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D1 Men's College Rankings Week 11

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D1 Men's College Rankings Week 11

Wisconsin reaches for it. Alex Goff photo.

Not that you should feel sorry for us at all but this week's rankings seemed especially difficult.

Because we are ranking all DIA, NCR D1, and DIAA teams together, there is some crossover, meaning that DIAA teams are ranked above some DIA teams. But it's a tough balance to make. Witness Siena winning all their DIAA-level games by large margins, and then losing a close game to the Liberty #3. But Siena's win over Binghamton was not the equal of Boston College's. So you see there seems to be some merging.

Who is #1?

Given that Lindenwood beat Army by a greater margin than did Navy shouldn't Lindenwood be #1? Well, no. Strength of schedule counts for something, too. Navy has played (and beaten) seven ranked teams. Lindenwood has played three (four once they play Davenport next week). The Lions will have ample opportunity to move into the #1 position in the New Year as they are one of a small number of teams that play in both the fall and the spring.

But right now? Navy remains #1. 

Big Ten Impresses

We got the chance to see all eight Big Ten teams in action and there is quality there. We bumped several teams higher as a result. Wisconsin, a team we weren't sure of because of their schedule, impressed the most. They can play rugby, they beat Michigan State, and go from being unranked to #29.

Meanwhile, we've been spending some extra time looking back at results in the Liberty especially, but in the SCRC and other leagues to see if there need to be adjustments. We've made a few.


Remember also that this is a Fall-Only ranking. A team has to be significantly active during the fall. So no ranking for Arkansas State, and yes, while some of the Californian teams have been playing, it's not a lot—no ranking for Saint Mary's or for CSULB or the Southern Californian teams, or Grand Canyon. Wait for winter.


1 1 Navy D1A Rugby East Beat St. Bonaventure (7)
2 3 Lindenwood D1A Mid-South Beat Army (2)
3 2 Army D1A Rugby East Lost to Lindenwood (3)
4 4 Davenport D1A Mid-South Beat Arkansas State 
5 5 Life University D1A Mid-South  
6 6 BYU D1A Rocky Mt.  
7 7 St. Bonaventure NCR D1 Rugby East Lost to Navy (1)
8 8 Indiana D1A Big 10 Beat Ohio State (15)
9 9 Queens NCR D1 Rugby East Mount St. Mary's (38)
10 10 Notre Dame College NCR D1 Rugby East Beat Penn State (17)
11 11 Kutztown NCR D1 Rugby East Beat Mary Washington (29)
12 13 Colorado D1A Rocky Mt. Beat Air Force
13 15 Ohio State D1A Big 10 Lost to Indiana (8)
14 12 Brown NCR D1 Liberty  
15 14 Thomas More NCR D1 Big Rivers  
16 16 U. Notre Dame Big 10 NCR D1 Beat Illinois (40)
17 18 Tennessee D1AA SCRC Beat South Carolina (32)
18 19 Louisville D1AA MAC Beat IUPUI, Bowling Green (22)
19 20 Colorado State D1A Rocky Mt. Beat North Texas
20 17 Penn State D1A Rugby East Lost to Notre Dame College (10)
21 21 Kentucky D1AA SCRC  
22 22 Bowling Green D1AA MAC Beat WMU (25). Lost to Louisville (19)
23 26 AIC NCR D1 Liberty  
24 23 Wheeling NCR D1 Big Rivers Beat Belmont Abbey (47)
25 27 Fairfield NCR D1 Liberty Beat Siena (43)
26 24 Adrian NCR D1 Big Rivers  
27 28 Dartmouth NCR D1 Liberty  
28 40 Illinois D1A Big 10 Lost to Notre Dame (16)
29 Unr Wisconsin D1A Big 10 Beat Michigan State (39)
30 39 Michigan State D1A Big 10 Lost to Wisconsin
31 32 Boston College NCR D1 Liberty Beat Binghamton 
32 35 Iowa State D1AA HOA Beat Arkansas (50)
33 45 St. Joseph's NCR D1AA MARC Beat James Madison (41)
34 32 South Carolina D1AA SCRC Lost to Tennessee (18)
35 33 Clemson D1AA SCRC  
36 31 Boise State NCR D1AA NCRC  
37 43 Siena NCR D1 Liberty Lost to Fairfield (27)
38 25 Western Michigan D1AA MAC Lost to Bowling Green (22). Beat IUPUI
39 29 Mary Washington NCR D1 Rugby East Lost to Kutztown (11)
40 34 Western Washington D1AA NCRC  
41 44 Minnesota D1AA HOA Beat Kansas (36)
42 37 Marian NCR D1 Big Rivers  
43 47 Belmont Abbey NCR D1AA Southern Lost to Wheeling (23)
44 30 Iona NCR D1 Liberty  
45 38 Mt. St. Mary's NCR D1 Rugby East Lost to Queens (9)
46 41 James Madison NCR D1AA MARC Lost to St. Joseph's (45)
47 49 Texas State D1AA Lonestar Beat UTSA
48 42 Missouri D1AA HOA  
49 46 Iowa Central CC NCR D1 Big Rivers  
50 Unr Oregon D1AA NCRC Close to Boise State