Griz Move up to #5/6 in Weekly Polls


The Montana Grizzlies returned to the top five in one of the two main national rankings this week following a decisive 38-23 road win over Portland State that improved the Griz to 7-2 on the season and 3-1 in Big Sky play.

The Griz jumped three places from No. 8 to No. 5 in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Poll, collecting 532 points in the poll. In the media poll, the Griz rose two spots to No. 6 with 3,074 points in the poll, just four points shy of No. 5 Northern Iowa, which collected 3,079 points.

Montana returns to the top five for the second time this season after falling to No. 10 following a loss at Sacramento State. Montana moved up thanks to its win over PSU, a Sac State loss to Weber State (36-17), and losses from previously-ranked No. 4 Kennesaw State (to the same Monmouth team that Montana beat 47-27 on week three), and Illinois State losing to UNI.

With the requisite seven wins needed for a berth in the FCS playoffs and a top-five ranking under their belts, the Grizzlies are on track to return to the postseason for the first time since 2015 this season.

The Griz will get the first indications as to where the Division I Football Championship Committee thinks where they will land when it announces its top-10 ranking, Wednesday, Nov. 6, during halftime of the 8 p.m. (ET) Miami (OH) vs. Ohio game on ESPN2.

For the fourth straight year, the sport committee will reveal the rankings ahead of Selection Sunday. The early reveal will provide insight on potential teams competing for top seed positions in the upcoming 2019 Division I Football Championship.

In addition to building excitement around the FCS playoffs, the reveal may have some bearing on the final bracket that will be publicized during the selection show on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPNU.

The Grizzlies will continue their march toward the playoffs this week at home when the Idaho Vandals come to Missoula for the first time since 2003 to compete for the “Little Brown Stein” at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Tickets for the old rivalry game are still available online at, at the Adams Center Box Office, or over the phone at 1-888-MONTANA.

AFCA FCS Coaches’ Poll

1          North Dakota State
2          James Madison
3          Weber State
4          South Dakota State
5          Montana
6          Central Arkansas
7          Northern Iowa
8          Sacramento State
9          Princeton
10        Furman
11        Kennesaw State
12        Illinois State
13        Dartmouth
14        Montana State
T-15     Florida A&M
T-15     North Carolina A&T
17        Central Connecticut State
18        Southeast Missouri State
19        Villanova
20        Monmouth
21        Towson
22        North Dakota
23        Wofford
24        Austin Peay
25        New Hampshire

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.

STATS FCS Media Poll

1          North Dakota State
2          James Madison
3          Weber State
4          South Dakota State
5          UNI
6          Montana
7          Central Arkansas
8          Sacramento State
9          Furman
10        Princeton
11        Illinois State
12        Montana State
13        Dartmouth
14        North Carolina A&T
15        Kennesaw State
16        Florida A&M
17        Southeast Missouri State
18        Villanova
19        Monmouth
20        Central Connecticut State
21        Towson
22        North Dakota
23        New Hampshire
24        Wofford
25        Nicholls

Others: Austin Peay (354) , UT Martin (287) , Sam Houston State (224) , Alcorn State (215) , Citadel (129) , Richmond (78) , Southern Illinois (74) , Yale (71) , UC Davis (61) , Southeastern Louisiana (55) , Stony Brook (49) , Jacksonville State (34) , Delaware (17) , Youngstown State (16) , San Diego (6) , Elon (3) , McNeese (1) , Abilene Christian (1) , Campbell (1)