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DII College This Week: Time to Fill Out The Bracket

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DII College This Week: Time to Fill Out The Bracket

Virginia gets a shot at a conference title this week. Photo Napoleon Afework @caughtbynap.

We fill out almost the rest of the NCR D2 playoff bracket this week.

We find out who is the New England-Wide champion, the Tri-State champion, the Great Midwest champion, the MARC champion, Cardinals champion, MCRC champion, and the Allegheny champion. With additional seeds going to #2 and (in two cases) #3 teams, we will fill out every spot except for the two allocated to the Southern Conference. And even then we'll know, by the end of the weekend, which two teams will be in; we just need to know who is #1 and #2.

(Click on bracket at right for a bigger version)

For the CRAA D2 end-of-fall clash between the Rocky Mountain and SCRC, we know the RMCC team, it's Montana State, and the SCRC team won't be decided until November 20. Not a problem seeing as the winner will be pretty close to the finals venue in North Carolina, so they don't need a lot of time to plan.

Most of the favorites in these conferences are the ones in the final, but it will be interesting to see how Georgia Tech keeps coming along in the SCRC. And the Illinois State vs Northern Iowa Great Midwest final is a slight surprise. Northern Iowa had been up and down before the COVID shutdown and this year has been an offensive powerhouse.

And they can play D too.

"We played very disciplined defense," said UNI Club President Kaleb Boleyn. "We knew Whitewater was going to be physical; our guys stepped up and we got a win. Whitewater is a fantastic team and it goes to show how strong the rugby in the Midwest is. 

"We excited for the championship and expect a tough physical battle as Illinois State is a very solid post season team, looking to avenge their loss to us. We’re looking to play smart physical rugby and bring home our first Great Midwest Championship."

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11/5 Wake Forest 17-5 Elon Southern Challenge
11/5 Adrian 82-24 Michigan Selects Non-Conference
11/6 UMass Lowell 14-29 Norwich NEWCRC Final
11/6 Vermont W-L Providence NEWCRC 3rd/4th
11/6 Memphis 10-27 Georgia Tech SCRC
11/6 UNC Greensboro 0-28 College of Charleston Southern Challenge
11/6 Western Carolina at Wingate Southern Challenge
11/6 Lander 0-5 Belmont Abbey Southern Prem Cons.
11/6 Coastal Carolina 28-0 Appalachian State Southern Prem Cons.
11/6 Furman 10-36 UNC-Wilmington Southern Prem SF
11/6 Kent State 38-17 WVU Allegheny SF
11/6 Marian 14-45 Thomas More MCRC Final
11/6 Illinois State 27-23 Northern Iowa GMW D2 Final
11/6 UW-Whitewater 22-54 Marquette GMW D2 3rd/4th
11/6 Bucknell 25-17 Villanova MARC SF
11/6 Drexel 15-36 Georgetown MARC SF
11/7 Virginia 118-0 VCU Cardinals Final
11/7 Georgia Tech Fft W-L Ole Miss SCRC
11/7 RPI 10-47 Marist Tri-State Final
11/7 IUP 46-0 Kent State Allegheny Final
11/7 Georgetown 23-15 Bucknell MARC Final
11/7 Drexel 33-21 Villanova MARC 3rd-4th