Brent Musburger on the Call for Montana-North Dakota State

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Montana resident Brent Musburger will be on the call for the Aug. 29 Montana Grizzlies-North Dakota State Bison FCS showcase, a tremendous move for all parties involved.

Though Musburger was moved from the prime time ABC game to SEC Network duties in 2013, he’s been the voice of college football since Keith Jackson’s retirement in the mid-2000s. Pairing him with Jesse Palmer, a first-string color commentator for ESPN, suggests the Worldwide Leader is treating the Week Zero contest like a big deal — which it is.

Last year’s telecast bordered on embarrassing at times, with the broadcast crew diverting attention away from Eastern Washington and Sam Houston State to talk about the College Football Playoff. With Brent Musburger having the opportunity to call a game in his home state, I’d expect no deviation of focus from the Grizzlies and Bison, two of the best programs in the Championship Subdivision.

Montana’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium is one of, if not the premier venue in FCS. Montana regularly attracts the top average attendance in the subdivision, last year outpacing No. 2 James Madison by almost 4,000 fans per contest.

Four-time defending national champion North Dakota State’s visit is sure to have Missoula rocking, and few are as equipped as Brent Musburger to convey the atmosphere there to the home audience.

The Week Zero FCS showcase has the potential to be something truly special, and ESPN assigning a big-time broadcast booth to call the action demonstrates an investment on its part to make it happen. And who knows? With Montana and rival Montana State both expected to compete for FCS Playoffs berths, perhaps this sets the stage for Musburger to call some postseason action, as well.

I can hope.

  • taithumble

    Some may not follow FCS football, but North Dakota StateĀ @ Montana will be a fun game to watch. 4-time national champs visiting the loudest stadium in the division. Tony Romo said it’s louder than the Seahawks stadium when asked if he’d experienced a more noisy venue. People don’t believe it because of the obvious differences in seating capacities and level. It’s the way the Griz stadium was built into the ground, pressed against a mountain side that creates such deafening noise. Not to mention a rabid fan base. Add the history of both programs and it’s a good one. NDSU is a 15 point favorite. Montana has a new man at the helm in head coach Bob Stitt, who has a reputation as an offensive innovator. Several FBS coaches and a handful of NFL coaches have credited Stitt with plays they now utilize in their offense. His teams plays fast (faster than Oregon fast) averaging 90 plays per game. It’s a steep uphill climb against NDSU in his first game as head coach, but it should be entertaining nonetheless.