The Homecoming game between UC Davis and Idaho State on October 13, 2018.  Jared Harrell (#2) would not be stopped on his run to the endzone for a touchdown.
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No. 6 UC Davis heads to Montana for weekend's marquee matchup

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Game Eight

No. 6/13 UC Davis Aggies (6-1, 4-0 Big Sky)
at
Montana Grizzlies (4-3, 2-2 Big Sky)

Saturday, Oct. 27 – 1 p.m. PT / 2 p.m. MT
Washington-Grizzly Stadium (25,217) – Missoula, Mont.

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DAVIS, Calif. – Even though there are seven games on Saturday's Big Sky schedule, everyone's attention will focus on what takes place in Missoula, Mont., because that is where the marquee matchup of the weekend will take place when No. 6 UC Davis visits Montana for the first time since 2014.

As was the case with Idaho and Cal Poly, the Aggies will face a UM team that is well rested and coming off a bye. UC Davis would love nothing more than to replicate its results against the Vandals and Mustangs when it squares off against the Grizzlies since it earned victories against those first two opponents. 

With just a handful of games remaining, it is is time to start looking ahead to postseason play, which is why both teams will battle for a victory in this key matchup, one that is available to watch on Pluto TV (channel 237), WatchBigSky.com, listen on Sports 1140 KHTK or through its online stream on TuneIn. Live stats, and in-game Twitter updates are also available. 

A victory for UC Davis, a team that is enjoying its best start as a Division I program and the only league team with a perfect Big Sky record, will keep the Aggies alone in first place atop the conference standings for another week and extend its current program-record four-game win streak.

For Montana, a team that lost its last two games vs. Portland State and at North Dakota, a win is needed to not only snap its slide, but keep its postseason hopes alive entering the homestretch of its schedule. If the Grizzlies lose this matchup, a rare occurrence will take place: If the Aggies earn their first head-to-head victory, Montana will suffer its first in-season three-game losing streak since 1992, and their first three-game losing streak of any kind since the Grizzlies lost their last two games of the 2005 season and the first of the '06 campaign.
 

QUICK HITS
The 2018 season is the 100th in UC Davis football's history
The Aggies will enter Saturday's Big Sky contest at Montana in sole possession of first place with the highest ranking in program history (No. 6)
The team's 6-1 overall record is the best start in the program's Division I history
UC Davis is the only Big Sky team with an undefeated record (4-0), the best league start in program history
Junior quarterback Jake Maier threw five touchdowns for the second week in a row, leading UC Davis to 52 unanswered points in last week's game at Cal Poly
Maier will enter Saturday's game at Montana with 21 TDs for the year; 10 were collected throughout the last two weeks
Montana is the third opponent to face UC Davis off a bye week this year
The other two, Idaho and Cal Poly, each lost to the Aggies when they returned to action
Congratulations to former Merced High football coach, and current UC Davis assistant head coach Mark Speckman, one of 12 inductees who entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame last Sunday
The Aggies' defense is ranked No. 10 in the nation with its 1.14 turnover margin
UC Davis' high-octane offense, ranked No. 5 in the nation averaging 42.4 points per game, will face a Grizzly defense led by junior linebacker Dante Olson
Olson, a Buck Buchanan Watch List selection (FCS' defensive player of the year), leads the league with 106 tackles, 45 more than the second-ranked player, and averages 15.1 tackles per game
Throughout the season (seven games) Olson recorded 106 tackles including a 24-tackle effort at Cal Poly; he tallied double-digit stops in six games
Montana's defense also features another two players with top 10 tackles totals: redshirt freshman safety Robby Hauck (No. 3, 64 total tackles, 9.1 tpg) and senior linebacker Josh Buss (T-10, 52 tackles, 7.4 tpg)

UC DAVIS VS. MONTANA
Saturday's game is the eighth all-time meeting between UC Davis and Montana, and the fifth to take place in Missoula
UC Davis has not won any of the seven previous games vs. the Grizzlies
The last head-to-head game took place at Aggie Stadium in 2015; they last visited Missoula in 2014



AGGIE EVO
Established during the 2017-18 academic year, the Aggie EVO System is UC Davis Athletics' investment in the primary mission of preparing student-athletes for a successful "launch" after graduation.
 
Thanks to a collaboration of alumni, university resources, corporate partners, coaches and Student-Athlete Outcomes staff, all Aggies are guided over four years to acquire the skills, knowledge, opportunities and tools to better know and navigate the "World of Work" after graduating from UC Davis. Follow the Aggie EVO system on Twitter and Instagram at @AggieEVO.
 
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ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley.
 
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