How to watch South Dakota State vs. Montana live stream from anywhere
Date: Sunday, Jan. 7 | Time: 2 p.m. ET
Location: Toyota Stadium — Frisco, Texas
TV: ESPN | Live stream: WATCH ANYWHERE
South Dakota State vs. Montana: Need to know
Jackrabbits eye potential dynasty: South Dakota State has been in the shadows of rival North Dakota State for the past decade. The Bison have won nine FCS titles since 2011, but with coach Matt Entz departing for a job at USC the door could be open for the Jackrabbits to build a dynasty of their own. South Dakota State hasn’t lost to an FCS opponent since falling to Montana State in the FCS semifinals in 2021 nor shown signs of slowing down since. A win over Montana would make it back-to-back championships and shift all the momentum going forward in favor of SDSU.
Montana’s long journey back to title contender: One of the more successful programs in the FCS is back in the title game after a 14-year absence. After the Grizzlies lost consecutive FCS championships in 2008 and 2009, coach Bobby Hauck departed to take the UNLV job and spent some time away from his alma mater before returning to coach in 2018. Montana had failed to make it past the FCS quarterfinals since losing the title game in 2009, but now it finds itself one upset win away from claiming its first national championship since 2001.
Isaiah Davis is a name to watch: The key to this game is South Dakota State star running back Isaiah Davis. SDSU returned all five starting offensive linemen from its championship team last season. That’s certainly benefited Davis, who recorded career highs in yards rushing (1,491) and touchdowns (17) in 2023. SDSU has the top scoring defense in the country (9.7 points per game), so controlling the clock on the ground and getting stops on defense will be the perfect recipe to capture the title.