Montana State to visit SMU, host six in 2013

Montana State's football program will visit SMU and play six home games this season as part of a 12-game schedule announced Tuesday.

The Bobcats have won a share of the last three Big Sky Conference titles.

Montana State will open the season by hosting Monmouth on Aug. 29 and also play home games against NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa (Sept. 14) and Big Sky members Northern Arizona (Oct. 5), UC Davis (Oct. 26), Southern Utah (Nov. 16) and Montana (Nov. 23).

Coach Rob Ash's program pulled out of a scheduled game on Sept. 7 against two- time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State to play its lone game against an FBS program, SMU.

The Bobcats have a second road game in Texas against Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 21) as well as matchups at Big Sky members North Dakota (Sept. 28), Weber State (Oct. 19), Northern Colorado (Nov. 2) and Eastern Washington (Nov. 9).

Montana State finished this past season with a 11-2 record and No. 5 ranking in The Sports Network FCS Top 25.


Aug. 29, Monmouth

Sept. 7, at SMU

Sept. 14, Colorado Mesa

Sept. 21, at Stephen F. Austin

Sept. 28, at North Dakota*

Oct. 5, Northern Arizona*

Oct. 19, at Weber State*

Oct. 26, UC Davis*

Nov. 2, at Northern Colorado*

Nov. 9, at Eastern Washington*

Nov. 16, Southern Utah*

Nov. 23, Montana*

* - Big Sky Conference game