It's game day in Chattanooga, Tennesssee. The Montana Grizlies are set to take on the Villanova Wildcats for the FCS championship.
Are you fired up, Griz fans? If not, coach Hauck has some words for you:
Before kickoff, I want to give you my three keys to the game, some food for thought before the Griz and Wildcats get after it.
MONTANA'S 3 KEYS
- Max protection: It's imperative the Grizzlies keep quarterback Andrew Selle upright. Villanova's odd-stack blitzing defense causes all kinds of problems for QBs, but Selle can be deadly when he has time to throw.
- Be "special": Both teams pride themselves on great special teams, but when Montana wins this facet, they always win the game. The Griz must contain Matt Szczur on kick returns and win the field position battle.
- Reynolds' rebound: Chase Reynolds had only 47 yards in the championship game last year. That won't cut it against Villanova. If the Griz can establish Reynolds effectively early, they'll be in great shape.
VILLANOVA'S 3 KEYS
- Hail Szczur: With the ability to beat you through the air on the ground or on special teams, Matt Szczur might be the most dynamic offensive player in the FCS. If he can bust a few big plays, the Wildcats will have a big chance to win.
- Turnover tale: Montana has an unbelievable knack for gaining takeaways. Villanova is great at not giving it up. The Wildcats would be wise to protect the football at all costs tonight.
- Managing Marc: Stopping big plays is a huge key in any contest, but Villanova needs to pay extra attention to Marc Mariani in the punt return game. If punter Dominic Scarnecchia can keep the ball away from Mariani, they can keep the Griz at bay.