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Montana's Samori Touri celebrates with a teammate after scoring in the second quarter against Northern Colorado on Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

MISSOULA — After most wins, teams relish in the glory for at least a little bit before moving on to the next week.

Not Montana. Not this week.

After most wins, coaches don't move on to the next week in their opening statement of their post game press conference.

Not Bob Stitt. Not this week. 

"We finished our regular season now," Stitt said Saturday. "Super Bowl Saturday — we've been talking about it a long time and it couldn't have got here fast enough."

In fact, at least a quarter of Saturday's post game press conference had something to do with Montana's next game, the big one against Montana State.

Stitt said even before Saturday's game, he already watched Montana State film.

"After meetings (Friday) night, I was back in the office watching Cat tape. (Saturday) morning, when we got done, I was watching Cat tape," Stitt said. "We're very focused on that. That is always in the back of your mind. If you play at Montana, that is always in the back of your mind, especially mine."

It's been more than 350 days since the last state showdown and it's one Montana fans — and players and coaches — would like redemption for. 

"All of our young guys have been through it," Stitt said. "The redshirts, the redshirt freshmen were out there on the field, on the 50-yard line when all that stuff went down last year. Everybody's been in it. Everybody knows how important it is. Really looking forward to practice this week and preparing for that game."

The lead-up going into Super Bowl Saturday is quite different, but also slightly similar to last season. 

The different: Montana is coming off a win over Northern Colorado, rather than a loss. Montana State's coming off a loss to Northern Arizona, rather than a win over UC Davis. And, of course, the game is in Bozeman rather than Missoula. 

The one similarity: Montana needs to win to make the playoffs, just like it needed to last year. But the Griz don't need reminding. They talk about it every day. 

"I remind these guys every day at practice how many days it is," Stitt said. "Now, we got a week to prepare and go into this thing. There's nothing more important in our football life than winning that ball game on Saturday."

In January, the countdown started in the 300s. On Monday, it will be at five with no distractions in between. 

Amie Just covers Griz football for the Missoulian, among other things. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at

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