|Date||Saturday, Oct. 12|
|Time||1:00 p.m. PT|
|Radio||ESPN 1320 AM|
|Game Notes||Sacramento State | Montana State|
1. Just Like Home
Along with the normal options to listen to Sacramento State road games on ESPN 1320 or watch online at Pluto.TV, fans will be able to watch this week's game on CW31 on Saturday. The station is picking up the Montana State broadcast from SWX-Montana and will also air the road game at Idaho later this season.
2. Down In the Trenches
Saturday's game could very well be decided up front. Montana State enters the contest as the best rushing team in the Big Sky, averaging 264.7 yards per game on the ground. Sacramento State is the best team in the league against the run, limiting opponents to 96.8 yards per game.
Conversely, MSU relies on getting to the quarterback to spark its defense. Bryce Sterk ranks third nationally with 1.42 sacks per game but will be going against a Hornet offensive line which has only allowed six sacks this season. Sacramento State has not surrendered a sack in its three home games and was sacked three times at Arizona State and Fresno State.
3. It Could Be Worse
Based on the weather in the Pacific Northwest and Montana over the last two weekends, Sacramento State could be catching a break. Two weeks ago, Eastern Washington played through a rare early October snow storm in their game against North Dakota. This week, Montana was hit with heavy snow. On Saturday, the forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures near 50 degrees.
4. It's Been A While
Sacramento State will be making just its second trip to Bozeman, Mont., since 2012. The teams last played in 2016 where the Hornets defeated the Bobcats 41-38 at Hornet Stadium. Sacramento State's lone win at MSU came in 1991 (19-17). At that time, the Hornets were still a member of NCAA Div. II while Montana State was in the Big Sky.
5. Honorary Captain
This week's honorary captain is Jason Bannan. A member of the Hornet program from 1991-95, Bannan was a team captain and all-league selection his final two seasons. He played a key role in the Hornets win the America West Conference title in 1995. Bannan was elected to the Sacramento State Hall of Fame in 2012.
Since graduating from Sacramento State with his degree in criminal justice, he has started Bannan Construction which has offices in Sacramento and Bozeman.