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Conference Championships Highlight DII Games This Weekend

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Conference Championships Highlight DII Games This Weekend

Marquette is a #1 seed in the GMW playoffs. Now what? Alex Goff photo.

There's been a Northern Lights sighting; the conference in Minnesota has been very quiet, but Minnesota-Duluth plays MSU Mankato on Saturday for the conference title.

That decides one team in the NCR national playoff, and we'll know who they play by Sunday, as the Gateway Conference wraps up its championship. Note: Central Missouri won't be able to compete as expected this weekend so Missouri S&T will take their place. Those two tied 5-5 in the regular season so it's not as if this will be any easier for Principia. The Gateway winner will play the Northern Lights winner November 19 in the NCR Round of 16.


The Gateway runner-up will play the #3 team from the Great Midwest. We won't know who that will be, but we take a step closer as the semis are this week with GRR #3 plays #13 and GRR #4 plays #6. Wow.

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The Southern Conference also has its semis, sort of. The final will be in two weeks, so one of the semis will be November 6. We're still a couple of weeks away from finding out the MARC champ, but in Great Lakes Adrian is expected to be #1 and Central Michigan #2. In the MCRC Thomas More and Marian will be playing off for the conference title, but the MCRC #2 gets to play the Great Lakes #2 in a play-in so everyone will get a shot it seems.

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The New England Wide semis are also this weekend with #26 Providence at #9 UMass-Lowell and #12 Vermont at #1 Norwich. The final will be a week later. The top three get a shot in the NCR playoffs, with #1 vs Allegheny #1 (IUP maybe?), #2 vs Great Midwest #1 (that should be a good game), and #1 in a play-in vs the Tri-State champion. (We had listed Coast Guard as playing Lowell but that was due to a standings error—not ours for once—and we've corrected the matchups.)


On Sunday the Tri-State has its semis and the final a week later. Keep an eye on Marist.


As for the MARC, Bucknell is still ruling the roost for now.

"Every week we learn something about ourselves from one of our opponents," said Bucknell Head Coach Seth Gazes. "Two weeks ago, York really had a great scrum and gave us lots of trouble which we worked hard to address. This past week Bloomsburg was really tough defensively at the breakdown and had us on our heels in the first half."

With No. 8 Chad Tiernan "the smartest player on the field," center Tommy Baldwin "the heart and soul of the team offensively and defensively," prop Anthony Warnick "does the hard, thankless work all over the field, and fullback Harrison Sotir finishing all their work, they could be the breakout team of the season.

Check back for scores and bracket updates. 

10/29 UNC Greensboro Ccld Wake Forest Southern Challenge
10/30 Regis at Northern Colorado Rocky Mountain
10/30 Providence 15-26 UMass Lowell NEWCRC SF
10/31 Vermont 3-17 Norwich NEWCRC SF
10/30 UM Duluth 30-15 Mankato Northern Lights Final
10/30 Auburn Fft W-L MTSU SCRC
10/30 Wingate 7-40 Elon Southern Challenge
10/30 Campbell 0-28 Western Carolina Southern Challenge
10/30 East Carolina 29-7 Belmont Abbey Southern Prem 5th SF
10/30 UMS&T 5-63 Principia Gateway SF
10/30 St. Louis University 38-19 Pitt State Gateway SF
10/30 Calvin College Fft L-W Adrian College Great Lakes
10/29 Saginaw Valley State 5-73 Central Michigan Great Lakes
        Great Lakes
10/30 IUP 28-0 Alderson Broaddus Allegheny
10/30 WVU at Kent State Allegheny
10/30 VMI at George Mason Crossover
10/30 Washington & Lee at VCU Crossover
10/31 Xavier 0-28 Thomas More MCRC
10/30 Marshall at Miami (OH) MCRC
10/30 Western Kentucky 0-28 Marian MCRC
10/30 MSOE at Michigan Tech GMW Small
10/30 Illinois State 15-10 Marquette GMW SF
10/30 UW Whitewater 17-33 Northern Iowa GMW SF
10/30 TCNJ 20-31 Drexel MARC
10/30 Villanova 28-0 Moravian MARC
10/30 Lehigh 10-17 East Stroudsburg MARC
10/30 York 5-44 Scranton MARC
10/30 Susquehanna 26-17 Bloomsburg MARC
10/30 Shippensburg 7-57 Bucknell MARC
10/31 Seton Hall 10-61 Marist Tri-State SFs
10/31 RPI 22-15 (OT) USMMA Tri-State SFs
10/31 Lander 12-55 Citadel Southern Prem 5th SF
10/31 Principia 50-5 St. Louis U. Gateway Final
10/31 UNC Chapel Hill 7-16 UNC Charlotte Southern Prem SF