As winter rolls on and MSU football fans patiently wait for spring ball, the Montana State Athletic Department gave them a little something to hold them over: the 2013 football schedule.
There was some recent rearranging done on the part of Athletic Director Peter Fields, as the Bobcats paid a $100,000 buyout fee to leave their September 7th matchup against two time national champions North Dakota State. The Cats were set to play in Fargo, but paid the fee and will instead travel to Dallas, Texas that day to face FBS school Southern Methodist University. MSU will receive $300,000 for that matchup which will then pay for the NDSU buyout fee as well as the $200,000 they'll pay Monmouth to play in Bozeman.
It all starts August 29th under the lights, a night game against FCS Independent Monmouth. The Hawks set to join the Big South in 2014, they went 5 and 5 last season.
On September 7th, the date they were set to play North Dakota State, they'll instead head to Dallas, Texas to play FBS team Southern Methodist University. The Mustangs went 7 and 6 last year and defeated Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl.
On September 14th the Cats host division II Colorado Mesa Mavericks, they're coming off a 4 and 7 season.
The 21st they go back to Texas to play familiar foe Stephen F. Austin, who the Cats beat 43-35 last season in Bozeman.
After that the Big Sky matchups begin, starting at North Dakota, who they easily downed 55-10, then home against Northern Arizona. The Cats didn't play them last season but the Lumberjacks went 8 and 3 on the year.
The bye week is set right in the middle of the season on October 12th, after that it's to Weber State. They also weren't on the schedule last year but won just two total games.
On the 26th UC Davis comes to Bozeman, last season the Cats won 48-41 last season, having to score 17 points in the 4th quarter to win.
The next two games are the final road contests, first at Northern Colorado who were defeated for Homecoming in Bozeman 41-16, then at Eastern Washington, who handed MSU their only regular season loss last year.
The final two games are at home, on November 16th Southern Utah is in town, MSU beat them with under three minutes to go last year. And finally on November 23rd the Montana Grizzlies head over the Great Divide for The Brawl of the Wild.
Below is the full schedule:
9/7 at SMU
9/14 Colorado Mesa
9/21 at Stephen F. Austin
9/28 *at North Dakota
10/19 *at Weber State
10/26 *UC Davis
11/2 *at Northern Colorado
11/9 *at Eastern Washington
11/16 *Southern Utah