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https://fcsinsider.com/news/2019/8/5/football-north-dakota-state-tabbed-preseason-no-1-by-stats.aspx

With a new head coach and returning only 7 starters from last seasons squad will this finally be the year where the Bison don't dominate?  Apparently not according to FCS voters as NDSU received 142 of the 160 first-place votes and 3,971 of a possible 4,000 points in the national media poll.

STATS FCS Preseason Top 25
1. North Dakota State (15-0), 3,971 points (142 first-place votes); Final 2018 Ranking: 1
2. James Madison (9-4), 3,635 (14); Final 2018 Ranking: 9
3. South Dakota State (10-3), 3,631 (1); Final 2018 Ranking: 3
4. Eastern Washington (12-3), 3,594 (3); Final 2018 Ranking: 2
5. UC Davis (10-3), 3,210; Final 2018 Ranking: 7
6. Jacksonville State (9-4), 3,004; Final 2018 Ranking: 10
7. Maine (10-4), 2,891; Final 2018 Ranking: 4
8. Weber State (10-3), 2,827; Final 2018 Ranking: 6
9. Wofford (10-3), 2,522; Final 2018 Ranking: 13
10. Kennesaw State (11-2), 2,361; Final 2018 Ranking: 5
11. Towson (7-5), 2,330; Final 2018 Ranking: 20
12. Nicholls (9-4), 2,156; Final 2018 Ranking: 14
13. Colgate (10-2), 1,892; Final 2018 Ranking: 8
14. Montana State (8-5), 1,866; Final 2018 Ranking: 17
15. Illinois State (6-5), 1,432; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
16. Indiana State (7-4), 1,192; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
17. Southeast Missouri (9-4), 1,166; Final 2018 Ranking: 15
18. Northern Iowa (7-6), 1,136; Final 2018 Ranking: 23
19. Furman (6-4), 1,074; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
20. North Carolina A&T (10-2), 885; Final 2018 Ranking: 12
21. Elon (6-5), 870; Final 2018 Ranking: 19
22. Delaware (7-5), 798; Final 2018 Ranking: 24
23. Sam Houston State (6-5), 564; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
24. Princeton (10-0), 432; Final 2018 Ranking: 11
25. Montana (6-5), 413; Final 2018 Ranking: NR

Others Receiving Votes: ETSU (8-4) 323, Stony Brook (7-5) 257, Duquesne (9-4) 235, San Diego (9-3) 209, Eastern Kentucky (7-4) 175, Dartmouth (9-1) 149, Central Arkansas (6-5) 125, McNeese (6-5) 110, Monmouth (8-3) 110, IUW (6-5) 108, Alcorn State (9-4) 85, Yale (5-5) 52, New Hampshire (4-7) 42, Chattanooga (6-5) 38, South Dakota (4-7) 27, Northern Arizona (4-6) 16, Lamar (7-5) 14, Villanova (5-6) 14, Richmond (4-7) 8, The Citadel (5-6) 7, Mercer (5-6) 7, Rhode Island (6-5) 7, Abilene Christian (6-5) 6, Southeastern Louisiana (4-7) 6, 5, Idaho State (6-5) 5, Youngstown State (4-7) 4, Southern (7-4) 3, Samford (6-5) 2, North Dakota (6-5) 1, Sacred Heart (7-4) 1, Wagner (4-7) 1, Western Illinois (5-6) 1

https://fcsinsider.com/news/2019/8/5/football-north-dakota-state-tabbed-preseason-no-1-by-stats.aspx

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I'm hoping my home state SDSU Jackrabbits can breakthrough and win the FCS crown.  If not I'd settle for the Jack's knocking the Bison out of the playoffs.  Hate the Bizon!

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Seems like a transition year for the Bison.  Athlon put them #1 too I think.  They should have good depth though even with that few of returning starters.  

I am also intrigued in what Hauck can do in year 2 with the Griz.  Hopefully they will show improvement

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Not one vote for Wyoming? Bogus

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8 hours ago, NorthWestCowboy said:

I'm hoping my home state SDSU Jackrabbits can breakthrough and win the FCS crown.  If not I'd settle for the Jack's knocking the Bison out of the playoffs.  Hate the Bizon!

I like the Jackrabbits too, and you know they've struggled with NDSU since joining the MVFC in 2008. Hopefully this will be the year they beat the Bison and win the title.

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3 hours ago, Warbow said:

Not one vote for Wyoming? Bogus

Not eligible for playoffs.  Still a probationary year while transitioning to the Big Sky.

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14 hours ago, boisewitha-s said:

Where’s Idaho?

They’re still trying to figure out how their dwindling D1 talent did so poorly last year.  The new president & athletic director should right the ship in a year or two.  

FWIW...  it’s about time for another winning season.  What’s it been, 4 years?

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14 hours ago, boisewitha-s said:

Where’s Idaho?

West of Montana...

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15 hours ago, NorthWestCowboy said:

I'm hoping my home state SDSU Jackrabbits can breakthrough and win the FCS crown.  If not I'd settle for the Jack's knocking the Bison out of the playoffs.  Hate the Bizon!

For a short time I had a girlfriend who lived in Brookings SD, while I lived in San Jose.  She came out to work in the cannery (when we still had a remnant of our agricultural past) and I met her there,  I flew back to see her in South Dakota.  Her dad was a mathematics professor at the university. 

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Big Sky well represented. Five in the top-25 with two of them being in the top-5. They have multiple legit National Championship contenders. 

