Report: SMU to add Montana State to 2013 Football Schedule

By Kevin Kelley -
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SMU could be replacing Baylor with Montana State. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The SMU Mustangs appear to be adding a home game against the Montana State Bobcats in 2013, The Dickinson Press has reported.

Montana State, which was scheduled to play at North Dakota State on Sept. 7, 2013, is buying out of that game for $100,000. Indications are that they are canceling NDSU to play at SMU on the same date.

SMU and Montana State have never met in football. The Bobcats are a member of the Big Sky Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision.

If SMU does finalize the match-up against Montana State, the Mustangs will have to cancel or postpone a game as they already have four non-conference games scheduled in 2013 (Texas Tech, Baylor, at Texas A&M, at TCU).

SMU message boards have lit up at the notion of canceling one of their four high-profile games in 2013. And most people seem to think that the game targeted for cancellation is Baylor. The Bears are slated to travel to SMU on Sept. 14.

Neither Baylor or SMU have made a statement on the status of their 2013 game. The two schools are currently scheduled to play every season through 2019.

Update (2/19/13)

Montana State athletic director Peter Fields confirmed to KBZK-7 that the Bobcats will travel to play SMU on Sept. 7, 2013 and will receive $300,000 for the game.

The contest is also listed on Montana State’s 2013 football schedule.

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19 Comments to Report: SMU to add Montana State to 2013 Football Schedule

  1. Jinzo said....

    Maybe SMU wants to lessen a tough OOC schedule….no harm in doing that.

    February 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm
    • Kevin Kelley said....

      True, but they shouldn’t have waited so long. Now Baylor (or one of the others) will have to seek out another game which will surely be FCS.

      February 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm
    • Kro said....

      They could also try Syracuse or WKU

      February 20, 2013 at 12:57 am
    • Bill said....

      Sounds like North Dakota State is available.

      February 20, 2013 at 11:31 am
    • rollie said....

      would love to see bison vs baylor.we open at ksu which will be very interesting since they lost 37 seniors,17 starters and qb klein.remember bison beat ku in 2010 !!!
      we are down to 10 games now.including only 5 at home. fans would be ok w/baylor level game on road for the payday and sacrifice a home game.

      February 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm
  2. Jason said....

    This will not help there season ticket sales. Dropping a matchup with either of the old SWC foes is a bad idea. These games are the only real draw in purchasing season tickets.

    February 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm
    • Anonymous said....

      ?

      February 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm
    • Maize_in_Spartyland said....

      Would you rather see a home slate of

      (a) UCF, Connecticut, Rutgers, Temple, Texas Tech, and Baylor/Montana State.

      or

      (b) Houston, Memphis, Southern Miss, Tulane, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M, and TCU.

      Keep in mind, SMU needs to get to at least six wins, think they can win six conference games if they play Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, and Texas A&M in non conference?

      February 19, 2013 at 10:56 am
    • Jason said....

      Maize in Spartyland

      I understand that SMU is dropping Baylor because they are almost guaranteed an 0-4 start this next season. As a season ticket holder of SMU this last season I can tell you that I was only interested in going to three games. They were Texas A&M, TCU and Houston. Old SWC conference matchups. A&M and TCU were the only games last season that SMU had with the attendance over 25K. By looking at the projected upcoming schedule I can only see two games that has a chance to bring in crowds over 25,000 and that is Texas Tech and Baylor. No one from Dallas cares about going to see games against Temple, Rutgers or UConn. SMU will struggle winning six games regardless if they drop this game or not next season. If your going to schedule a FCS to replace Baylor then at lease find a school from the state of Texas. Sad part about that is Sam Houston St. would kick there arse too.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm
    • Nate said....

      Jason,
      As a TCU fan that was in the WAC, MWC and C-USA I completely agree. The only home games that raised attention on TCU’s schedule in the MWC were BYU, Utah, Texas Tech, Baylor and SMU. No one in Texas cares to watch teams from the Big East or Mountain West (minus the perennial top 25 Utah schools or maybe a top 25 Louisville or Cinci). We would have killed to play Texas or Aggie at Amon Carter in the MWC days.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:20 am
    • rollie said....

      sam houston state would give SMU a much better game.SHS beat msu in 2012 playoffs in close game.SHS would beat most if not all big sky teams however vs missouri valley teams,they would lose to all but maybe 3 teams.MVC level football is far better than all other FCS conferences.

      like bison vs baylor on 14th sept !!! see ya there !!!

      February 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm
    • rollie said....

      oh, by the way. bison have piss pounded SHS in the last 2 FSC title games !!! they quit at halftime in both games !!!!

      February 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm
  3. Vance Dowton said....

    Montana state won’t be as easy as every one thinks they will be

    February 19, 2013 at 12:41 am
    • Nick said....

      Seriously. Montana State is one of the best teams in FCS. They could move up to FBS and easily win 5-6 games if they went into the C-USA, MAC, or Sun Belt. The Big Sky is one of the best conferences in FCS. Eastern Washington is great and so was Montana the last couple of years.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm
  4. rollie said....

    second time in 6 years that MSU has dumped on ndsu.hope ad gene taylor never schedules them again in regular season then kick the crap out of them in playoffs. georgia southern did this to bison last year and they paid for it in playoffs.thanks to msu cancel,as of today,we only have 10 games in 2013.bison are also open sept 14,maybe we should call baylor ???

    February 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm
  5. gameday said....

    Baylor v. Syracuse on 9/14 will work…….just need to decide who hosts, etc…….

    February 20, 2013 at 10:02 am
  6. Kyle said....

    Let us not forget, the only reason SMU has this option is because Baylor dropped SMU in 2011 for an FCS team.

    February 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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