophy and the State Champion title.Heading into Saturday’s competition, both teams sit at a 6-4 record, and a win has the ability to push either program into the FCS playoffs. Football fans should be ready for a battle under the Big Sky.MSU
The Bobcats come into this weekend ranked 25th in the nation by the STATS FCS poll after winning their last two games. After a rough patch in the middle of the season, the Cats seem to have gotten back on track, and just in time.Offensively, the Cats have increased their production in the last few weeks. During their past two games, MSU has scored a total of 84 points while holding their opponents to only 49. The Cats look to continue their explosive running game, as it has fueled their offense throughout the 2018 campaign. In total, the Bobcats have ran for 2,269 total yards, 1,092 coming from sophomore quarterback Troy Andersen and 780 from true freshman running back Isaiah Ifanse. While the Bobcats rushing game has been consistently great, their passing game has remained almost nonexistent, something they will need to change against Montana’s strong run defense.On the defensive side of the ball, the Bobcats have continued to shine. During the last two contests, they have forced six total turnovers resulting in an impressive 35 points — a trend they will be looking to continue on Saturday. The Cats’ strong defensive line will look to bully the Griz’s mediocre offensive line, something Montana’s head coach Bobby Hauck has harped …


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