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Cats ranked higher than Griz. That’s different.

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4 hours ago, cgzpack said:

Cats ranked higher than Griz. That’s different.

Hasn't been recently. Montana has been pretty average recently and MSU is on a little uptick. MSU has actually won the "Brawl of the Wild" game the last three years. 

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20 minutes ago, kingpotato said:

Hasn't been recently. Montana has been pretty average recently and MSU is on a little uptick. MSU has actually won the "Brawl of the Wild" game the last three years. 

yeah after I typed it I almost edited it to say "recently" but was too lazy ;p

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6 hours ago, kingpotato said:

Big Sky well represented. Five in the top-25 with two of them being in the top-5. They have multiple legit National Championship contenders. 

 

What caused the Montana Grizz’s fall to mediocracy?

 

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6 minutes ago, GoState99755 said:

 

What caused the Montana Grizz’s fall to mediocracy?

 

The season after Bobby Hauck left (the '10-'11 season) there were serious off-field problems that ended up in Montana vacating wins and getting hit with sanctions.  They have been working their way back ever since.

With Bobby Hauck's return to the Grizz it is interesting as a UNLV fan to watch their progress.  Hauck has former UNLV OC Rosenbach there, as well as Tony Sanchez' former DC Kent Baer.  At QB is former UNLV player Dalton Sneed - best known for his 99-yard touchdown scamper (run) during Tony Sanchez' first season.  Sneed was Hauck's only commit when he "resigned" at the end of his last season, and Sneed stuck around a year but was going to be buried on the QB depth chart at UNLV.

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On 8/17/2019 at 7:28 PM, NorthWestCowboy said:

https://fcsinsider.com/news/2019/8/5/football-north-dakota-state-tabbed-preseason-no-1-by-stats.aspx

With a new head coach and returning only 7 starters from last seasons squad will this finally be the year where the Bison don't dominate?  Apparently not according to FCS voters as NDSU received 142 of the 160 first-place votes and 3,971 of a possible 4,000 points in the national media poll.

STATS FCS Preseason Top 25
1. North Dakota State (15-0), 3,971 points (142 first-place votes); Final 2018 Ranking: 1
2. James Madison (9-4), 3,635 (14); Final 2018 Ranking: 9
3. South Dakota State (10-3), 3,631 (1); Final 2018 Ranking: 3
4. Eastern Washington (12-3), 3,594 (3); Final 2018 Ranking: 2
5. UC Davis (10-3), 3,210; Final 2018 Ranking: 7
6. Jacksonville State (9-4), 3,004; Final 2018 Ranking: 10
7. Maine (10-4), 2,891; Final 2018 Ranking: 4
8. Weber State (10-3), 2,827; Final 2018 Ranking: 6
9. Wofford (10-3), 2,522; Final 2018 Ranking: 13
10. Kennesaw State (11-2), 2,361; Final 2018 Ranking: 5
11. Towson (7-5), 2,330; Final 2018 Ranking: 20
12. Nicholls (9-4), 2,156; Final 2018 Ranking: 14
13. Colgate (10-2), 1,892; Final 2018 Ranking: 8
14. Montana State (8-5), 1,866; Final 2018 Ranking: 17
15. Illinois State (6-5), 1,432; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
16. Indiana State (7-4), 1,192; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
17. Southeast Missouri (9-4), 1,166; Final 2018 Ranking: 15
18. Northern Iowa (7-6), 1,136; Final 2018 Ranking: 23
19. Furman (6-4), 1,074; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
20. North Carolina A&T (10-2), 885; Final 2018 Ranking: 12
21. Elon (6-5), 870; Final 2018 Ranking: 19
22. Delaware (7-5), 798; Final 2018 Ranking: 24
23. Sam Houston State (6-5), 564; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
24. Princeton (10-0), 432; Final 2018 Ranking: 11
25. Montana (6-5), 413; Final 2018 Ranking: NR

Others Receiving Votes: ETSU (8-4) 323, Stony Brook (7-5) 257, Duquesne (9-4) 235, San Diego (9-3) 209, Eastern Kentucky (7-4) 175, Dartmouth (9-1) 149, Central Arkansas (6-5) 125, McNeese (6-5) 110, Monmouth (8-3) 110, IUW (6-5) 108, Alcorn State (9-4) 85, Yale (5-5) 52, New Hampshire (4-7) 42, Chattanooga (6-5) 38, South Dakota (4-7) 27, Northern Arizona (4-6) 16, Lamar (7-5) 14, Villanova (5-6) 14, Richmond (4-7) 8, The Citadel (5-6) 7, Mercer (5-6) 7, Rhode Island (6-5) 7, Abilene Christian (6-5) 6, Southeastern Louisiana (4-7) 6, 5, Idaho State (6-5) 5, Youngstown State (4-7) 4, Southern (7-4) 3, Samford (6-5) 2, North Dakota (6-5) 1, Sacred Heart (7-4) 1, Wagner (4-7) 1, Western Illinois (5-6) 1

https://fcsinsider.com/news/2019/8/5/football-north-dakota-state-tabbed-preseason-no-1-by-stats.aspx

Idaho got 5 votes.  Good job @VandalPride97

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4 hours ago, GoState99755 said:

 

What caused the Montana Grizz’s fall to mediocracy?

 

Finally tapped out on the coaching sting. Rehired Hauck who won a national championship there. They have the facilities and fanbase to get it back quickly. 

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