Will the Griz win his first fight in the wild since 2015?
The time has finally come… This is the match we have all been waiting for… Saturday, the 120th edition of the Brawl of the Wild returns after two years of hiatus. The game will be played in Missoula for the first time in three years and the Washington-Grizzly Stadium is going to be rockin ‘!
The long-awaited and highly anticipated Grudge Match features two bitter top 10-ranked rivals. Our Montana Grizzlies are ranked # 7 in the country and the Montana State Bobcats are ranked # 3. The Griz are 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference. The Cats are 9-1 overall and are unbeaten in the BSC with a 6-0 record. It’s been six years since the Griz have beaten the Cats.
Two great defenses clash
The Griz haven’t allowed a touchdown in more than 10 quarterbacks after shutting out northern Colorado two weeks ago and keeping NAU out of the end zone. That’s quite a feat, but it’s not even the first time the Montana defense has done it this season.
Washington scored a touchdown against the Griz on his first try in the season opener. After that, the Montana defense made 10 more quarters without allowing a touchdown until the fourth quarter of the Cal Poly game. The Griz defense ranks third nationally in advanced defense, fifth nationally in scoring defense and second nationally in red zone defense.
However, the Cats are no slouch in defense either. They rank second nationally in defensive scoring and allow just 11.6 points per game. Everyone in football knows the expression “defense wins championships”. Well, these two teams have great defenses and championship aspirations.
In great rivalry games like these, a star is always born. Players escalate on both sides and someone becomes a Montana hero for all eternity. Le Griz has a defending star looking to do just that. Griz cornerback Justin Ford has been intercepted in eight straight games. For those of you who don’t watch football a lot, this is unheard of and has only happened a handful of times in football history.
Ford leads the nation in interceptions, and that includes all of DI football. He also now holds the school record for most interceptions in a season by a cornerback. Keep an eye out for # 21 on Saturday. If he can get his hands on a 9e direct choice, the Griz could come away with a victory.
How to watch and listen
ROOT Sports will broadcast the match to a national audience. The game will be available on DirecTV and Spectrum Cable. In Missoula, ROOT is available on the Spectrum 60 cable channel and HD 560 channel, and on DIRECTV channels 687 and 688. DISH Network has made the decision to no longer broadcast ROOT Sports. Saturday’s game will not be available on DISH.
ESPN + will also broadcast the game to areas where ROOT Sports is not available. Streaming options are also available through fuboTV, but a subscription is required.
“Voice of the Griz” Riley Corcoran and analyst Greg Sundberg will bring you the live action from Missoula right here on KGVO, the flagship station of the Grizzly Sports Radio Network. You can listen to the game on 98.3 FM, AM 1290, online at newstalkkgvo.com or on the FREE KGVO app.
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