Montana State Bobcats climbing in FCS preseason football polls

(Editor’s Note: Montana State Athletics press release)

BOZEMAN – Montana State landed among the top 15 FCS teams entering the 2019 football season according to a pair of polls released on Tuesday.

Athlon Sports tabs the Cats eighth in its preseason poll, with four of the top nine teams from the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington is ranked fourth, UC Davis fifth, and Weber State ninth. The Grizzlies check in at 23rd. The HERO Sports poll places the Bobcats 14th, and in general is less enthusiastic about the Big Sky. UC Davis is ranked third, Eastern Washington seventh, and Weber State 11th.

Earlier, HERO tabbed Kevin Kassis as the nation’s best FCS player to wear No. 85 in that organization’s number-by-number countdown leading to the season opener in August.

Athlon Sports Preseason Poll:

  1. North Dakota State
  2. James Madison
  3. South Dakota State
  4. Eastern Washington
  5. UC Davis
  6. Maine
  7. Jacksonville State
  8. Montana State
  9. Weber State
  10. Wofford
  11. Towson
  12. Illinois State
  13. Nicholls
  14. Kennesaw State
  15. Indiana State
  16. Furman
  17. Northern Iowa
  18. Colgate
  19. Southeast Missouri
  20. Sam Houston State
  21. Elon
  22. McNeese
  23. Montana
  24. Delaware
  25. North Carolina A&T

HERO Sports FCS Preseason Poll:

  1. James Madison
  2. North Dakota State
  3. UC Davis
  4. Maine
  5. South Dakota State
  6. Jacksonville State
  7. Eastern Washington
  8. Wofford
  9. Illinois State
  10. Towson
  11. Weber State
  12. Elon
  13. Nicholls
  14. Montana State
  15. Furman
  16. Central Arkansas
  17. Yale
  18. Indiana State
  19. Chattanooga
  20. Sam Houston State
  21. Alcorn State
  22. Kennesaw State
  23. Princeton
  24. Eastern Kentucky
  25. Citadel
Nick Petraccione

Nick Petraccione

Nick is the Sports Director at KBZK and KXLF in Butte and Bozeman, Montana. He attended Syracuse University and moved to Montana in 2017.
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