A quartet of one-loss teams trail a trio of unbeaten pacesetters as the Big Sky Conference race passes the one-third mark.
For Montana in facing Cal Poly on Saturday they again face an unbeaten team sitting atop the league ladder.
The Mustangs remained undefeated by trouncing hapless Weber State 47-0 securing the Wildcats a spot in the league basement with Portland State and Northern Colorado.
It was a double-headed attack for the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo as quarterback Dano Graves rushed 17 times for 116 yards and threw for three TDs while Kristaan Ivory went over the Century mark on 16 carries, three of which resulted in scores.
There is a regular quagmire in the circuit standings with a quartet of teams (Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, Sacramento State and UC Davis) joining Montana a game off the league lead with 2-1 marks behind Cal Poly, Montana State and Eastern Washington.
Approaching the halfway mark it is going to be interesting to see who climbs the league ladder especially since with a 13- team schedule, all teams don't play each other.
For Montana it's a tough stretch with league leaders in Missoula the next two weeks before a return trip to Sacramento to face the Hornets.
In the Griz camp running back Jordan Canada continues to climb the career rushing ladder and with 126 yards Saturday he leapfrogged Les Kent, Arnie Blancas, and Terry Dillon into 13th.
Zack Wagenmann's 1.5 sacks moved the junior defensive end into a tie with Randy Riley for 13th on the career list. And what an overall season the junior from Missoula is enjoying.
From a defensive line position Zack is third in tackles, 9.5 of which were for loss, and has two sacks, a pair of hurries, a pass break-up and another pair of forced fumbles.
He has nearly one-third of the total team's TFLs and one-fourth of the defense's sacks and with a season and a half of eligibility remaining Wagenmann may well approach the deceased Tim Bush on the career ladder in a couple of categories and he's started just 17 games while playing in 30. That speaks to the depth the front-seven works to achieve and why he and senior backer Jordan Tripp were pre-season all-league selections.