Griz announce 2013 FB schedule

MISSOULA — The University of Montana will have a 12-game football schedule in 2013, which features six home games, and match-ups against five teams currently ranked in the Football Championship Subdivision national poll.

The Grizzlies open at home with one of the premier teams in the FCS on August 31, hosting the Appalachian State Mountaineers.  ASU is currently 7-3 overall and ranked 12th in The Sports Network’s Top 25 weekly poll (Nov. 5).  Montana lost 35-27 at Appalachian State in its second game this season.

Montana plays four Big Sky Conference home games, beginning with the Portland State Vikings on Oct. 5 in its annual homecoming games.  The Griz and Vikings did not play each other this year.

UM plays back-to-back home league games against two teams currently ranked in the FCS, in the Cal Poly Mustangs (Oct. 19) and Eastern Washington Eagles (Oct. 26).

The Mustangs are currently 7-2 overall and are tied for second (with EWU and Montana State) in the conference with a 5-1 league record.  The Griz did not play the Mustangs this season.

The Eagles are ranked fifth in the country by The Sports Network poll with a 7-2 overall record and 5-1 Big Sky mark.  EWU had a 32-26 come-from-behind home victory over the Grizzlies on Sept. 29 of this season.

The final home league contest is against long-time foe Weber State on Nov. 16.  Last Saturday (Nov. 3), the Griz edged the Wildcats 24-21 in Ogden.

The Griz host Division II Panhandle State Aggies of Goodwill, Oklahoma, on Sept. 21.

Montana’s first Big Sky road game is Sept. 28 at 11th-ranked Northern Arizona.  The Lumberjacks currently lead the league with a 6-0 record and are 8-1 overall.  NAU defeated the Grizzlies 41-31 in Missoula earlier this season.

The Griz are on the road for two league games against two teams they did not play this season, beginning with UC Davis on Oct. 12 and then Sacramento State on Nov. 2.  The final regular-season contest is against second-ranked Montana State (8-1/5-1) on Nov. 23 in Bozeman.

The two non-league road games are at North Dakota (Sept. 14) and at South Dakota (Nov. 9).  UM’s game in Grand Forks is a return game for a home-and-home (UND played in Missoula in 2012) contract that the teams scheduled before UND joined the Big Sky, therefore it will not be a conference game.  UND had a 40-34 comeback win over the Griz earlier this year, while Montana beat South Dakota 35-24 in its 2012 opener.

Game times for the Grizzlies 2013 football games will be announced in late spring or early in the summer.

 — UM Sports Information


2013 Montana Grizzly Football Schedule

DATE                    OPPONENT                                                            TIME (MTN)

August 31           Appalachian State                                                        TBA
Sept.  7                 Open                                                                                ——
Sept. 14               at North Dakota                                                            TBA
Sept. 21               Oklahoma Panhandle State                                       TBA
Sept. 28               at Northern Arizona*                                                    TBA
Oct. 5                   Portland State* (Homecoming)                                TBA
Oct. 12                 at UC Davis*                                                                   TBA
Oct. 19                 Cal Poly*                                                                         TBA
Oct. 26                 Eastern Washington*                                                  TBA
Nov. 2                  at Sacramento State*                                                   TBA
Nov. 9                  at South Dakota                                                             TBA
Nov. 16                Weber State*                                                                 TBA
Nov. 23                at Montana State* (113th meeting)                           TBA
*Big Sky Conference game