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QBs at control of Big Sky title race

(STATS) - Montana State desperately needs its new quarterback to be a capable replacement for starter Chris Murray, who is academically ineligible this season.

Quite simply, if a team doesn't have a productive quarterback in the Big Sky Conference, it's in trouble.

The concept isn't particularly new across a conference that has produced six Walter Payton Award winners, but it stands out a little more because of this year's depth at the position.

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Walter Payton Award
(STATS) - Jeremiah Briscoe's humility shined on a weekly basis this season. At every opportunity, the Sam Houston State quarterback credited his team's wide receivers and offensive linemen for his success.
Buck Buchanan Award
(STATS) - People are quick to describe Jacksonville State's Darius Jackson as easygoing by nature.
Doris Robinson Award
(STATS) - Wide receiver Jake Wieneke has been met in the end zone by smiles throughout his career at South Dakota State - an incredible 59 times after scoring touchdowns.
Jerry Rice Award
(STATS) - Bryson Armstrong wasn't heavily recruited out of high school, so he jumped at a scholarship offer from Kennesaw State, just 10 minutes down the road from where he grew up.
FCS Bracketology
STATS FCS Poll
Rankings as of 1/8/2018
Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (14-1) 3950 (158) 4
2 James Madison (14-1) 3788 1
3 South Dakota State (11-3) 3512 6
4 Sam Houston State (12-2) 3508 5
5 Weber State (11-3) 3045 11
6 Wofford (10-3) 2964 8
7 North Carolina A&T (12-0) 2830 7
8 Kennesaw State (12-2) 2748 18
9 Jacksonville State (10-2) 2700 2
10 Central Arkansas (10-2) 2560 3
11 Stony Brook (10-3) 2155 10
12 New Hampshire (9-5) 2141 21
13 Western Illinois (8-4) 1857 9
14 Southern Utah (9-3) 1831 12
15 South Dakota (8-5) 1765 16
16 Grambling State (11-2) 1451 13
17 UNI (8-5) 1365 20
18 Samford (8-4) 1302 14
19 Furman (8-5) 1297 22
20 Elon (8-4) 1117 15
21 Eastern Washington (7-4) 693 17
22 McNeese (9-2) 675 19
23 San Diego (10-3) 552 NR
24 Yale (9-1) 299 24
25 Nicholls (8-4) 293 NR
FCS Coaches Poll
Rankings as of 1/8/2018
Rank School Prev
1 North Dakota State (14-1) 4
2 James Madison (14-1) 1
3 Sam Houston State (12-2) 5
4 South Dakota State (11-3) 6
5 Weber State (11-3) 8
6 North Carolina A&T (12-0) 7
7 Wofford (10-3) 9
8 Central Arkansas (10-2) 3
9 Kennesaw State (12-2) 16
10 Jacksonville State (10-2) 2
11 Stony Brook (10-3) 11
12 Western Illinois (8-4) 10
13 Southern Utah (9-3) 13
14 Grambling State (11-2) 12
15 New Hampshire (9-5) 20
16 South Dakota (8-5) 18
17 Samford (8-4) 14
18 McNeese (9-2) 15
19 UNI (8-5) 21
20 Furman (8-5) 25
21 Elon (8-4) 17
22 Eastern Washington (7-4) 19
23 Nicholls (8-4) 22
24 Yale (9-1) 24
25 San Diego (10-3) NR
FCS Spring Outlooks

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