Perhaps a surprise to some, the Griz were picked first in both the media and coaches preseason polls.  Some might have felt Eastern Washington deserved the #1 spot, but with the coaching turnover in Cheney, and the Grizzlies continued dominance in the Sky as of late, this is no surprise to this blogger.

Big Sky Conference
2008 COACHES POLL
Team (First-place votes) …………………………Points
1. Montana (7) …………………………………….. 63
2. Eastern Washington (1) ……………………. 52
3. Northern Arizona (1) ……………………….. 50
4. Montana State …………………………………. 40
5. Weber State ……………………………………. 38
6. Portland State ………………………………….. 30
7. Sacramento State …………………………….. 27
8. Idaho State ………………………………………. 15
9. Northern Colorado ………………………….. 9

2008 MEDIA POLL
Team (First-place votes) ………………………….. Points
1. Montana (23) …………………………………… 361
2. Eastern Washington (19) …………………. 350
3. Montana State …………………………………. 254
4. Northern Arizona (1) ……………………….. 248
5. Weber State ……………………………………. 229
6. Portland State ………………………………….. 194
7. Idaho State ………………………………………. 124
8. Sacramento State …………………………….. 113
9. Northern Colorado ………………………….. 65