2018 Montana State Bobcats football team

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2018 Montana State Bobcats football
Montana State Bobcats M Logo.png
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 17
FCS CoachesNo. 17
2018 record8–5 (5–3 Big Sky)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBrian Armstrong (2nd season, games 1–7)
Matt Miller (games 8–13) (1st as OC, 3rd overall season)
Defensive coordinatorTy Gregorak (3rd season)
Home stadiumBobcat Stadium
(Capacity: 17,777)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Weber State +^   7 1         10 3  
No. 2 Eastern Washington +^   7 1         12 3  
No. 7 UC Davis +^   7 1         10 3  
No. 17 Montana State ^   5 3         8 5  
Idaho State   5 3         6 5  
Montana   4 4         6 5  
Cal Poly   4 4         5 6  
Northern Arizona   3 4         4 6  
Portland State   3 5         4 7  
Idaho   3 5         4 7  
Northern Colorado   2 6         2 9  
Southern Utah   1 7         1 10  
Sacramento State   0 7         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Although North Dakota was classified as an independent, games against them still counted as Big Sky Conference games.
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2018 Montana State Bobcats football team represented Montana State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bobcats were led by third-year head coach Jeff Choate and played their home games at Bobcat Stadium. They were a member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Incarnate Word in the first round before losing in the second round to North Dakota State.

Previous season[edit]

The Bobcats finished the 2017 season 5–6, 5–3 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for sixth place.

Preseason[edit]

Polls[edit]

On July 16, 2018 during the Big Sky Kickoff in Spokane, Washington, the Bobcats were predicted to finish in eighth place in both the coaches and media poll.[1]

Coaches poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Eastern Washington 134 (6)
2 Weber State 124 (3)
3 Northern Arizona 121 (3)
4 Idaho 101 (1)
5 Sacramento State 94
6 Southern Utah 91
7 Montana 82
8 Montana State 76
9 UC Davis 64
10 Cal Poly 40
11 Northern Colorado 30
12 Idaho State 29
13 Portland State 21
Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Eastern Washington 651 (27)
2 Weber State 636 (19)
3 Northern Arizona 535 (1)
4 Montana 496 (2)
5 Idaho 483 (3)
6 Southern Utah 449 (1)
7 Sacramento State 415
8 Montana State 391 (1)
9 UC Davis 331 (1)
10 Idaho State 170
11 Cal Poly 169
12 Northern Colorado 166
13 Portland State 103

Preseason All-Conference Team[edit]

The Bobcats had one player selected to the Preseason All-Conference Team.[2]

Tucker Yates – Sr. DT

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 p.m.Western Illinois*SWXW 26–2318,507
September 85:00 p.m.at No. 3 South Dakota State*SWXL 14–4514,614
September 151:00 p.m.Wagner*
  • Bobcat Stadium
  • Bozeman, MT
SWXW 47–2418,037
September 223:00 p.m.at Portland StateSWXW 43–234,135
September 291:00 p.m.No. 5 Eastern Washington
  • Bobcat Stadium
  • Bozeman, MT
RTNWL 17–3418,667
October 132:00 p.m.Idahodagger
  • Bobcat Stadium
  • Bozeman, MT
RTNWW 24–2319,177
October 204:00 p.m.at No. 7 Weber StateRTNWL 24–348,062
October 273:30 p.m.at Idaho StateELVNL 17–248,851
November 32:00 p.m.Cal Poly
  • Bobcat Stadium
  • Bozeman, MT
SWXW 49–4216,747
November 101:00 p.m.Northern Colorado
  • Bobcat Stadium
  • Bozeman, MT
RTNWW 35–714,147
November 1712:00 p.m.at MontanaNo. 25RTNWW 29–2526,508
November 241:00 p.m.No. 24 Incarnate Word*No. 23
ESPN3W 35–1410,017
December 12:00 p.m.at No. 1 North Dakota State*No. 23ESPN3L 10–5217,007

Game summaries[edit]

Western Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Leathernecks 7 6 7 3 23
Bobcats 3 3 14 6 26

at South Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 0 8 6 14
No. 3 Jackrabbits 7 17 14 7 45

Wagner[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 14 3 0 24
Bobcats 14 16 10 7 47

at Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 6 20 17 0 43
Vikings 3 13 7 0 23

Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Eagles 14 10 3 7 34
Bobcats 10 0 0 7 17

Idaho[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 7 7 3 6 23
Bobcats 7 0 14 3 24

at Weber State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 7 10 7 0 24
No. 7 Wildcats 0 14 10 10 34

at Idaho State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 7 0 0 10 17
Bengals 0 17 7 0 24

Cal Poly[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 7 7 7 21 42
Bobcats 14 14 14 7 49

Northern Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 0 0 0 7
Bobcats 7 14 0 14 35

at Montana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 25 Bobcats 0 7 0 22 29
Grizzlies 7 15 0 3 25

FCS Playoffs[edit]

Incarnate Word–First Round[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 24 Cardinals 7 0 7 0 14
No. 23 Bobcats 7 11 3 14 35

at North Dakota State–Second Round[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 23 Bobcats 3 0 7 0 10
No. 1 Bison 21 17 7 7 52

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 23 17 
Coaches NR RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR RV RV 23 17

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