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Griz tumble to No. 20 in FCS poll

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Weber State's upset victory over the Montana football team this past week has the Grizzlies hanging on near the bottom of the STATS FCS top 25 poll.

The Griz free fell eight spots to No. 20 in Monday's poll after their overtime defeat, UM's first loss to Weber in Missoula since 1987. The Griz are likely one loss from falling out of the top 25 for the first time in three years and only the second instance in the past 18 seasons.

Montana (3-3) was last ranked so low at the opening of the 2013 season. The Griz were tabbed 20th in that preseason ballot after finishing 5-6 the year prior. In Week 5 of 2012, the first season under Mick Delaney following the abrupt firing of head coach Robin Pflugrad and Athletic Director Jim O'Day, the Griz landed outside the top 25 to end a streak of 195 straight weeks there dating back to 1998.

The Griz were as high as No. 8 this season following a win over North Dakota State but have crept backward in recent weeks.

Jacksonville State (4-1) remained the No. 1 team in the country for the fifth consecutive week, drawing 89 of the 159 total first-place votes in the poll. NDSU (4-1), winner of the past four FCS national championships, jumped Coastal Carolina (6-0) this week for the No. 2 spot.

The Bison drew 27 first-place votes after their second straight win over a then top-10 team (South Dakota State, Northern Iowa), while Coastal was down to 30 first-place votes from the 39 it garnered a week ago.

Illinois State (4-1) and James Madison (6-0) finished out the top five. ISU was selected first by one voter while JMU drew 12 first-place nods.

Rounding out the top 10 were Chattanooga (4-1), SDSU (4-1), Eastern Washington (3-2), Sam Houston State (3-2) and Fordham (5-1).

The Eagles, down one spot from last week after surviving an overtime scare against unranked Cal Poly, mark the Big Sky Conference's highest representative. The league put four in the top 25 overall.

Behind EWU but ahead of UM were No. 16 Montana State (3-2) and No. 17 Portland State (4-1). The Vikings were among the biggest gainers this week, jumping eight places after trouncing FBS North Texas 66-7 on the road.

Big Sky team North Dakota fell out of the top 25 after a loss to Idaho State on Saturday. UND, 23rd last week, dropped to what would be 30th place if the poll's length were extended.

Other major movers included unbeatens McNeese State State (5-0) and Harvard (4-0). McNeese jumped seven spots to No. 15 while the Ivy League Crimson climbed six to No. 18.

Montana had only the second worst drop of the week as Villanova (2-3), once a top-5 team, cascaded 11 places to No. 25.

In the FCS coaches' poll, Coastal Carolina retained its No. 1 ranking as the top six teams did not change. The Chanticleers got 15 of the 26 first-place votes in that poll, followed by NDSU (five first-place votes), Jacksonville State (four), Illinois State, James Madison (two) and Chattanooga.

EWU was still the Big Sky's top team at No. 8, followed by MSU at No. 16, PSU at No. 17 and Montana at No. 19, one spot higher than in the STATS FCS poll.

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