Grizzly athletics have had lots of short comings this year. Soccer has fallen short of the NCAA soccer tournament with the loss to Idaho St. in the Big Sky conference championship game. Football is falling short of playoffs for the second time in three years. But the Montana Grizzlies will make sure to
come up short this week.
This week is a very historical week that means a lot to Grizzly fans and Bobcat fans. This is the 112th meeting between these two teams which is one of the longest continued rivalries in football. There is nothing like the week leading up to
I myself get jitters when thinking about it. Whether its -20 zero or 60 degrees out it makes for a great November football game. This year Bozeman comes in ranked number 2 in the FCS (Football championship subdivision). The Grizzlies have no playoff hopes but are playing for
Bragging rights for the second year in a row.
With both teams planning on winning the great divide trophy, this year is expected to be nothing short of expectations.
Grizzlies sneak by Cats 33-30 behind 250+ rushing yards for the Grizzlies running backs.
In national sports news the NFL an FBS is getting very interesting.
For the FBS, the BCS has had a mix up with #1 Alabama loosing to Texas A&M. Kansas St. is now ranked #1 followed by undefeated Oregon and Notre Dame.
The last few weeks will be interesting especially if the all three of these teams stay undefeated.
Oregon has some tough tests with Stanford, Oregon St., and the Pac-12 championship still to come. Notre Dame finishes the season against the always tough USC Trojans. Kansas St. has to battle in the rugged Big 12 against Baylor and #13 Texas.
So once again here is Shane’s Bold Predictions.
BCS championship: Kansas St. vs. Alabama
Rose Bowl: Nebraska vs. Oregon
Orange Bowl: Florida St. vs. Louisville
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Florida
Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas A&M
With that comes news from the big leagues.
In the NFL this week we saw lots of rarities with key injuries, a tie, defensive battles, and plain good ol’ November football. The San Fransisco 49ers tied with the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon in a battle in the NFC West. The prime time games this week ending up being more defensive then offensive.
The Houston Texans battled for a 13-6 victory over the ferocious Chicago Bears. Then the Pittsburgh Steelers squeaked by the Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 after an injury to Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Other key injuries were Quarterback Alex Smith of the 49ers, and Quarterback Michael Vick of the Eagles.
Week 11 brings some excitement with the bone crushing rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers as they battle for the lead in the division Sunday night. Then the leagues best defenses play Monday night as the San Fransisco 49ers host the Chicago Bears.
Don’t forget about the NBA and NCAAB who just opened up their seasons. Not much big play in men’s college basketball yet but there has already been an upset as the #23 Connecticut Huskies defeated the #14 Michigan St. Spartans this weekend and the Syracuse/ San Diego St. game that was supposed to be played on an aircraft carrier USS Midway, but was postponed to
condensation on the court. Instead they played at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany at 2:30 a.m eastern time.
The L.A. Lakers making the news in the NBA as they fired coach Mike Brown through five games and hired Mike D’ Antoni instead of previous coach Phil Jackson who brought them five championships.
Will Mike D’Antoni’s run and gun style of offense match up with new accusations of Dwight Howard and two time MVP Steve Nash.
Will find out on that topic and plenty more upcoming local/national sports news at Play Missoula’s/destinationmissoula.org website on Shane’s Sportin’ Up Blog.