It’s here. The sound of screaming fans, loud enough to be heard from blocks away. Community members with their Bobcat gear and signs hung in their windows. The COVID-19 pandemic threw things to shambles. Forced to hide like turtles in our shells during quarantine, the question of future normalcy lingered. For the first time since 2019, the entire Bobcat student body can come together to celebrate the return of live football games. The first game of the 2020-21 season is one week away, and the year break brings a new sense of excitement.
It’s time for the Bobcats to assemble. With the start of a new school year under our belts, we can all breathe a big sigh of relief. Not only can we celebrate the ability to sit next to our peers in class, we can also prepare ourselves for perhaps the most exciting start to the school year. When the team last played in the 2019 football season, the Bobcats placed fourth overall in the Big Sky Conference, behind Weber State, Sacramento State and the University of Montana, with a record of 6-2 in conference play. The upcoming season has a lot in store for the Cats, including eight Big Sky Conference games, three out of conference games against Wyoming, Drake (which also happens to be Gold Rush) and San Diego.
The last time Montana State won a conference title was back in 2012. Missing the 2020 season could prove to be a setback for the team, or it may or it may be to the team’s benefit providing additional time to develop. Certainly, one thing every Bobcat can be excited about is the annual Brawl of the Wild game that takes place on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Missoula. After the amazing 2019 win of 48-14, Bobcat students and community members crave a win against the Grizzlies. After all, Cats eat Grizzlies for dinner.
The first game of the season takes place on Saturday, Sept. 4, against Wyoming, in Laramie, Wyoming. This game, while far away from Bozeman, may hit close to home for MSU head football Coach Brent Vigen. Vigen was recently hired as the Bobcat head coach, leaving behind his previous job with Wyoming, where he served as offensive coordinator since 2014. While there, Vigen coached Josh Allen, who was the seventh NFL draft pick in 2018 to the Buffalo Bills. Allen maintains his starting role at the Bills, coming up just short of the NFL MVP in 2020. Even though ESPN predicts Wyoming is going to win this first game, they underestimate the Cats and their new coaching knowledge. In just days, football season will begin and a new Bobcat Era can rise. Good luck Cats, see you at Gold Rush!
In order to get tickets to games during the 2021 football season, visit msustudenttickets.com. Once on the website, be sure to make an account using your student number and a password of your choice. Tickets are available on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at noon before the Gold Rush game, but be sure to get your tickets early, they go fast!