THE NORTH DAKOTA STATE-MONTANA GAME
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT
Kudos to ESPN for giving this one the big-game feel befitting a four-time national champion and forerunner of the subdivision.
Teaming legendary play-by-play broadcaster and native Montanan Brent Musburger with one of the network’s first-string color commentators, Jesse Palmer, presents an air of legitimacy that last season’s Week 0 game lacked.
Further enhancing the presentation for the television viewer is Montana’s home venue, Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
No other stadium in the FCS has the same big-time look or atmosphere. Montana routinely leads the subdivision in average attendance, drawing around 25,000 per home contest.
Expect a few makeshift seats to be set up for Saturday’s contest, given its significance.