Northern Colorado at Montana, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.

Northern Colorado at Montana, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.: For Montana, beating Northern Colorado was as certain as death and taxes -- until last year, when the Griz stunk more than the neighboring feedlots and lost 28-25 in Greeley, adding to UM's late-season woes.

Actually, UNC had a lot to do with the outcome. The Bears have shown some spunk in recent years, averaging nearly 35 points a game in going 6-5 in 2016, the program's second consecutive winning season. Their four wins tied a program high in the Big Sky, and it included the first win over Montana as an FCS school -- the first in 40 years overall.

Though the coaches pick UNC to finish 10th, expectations are higher this year, even with a new quarterback, thanks to a solid front seven on defense.

KURT WILSON, 406mtsports.com

With 20 tackles for loss, a total that ranked him in the top eight in the nation, Montana linebacker Josh Buss was named to the HERO SPORTS FCS sophomore All-America first team Thursday.

Buss was Montana’s leading tackler in 2016, posting 81 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in addition to his Big Sky Conference-leading 20 TFLs. His sack total of 5.5 was the fourth most in the Big Sky last season, right behind UM defensive end Ryan Johnson, who had six.

Following his breakout season, the native of Boise, Idaho was named the co-winner of the 2016 Steve Carlson Award as Montana's most valuable player in November.

The All-America team is selected by HERO SPORTS’ FCS editorial team, based on information provided by the FCS conference information directors.

HERO SPORTS previously revealed its freshman All-America team earlier this week, in which no Grizzlies were honored, and the outlet's overall FCS All-America will be announced Friday.

Missoulian Staff

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