The Montana Grizzlies are returning home this weekend and I think everyone is expecting a big bounce back game. Coming off their first loss of the season, a 34-28 heartbreaker at Eastern Washington, the Griz will look to get back on track as first-time opponent Dixie State visits Missoula. This will be UM’s final nonconference game of the season and kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Montana dropped from No. 4 to No. 6 in both the Stats Perform media poll and the AFCA FCS Coaches’ poll this week after Saturday’s loss. However, the Griz are the highest-ranked one-loss team in the FCS, with four undefeated teams below them in the polls.
Who is Dixie State?
If you’ve never heard of the Dixie State Trailblazers before, you’re probably not alone. They are currently in their first full year competing at the FCS level after making the transition from D-II in July of 2020. They played five games in the spring of 2021 and finished with a 2-3 record. They are a new member of the Western Athletic Conference, which will officially open conference play in 2022.
So far this year, the Trailblazers have a 0-4 record, with losses to three Big