Now the Bobcats play the waiting game.

Montana State University was given the No. 3 seed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs when the FCS brackets were unveiled Sunday morning. As one of eight teams to receive a bye in the first round, the Bobcats will play the winner of the Villanova-Stony Brook game.

“The problem is we don’t know who we are playing, so from a preparation standpoint, we’re just going to have to study a bunch of film on both the opponents,” MSU head coach Rob Ash said.

This year’s foray into the postseason marks the Bobcats’ third straight year playing in the postseason and the second consecutive year MSU has received a first-round bye. The Bobcats’ 16-7 win over Montana on Saturday also gave MSU its third consecutive Big Sky title.

“It’s awesome,” defensive end Caleb Schreibeis said. “It’s just a blessing to be on this team, to be a part of it during this time. I just feel so fortunate just to be a part of it.”

North Dakota State was given the No. 1 seed. Eastern Washington earned the No. 2 seed and will play the winner of the Colgate-Wagner game. Eastern Washington was placed on the same side of the bracket as MSU. The third Big Sky representative in the postseason, Cal Poly, was also given a bye and will play Sam Houston State on Dec. 1. The winner of that game could play the Bobcats in the quarterfinals.

Regardless of whom the Bobcats end up playing on Dec. 1, they will do so under the lights at Bobcat Stadium. According to the brackets, the game will be played at 5 p.m. that Saturday.

Tickets will be available to the public beginning on Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. Single-game tickets can be purchased at the Bobcat Ticket Office at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse or over the phone by calling 406-994-2287. For season ticket holders, the website msubobcats.com says there will be a “window of opportunity to purchase season tickets,” though no dates were given. Any season tickets that are not purchased will be sold to the general public.

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