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Montana Grizzlies among 5 Big Sky Conference football teams ranked

Posted at 2:49 PM, Sep 10, 2018

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

OGDEN, Utah — It was another exciting weekend for Big Sky football in Week 2, and after some good wins, the league has earned five spots in the Top 25 of the FCS STATS and four in the AFCA Coaches’ polls this week.

Eastern Washington continues to lead the way for the Big Sky. After a five-point win over fellow Top 25 foe Northern Arizona on the road, the Eagles remain in the No. 5 spot in the AFCA poll and No. 6 in the FCS STATS poll with no change from last week. The Eagles rank first in the FCS in total offense (623.5 ypg) and second in team passing efficiency (213.9).

Weber State bounced back this past weekend with a 24-17 win over Cal Poly. The Wildcats, ranked second in the Big Sky preseason polls, dropped one spot in the FCS STATS poll to No. 11 and remain at No. 13 in the AFCA poll.

Montana defeated Drake, 48-16, to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Griz come in at No. 15 in the FCS STATS poll – one lower than last week – and remain at the No. 16 in the AFCA poll. Montana is one of three Big Sky teams that remain undefeated this season.

Northern Arizona fell in a nail biter to No. 6/5 Eastern Washington last week. The Lumberjacks fell two spots in each poll, sliding down to 20th in the FCS STATS poll and 22nd in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll.

Arriving in the FCS STATS Top 25 poll are the Aggies of UC Davis. After starting the season 2-0 with wins over San Jose State and San Diego, the Aggies are ranked No. 23. UCD fell just short of earning a spot in the AFCA Coaches’ Top 25 coming in at No. 26.  The Aggies rank second in the FCS in scoring offense (49.0), third in passing offense (411.0 ypg), and fifth in total offense at 530.5 yards per game.

With two weeks of play in the books for the 2018 season, the Big Sky has five teams ranked in the Top 25 polls. It’s the first time since Week 1 of the 2016 season that the league has had five teams ranked in the FCS STATS Top 25 poll.

Other Big Sky teams receiving votes were Sacramento State, Montana State, Idaho, and Southern Utah.

FCS STATS Poll

AFCA Coaches’ Poll