Montana Grizzlies fall from top 25 rankings; Big Sky Conference places 3 in top 10

Posted at 12:03 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 14:03:30-04

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

OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference had an exciting week of football, including its first overtime game of the season, and it has three teams ranked in the STATS FCS and American Football Coaches (AFCA) Top 25 national polls.

Eastern Washington snapped a three-game win streak as it fell to Top 25 in-conference foe Weber State on the road. The Eagles dropped down to No. 8 in the AFCA poll and No. 9 in the STATS FCS poll. The Eagles are second in Big Sky in total offense (524.0.) Eastern Washington has now been ranked in the top 10 for seven consecutive weeks.

Weber State came out on top as it picked up a 14-6 win over Eastern Washington at home. The Wildcats improved six spots to No. 7 in the STATS FCS poll and are ranked No. 9 in the AFCA poll – four spots up from last week and back in the Top 10. The Wildcats lead the league in scoring defense, holding their opponents to an average of 21.7 points per game. Weber State leads the FCS in turnovers gained at 20.

UC Davis is 5-1 overall and 3-0 in league play to sit atop the Big Sky standings by itself. The Aggies pulled off a comeback victory over Idaho State at home to earn the 44-37 overtime victory. The win moved the Aggies up to No. 10 in the STATS FCS poll and three spots in the AFCA poll to No. 16, as it continues to set a record for the highest ranking in school history. UC Davis is ranked second in the FCS in passing offense at 354.3 yards per game.

The Aggies bump up in the STATS FCS poll gives the Big Sky three teams in any top 10 for the first time since Week 1 of the 2015 season – Eastern Washington (7th), Montana (8th) and Montana State (9th) in the Coaches’ Poll.

Other Big Sky teams receiving votes were Montana, Idaho State, Montana State and Northern Arizona.


AFCA Coaches’ Poll