Depth got MSU to the national championship game, but NDSU showed once again how high the FCS standard is.
As he seemingly always has this season, though, McCutcheon remained his steady self, finishing with game highs of five catches for 106 yards.
What Montana State’s first appearance in the FCS Championship game in 37 years taught us is how wide the gap remains between the still-rising Bobcats and, ominously, the still-rising Bison.
The QBs for Montana State and North Dakota State are one win away from leading their teams to an FCS national championship.
Twice Brent Vigen had an opportunity to become a head coach at his alma mater, a program he played for and one he helped lead to three FCS championships. Twice it wasn’t meant to happen.
The Bobcats and Bison will play without some key players, but others will/might see the field in Frisco.
There have been no major pandemic-related issues for MSU and NDSU this season, but the virus is "a real concern."
North Dakota State has played 16 football games in a season twice and no fewer than 14 every year since 2010.
If they Bison win, they will finish the season with a 16-0 record and their third consecutive national championship.
FARGO, N.D. — When Jeff Choate was hired as Montana State’s 32nd head football coach in December of 2015, he soon realized it would take a little time to mesh the program with his vision.
“I think our guys are hungry. I do. I think we’re pretty good on defense, but you’re only as good as your last performance. So we’ve got to go take on a big challenge, a different challenge.”
BOZEMAN — Montana State is preparing for Saturday’s FCS semifinal at North Dakota State with the mindset that it’s just another game. But history — recent or otherwise — can’t be underestimated.
BOZEMAN — To beat North Dakota State in the FCS semifinals at the Fargodome on Saturday, it stands to reason that Montana State’s defense will probably have to take the ball away from the Bison offense at least once.
FARGO — There are four teams still alive in the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs and it’s no secret why North Dakota State, Montana State, Weber State and James Madison are still practicing this week. All four know how to play defense.
BOZEMAN — For the past decade, the Fargodome has been a house of horrors for North Dakota State’s opponents — a place where playoff dreams and championship aspirations go to die.
BOZEMAN — Montana State’s first appearance in the semifinals in 35 years will be played against the toughest team in what is the toughest place to win in the FCS — at North Dakota State inside the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota.