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10-07-2012, 09:28 PM
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Well Northern Colorado did a lot to fix what had been ailing Montana...the Griz were -9 in turnovers through the first four games of the season and went +5 on Saturday. Now we enter a four game stretch against the four worst run defenses in the Big Sky Conference.

The weirdest thing about the Griz run attack is that this is still a spread team. There's never a fullback on the field, but we've got 4 players with 40+ carries averaging over 5 yards a carry right now. Dan Moore may be gone for a while (we blew Joey Counts' redshirt on Saturday because he's the only power runner on the depth chart after Moore...that tells me it's not going to just be a couple weeks for Moore), but Canada is back at least. Nguyen/Canada is just a pure speed combo, though...Moore was like having a Jerome Bettis type that could get 5 yards a carry every carry. Nguyen and Canada are more first down or loss of one guys.

Regardless...the table is set...Montana needs to win the next four to have a shot at the playoffs. It'll be real interesting to see how many teams the Big Sky can fit in there this year. Montana State and Eastern Washington are already basically guaranteed barring huge collapses, Northern Arizona and Cal Poly have great records and easy schedules, Montana's only real competition between now and Griz-Cat game is an inconsistent Southern Utah team, and Sacramento State is making their case (though their typical late-season collapse should be expected with a schedule that features Eastern Washington, Cal Poly, and Montana State consecutively).


The CAA's days atop the heap are obviously done...but it's an interesting battle between the Big Sky and Missouri Valley for the crown right now.

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