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DIAA-Level Men College Rankings Week 10

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DIAA-Level Men College Rankings Week 10

Queens moves to #1. Scott Bradbary photo.

We've got another new #1 in our DIAA rankings.

Now, in the past we've had situations where a lower-ranked team has beaten the #1 team and not gone to #1. This has happened recently. In addition, those who are Dartmouth fans might—quite legitimately—point to the fact that Queens University lost to Army, and Dartmouth beat Army, so why shouldn't #2 Dartmouth move up to #1?

The first reason is that the two lineups Queens and Dartmouth faced were somewhat different. Different enough to discount a result? Maybe not, but different enough to open the door. The second key part of the equation is strength of schedule. It's not just a "what did you do last week?" ranking; it's a totality of what you've done. Dartmouth has played Holy Cross, Penn, Army, Northeastern, and Harvard. Queens has played Army, NC State, Maryland, Navy, Mount St. Mary's, Southern Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Mary Washington. So Dartmouth played, and beat, two teams who are well-regarded in DIA or NCR's top DI level. Queens played two highly-ranked DIA teams and lost (competitively), and beat four ranked DIAA opponents. 

In the end we felt that Queens had logged more wins against tough competition. Now, this could all change. Dartmouth plays Navy this coming week. Queens lost to Navy 34-21 on September 25. If Dartmouth dramatically improves on that (or even wins), then there's a really good chance Dartmouth moves to #1.


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We haven't made a lot of shifts apart from that. Most of that is because we're waiting on a couple of key games in the MARC, and the SCRC playoffs could be interesting. 

Tennessee also has a legitimate claim for #1. After all, they are undefeated, having beaten two major contenders in Kentucky and Clemson, and also beaten Ohio State, which is second in the Big 10 and could be a top-10 team if they beat Indiana November 13. Mary Washington could still get back to #1 if they record results that make us forget this past Saturday. Notre Dame could be #1 if they perform well in their final games, against Davenport and Indiana.

Bowling Green, Iowa Central, and potentially a few others could lay claim to that lofty position by the time the fall is over.

 

Rank Prev Team Conference Notes
1 8 Queens University Chesapeake Beat UMW (1)
2 2 Dartmouth Ivy League  
3 3 Tennessee SCRC Beat South Carolina
4 1 Mary Washington Chesapeake Lost to Queens (8)
5 4 U. Notre Dame Independent  
6 5 Bowling Green MAC Beat IUPUI (26)
7 7 Iowa Central CC Independent Beat Wisconsin
8 6 Kentucky SCRC Beat Kennesaw State
9 9 Clemson SCRC  
10 12 Mount St. Mary's Chesapeake  
11 11 Louisville MAC  
12 13 Western Michigan MAC Beat Cincinnati (20)
13 10 Wheeling Independent  
14 14 Kansas Heart of America  
15 15 Brown Ivy League Beat Penn
16 16 Arkansas Heart of America  
17 17 Minnesota Heart of America  
18 18 Western Washington NCRC Beat Washington
19 21 Rowan MARC Beat James Madison (43)
20 19 Boise State NCRC  
21 20 Cincinnati MAC Lost to WMU (13)
22 22 Iowa State Heart of America  
23 23 St. Joseph's MARC Beat Delaware
24 24 West Chester MARC Beat Temple
25 25 Salisbury MARC Beat Rutgers 
26 26 IUPUI MAC Lost to Bowling Green (5)
27 27 CSULB Gold Coast  
28 28 Florida Atlantic Florida  
29 29 Arizona State Gold Coast  
30 30 South Florida Florida  
31 31 Central Florida Florida  
32 32 Southern Virginia Chesapeake Forfeit win
33 33 Kansas State Heart of America  
34 38 Texas State Lonestar Beat UTSA (34)
35 34 UT San Antonio Lonestar Lost to Texas State (38)
36 35 Fresno State Pac West  
37 36 UCSC Pac West  
38 37 Iowa Heart of America  
39 39 Sam Houston State Lonestar Beat UT Dallas
40 40 Chico State Pac West  
41 42 Oregon State NCRC Beat Washington State
42 41 Georgia SCRC  
43 45 Virginia Tech Chesapeake Beat Maryland
44 44 Mizzou Heart of America  
45 43 James Madison MARC Lost to Rowan (21)