A look at the Week 2 matchups for the Bobcats and Grizzlies, plus three other games of note in the Big Sky Conference:
NOTE: The following is Phil Sites' account of the Montana State/Arkansas State game from Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark. Sites is a former Gazette sports staffer. Be sure to check out Phil's awesome photo gallery from the game.
MISSOULA -- Players from Montana and Montana State survived cut-down day to stick with NFL 53-man rosters.
Rob Ash's eighth season as coach at Montana State commences Saturday, and there’s guarded optimism in the air rather than the full-on certainty of past years.
Cats at a glance
The evolution of college football -- from the Big Ten swearing off FCS opponents last year to the FBS's "Power 5" conferences gaining a large measure of autonomy from the NCAA earlier this summer -- is threatening to limit "guarantee" games going forward. The FCS-vs.-FBS matchups we're accus…
Arkansas State and Montana State have been on each other’s radar all summer: It’s what’s known as a “guarantee” game, meaning the MSU athletic department will reap a nice windfall (somewhere in the ballpark of $350,000) for making the trip.
BOZEMAN -- Dakota Prukop looks you in the eye when he speaks. Maybe that’s the way he’ll play quarterback: Confident, concise and without hesitation.
A juggernaut has sent a clear message to the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington is picking up right where it left off.
Five questions facing Montana State ahead of the 2014 season:
BOZEMAN -- Montana State football coach Rob Ash named redshirt freshman Luke Daly his starting kicker on Thursday.
NOTE: This is the ninth (and final) installment of a summer-long series projecting the Top 10 players at each position for the 2014 Big Sky Conference football season.
Three entered, one emerged: Dakota Prukop was anointed the starting quarterback at Montana State on Monday.
For a split second, Shawn Johnson waits. Any less and he’ll be tackled. Any more and he’ll miss his chance. Then, a crease opens. And with a shake of the hips, a juke of the shoulders, Johnson is off to the races.
Montana State running back Shawn Johnson talks about growing up in California while living with current USC quarterback Cody Kessler.
Montana State running back Shawn Johnson is looking forward to his opportunity to be the Bobcats' top option out of the backfield.
BOZEMAN, Mont. – No puff of white smoke wafted from Bobcat Stadium on Saturday, but in the hours after Montana State’s final full football scrimmage of fall camp the fire was ready for stoking.
BOZEMAN – During Montana State’s final major football scrimmage Saturday, coach Rob Ash plans to closely evaluate the normal elements – blocking and tackling, scheme and pace.
BOZEMAN — The rehab is over, the pain is gone, and the only things left are a wide smile and a renewed hunger for Montana State linebacker Na’a Moeakiola.
Montana State quarterback Jake Bleskin and coach Rob Ash talk about the competition between Bleskin, Dakota Prukop and Quinn McQueary for the team's starting QB.
Montana State linebacker Na'a Moeakiola is back on the Bobcats' starting defense after missing last season with an injury. Moeakiola, defensive lineman Odin Coe and coach Rob Ash talk about his return.
Observations and quotes from Montana State's football media day, held Thursday morning at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman:
NOTE: This is the eighth installment of a summer-long series projecting the Top 10 players at each position for the 2014 Big Sky Conference football season.
BOZEMAN -- Montana State announced start times on Wednesday for 10 of its 12 football games, a list that includes an evening kickoff for its home opener on Sept. 6.