Montana's level of play was questioned throughout the year.As teams ahead of them lost, the Griz didn't move up from being the 2nd or 3rd ranked team.
For the second year in a row, the Montana Grizzlies knocked off an East Coast power to advance to the FCS National Championship. The strength of their conference is picked apart while another undefeated season is scoffed at.
To many, the Big Sky is the Big 10 to the So Con's SEC.
There's still one left, but Montana has proven their schedule is irrelevant.
They stack up with the best and they win the big games.
In the first round they pulled off the biggest comeback in football this year. Montana couldn't be entering their second round game in a more optimal mental state.
Against the Jackrabbits, they made mistake after mistake.
If this was the "bend but don't break" strategy they were a piece of paper that had been folded in half.
If there's anyone out there who still believes that, they're ridiculous. Last season, the Griz were favorites heading into Chattanooga.
They had knocked off CAA champion and #1 seed James Madison; only Richmond, who lost to JMU earlier in the year and finished a lowly tie for third in the conference, remained. While the Griz hold the #1 seed this time, I think many favor Villanova.