Once beaten Cal Poly has real aspirations for a post season berth and the Mustangs hold court in San Luis Obispo as well as any home team in the Big Sky Conference.
Saturday night's game is another in a series of make-or-breakers.
Unbeaten in three league games and tied for the circuit lead everything remains on the table for the 7th ranked Grizzlies.
But at 5-2 it also is no secret that there is not much room for error if a league championship is on the horizon.
Not yet in the home stretch as Saturday's game marks the halfway mark of the league season but with co-leaders Montana State and Eastern Washington remaining on the slate, while it's not hill for climber the schedule certainly presents some challenges.
First up in a two out of three California road swing are the Mustangs whose only league loss is a three-pointer 38-35 at Northern Arizona.
Cal Poly has won 51 of the last 63 home games and seventh-year head coach Tim Walsh, a Big Sky veteran in his seventh year after a stint at Army and Portland State, is 21-6 in the home confines.
My first trip to San Luis Obispo was the week before 9/11 and produced a Griz win before heading to Hawaii where the eventual championship team would lose to Timmy Chang's Rainbow Warriors.
Montana also won in the Central Coast in 2008 but while losing by a field goal in 2010 have a 15-2 series lead with the other loss coming in the 2005 FCS playoffs.
The Griz won in Missoula in 2011 and again in the 2013 playoffs at Washington Grizzly Stadium 21-14 in overtime. Of course Walsh was the head coach for both losses and the 2010 triumph.
With Cal Poly it is all option all the time.
Junior quarterback Chris Brown is second in the league in rushing, third in passing efficiency (65 percent) and wants the ball in his hands.
He's thrown for seven TDs, rushed for eight and even caught a 23-yard scoring toss back.
But a dozen different players have figured into the diverse offense by either rushing or receiving.
You never have enough time to scheme for the option or have the athletes to simulate the attack but Mick Delaney told us on Tuesday's Coach's Show the scout team has done an admirable job portraying the Mustang attack.
There are a lot of different start times listed so be advised this one is a 7:07 p.m. kickoff Pacific Time, 6:07 p.m. Mountain.