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DIAA-Level Men College Rankings Week 14

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DIAA-Level Men College Rankings Week 14

By kicking or running or pushing, Tennessee finds a way. Photo Roger Mazzarella.

Now you know we don't root for a team, but sometimes a certain result makes this a lot easier.

As the news came in that Queens had lost to Penn State by a single point,  I was cringing, to be honest. I was working the announcing on Tennessee vs Bowling Green and was thinking ... OK so if Queens has lost to a very good D1A-level team by a point (as did Brown), what happens if Bowling Green's stirring comeback against Tennessee wins it for them? Who's #1? Bowling Green? Queens? Brown?!?. Or, probably, Notre Dame?

It was not a decision I was psyched to make. 

The thing is, Notre Dame had an OK schedule, not a great one, but pretty good. They beat Western Michigan and Cincinnati (the latter by a wide margin), matching, to a certain extent, Bowling Green. Then they beat BGSU too. But ... BUT ... UND lost to Ohio State 24-7, a team Tennessee beat. Moreover, Penn State lost to Ohio State by three points, so Queens and Brown could claim to be only four points off the pace vs Ohio State while Notre Dame was 17 points off. In addition, the Fighting Irish lost to Indiana and Davenport and neither game was especially close.

So I didn't think Notre Dame was the best DIAA team in the nation. At the same time, they were/are pretty good. So to finish this rambling through, everything is much simpler with Tennessee winning. Tennessee is clearly the best DIAA team in the country playing right now (remember, the teams from Florida and the West will have something to say about this later). 

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OK ... so here's what the thinking is for our Top 10:
Tennessee didn't lose, beat Kentucky, Georgia and Clemson (twice). They beat Ohio State, the Big 10 champions in DIA. And they beat MAC champs Bowling Green.

Queens lost only to Army (our DIA #1) and Navy, beat everyone in the Chesapeake, and then lost to Penn State by the width of a goalpost.

Brown beat Dartmouth to win the Ivy League, beat the #1 D2 team in Norwich. They put a hurting on a good Fordham team, and also lost to Penn State by a single point. It's not a massive full resume, but we're pretty sure we got that right. 

Notre Dame did lose to Davenport and Indiana and Ohio State, but they beat Purdue, Western Michigan, and, tellingly, Bowling Green. There's an argument you could have Notre Dame ahead of Brown and maybe even ahead of Queens. But we talked about those results against DIA competition, and Queens and Brown have slightly better scores.

Bowling Green has to be behind Notre Dame. There is no reason to toss out that loss to the Irish.

Clemson is just a hair behind Tennessee, so you could argue they might be #2 ... but they really would need to play more outside the conference for that. 

Dartmouth lost a close game to Brown and did beat Army ... albeit not necessarily Army's frontline 15. They also lost to Navy by over 30. Good team bolstered by the win over Army but could drop down.

Mary Washington was second in the Chesapeake behind Queens but in their cash with Queens and their playoff game with St. Bonaventure they weren't close. Vulnerable.

West Chester is in the NCR DIAA final. If they lose the entire MARC drops, because Virginia Tech was 5th (!) in the Chesapeake and they're in this final too. 

Iowa Central is at #10 but it's tough. We could put Kentucky or Western Michigan or Kansas there. Their independent schedule was a good one but this ranking is somewhat speculation and maybe somewhat a message that more teams should consider putting them on their schedule. 

Also ... we moved Western Michigan up because we had failed in the last couple of weeks to put them above Louisville, a team they beat in the MAC playoffs. Sorry about that.

When spring comes, expect someone from Florida and one or two from the West to move up. But to challenge the very top they need to play, and win, outside their conference. 


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