College football rankings, Week 6: Montana falls out of FCS Top 25

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

After 195 straight appearances in the FCS Top 25, the Montana Grizzlies are out of it for the first time since 1998.

The top seven teams in the latest Sports Network Top 25 poll remained the same this week, but the Montana Grizzlies, ranked No. 21 last week, are no longer in the poll. This ends a streak of 195 straight appearances in the poll, a stretch that dates back to Nov. 2, 1998, according to the Sports Network.

With a 2-3 record, the Grizzlies enter this weekend's game against the Northern Colorado Bears looking to avoid a three-game losing streak. The back-to-back losses came against fellow Big Sky Conference members: the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and the Eastern Washington Eagles. The Lumberjacks moved up four spots this week to No. 18 (defeating Portland State, 24-10) and the Eagles stayed at No. 7 with its victory over the Grizzlies.

Montana is currently under investigation for a series of sexual assault cases involving the football team that have taken place over the last several years. In March, the school relieved head coach Robin Pflugrad and athletic director Jim O'Day of their duties. Though the school has not ever publicly mentioned why the two were dismissed, it is widely believed that the cases against the football team led to the decision.

The Montana State Bobcats remained at No. 2 and garnered six first-place votes after defeating Southern Utah, 24-17. Rounding out the other Big Sky teams in the poll are the Cal Poly Mustangs at No. 20, a three-spot jump up from last week.

Here is the complete top 25:

Rank Team (First-place votes) Rec. Points Prev.
1. North Dakota State Bison (156) 4-0 4204 1
2. Montana State Bobcats (6) 5-0 3974 2
3. Youngstown State Penguins (7) 4-0 3857 3
4. Old Dominion Monarchs 5-0 3691 4
5. James Madison Dukes 3-1 3380 5
6. Wofford Terriers 4-0 3321 6
7. Eastern Washington Eagles 3-1 3157 7
8. Georgia Southern Eagles 3-1 2663 10
9. Illinois State Redbirds 5-0 2602 13
9. Sam Houston State Bearkats 2-2 2602 9
11. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 5-0 2120 15
12. Towson Tigers 2-2 2076 12
13. Stony Brook Seawolves 4-1 2036 18
14. New Hampshire Wildcats 3-2 1847 20
15. Appalachian State Mountaineers 3-2 1789 17
16. Delaware Blue Hens 4-1 1697 8
17. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 4-1 1479 19
18. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 4-1 1234 22
19. The Citadel Bulldogs 3-2 1192 11
20. Cal Poly Mustangs 4-0 1172 23
21. McNeese State Cowboys 4-1 723 24
22. Northern Iowa Panthers 1-4 691 14
23. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 4-1 618 25
24. Central Arkansas Bears 3-2 602 16
25. Harvard Crimson 3-0 426 NR

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