It's been anything but a normal past 12 months for us all. That might be an understatement when you're talking about the University of Montana and all the changes to the Griz football schedule. There was hope that they 2020 season could somehow be played and the games would go on. But as we moved through last summer it became pretty clear that things were heading into the unknown when it came to the immediate future of Griz games.

We had a schedule. Then the Big Sky Conference postponed the fall season. Then we had a shortened conference schedule that would be played in the early part of this year - but the University recently opted out of those games. And as we sit here in the middle of March we now have one game for the spring that's scheduled to be played at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in April. At this point, who knows what could change between now and then.

But with the hope that things will be a bit more normal in the world when football season rolls around again - the Griz have announced their 2021 fall schedule. If you take a good look you might realize things look a bit familiar as the 2020 conference games that were canceled are being moved to the 2021 schedule. Let's all think happy thoughts that we can have Washington-Grizzly stadium rocking when the first scheduled home game rolls around on September 11.

Check out the press release below with all the details of the 2021 season that will start on the road at Washington and end at home with the 120th Brawl of the Wild against Montana State.


The Big Sky Conference President's Council announced Wednesday it has approved moving the fall 2020 conference football schedule to the fall of 2021, restoring the slate of games that had previously been canceled.

The Grizzlies will now host Cal Poly to open conference play on September 25, 2021, and the regular season will commence with the 120th Brawl of the Wild game against Montana State in Missoula on November 20.

The Griz will also host Sacramento State on October 16 and Southern Utah on October 30 in league play. UM will travel to Eastern Washington on October 2, Idaho on October 23, Northern Colorado on November 6, and Northern Arizona on November 13 to round out the conference schedule.

Montana opens the 2021 season against the University of Washington on September 4 in Seattle, followed by the home-opener against the Missouri Valley Conference's Western Illinois Leathernecks on September 11 in Missoula.

The Grizzlies complete the non-conference schedule on October 10 when it hosts Dixie State in the first of a four-game series with the Trailblazers, who are set to make the move to FCS football this year.

Montana's bye week will come early in 2021, falling on September 18 during week three.

In conjunction with the University of Montana Alumni Association, the fall 2021 Homecoming weekend will now coincide with the Cal Poly game on September 25, with a host of events on campus throughout the weekend.

With Southern Utah announcing it will officially leave the Big Sky Conference, the previous 2021 season will not be pushed forward as the league re-draws the schedule matrix without the Thunderbirds in 2022.

Montana is currently scheduled to play one game during the NCAA-approved 2021 spring season when it hosts Central Washington on April 10 in Missoula.

Stadium capacity and ticketing details for fans inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium are yet to be determined and will be contingent on approval from the Missoula County Health Department. Broadcast details and kickoff time for the game will also be determined at a later date.

Fall 2021 ticketing, capacity, broadcast, and kickoff details will also be announced at a later date.

Montana Fall 2021 Schedule
9.4       @Washington
9.11     Western Illinois
9.18     Open
9.25     Cal Poly*^
10.2     @Eastern Washington*
10.9     Dixie State
10.16   Sacramento State*
10.23   @Idaho*
10.30   Southern Utah*
11.6     @Northern Colorado*
11.13   @Northern Arizona*
11.20   Montana State*

Home games in BOLD
* = Big Sky Conference Game
^ = Homecoming

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