Montana Grizzlies, Montana State Bobcats climb in FCS polls

Griz 5/6, Bobcats 12/14
Posted at 11:55 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 17:59:04-05

FARMINGTON, Utah -- Four Big Sky Conference football teams remain ranked in both the STATS FCS and AFCA coaches' poll, with all four teams sitting in the top 15 after the voting.

Weber State (7-2) continues to hold the top spot in the league after defeating then-No. 6 Sacramento State, 36-17 on Saturday. The Wildcats held steady at No. 3 in both polls this week, behind only North Dakota State and James Madison. Weber State hosts No. 22 North Dakota (5-3) on Saturday, before traveling to Missoula to face the Montana Grizzlies on Nov. 16.

Montana climbed to No. 5 in the coaches' poll and No. 6 in the STATS FCS poll, jumping Sacramento State. The Grizzlies defeated Portland State 38-23 in Hillsoboro Stadium on Saturday to move to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in Big Sky Conference play. Sacramento State is also 4-1 in league play and fell to No. 8 in both polls.

Montana welcomes Idaho (4-5, 2-3) Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, while Sacramento State is at Northern Arizona (4-5).

Montana State snapped a two-game losing skid with a 42-7 thumping of Southern Utah, moving Jeff Choate's Bobcats to No. 12 in the STATS FCS poll and No. 14 per the coaches' poll. MSU is at Northern Colorado (2-7) this Saturday before traveling to UC Davis, which received votes in the STATS FCS poll this week, next weekend.

To view the updated standings in the Big Sky Conference, please click here.

The AFCA coaches' poll can be found below.

RankSchoolRecordPointsPrevious rank
1North Dakota State (26)9-06501
2James Madison8-16242
3Weber State7-25933
4South Dakota State7-25775
6Central Arkansas7-25059
7Northern Iowa6-349110
8Sacramento State6-34316
11Kennesaw State7-23604
12Illinois State6-33587
14Montana State6-331615
T-15Florida A&M8-120917
T-15North Carolina A&T6-225516
17Central Connecticut State8-120919
18Southeast Missouri State6-320421
22North Dakota5-311123
24Austin Peay6-39025
25New Hampshire5-362NR

Dropped out: Jacksonville St. (18), Nicholls (24)

Others receiving votes: UT Martin, 60; Nicholls, 50; Southeastern Louisiana, 17; San Diego, 12; Alcorn St., 9; Sam Houston St., 8; Southern Illinois, 8; Jacksonville St., 7; The Citadel, 5; Yale, 3; Abilene Christian, 2; Stony Brook 2.