Bobcats win #4 in FCS bracket

Fresh off a drumbeat from rival Montana, the Montana State football team earned the #4 spot in the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

The Bobcats (10-1), who defeated the Grizzlies 55-21 in last Saturday’s rivalry game, earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of No. 7 Weber State and No. 16 North Dakota on Dec. 3 in Bozeman.

Montana State won part of the Big Sky Conference title and will be in the playoffs for 12th and fourth time in the last five years. In 1984 the Bobcats won the title.

South Dakota State secured the top spot when the 24-team field was announced Sunday.

The University of Montana (7-4) earned an at-large bid in the postseason and will host Ohio Valley Conference champion Southeast Missouri State (9-2) at 8 p.m. Saturday in Missoula. The first-ever meeting of the two programs will air on ESPN 2.