Sports fans across Montana and the country and eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated matchup between the Montana State University Bobcats and the University of Montana Grizzlies. The Brawl of the Wild is the biggest event of the year in Montana, and regardless of who you're rooting for this year, this year's game is going to be one for the ages.

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In the latest FCS rankings, Montana is #3, and the Bobcats are #4. Regardless of who wins on Saturday, both teams have already secured a spot in the FCS playoffs. In last year's Cat/Griz game, the Cats dominated the Griz 55-21, and the ESPN College Gameday crew was on hand to bring an extra level of excitement to the game. As we head into the final game of the regular season before the FCS playoffs, here are a few important things you need to know about the Brawl of the Wild on Saturday in Missoula.

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Brawl of the Wild

1. When is the Game?

  • Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.

2. How to Watch/Listen to the Game?

  • The game will be aired on ESPN+ and the Montana Television Network. You can listen to a radio broadcast of the game on 100.7 XL Country or on the XL Country App.
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3. What Happens if the Bobcats Win?

  • If the Bobcats win, they will most likely move up in the rankings and also receive a higher playoff seed. A win would secure home-field advantage during the FCS Playoffs.

4. What Happens if the Grizzlies Win?

  • If the Grizzlies win at home on Saturday, the team is expected to receive a  No. 2 or No. 3 seed and will secure home-field advantage during the playoffs.
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5. Could There Be a Rematch in the FCS Playoffs?

  • Due to their respective rankings, both teams will be top-8 seeds and will receive a first-round bye in the FCS Playoffs. Since both teams are in the Big Sky Conference, they will not be paired for games in the first round or second round. If both teams are still in following the second round, there's a good chance we'll see a rematch.

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