The Grizzlies face a remaining season of no room for error as league play continues Saturday in Missoula.
With an initial league loss in California last week Montana no doubt is facing a win-out scenario if they are to capture the Big Sky Conference and automatic post season bid.
But one thing is for certain - and it is something the team has been able to say even after three defeats in eight games - they remain in control of their own destiny.
And with league leading Montana State traveling to San Luis Obispo Saturday night it will be interesting to see if the Mustangs suffer a letdown after a big win over the Grizzlies or if they can sustain momentum and move into a tie for first place by winning a fifth consecutive game.
But for Montana there will be no scoreboard watching.
With the next two games on the road in tough venues and against highly touted quarterbacks before facing the Bobcats, it is a Sacramento State team left to the spoiler role with three league losses that poses the immediate challenge.
The Hornets have never won in Missoula and have defeated the Grizzlies just once, in 2011, but it took overtime in the California capital last year before the Grizzlies snuck out of town with a 51-48 verdict.
But Sac State (4-4) is coming off a bye and unlike last week in SLO the Hornets can be expected to fill the air with pigskins.
Quarterback Garrett Safron did just that a year ago when he threw for north of 400 yards and four TDs while rushing for an additional 93 yards and another two scores.
The Hornets average better than 39 a game by on five occasions scoring better than 40 but they allow about 39 while the Grizzlies pace the conference allow just 21 and change.
One noteworthy stat: Sacramento State has thrown for 22 TDs while Montana has allowed a league-low eight scores via the airways.
Much like Cal Poly's Chris Brown, Safron leads the Hornets in rushing and stands fifth in pass efficiency.
But in league play he's been intercepted a half dozen times leaving the Hornets minus six in turnover margin where Montana is plus two in league and on top of the circuit in overall games.
It's a bounce-back must-win scenario for the Grizzlies with four games remaining.