1. No. 6 Lewis-Clark State College Warriors
The Warriors handled their business against Salish Kootenai and are still the prohibitive favorite in the Frontier this season. Don’t expect the Warriors to be dethroned before conference play resumes.
2. Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears
The Battlin’ Bears have played only one home game this season and have found a way to post a 9-1 record, giving them a rare two-spot jump in this week’s rankings. Rocky played three games in three days on the road and came back to Billings with a 3-0 record, which puts their lone loss of the season in way back the rearview mirror.
3. No. 12 Montana Western Bulldogs
Western went 1-1 on a recent road trip, losing to La Sierra, which currently owns a losing record. The slipup drops the Bulldogs down a notch this week. Western did defeat No. 11 Westmont, which defeated La Sierra by 49 points. The head-scratcher of a week keeps the Bulldogs in the upper echelon this week.
4. No. 21 Carroll College Saints
The Saints are showing they can hang with deeply talented teams, but a 2-2 record since our last rankings means Carroll takes a hit this week. The Saints could gain some ground ahead of the conference season with a pair of Canadian schools coming to town.
5. University of Providence Argonauts
No exploits from the Argonauts this week. Nothing to see here. Moving on.
6. No. 22 Montana State-Northern Skylights
The Skylights defeated Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish twice in convincing fashion, but nobody expected them to do anything else. It will take some quality wins before the Skylights can work back up the power rankings.
7. Montana Tech Orediggers
Currently sitting in the bottom of the Frontier standings, and likewise filling out the bottom here. The Orediggers haven’t played a game since Dec. 2 and won’t play another until Dec. 28 (in Helena). You have to play to climb the rankings.