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Five Montana football games in the fall will be aired on Root Sports as part of the Big Sky Conference's partnership with DirecTV Sports Networks, the league announced Thursday. The 2015 season marks the fourth year of the partnership between the conference and DirecTV Sports Networks.

Ten consecutive weeks of games will kick off Sept. 19 when Montana State plays at Eastern Washington in a nonconference game. The television schedule will conclude with the Montana-Montana State game at Bozeman on Nov. 21.

Montana and Montana State both will be featured a total of five times, defending Big Sky champion Eastern Washington three times. Ten of the league's 13 teams will have at least one of their games covered. Most games will be available in both the Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions.

"We are extremely pleased to continue our strong partnership with the Big Sky Conference, and we look forward to another entertaining and exciting 2015 season," said Mark Jorgensen of Root Sports. "Big Sky football has enriched our collegiate programming."

Montana's first of three home games on Root Sports will be its Homecoming contest against Northern Arizona on Sept. 26. Other games at Washington-Grizzly Stadium to be carried will be Oct. 24 against North Dakota and Nov. 14 versus Eastern Washington.

Two Griz road games also made the broadcast lineup: Oct. 3 at UC Davis and the 115th edition of the Brawl of the Wild.

Start times for all 10 games on Root Sports, which is based in Seattle and reaches 3.4 million households across the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, will be announced at a later date. DirecTV also operates a Root Sports Rocky Mountain regional network out of Denver.

"Our television partnership with Root Sports and DirecTV has increased our exposure, not only in our footprint but nationally," said Big Sky Conference commissioner Doug Fullerton.

"Root Sports does a first-class production every week. We're excited to see our games showcased once again in the fall of 2015."

Montana will open its season at home on Saturday, Aug. 29, against North Dakota State on ESPN, in the network's second annual FCS Kickoff. It will be the first game for the Grizzlies under new coach Bob Stitt, who was hired in December to replace the retired Mick Delaney.

Broadcast details of Montana's other five regular-season games -- at home against Cal Poly (Sept. 5) and Weber State (Oct. 10), and on the road at Liberty (Sept. 19), Portland State (Oct. 31) and Idaho State (Nov. 7) -- will be announced when they are finalized.

The Grizzlies went 9-5 last season, tying for second in the Big Sky with Idaho State and Montana State. All three teams had 6-2 league records to finish one game behind 7-1 Eastern Washington.

Following the regular season, Montana made its record 23rd appearance in the I-AA/FCS playoffs as an at-large selection. The Grizzlies defeated San Diego 52-14 in the opening round before falling 37-20 at Eastern Washington in the second round.

2015 Big Sky Conference Root Sports Schedule

Sept. 19 -- Montana State at Eastern Washington
Sept. 26 -- Northern Arizona at Montana
Oct. 3 -- Montana at UC Davis
Oct. 10 -- Sacramento State at Montana State
Oct. 17 -- Montana State at Portland State
Oct. 24 -- North Dakota at Montana
Oct. 31 -- Weber State at Eastern Washington
Nov. 7 -- Southern Utah at Montana State
Nov. 14 -- Eastern Washington at Montana
Nov. 21 -- Montana at Montana State

2015 Montana Schedule

Aug. 29 -- North Dakota State (ESPN), 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 -- Cal Poly Sept. 19 -- at Liberty
Sept. 26 -- Northern Arizona (Root Sports), Homecoming
Oct. 3 -- at UC Davis (Root Sports)
Oct. 10 -- Weber State
Oct. 24 -- North Dakota (Root Sports)
Oct. 31 -- at Portland State
Nov. 7 -- at Idaho State, 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 -- Eastern Washington (Root Sports)
Nov. 21 -- at Montana State (Root Sports)

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