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TIME, DAY, LOCATION: 1 p.m. Saturday, Bobcat Stadium

TV: FOX and SWX stations (Billing), ESPN +

WEATHER: 50 degrees, mostly cloudy

Montana State: Brent Vigen

Vigen arrived at MSU after seven seasons as Wyoming’s offensive coordinator. He was an assistant in several roles, including that of offensive coordinator, before that in the state of North Dakota.

REGISTRATION: 33-65; YEAR: ninth

Petrino, a Butte native who grew up in Helena, has guided Idaho through multiple conference changes. He was offensive coordinator in Louisville, Arkansas and Illinois.

MONTANA STATE PLAYERS TO WATCH

86 – Lance McCutcheon – WR

McCutcheon caught five career-high 150 yards last week in Eastern Washington. It was after three games of less than 60 yards. Last week the Bobcats’ passing offense found a rhythm, and that was in large part thanks to McCutcheon. He’s fortunate enough to continue to thrive against Idaho.

15 – Troy Andersen – LB

Andersen was Big Sky’s Defensive Player of the Week after a 15-tackle performance at EWU. He led the Bobcats in tackles for three straight games. However, Idaho decide to play on offense, Andersen has another opportunity to be continuously around the ball and could force a few turnovers as well.

41 – Chase Benson – DT

If the Vandals are looking to run or pass, Benson will likely be disruptive. The senior came back from a one-game absence due to injury last week and has beefed up MSU’s defense. He might not register much in terms of stats, but he could be problematic for Idaho’s offensive line.

24 – Roshaun Johnson – RB

Four Vandals have rushed for at least 200 yards this season, but Johnson is the leader among them. He totaled 375 yards on 69 attempts with 10 touchdowns. Montana State’s defensive front has been strong all year, but Johnson will be a threat to score and give Idaho some momentum.

14 – Terez Traynor – WR

The Vandals have totaled 2,520 yards this season, and Traynor has over a quarter of those yards. He has 46 catches for 640 yards and two touchdowns this season. The 6-foot-4, 212-pound transfer from Western Kentucky could be a central part of Idaho’s offensive against MSU.

Walker leads the Vandals with 89 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound junior linebacker was named a finalist for the 100% American Award and Buck Buchanan during his career, among other accolades. MSU head coach Brent Vigen has noted that Walker will be one of the Idaho defenders the Bobcats need to watch out for.

– Idaho leads the series with Montana State 25-18-1, but as opponents of Big Sky the record is 17-15. Idaho was the first out-of-state opponent of the MSU in 1905.

– Seven of MSU’s 16 eight-game winning seasons have taken place in this century. MSU’s eight-game winning streak is the longest since the 2011 Bobcats won nine in a row.

– The Bobcats lead the Big Sky in total defense (280.2 yards per game allowed) and defense (11.4 points).

– Against Eastern Washington last week, the Bobcats finished with a negative turnover margin for the first time in 20 games. MSU’s 31-game winning streak ended with a win at EWU.

– The Bobcats still lead the Big Sky with a turnover margin of over 1.1.

– MSU is fourth in the FCS in passing yards allowed (161.2 per game).

– The Bobcats lead the Big Sky in passing efficiency defense, while Idaho is ninth in the league in passing efficiency offense.

-Isaiah Ifanse is fifth among all college football players with 1,124 rushing yards.

-Troy Andersen and Ty Okada led or tied for the team lead in tackles four times each. Callahan O’Reilly and Daniel Hardy are the only other players to pace the Bobcats with tackles in a match.

Montana State Head Coach Brent Vigen has said a team could lose to an opponent they shouldn’t lose if focus is lost. He doesn’t expect that to be the case with the Bobcats. Vigen said his players prepare the same for their opponents every week, regardless of their skill level.

If this continues, the Bobcats will have no problem beating Idaho. Their hasty attack overwhelmed enemies of Big Sky and their defense continues to be among the best in the FCS. MSU is expected to win its ninth consecutive game.

Pool Pick: Montana State 45, Idaho 20

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