The top half of the Frontier Conference flexed its muscles after Week 3 of football games, so there's little movement at the top of this week's Power Rankings.
The bottom half is scrambling to get in position to make a move. Carroll College showed that its going to make the season interesting with a victory over NCAA Division III Linfield.
Here's a look at the full field and how things are going for each team.
1. Southern Oregon (2-0, 2-0): The Raiders struggled a little more than they should have against College of Idaho, only winning 35-28. After a strong second quarter, the Raiders relaxed. The Yotes had a big fourth-quarter comeback. Was that a sign of vulnerability?
2. Rocky Mountain (2-1, 1-1): The Battlin' Bears lost a game by forfeit for using an ineligible player against Carroll College. They still won that game, so they get credit for that in the Power Rankings. Then they took care of business in a nonconference win over Dickinson State. The passing attack and multiple running backs kept going as expected.
3. Montana Western (2-0, 2-0): The Bulldogs started the season with an upset win at Carroll College. Now they dominated Montana Northern, 55-3, in a game they were supposed to win. And they left no doubt by jumping out to a 28-point lead before Northern got on the board. Five different running backs gained at least 40 yards and two topped 80 yards. The defense held Northern to 25 total rushing yards. Style points moved them up a spot this week.
4. Montana Tech (2-0, 2-0): After spotting Eastern Oregon to 14 first-quarter points, the Orediggers decided to make a comeback in the second half. They scored 21 points in the third quarter. Three interceptions helped the cause. Jed Fike continued to gain yards, 151 on 26 carries. Style points was the main thing missing in the game, which caused a one-spot drop in the rankings.
5. Carroll College (2-1, 1-1): All the pieces of the game came together for the Saints in a win over Linfield. There was a running game that gained 139 yards, the passing game was efficient leading up to the 65-yard TD pass for the win and the defense was tough. The biggest development was turnovers. There were three interceptions, including the one that set up the game-winning touchdown. This was a game that could help Saints turn around the season.
6. Eastern Oregon (1-2, 1-2): While teams look for breakthrough performances, they try to avoid the one that unravels a season. This could be the one that does that to the Mountaineers. They had Montana Tech on the ropes and couldn't deliver the knockout blow. This was a game they needed to come back strong after being blown out by Southern Oregon the previous week.
7. College of Idaho (0-3, 0-3): Losing three straight to begin the season doesn't make for a pleasant feeling. The Yotes, however, pushed Southern Oregon more than one would expect. It was close early, then they endured a Raiders run and then made a comeback. The comeback part makes you believe the Yotes won't be a pushover, even though they are still trying to figure out how to win a game.
8. Montana State Northern (1-2, 0-2): There's not much good you can say about the loss to Montana Western. It wasn't close as 653 yards of total offense were allowed. Maybe that Diego Morales hit a 31-yard field, or it would have been a shutout, is the positive. The running game was held to 71 yards and the passing game produced 209 yards, but had two interceptions. At least there's plenty of room for improvement.
Frontier Conference standings