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Montana Grizzlies climb in latest FCS polls; Big Sky Conference well-represented

Posted at 1:50 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 16:49:45-04

Bobby Hauck and Montana are moving up.

The Montana Grizzlies climbed three spots in the weekly FCS polls, jumping to No. 15 in the coaches poll and No. 14 in the STATS FCS poll, after defeating Cal Poly 48-28 on Saturday evening. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak against the Mustangs.

Montana is one of four Big Sky Conference teams ranked in the coaches poll — No. 4 Eastern Washington, No. 7 Weber State and No. 21 UC Davis join the Grizzlies — while all four are also ranked in the STATS FCS polls. Eastern Washington and Weber State are fifth and sixth, respectively, while UC Davis is two spots behind Montana in 16th.

EWU improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play with its 34-17 win at Montana State. Weber and UC Davis own identical 3-1, 1-0 marks.

Montana State (3-2, 1-1) received votes in the coaches poll but not the STATS FCS poll. North Dakota State remained No. 1 in each poll following the Bison’s win over rival South Dakota State on Saturday. SDSU remained No. 3 in the STATS FCS poll, but fell to a tie with Eastern Washington at No. 4.

The latest FCS polls can be found below.

FCS coaches poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 North Dakota State (26) 4-0 650 1
2 James Madison 4-1 624 2
3 Kennesaw State 4-1 581 4
T4 Eastern Washington 4-1 557 5
T4 South Dakota State 2-1 557 3
6 Wofford 3-1 530 6
7 Weber State 3-1 500 7
8 Jacksonville State 3-1 466 8
9 Elon 3-1 438 9
10 McNeese 4-1 418 11
11 North Carolina A&T 4-1 368 13
12 Nicholls 3-2 344 15
13 Stony Brook 4-1 330 17
14 Illinois State 3-1 266 10
15 Montana 4-1 262 18
16 Sam Houston State 2-2 242 19
17 Rhode Island 3-1 205 20
18 Central Arkansas 2-2 198 12
19 Villanova 3-2 185 14
20 Colgate 4-0 149 23
21 UC Davis 3-1 144 22
22 Northern Iowa 2-2 139 21
23 Princeton 3-0 72 25
24 Towson 3-1 65 NR
25 Maine 2-2 63 16