One of the best things about sports is rivalry.  Of course, you would be hard-pressed to find a bigger rivalry than the one between the Montana State Bobcats and the Montana Grizzlies.

Sure, there are other colleges here in Montana, but the truth is, you're either a fan of the Cats or the Griz, and for most Montanans, there is no in-between. So, as the two teams meet for the 122nd time tomorrow in Missoula, Montanans will either be cheering for the Blue and Gold or the Maroon and Silver.

The outcome of the game will not only result in a Conference Championship and The Great Divide Trophy but will give the winning fan base a reason to talk trash for the next 12 months.

Of course, there is more to a University than its sports programs, so when you compare the two schools, which one reigns supreme? Well, let's take a look at some facts.

Graduation Rates

Montana State has a graduation rate of just over 56 percent while the University of Montana has a graduation rate of just over 42 percentWinner = Montana State

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Enrollment

Montana State set an all-time high for enrollment this fall with almost 17 thousand students.  The University of Montana had a fall enrollment of just over 10 thousand students. Winner = Montana State

Test Scores

Montana State requires an ACT score of 22 and a SAT score of 1120. The University of Montana also requires an ACT score of 22 and a SAT score of 1120. Winner = Tie

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Cost

Montana State's tuition fee for in-state students is 7,528 dollars a year.  The University of Montana's tuition fee for in-state students is 7,432 dollars. Winner = University of Montana

Degrees

Montana State offers multiple bachelor's degrees along with master's degrees in 68 fields, and doctoral degrees in 35 fields. The University of Montana also offers multiple bachelor's degrees as well as master's degrees in 71 fields, and doctoral degrees in 32 fields. Winner = Tie

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Final Findings

While both schools have their selling points, when you compare the academics head to head, it appears that Montana State has the advantage.

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