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Men D2 2023 Rankings Week 9

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Men D2 2023 Rankings Week 9

Who's #1 Now? Griff Hastings photo.

Once again we have a big move for Wisconsin Whitewater in the rankings.

The big problem for them is Northern Iowa, which has won by massive margins against every opponent. So getting his hard by UNI knocked Whitewater down, only for them to make it back to their conference final. We're still not sure, to be honest. A few teams could be better then the Warhawks ... or at the same time the Warhawks could be the third-best team in the country!

This is special Northern Iowa team and despite IUP being really good and not placing a step wrong, Northern Iowa's dominance in what has been traditionally one of the strongest conferences in men's D2 rugby means we have to have them be #1 at least for one week if only to recognize what they've accomplished so far.

Memphis is a good dark horse and could well make a massive splash nationally. We think Maine, Marist and Mankato also form the four M-word Dark Horses of the Playoffs. 

Rk. Prev. College Team Conference  
1 2 Northern Iowa (IA) Great MW Beat Northwestern (8)
2 1 IUP (PA) Allegheny Beat Kent State (24)
3 3 Norwich (VT) New England-Wide Beat Boston University
4 4 Villanova (PA) MARC Beat UMBC (32)
5 5 Georgetown (DC) MARC Beat Scranton (17)
6 11 Memphis (TN) SCRC Beat Auburn (6)
7 7 Maine (ME) New England-Wide Beat UNH
8 12 Marist (NY) Liberty Beat SUNY Oswego
9 13 MSU Mankato (MN) Northern Lights Beat North Dakota State
10 10 Vermont (VT) New England-Wide Beat Bentley
11 26 UW-Whitewater (WI) Great MW Beat Loyola
12 8 Northwestern (IL) Great MW Lost to UNI (2)
13 9 Loyola (IL) Great MW Close loss to UW-Whitewater (26)
14 14 GVSU (MI) Great Lakes  
15 6 Auburn (AL) SCRC Lost to Memphis (11)
16 15 Coast Guard (CT) New England-Wide Beat UMass-Lowell
17 20 Miami (OH) Allegheny Beat MTSU (31)
18 16 Montana State (MT) High Peaks Beat Idaho State
19 21 UNC-Wilmington (NC) Southern Beat East Carolina
20 18 SLU (MO) Gateway Lost to Drury
21 25 Virginia (VA) Cardinals Beat Radford
22 17 Scranton (PA) MARC Lost to Georgetown (5)
23 24 Kent State (OH) Allegheny Lost to IUP (1)
24 19 Illinois State (IL) Great MW  
25 23 Chicago (IL) Great MW  
26 27 Bucknell (PA) MARC  
27 30 Central Michigan (MI) Great Lakes  
28 Unr Albany (NY) Liberty Beat RPI (22)
29 22 RPI (NY) Liberty Lost to Albany
30 28 Southern Illinois (IL) Gateway  
31 29 Washington U. (MO) Gateway  
32 33 USMMA (NY) Tri-State  
33 36 Coastal Carolina (SC) Southern Forfeit win
34 37 Colorado Mesa (CO) High Peaks Beat Western Colorado
35 34 Marquette (WI) Great MW  
36 35 Bloomsburg (PA) MARC  
37 32 UMBC (MD) MARC Lost to Villanova (4)
38 38 Cornell (NY) Liberty  
39 39 Tennessee Tech (TN) SCRC  
40 40 Towson (MD) MARC jhfshjkfhjkfd