2021 FCS Season Preview: Montana State Bobcats

Montana State opted out of the Spring Season and chose to only do an inter-squad spring game. Despite being out of competition for a year the Bobcats are loading up and have a host of hungry seniors ready to have a last hurrah. Between Isiah Ifanse, Lewis Kidd, Troy Andersen, and North Carolina State transfer quarterback this team has a lot of big-time playmakers to help change the outcome of the games. Can the Bobcats rally against the conference and surprise?


Montana State

HomeAwayVenueMatch Day TV/Streaming Highlights
War Memorial Stadium (Wyoming)
Laramie, WY - -
Bobcat Stadium
Bozeman, MT - -
Bobcat Stadium
Bozeman, MT - -
Hillsboro Stadium
Hillsboro, OR - -
Nottingham Field
Bozeman, MT - -
Bobcat Stadium
Bozeman, MT - -
Stewart Stadium
Ogden, UT - -
Bobcat Stadium
Pocatello, ID - -
Roos Field
Cheney, WA - -
Bobcat Stadium
Bozeman, MT - -
Washington-Grizzly Stadium
Missoula, MT - -
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Bobcat Stadium. Capacity 20,767. Photo via BobcatStadium.com.

Key Players

Isaiah Ifanse – Running Back – 5’10” 202 lbs. – Junior

Ifanse tallied 1,838 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns in just two years at Montana State (2018 & 2019). The 2019 All-American Honorable Mention running back has been a crucial piece of the rushing attack despite how many talented players run the ball from all positons for the Bobcats. Ifanse will be an integral part of this year’s success so that NC State transfer and likely starting quarterback Matthew McKay can find relief.

Troy Andersen – Linebacker – 6’4″ 235 lbs. – Senior

Andersen might be one of the most impressive athletes in Montana State history as he holds numerous season records outright, and is in the top 10 for game and career for quarterback stats. That’s right, Andersen is a multitalented ironman who has done it all in Bozeman, but this year he looks to dominate at linebacker as the Bobcats are trying to narrow down a true quarterback.

Coach Brent Vigen. Coaching Record (0-0). Photo via MSU Athletics.

Predicted Finish

Fifth. The Bobcats will find themselves in the top half of the conference, but a rough road schedule could leave the Bobcats out of the title talks. Montana State travels to Wyoming, Weber State, Eastern Washington, and Montana for the Brawl of the Wild at the end of the season. This tough road schedule ensures that they have to be airtight at home and win games they are not favored to on the road. With Coach Choate in the wind, the Bobcats must stay vigilant to avoid being blown away from the title.

Best: 10-1
Worst: 6-5
Predicted: 7-4 (5-3)