Montana Grizzlies slip in top-25 polls; Eastern Washington climbs

Posted at 1:02 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 15:02:57-04
Montana Grizzly football coach Bobby Hauck watches from the sideline as the Griz defeat Sacramento State 41-34. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

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

OGDEN, Utah – We’re at the halfway point of the season and the Big Sky Conference has four teams ranked in the STATS FCS and American Football Coaches (AFCA) Top 25 national polls.

Eastern Washington is on a three-game win streak as it hopped up one spot in the AFCA poll to No. 3 after a 55-17 win over Southern Utah at home. The Eagles were slotted at the No. 4 spot by STATS FCS – moving up one spot. The Eagles lead the Big Sky and are ranked third in the FCS in total offense (570.2). Eastern Washington has now been ranked in the top five for three straight weeks and the top 10 for six consecutive weeks.

Weber State fell on the road to Northern Arizona, 28-24. As a result, the Wildcats dropped down to No. 13 in both the STATS FCS and AFCA polls. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by Weber State. The Wildcats lead the league in scoring defense, holding their opponents to an average of 24 points per game. Weber State ranks second in the FCS in turnovers gained.

UC Davis holds a 4-1 overall record entering Week 7. The Aggies registered a 49-36 road win at Northern Colorado on Saturday. The victory bumped the Aggies up to No. 14 in the STATS FCS poll and No. 19 in the AFCA poll. It’s the fifth straight week the Aggies are ranked in the top 25. UC Davis is ranked second in the FCS in passing offense at 349.2 yards per game.

Montana continues to be slotted in the top 25 as it holds a 4-2 overall record. The Grizzlies fell 22-20 to Portland State at home in the final seconds on a 52-yard field goal by the Vikings. The loss dropped the Griz to No. 22 in the STATS FCS poll and No. 23 in the AFCA poll.

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


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