2018 Montana Grizzlies football team

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2018 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana Griz logo.svg
Conference Big Sky Conference
Ranking
STATS No. 14
FCS Coaches No. 16
2018 record 1–0 (0–0 Big Sky)
Head coach Bobby Hauck (1st, 8th overall season)
Offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach (1st, 2nd overall season)
Defensive coordinator Kent Baer (1st season)
Home stadium Washington–Grizzly Stadium
(Capacity: 25,217)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Eastern Washington   0 0         1 0  
Idaho State   0 0         1 0  
No. 14 Montana   0 0         1 0  
Montana State   0 0         1 0  
No. 18 Northern Arizona   0 0         1 0  
Sacramento State   0 0         1 0  
UC Davis   0 0         1 0  
Cal Poly   0 0         0 1  
Idaho   0 0         0 1  
Northern Colorado   0 0         0 1  
Portland State   0 0         0 1  
Southern Utah   0 0         0 1  
No. 10 Weber State   0 0         0 1  
  • *Although North Dakota is classified as an independent, games against them still count as Big Sky conference games.
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2018 Montana Grizzlies football team represent the University of Montana in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Grizzlies are led by first-year coach Bobby Hauck, 8th overall which he previously coached from 2003–2009 and play their home games on campus at Washington–Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana as a charter member of the Big Sky Conference.

Previous season[edit]

The Griz finished the 2017 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.

Preseason[edit]

Polls[edit]

On July 16, 2018 during the Big Sky Kickoff in Spokane, Washington, the Grizzlies were predicted to finish in seventh place in the coaches poll and fourth place in the media poll.[2]

Coaches poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Eastern Washington 134 (6)
2 Weber State 124 (3)
3 Northern Arizona 121 (3)
4 Idaho 101 (1)
5 Sacramento State 94
6 Southern Utah 91
7 Montana 82
8 Montana State 76
9 UC Davis 64
10 Cal Poly 40
11 Northern Colorado 30
12 Idaho State 29
13 Portland State 21
Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Eastern Washington 651 (27)
2 Weber State 636 (19)
3 Northern Arizona 535 (1)
4 Montana 496 (2)
5 Idaho 483 (3)
6 Southern Utah 449 (1)
7 Sacramento State 415
8 Montana State 391 (1)
9 UC Davis 331 (1)
10 Idaho State 170
11 Cal Poly 169
12 Northern Colorado 166
13 Portland State 103

Preseason All-Conference Team[edit]

The Grizzlies had one player selected to the Preseason All-Conference Team.[3]

Josh Buss – Sr. LB. Also selected as the preseason defensive player of the year.

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Butkus Award[4] Josh Buss LB SR
Buck Buchanan Award[5] Josh Buss LB SR

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRank#SiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 p.m.No. 13 Northern Iowa*No. 24SWXW 26–2325,018
September 81:00 p.m.Drake*No. 14
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
SWX
September 152:00 p.m.at Western Illinois*
September 221:00 p.m.Sacramento State
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
RTNW
September 295:00 p.m.at Cal PolyELVN
October 62:00 p.m.Portland Statedagger
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
SWX
October 1312:00 p.m.at North DakotaSWX
October 272:00 p.m.UC Davis
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
SWX
November 31:00 p.m.at Southern UtahRTNW
November 104:30 p.m.at IdahoRTNW
November 1712:00 p.m.Montana State
RTNW

Game summaries[edit]

Northern Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 13 Panthers 0 0 7 16 23
No. 24 Grizzlies 16 10 0 0 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–0 2016 MONT, 20–14

Drake[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0
No. 14 Grizzlies 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Western Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Grizzlies 0
Leathernecks 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2003 I-AA Playoffs WIU, 43–40 2OT

Sacramento State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 0
Grizzlies 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–1 2016 MONT, 68–7

at Cal Poly[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Grizzlies 0
Mustangs 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–5 2016 POLY, 42–41

Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0
Grizzlies 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–11 2017 MONT, 45–33

at North Dakota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Grizzlies 0
Fighting Hawks 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–8–1 2017 MONT, 41–17

UC Davis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 0
Grizzlies 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–0 2015 MONT, 27–13

at Southern Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Grizzlies 0
Thunderbirds 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 2016 MONT, 43–20

at Idaho[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Grizzlies 0
Vandals 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
55–27–2 2003 MONT, 41–28

Montana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0
Grizzlies 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
72–39–5 2017 MSU, 31–23

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 24 14  
Coaches 25 16

References[edit]