Montana Grizzlies, Montana State Bobcats continue to climb FCS rankings

Posted at 11:38 AM, Nov 11, 2019

When Montana and Weber State kick off on Saturday, two of the best football teams in the entire FCS will be on the field at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

The latest FCS rankings show just how highly recognized both teams are: Weber State held steady at No. 3 in both the FCS Coaches and STATS FCS polls, while Montana moved up one spot to fourth and fifth, respectively. The Grizzlies have won three consecutive games, including a 42-17 demolition of Idaho on Saturday. Quarterback Dalton Sneed returned to the lineup in the second quarter and helped the Griz score 28 unanswered points.

Montana State, meanwhile, is back to No. 10 in both rankings after back-to-back lopsided wins over league foes. The Bobcats drilled Southern Utah 42-7 on Nov. 2 before running past Northern Colorado, 45-14, last weekend. The STATS poll previously had MSU ranked 12th, while the coaches had the Bobcats 14th last week.

Saturday's Weber State-Montana tilt will pit the Big Sky Conference's top two teams against each other. The Wildcats (8-2 overall, 6-0 conference) currently lead the league standings, but they're just one game ahead of the Grizzlies (8-2, 5-1), who sit tied for second with Sacramento State. The Hornets are ranked sixth in both FCS polls this week.

No other Big Sky teams are ranked in the FCS top 25, but UC Davis and Eastern Washington received votes in one or both polls. The full rankings can be found here.