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Big Sky Conference teams climb in latest FCS football rankings

Posted at 2:59 PM, Sep 24, 2018

(Editor’s note: Big Sky Conference media release)

OGDEN, Utah – After the first week of Big Sky Conference play, the league has four teams ranked in the STATS FCS and American Football Coaches (AFCA) Top 25 national polls.

Eastern Washington remains the highest-ranked Big Sky team in the national polls after four weeks of play. The Eagles are coming off a 70-17 win over Cal Poly at home. Eastern Washington moves up one spot in the AFCA and STATS FCS polls to No. 5. The Eagles lead the Big Sky in total offense (570.8) and scoring offense (45.8), while ranking third an fifth in the FCS respectively in those categories.

Weber State earned its second straight victory with a 45-28 win versus Northern Colorado at home. The Wildcats moved up one spot in both polls this week coming in at No. 6 in the STATS FCS poll and No. 7 in the AFCA poll, giving the Big Sky two teams in the top 10 for the second straight week. The Wildcats lead the league in scoring defense, holding their opponents to an average of 24 points per game.

Montana defeated Sacramento State at home 41-34 to win its league opener. The Griz jumped two spots in the AFCA poll to No. 18 and are slotted No. 17 spot in the STATS FCS poll. Montana ranks third in the league in scoring offense, while their special teams unit has made all eight field goal attempts this season.

UC Davis continues to shine, as the Aggies were selected No. 22 in this week’s AFCA poll. For the third straight week, the Aggies find themselves in the top 25 of the STATS FCS poll at No. 19, up two spots from last week. The Aggies topped Idaho in their Big Sky opener, 44-21. UC Davis ranks sixth in the nation in passing offense and lead the conference at 334 yards per game.

Other Big Sky teams receiving votes were Sacramento State, Montana State, Northern Arizona, and Idaho State. The Bobcats are 26th in the STATS FCS rankings and 27th in the AFCA.

FCS STATS Poll

AFCA Coaches’ Poll