Montana State Bobcats, Montana Grizzlies inch up FCS Coaches Poll

Posted at 1:42 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 15:42:57-04

The Montana State and Montana football programs keep moving on up.

The Bobcats and Grizzlies each climbed one spot in the latest FCS Coaches Poll, which was announced Monday. Montana State (5-1 overall, 2-0 Big Sky Conference) is now ranked sixth by the coaches, while the Grizzlies (5-1, 2-0) are ranked eighth.

Both teams held steady in the STATS FCS Top 25: MSU at No. 6 and UM at No. 8.

Montana ran past Idaho State 59-20 on Saturday behind Dalton Sneed's big day. Sneed, who finished with a career-high 464 yards of total offense, was named the STATS FCS national offensive player of the week. He also had four total touchdowns -- two passing and two rushing -- in the Griz win.

Montana State, meanwhile, is coming off a 34-28 win at Cal Poly that saw Travis Jonsen score the game-clinching touchdown in overtime. Jonsen finished with 11 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Weber State, ranked fourth in the STATS rankings and fifth in the coaches poll, is the highest-ranked Big Sky Conference team in both polls. UC Davis, which has slipped to No. 21 in the coaches poll and 24th in the STATS rankings after three consecutive losses, is the only other Big Sky team ranked. Eastern Washington has dropped out of the top 25 in both polls, though the Eagles continued to receive votes.

Sacramento State, Cal Poly and Idaho also received votes.

North Dakota State, James Madison and South Dakota State occupy the top three places in both polls, which can be viewed here.