(Zane Mathews)

The Colorado Mesa University team woke up in Bozeman, MT, today hoping to get a glimpse into the future.

The Mavericks are beginning their second year under coach Russ Martin, with aspirations of building the program into a perennial power in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. And that's exactly what the Mavs face today in Montana State University, three-time defending champions of the Big Sky Conference.

The Bobcats host the Mavericks for a 1 p.m. Kickoff at Bobcat Stadium, and the Bobcats, ranked No. 3 in Division I-AA, are favored in every way.

The Mavericks were 4-7 overall last year and 4-5 in the RMAC. Montana State was 11-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big Sky and won a game in the first round of the FCS playoffs before losing to annual power Sam Houston State.

Martin is well aware of the Bobcats success.

"We can't worry about what they are going to do," he said. "All we can do is try to do what we do, and do it to the best of our abilities.

Kickoff is at 1:00 today with the TV broadcast on Altitude, and radio coverage at 12:30pm  on KEXO 1230.