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Griz drop in rankings after loss

2012-09-10T17:25:00Z 2012-10-24T20:13:22Z Griz drop in rankings after lossMissoulian missoulian.com
September 10, 2012 5:25 pm  • 

Montana didn’t take too much of a drop in The Sports Network’s FCS football poll after the Grizzlies’ loss at Appalachian State on Saturday.

The Griz dropped two slots to No. 14 after the 35-27 loss at Boone, N.C. Meanwhile, Appalachian State stepped up three places to No. 8 in the poll released Monday afternoon.

At the top of the poll, the teams that played in the Division I championship game in January swapped places. Fresh off its dominating 22-7 victory at Colorado State of the FBS Mountain West Conference on Saturday, defending champ and former No. 2 North Dakota State (2-0) moved up to the top spot and supplanted Sam Houston State (1-0) in that position.

Montana State (2-0) moved up to third after Georgia Southern (1-1) took a surprising 23-21 loss to The Citadel and dropped eight spots to No. 11. The Bobcats host No. 23 Stephen F. Austin (1-1), which dropped four places after lost 52-0 at Southern Methodist.

The Citadel (2-0) was the only new entrant in the TSN rankings, moving in at No. 21. James Madison (2-0) stepped up to fourth and Youngstown State (2-0) moved to No. 5, picking up four first-place votes in the process.

Eastern Washington (1-1) is the only other Big Sky team in the top 25, dropping one spot to No. 10 after playing tough on the road at Washington State of the Pac-12 before falling 24-20.

Northern Arizona (1-1) and Sacramento State (1-1) picked up votes after beating FBS teams on the road Saturday but neither had enough gas to come close to the top 25. NAU stunned Bobby Hauck’s UNLV squad 17-14 and Sacramento State hung a 30-28 loss on Colorado.

Those were the second and third Big Sky victories over FBS teams this year.

North Dakota (2-0), Cal Poly (1-0) and Southern Utah (0-2) also received votes. This week Cal Poly could become the fourth Big Sky team to beat an FBS squad this year; the Mustangs travel to Wyoming (0-2) on Saturday. North Dakota visits San Diego State (1-1) as well.

Liberty University (0-2), the Grizzlies’ opponent on Saturday, received six votes.

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In the FCS coaches’ poll, Montana dropped three slots to No. 12 while Appalachian State moved up only one spot to seventh. North Dakota State continues to hold the No. 1 spot in that poll, with Montana State moving to No. 3 as Georgia Southern dropping to No. 10.

Eastern Washington held at No. 11. North Dakota, Sacramento State, Northern Arizona and Cal Poly also got mentions from the 26 coaches on the voting panel.

Jeff Sagarin’s computer power rating has five Big Sky squads in the top 18 FCS teams. Eastern Washington is rated 87th overall and fifth among FCS teams. Cal Poly is 12th, followed by NAU at 13th, Montana 15th and Montana State at No. 18.

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The Big Sky split the offensive player of the week award between two quarterbacks on Monday.

Sacramento State sophomore Garrett Safron was 25 of 37 passing for 312 yards and two touchdowns in the Hornets’ 30-28 win over Colorado and led the Sac State offense on an 85-yard drive in the final 2:26 of the game to put his team in position for the winning field goal.

North Dakota’s Marcus Hendricks tied a school record with six TD passes in UND’s 45-37 non-conference win over Portland State. He completed 16 of 25 passes for 294 yards and also led the team in rushing with 50 yards.

Northern Arizona defensive lineman Jarret Bilbrey was named defensive player of the week after tying for team high with 10 tackles in the Lumberjacks’ defeat of UNLV. The Lumberjacks kept the Runnin’ Rebels off the scoreboard for the final 43 minutes of the game.

The kickers who scored the winning points in those two Big Sky victories over FBS schools – Sac State’s Edgar Castaneda and Andy Wilder of NAU – were named the Big Sky’s special teams players of the week.

Sacramento State made three field goals in the entire 2011 season. Castaneda had that many in that one game. In addition to the league honor on Monday, he also was elevated from walk-on to scholarship player after the game.

Wilder not only hit the Lumberjacks’ game-winner, he also averaged 49 yards per punt with a long of 66 and buried UNLV inside its own 20 four times.

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  1. StrikeAngel
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    StrikeAngel - September 11, 2012 7:01 pm
    Hey Click - no way! and that's not just because I bleed Griz......

    Let me tell you the OVERWHELMING, I'd say dang near unanimous, reaction from the VERY friendly Appy fans we met in Boone bars after the game was "Whew!" They were a strong team in the toughest venue this century in FCS and their own fans realized that they ducked a big bullet Saturday night. This team has really showed up, particularly when compared with some of the gloom and doom predictions this summer after it became clear that Engstrom's mission to destroy this institution had real legs. These kids have a well deserved chip on their shoulders and they have shown up big time. Given that our performances in both our first games were almost entirely hampered by turnovers which, when combined with the very normal less than all cylinders performance of ANY NCAA team in games 1, 2 and 3 of ANY season, is actually reason for bigtime optimism when you understand where we have been. Add the youth at QB and DB (particularly struggling safeties) and its even more reason for optimism. This team will improve weekly and I will be shocked if we are not in the playoffs. As much as I love and believe in our Griz I can't say I would have said that in July.
  2. Richland1
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    Richland1 - September 11, 2012 9:29 am
    Click Here--you are out of touch with reality. Look at this weekend schedule for the top 10 teams and tell us all how many will win--5-6? Montana State will finally play a real FCS team and prediction here is they get their butts kicked in Bozeman good--The CATS are over rated. The GRIZ showed up well playing at Boone--App State and Montana will both be in the playoffs and you can look for another game in Missoula like 2009. We expect the GRIZ to go 10-1 this year inspite of all the newspaper nonsense..........
  3. MontanaJim72
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    MontanaJim72 - September 11, 2012 3:01 am
    The Griz will be very much ranked by week 5, probably in the Top Ten in FCS. I didn't know what to expect after the off season turmoil. However, the first two games have shown me a more mature team than I would have expected, something I didn't see in other years when we ended up in semifinal and championship games. It's early in the season, but I think the game at Appalachian State on their home field showed me a lot about this team. If it wasn't for the turnovers, it would have been a rout by Montana. By the end of the season, those turnovers will barely exist. I would be very afraid if I were MSU or EWU. The Griz are very much alive and kicking.
  4. Click Here
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    Click Here - September 10, 2012 8:09 pm
    The Griz will be unranked by week 5.
  5. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - September 10, 2012 7:03 pm
    Eastern Washington should not have dropped any spots after playing WSU so tough. Sac State ought to be in the top ten and are possibly a better team than the Cats in my humble opinion. and the Griz should maybe drop one in a close game against a ranked opponent! Polls are so ridiculous and the idea these idiots drop teams in the polls for playing upper division schools is just ...well.....meaningless. I have more sense than these folks and I have no sense!! Hahaha...Big Sky is the toughest conference in the country in my opinion and have caught up with us. We knew it was going to happen someday and that day is here!! Should be an interesting season. Good job Griz!!
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