Reminder this is a “Power Ranking.” It means different things to different people. Some view it as the best team, some view it as hottest team at the moment. At the end of the year, the team that wins the conference may not be No. 1 in our rankings. We had 12 voters this week.
This week [Last Week] | Team | First Place Votes – Points
1.  Eastern Washington (12) – 169
Last Week: W Vs #6 Montana 34-28
This Week: @ Northern Colorado
My Ranking: 1
WOW, WOW, WOW! What a show! The wait was worth it. If this truly is a farewell tour, the main event was something to hold onto forever. This will make the best hits album for years to come. The show was so good, maybe this isn’t farewell after all. They have a couple big shows left to maybe show these old souls still have it. That they are more than just their lead guitarist.
2.  Montana – 145
Last Week: L @ 28-34 #4 Eastern Washington
This Week: Vs Dixie State
My Ranking: 3
Well shoot. I took Montana in this one and was pretty confident in the pick. Though the one thing I said was Cam Humphrey can’t win this game, and he couldnt. I know Kris Brown was ultimately how it ended, but Humphrey just isn’t a guy to go out and win you a game. Humphrey completed 53% of his passes for 150 yards and a 1 to 1 TD to INT ratio.
Cam didnt lose them the game, he certainly didnt win it either.
That VAUNTED griz defense I thought would give QB Eric Barriere the same types of “fits” Idaho has the past two seasons. (“fits” as in not 400 yards and 4 TDs)
2019- Passing: 28/46 365 Yards 2 TDs 1 INT Rushing: 57 Yards 2 TDs 1 Fumble
2020A- Passing: 32/57 339 Yards 2 TDs 1 INT Rushing: 14 Yards 0 TDs
2020B- Passing: 18/38 309 Yards 2 TDs 0 INT Rushing: 54 yards 0 TDs
2021 – Passing: 26/46 422 Yards 2 TDS 2 INTS Rushing: 41 yards 0 TDs
I guess they kinda did?… But it just wasnt enough.
3.  UC Davis – 142
Last Week: W vs Idaho 27-20
This Week: @ Idaho State
My Ranking: 2
UC Davis fans I imagine are okay not being in the top spot after their preformace compared to the ESPN2 showdown. However, #3? My assumption of the 11 other voters is, they rewarded Eastern for the win, didnt want to punish Montana, and the Aggies just played it too close to a team barely in the top 10 of the power rankings.
I made the argument last week in favor of UC Davis having a tougher schedule. Well, what a difference a week can make?! 2 of our top 3 teams are undefeated. Montana (the one with the loss) leads the way in average sagarin ranked opponents, at 130 on average, Easterns’ average opponents ranks 140.75, then UC Davis is a only 193 (out of 258).
Good news for them they only have 1.5 hurdles left to go undefeated.
4.  Montana State – 137
Last Week: W vs Northern Colorado 40-7
This Week: Vs Cal Poly
My Ranking 5
You know it is bad when Griz fans were pulling for Montana State. Their opponent last week, Northern Colorado, apparrently ruffled some feathers. People wanted to seem the out of no-where cockiness of the bears cooled down a bit.
The spread was -19.5 Montana State at home. I was one of the people that thought Northern Colorados’ rennassiance was further along and took the spread… Montana State proved they are not.
The Bobcats are sort of sailing under the radar. I think they like it this way. But Bobcat fans beware of flying objects when attending games.
INSTANT REACTION: Idaho State – R&R Cat Cast – A Montana State Bobcat Podcast
5.  Weber State – 119
Last Week: W @ Cal Poly 38-7
This Week: Bye
My Ranking: 4
Look for Weber, a backup QB puting up 38 points is a win.
Just werid vibes coming out of Ogden. They are almost in a win or bust situation. They may be able to afford one more loss to a top Big Sky program. But they are running out of statement wins as well. The next 3 weeks are going to be monumental for the Wildcats.
Coming off of the bye, they get Montana State at home which feels like the must win game. Because they follow that up on the road in Cheney. They really need to go 2-0 through that stretch to gurantee playoffs. otherwise it gets iffy and their future may be in others hands. Which is always stressful.
Right now it is a 5 team race for conference title and playoff spots. In 3 weeks it could be narrowed down to 4 teams and some “SadCats” – Hot Take Nate
FOOTBALL GAME DAY: Montana State vs. Weber State w/ R&R Cat Cast's Thorny & Foley – Weber State Weekly
6.  Sacramento State – 96
Last Week: Bye Week
This Week: Vs Southern Utah
My Ranking: 10
I seriously dont get it?! We punish teams like Davis for beating Idaho by 7. We punish teams like Weber for losing to Top 10 programs. Yet, 2-2 Sac State with a 2 point win vs 206th ranked Sagarin team and an 8 point win vs 222nd sagarin ranked team, just keep being named the best team outside of the elite teams? PEOPLE, they barely beat the team we ranked last this week! So if Sac State is SOOO good why did we punish Idaho State (fell 3 spots). They fell by a 4th quarter field goal. This wasnt ISU making it look close in garbage time. This was Sac State having to come from behind vs (apparently) the worst team in the Big Sky.
