MISSOULA, Mont. - After finishing the regular season with an overall record of 10-2 and a conference record of 6-2, the Montana Grizzly football team earned the #8 seed in the FCS playoffs.
Saturday morning the Griz watched the selection show at the Press Box where they found out they would be the #8 seed in the 2013 FCS playoffs. Not only did the Grizzlies make the playoffs, but they also received a first round bye in the process.
"To see us come up as the #8 seed, our main hope I guess coming into this morning was that we would have a bye and get a home game, and we got that so we're really excited about that," said Griz head football coach Mick Delaney.
"It's huge you know, it's what we wanted was to get into the playoffs and have a shot at making a run at a national title, so we're excited about it," said Griz quarterback Jordan Johnson.
The Griz will host the winner of the first round match between Bethune-Cookman and Coastal Carlina. The first round bye couldn't have come at a better time for Montana, The Grizzlies haven't had any time to rest since their week two bye.
"It's just big for us to kind of have a week off to get healthy and get all our guys back, I think it will be really really good for us," said Johnson.
After finishing last season with and overall record of 5-6 and a conference record of 3-5, the Griz have turned things around in just once year.
"That's tremendous, I think that's one of the things that Griz Nation deserves," said Delaney. "As it has been in the past, we're back to where we are playing that first game at home and whether it's a bye or not it's really important, but when it's a bye it's great."
The Griz will host the second round playoff game Saturday, Dec. 7th at noon inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.