The Big Sky race is starting to get clearer as we move on. Weber State looks like the top team but Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona are coming on strong after slow starts.
We shall see how things play out this week in another competitive week in this league.
Here are my rankings with last week’s ranking in parenthesis.
1. (1) Weber State (4-1, 2-0)
Last week: Beat Montana State 25-17 on the road
This week: Bye
The Wildcats defeated Montana State in a hard fought road game to stay at the top spot. A much needed bye this week is in order before hosting in-state rival Southern Utah next week.
2. (2) Eastern Washington (3-2, 2-0)
Last week: Beat Sacramento State 52-31 at home
This week at UC Davis
The Eagles definitely have righted the ship and now look to be one of the top teams in the league again. A road test this week at UC Davis will be tough this week but we should see that this team just might be one of the top teams again in the country.
3. (4) Northern Arizona (2-2, 2-0)
Last week: Beat Northern Colorado 48-20 at home
This week: vs. Illinois State
The Lumberjacks are another team that have seemingly righted the ship after two losses to begin the season but this week’s non-conference test against Illinois State from the Missouri Valley will really tell us how good this team will be.
4. (8) Montana (3-2, 1-1)
Last week: Beat Portland State 45-33 on the road
This week: at Idaho State
The Grizzlies looked good on defense and showed enough offense to win on the road against the Vikings. This week another road challenge awaits with a visit inside Holt Arena against the Bengals.
5. (3) Montana State (2-3, 1-1)
Last week: Lost to Weber State 25-17 at home
This week: vs. Portland State
Montana State is surely a better team than the one from last year but couldn’t win at home against arguably the top team in the league in the Wildcats. MSU gets another chance this week for its first home victory against the Vikings.
6. (6) Sacramento State (2-3, 1-1)
Last week: Lost to Eastern Washington 52-31 on the road
This week: Bye
The Hornets lost to one of the top teams in the league on the road last week so there really is no shame in that lose. Sac State gets a bye this week before hosting Idaho State next week.
7. (11) UC Davis (3-2, 1-1)
Last week:Beat North Dakota 48-24 at home
This week: vs. Eastern Washington
The Aggies hammered UND at home last week and get an even tougher test this week with the Eagles coming to town.
8. (7) Southern Utah (2-2, 0-1)
Last week: Bye
This week: vs. Cal Poly
SUU last played and lost big at Sacramento State. The bye week give the T-birds extra time to prepare for the winless Mustangs.
9. (5) North Dakota (1-4, 0-2)
Last week: Lost to UC-Davis 48-24 on the road
This week: vs. Northern Colorado
The Fighting Hawks are one of the most injury plagued teams in the league. This week we will see if they can pull it together at home. UND is likely in win-out desperation if it wants to get back to the playoffs this year.
10. (10) Idaho State (3-2, 1-1)
Last week: Beat Cal Poly 38-34 at home
This week: vs. Montana at home
The Bengals were not supposed to be this good but seem to be able to grind out tough fought wins as evidenced by last week’s come-from-behind win over Cal Poly. ISU will need to be even better if it wants to make it two straight BSC wins this week against the Grizzlies.
11. (9) Northern Colorado (2-2, 1-1)
Last week: Lost to Northern Arizona 48-20 on the road
This week: at North Dakota
The Bears could not really do anything consistently against the Lumberjacks last week on the road. Another tough road test awaits UNC this week in Grand Forks.
12. (12) Portland State (0-4, 0-1)
Last week: Lost to Montana 45-33 at home
This week: at Montana State
The Vikings really looked good against their two FBS opponents despite losing to each. Two home losses to BSC teams (one being technically a non-conference game) have come since. Now, PSU must play the other Montana school on the road to try to get off the snide.
13. (13) Cal Poly (0-5, 0-2)
Last week: Lost to Idaho State 38-34 on the road
This week: at Southern Utah
The Mustangs looked like they would get its first week going into the fourth quarter last week but couldn’t hold off the Bengals. Now another road test at SUU looks like another loss. We shall see though.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football in the western half of the United States– the Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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