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Montana Grizzlies up, Montana State Bobcats down in latest FCS polls

Griz No. 8, Cats 14/15
Marcus Knight
Posted at 12:37 PM, Oct 28, 2019

The Montana Grizzlies climbed in the latest FCS football polls after defeating Eastern Washington 34-17 over the weekend at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Montana State, meanwhile, fell in both polls after a 16-12 defeat at North Dakota.

UM's win improved the Griz to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in Big Sky Conference play, landing Bobby Hauck's club at No. 8 in both the STATS FCS and FCS coaches' polls. Montana climbed two spots in the STATS FCS poll, while the coaches pushed UM up three spots.

Montana travels to Portland State (5-4, 3-2) this weekend for a 3 p.m. (MDT) kickoff against the Vikings.

Montana State (5-3, 2-2), meanwhile, fell out of the top 10 in both polls after falling in Grand Forks. North Dakota blocked an MSU punt and recovered in the end zone for the eventual game-winning touchdown. Jeff Choate and the Bobcats, ranked No. 9 in both of last week's polls, are now ranked No. 14 per the STATS FCS voters and are 15th in the coaches' poll.

MSU, losers of its last two, looks to get back on track at Bobcat Stadium this weekend, when Southern Utah (2-7, 1-4) visits in the ROOT Sports game of the week.

North Dakota State remained the top team in both polls, garnering all but one vote -- James Madison received a single first-place vote in the STATS FCS poll. The Bison defeated rival South Dakota State 23-16 with ESPN's College Game Day in attendance in Brookings, S.D. over the weekend.

Big Sky Conference teams Weber State and Sacramento State join Montana in the top 10 in both polls. Sacramento State defeated both Montana State and Montana, while Weber State travels to Missoula to face the Grizzlies on Nov. 16.

UC Davis dropped out of both polls this week after falling 36-20 against Weber.

To view the STATS FCS poll for the week of Oct. 28, please click here. The FCS coaches' poll can be found below.

FCS football coaches' poll
Oct. 28, 2019

RANKSCHOOLRECORDPOINTSPREVIOUS RANK
1North Dakota State (26)8-06501
2James Madison8-16242
3Weber State6-25735
4Kennesaw State7-15694
5South Dakota State6-25593
6Sacramento State6-25128
7Illinois State6-25077
8Montana6-244711
9Central Arkansas6-243610
10Northern Iowa5-341112
11Villanova6-23666
12Princeton6-034913
13Furman5-332114
14Dartmouth6-029316
15Montana State5-32649
16North Carolina A&T5-223218
17Florida A&M7-118523
18Jacksonville State6-317521
19Central Connecticut State7-116324
20Wofford5-2136NR
21Southeast Missouri State5-3103NR
22Towson4-48517
23North Dakota5-381NR
24Nicholls4-46615
25Austin Peay5-362NR

Dropped out: Delaware (19), UIW (20), UC Davis (22), Sam Houston St. (25)

Others receiving votes: Campbell, 40; Monmouth (N.J.), 36; Stony Brook, 32; Sam Houston St., 29; Youngstown St., 27; Elon, 18; UT Martin, 16; UIW, 15; Delaware, 11; Abilene Christian, 9; UC Davis, 9; Southeastern Louisiana, 8; Albany, 7; Alcorn St., 7; San Diego, 6; New Hampshire, 4; Southern Illinois, 2; The Citadel, 2; Chattanooga, 1; Lehigh, 1; Yale, 1.