Tis the season of Griz-Cat or the Cat-Griz, as some people might say. The Missoulian reported that the rivalry is the oldest NCAA FCS subdivision rivalry west of the Mississippi. UM leads the rivalry in consecutive wins, 71-37. Here are the top five facts about the “Montana Superbowl” that you probably didn’t know:
#5. The Legendary Trophy
The Great Divide Trophy was created in 2001 and stays with the game winner each year. The trophy will stay with whoever wins the most games forever at the end of the 21st Century.
Photo source: The Missoulian
#4. Butte hosted the rivarly
Twenty-one Brawl of the Wild games were actually played in Butte, Montana from 1926 to 1950. No games were played during World War II between 1942 and 1945.
Photo source: Archives & Special Collections — Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, 1937
#3.The number of places to watch the game
Outside of Montana there are more than 80 venues that host Griz-Cat parties for watching the game (nationwide.) The Virgin Islands even has two noted locations to cheer on the Griz.
#2. The Streak
The Grizzlies won 16 consecutive times from 1986-2001. This became known as “The Streak.”
Photo source: Archives & Special Collections — Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, 1995
#1. Aggies vs. the Bears
The first rivalry game between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State University Bobcats dates back to 1897 when the competing teams were called the State Agricultural College Aggies versus the University of Montana Bears. The Grizzlies didn’t become the official name for UM’s football team until 1912.