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Nov 5, 2021

NBC Montana: Tester, Daines challenge ESPN to host GameDay in Missoula for 'Brawl of the Wild'

Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are coming together to challenge ESPN to host their 'College GameDay' program in Missoula for the 120th 'Brawl of the Wild.'

The following was sent out by the Office of Senators Daines and Tester:

With the clock winding down close to the two week warning, U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today released a joint video statement challenging ESPN to host their ‘College GameDay' program in Missoula for the 120th ‘Brawl of the Wild' rivalry game between the Montana State University Bobcats and University of Montana Grizzlies on Saturday, November 20.

"There's one thing we agree on, Jon, and that is for ESPN's College GameDay, I think the best game's going to be in Montana, the Brawl of the Wild," said Daines.

"No doubt about it," responded Tester. "It's going to be in Missoula where the Grizzlies are going to take on the Bobcats, and I got a notion that it's going to be one heck of a game guys. You've got to be there."

ESPN's ‘College GameDay' program occurs every Saturday during the college football regular season, and is almost always broadcast live from outside the stadium where the most important game of the week will be played. Despite being one of the longest standing rivalry games in college football, with the outcome consistently having significant postseason implications, the ‘Brawl of the Wild' has never been featured on ‘College GameDay' in its 28 years of on-site programming.

The Bobcats are currently ranked #4 in the national Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) rankings, with the Grizzlies trailing closely behind at #10. Both teams are members of the Big Sky Conference and are competing to make the FCS playoffs.

Montanans everywhere have chimed in across social media to encourage ESPN to host ‘College GameDay' in Missoula using the hashtag ‘#GrizOnGameday,' including notable University of Montana alumnus J.K. Simmons.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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