Eventually No. 1 ranked North Dakota State will be knocked from their pedestal ending their leading active winning streak standing now at 27.
So why shouldn't it be by the team that previously held the position and has played in more title games than only one other team?
The nation's collective FCS eyes will be focused on Fargo Saturday afternoon for what promises to be key matchup of the early season.
NDSU winning streak is the longest-ever in Missouri Valley (Gateway) Conference history and also the longest in Division 1 football exceeding Florida State's run by nine games.
And the Bison have done nothing but be convincing that a four consecutive national title is a possibility by ripping Iowa State by 20 points in the opener then trip Weber State in a tough outing 24-7 before dominating outmanned Incarnate Word last week.
It promises to be football like the old days with North Dakota State being perfectly content to run the ball some 50 times - a strategy in a bit of a lesser amount familiar to Mick Delaney's Grizzlies - and holding opponents down with the nation's 10th best defense.
This is your grandpa's football game to the sheer delight of a sellout crowd approaching 19,000 with NDSU welcoming its two millionth fan through the Dakotadome turnstyles.
Defensive end Kyle Emanuel is the lynchpin of a NDSU defense that is second in scoring and seventh in both third downs allowed and turnover margin.
They held the Cyclones to 102 rushing yards and 57 yards of total offense after intermission, a staple of the Bison's game plan.
Concerning for Montana is points left off the board because of the kicking game and Wyoming transfer Dan Sullivan has been handed the reins for this one.
There often seems to be an "X" factor in this kind of game and I see coming down to special teams or turnovers.
The punters and returners are about even but knock on wood now, the Grizzlies have yet to put the ball on the ground or throw an interception, while the Bison though plus-two to Montana's plus-five have twice been intercepted and although they didn't lose the ball either time have fumbled twice.
I think Montana has surprises in mind as well and have the weapons to do so and are improving in each outing. It is by far not a finished product but there's not a one of the 58 on the travel roster who doesn't believe they'll be in it at the end with a chance to claim victory.
Montana probably won't win the pre-game - NDSU looks awesome - but does anyone remember highly heralded Northern Iowa in Don Read's second year in 1987?
Having lost to Portland State in the Stadium and falling at Northern Arizona, the Grizzlies were 1-2 after beating Nevada when they trounced Northern Iowa 33-16.
You just never know.