2017 Montana Grizzlies football team

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2017 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana Griz logo.svg
Conference Big Sky Conference
2017 record 7–4 (5–3 Big Sky)
Head coach Bob Stitt (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Bob Stitt (3rd season)
Defensive coordinator Jason Semore (2nd season)
Home stadium Washington–Grizzly Stadium
(Capacity: 25,217)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 14 Southern Utah +^   7 1         9 3  
No. 5 Weber State +^   7 1         11 3  
Northern Arizona ^   6 2         7 5  
No. 21 Eastern Washington   6 2         7 4  
Sacramento State   6 2         7 4  
Montana   5 3         7 4  
Montana State   5 3         5 6  
UC Davis   3 5         5 6  
Idaho State   2 6         4 7  
Northern Colorado   2 6         3 7  
North Dakota   2 6         3 8  
Cal Poly   1 7         1 10  
Portland State   0 8         0 11  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2017 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Grizzlies were led by third-year coach Bob Stitt and played their home games on campus at Washington–Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana as a charter member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 7–4, 5–3 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for sixth place.

On November 20, it was announced that head coach Bob Stitt's contract would not be renewed.[1] He finished at Montana with a three-year record of 21–14.

Previous season[edit]

The Griz finished the 2016 season 6–5, 3–5 in Big Sky play to finish in eighth place.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 1:00 p.m. Valparaiso* Washington–Grizzly StadiumMissoula, MT SWX MT W 45–23   23,160
September 9 6:00 p.m. at No. 7 (FBS) Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA P12N L 7–63   68,491
September 16 1:00 p.m. Savannah State* Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT SWX MT W 56–3   22,228
September 23 6:00 p.m. No. 11 Eastern Washington Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (Governors Cup) RTNW[2] L 41–48   25,944
September 30 3:00 p.m. at Portland State Hillsboro StadiumHillsboro, OR SWX MT W 45–33   5,012
October 7 2:30 p.m. at Idaho State Holt ArenaPocatello, ID ELVN W 39–31   7,279
October 14 1:00 p.m. North Dakotadagger No. 24 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT RTNW[2] W 41–17   25,085
October 28 2:00 p.m. at Weber State No. 24 Stewart StadiumOgden, UT SWX MT L 27–41   8,912
November 4 3:30 p.m. No. 18 Northern Arizona Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT RTNW[2] W 17–15   22,747
November 11 1:00 p.m. Northern Colorado Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT RTNW[2] W 44–14   22,048
November 18 Noon at Montana State Bobcat StadiumBozeman, MT (Brawl of the Wild) RTNW[2] L 23–31   19,907
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from STATS FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Valparaiso[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Crusaders 6 7 0 10 23
Grizzlies 10 7 7 21 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

@ Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Grizzlies 7 0 0 0 7
No. 7 (FBS) Huskies 21 14 14 14 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 1951 WASH, 58–7

Savannah State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 3 0 0 3
Grizzlies 14 21 14 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Eagles 3 3 21 21 48
Grizzlies 14 10 3 14 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–16–1 2016 EWU, 35–16

@ Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Grizzlies 10 17 13 5 45
Vikings 7 7 7 12 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–11 2015 PSU, 35–16

@ Idaho State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Grizzlies 7 6 19 7 39
Bengals 7 14 7 3 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–13 2016 MONT, 62–44

North Dakota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Hawks 0 3 7 7 17
No. 24 Grizzlies 7 13 14 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–8–1 2015 MONT, 42–16

@ Weber State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 24 Grizzlies 0 6 7 14 27
Wildcats 10 24 0 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–14 2015 WEB, 24–21

Northern Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 Lumberjacks 3 6 0 6 15
Grizzlies 7 0 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–14 2016 NAU, 45–34

Northern Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 0 0 7 14
Grizzlies 14 23 7 0 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–2 2016 UNC, 28–25

@ Montana State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Grizzlies 3 10 0 10 23
Bobcats 0 21 3 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
72–38–5 2016 MSU, 24–17

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 21 24 RV RV RV RV  
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 RV RV RV RV RV

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