The FCS College Football Playoff Selection Committee revealed that Montana is the sixth seed in the playoffs and will face the winner of a game between Southeast Louisiana and Villanova Sunday, Nov. 24. UM football coaches and staff sat in the Press Box sports bar in Missoula to wait for the team’s matchup in the FCS playoffs to be revealed.
Head coach Bobby Hauck said he’s excited to play at home, after Montana’s spot in the bracket was revealed.
When television screens flashed that Montana would gain the sixth seed in the playoff, fans cheered in the bar. But the venue got silent when ESPNU analysts reminded fans that Montana’s ranking was hurt by its 48-14 loss to rival Montana State. The Griz will play the winner of the Southeast Louisiana and Villanova game.
Southeast Louisiana has a 7-4 overall record and was third in the Southland Conference. Southeast Louisiana lost to its rival Nicholls State University 27-28 in its last regular season game.
Villanova ended season play with a 9-3 record and it ranked third in the Colonial Athletic Association. It has won the last three games. In two of Villanova’s three losses, Villanova lost by 8 points or less.
The last time a Hauck coached the team to the playoffs was during his previous stint with UM in 2009. Montana beat South Dakota State, Stephen F. Austin and Appalachian State in order to advance to the 2009 FCS National Championship.
UM lost to Villanova in the 2009 title game 21-23. “It would be great, but we’ll play whoever they put in front of us,” Hauck said about a potential rematch with Villanova.
Villanova will play Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 30. Montana will face the winner of that game on Dec. 7.