7.  Portland State – 92
Last Week:W @ Southern Utah 20-13
This Week: @ Idaho
My Ranking: 6
The love everyone seems to give Sac State, should be given here. Portland State is the team it appears the rest of the Big Sky Podcast Network thinks Sac State is.
QB Davis Alexander is #2 in yards, #4 in TDs.
RB Malik Walker is #7 in yards (Sac State RB not even on list), #2 in TDs
WR Beau Kelly #4 in yards , #2 in catches, #1 in TDs
WR Nate Bennet #6 in yards, #4 in catches, T-#2 in TDs
Yup, I did just take half of Portland States space to continue the tar and feathering of Sac State. Sorry, Colter, they arent quite top 5, but looking to be top 6…ish
8. [t-11] Northern Arizona – 76
Last Week: W vs Idaho State 48-17
This Week: Bye
My Ranking: 8
This team has fluctuated lots this season. Been as high as #6 and as low as #12. Which seems to be fitting honestly as no one seems to have a grip on who they are.
I was celebrity guest host on BSPNS’s NAU Sports Show last week and predicited an Idaho State W, but left door open for NAU win. Classic hedge.
Well NAU players and fans can mail me my crow meal. They were Tiger Kings this weekend.
9.  Idaho – 67
Last Week: L @ #7 UC Davis 20-27
This Week: Vs Portland State
My Ranking: 9
They move none and match my ranking. Out of 13 teams the only teams I agree with positioning are #1 Eastern, #8 NAU and #9 Idaho.
I know majority of the eyeballs reading this are Vandals, and probably skipped right on down to this point, and Im sorry.
I know we just hung with the #7 team in the country with legit shot to win. But, we didn’t… Look talent wise we proved we might be top 3 in the conference. Hell, just look at recent draft picks and NFL guys since we rejoined the sky in 2018. In 3 seasons we have 3 guys in NFL and the only Big Sky school with a guy who most likely will be leaving early to be drafted (Tre Walker). The worst part in 2018 all 4 of them were on the team together! in 2019 3 of them were on the team together! How can we not win games with this level of talent?oh wait, Coaching.
I’m starting to think you could go down position matchups every week and pick Idaho in the majority. The one I am starting to think we can no longer check is head coach. I have been a defender of Paul for 8.25 seasons… I can’t anymore. No more excuses. we aren’t Independent, we arent transtioning to Sun Belt, we are recruting to a program kicked out of the Sun Belt, we aren’t transitioning to FCS with less scholarships, we arent getting use to another new conference in the Big Sky, we aren’t in a shortened spring season, we dont have QB issues anymore, we have no more excuses.
We SHOULD have won on saturday, the players did…
10.  Northern Colorado – 50
Last Week: L @ Montana State 7-40
This Week: Vs #4 Eastern Washington
My Ranking: 8
Well they lost me money this weekend (*Allegedly). Maybe the bears aren’t as far along as some (maybe just me and Bears fans) thought.
Montana State showed the difference between top flight Big Sky team and the pile up between 11ish and 6.
After that ass kicking, I doubt they are enthused with Eastern coming to town. Going to be a sad homecoming. But seriously, lets dive into this. Who in their right mind schedules Eastern for Homecoming? Like, Why? Do you understand you are suppose to win homecoming? is this concept foreign to you? Are you secretly a NAU grad? A Raiders Fan? Christian McCaffery stole your girl? I dont get it? It really makes me want to break a clipboard and throw it. As a “Souvenir” of course.
11. [t-11] Southern Utah – 42
Last Week: L vs Portland State 13-20
This Week: @ Sacramento State
My Ranking: 12
Please refer to the WAC Podcast Networks coverage of this team.
12.  Cal Poly – 25
Last Week: L vs #19 Weber State 7-38
This Week: @ #10 Montana State
My Ranking: 13
I mean, not sure how they moved up. They are my 13, though maybe I should just permenently make SUU my 13, becasue screw SUU. (Exept their Social Media team, they are fire. Please dont roast me)
13.  Idaho State – 23
Last Week: L @ Northern Arizona 17-48
This Week: Vs UC Davis
Well Bengals, You made me look like a fool. Fool me once shame on me, Fool me can’t get fooled again.
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