MISSOULA — The Montana Grizzlies (7-2) were ranked No. 8 by the Division I Football Championship Committee on Wednesday, which released a top-10 list during ESPN2's halftime broadcast of the Miami (Ohio) versus Ohio matchup.
Reigning champion North Dakota State (9-0) was ranked first by the committee in a list that featured three schools from the Big Sky.
“With three weeks left before Selection Sunday, the committee has released a mid-season top-10 ranking as a way of providing insight and building interest to fans about FCS Football,” Greg Seitz, chair of the committee and director of athletics at Jacksonville State University, said in a press release.
Weber State (7-2) comes in at No. 3 behind NDSU and James Madison (8-1). South Dakota State (7-2) was fourth while Sacramento State (6-3) rounded out the top five.
The final bracket will be revealed during the selection show on Sunday, Nov. 24. The 2019 championship field will consist of 10 automatic qualifiers and 14 at-large qualifiers. The top eight teams earn a first-round bye.
Montana hosts Idaho (4-5) on Saturday.