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D1 Men's College Rankings Week 12

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D1 Men's College Rankings Week 12

Virginia Tech beat Tennessee, and now we're all muddled up. Photo Eric Lusk.

So we've had to make massive changes.

The important exercise in ranking DIA, NCR D1, and D1AA teams together is to see how they all match up. That was the purpose of ranking everyone together. And in the end we found out what we needed to know thanks to one game.

Seriously, we had Tennessee as the best D1AA team around, and we knew that if we were wrong, we weren't far wrong. But then Virginia Tech, a team that was winless in their conference, a DIA/NCR D1 conference, beat Tennessee. Really there's nothing more to look at. That result, close as it was, outlines the fact that playing tough games every week makes you a better team. It means that Mount St. Mary's, Southern Virginia, and Mary Washington (all 2-6 in the Rugby East) are most likely better than Tennessee, Louisville, or any of those guys.

(This is, by the way, what some Rugby East people have been telling us, to be fair.)

So what that also means is that we will probably go back to ranking D1AA alone, and then a DIA/NCR D1 ranking alone. Might there be D1AA teams that are better than some DIA teams? Yeah, sure. But overall, that result fueled almost all the changes in this week's rankings. 

We also make a few other moves, mostly based on results that were slow coming in.

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