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D1 Men's College Rankings Week 2

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D1 Men's College Rankings Week 2

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One of the key things to remember in the early going on rankings is that teams can move very dramatically on admittedly flimsy evidence.

We're looking at some preseason warmup games here and those games can have so many caveats attached—player availability issues, testing players at different positions. We take the results at face value but it's worth remembering that early non-conference results might also be thrown away if a team shows better evidence in conference or (even better) playoff games.

We also find ourselves giving major moves for one or two results and that also pushes down teams that haven't played. It's a very volatile time. So, yes, we're pretty comfortable with the top 20 or so, but the next 30 got shuffled around pretty heavily. This includes the arrival of Fairfield, UMass, and IUPUI, with those last two coming in despite losing, because they lost close games.

What is helpful about the preseason is the crossover matches. The ones we already saw, and the ones this coming weekend such as Kentucky at Thomas More, Ohio State at Tennessee. Combine those with conference games, as the MAC, Big 10, Rugby East, and Liberty all hit their stride, we'll have a lot more data.

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