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Men D2 College Rankings 2021 Week 1

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Men D2 College Rankings 2021 Week 1

Wisconsin Whitewater vs Memphis in 2019. It's been too long.

This year's Men's DII College Rankings kick off with a bit of a speculative kick to space.

How are we to know, really, how well a team will do on the field? We don't. Most of these teams haven't played since November or December of 2019. Sure some did get some 7s in, but overall they've missed an entire year. What this means is that players who are leaders on their teams were sophomores or juniors when last there was a full season. Most of these teams don't recruit directly—they are true clubs—and as a result, it's going to be interesting to see how numbers are.

We suspect, however, that the COVID shutdowns will create a bounceback effect for activities, especially activities that also promote social interaction. Teams might not have big numbers at the start of the season, but we get the feeling they will build quickly. 

So ... on to the rankings. We have ranked teams based strongly on their history, or their likelihood to have kept numbers up. A few we know a little more about in terms of who is there and ready to play rugby, and we've moved those teams accordingly.

In addition, there are four varsity programs that are going to compete in DII this season that we have decided to rank sight unseen. Well, almost unseen. We have seen Marian play and it's that on-field game time which we think will stand them in good stead going forward. We've ranked these teams conservatively, around the #20 mark (Marian at #16, Alderson Broaddus at #20, Adrian at #23, and Belmont Abbey at #24); what happens next is based on what happens on the field.


Rank   Team Conference  
1   UW-Whitewater (WI) Great MW  
2   Norwich (VT) Rugby Northeast  
3   Furman (SC) Southern  
4   Villanova (PA) MARC  
5   Vermont (VT) New England-Wide  
6   Illinois State (IL) Great MW  
7   UMS&T (MO) Gateway  
8   Minnesota-Duluth (MI) Northern Lights  
9   MTSU (TN) SCRC  
10   UMass-Lowell (MA) Rugby Northeast  
11   Memphis (TN) SCRC  
12   Loyola-Chicago (IL) Great MW  
13   Boston University (MA) New England-Wide  
14   Bentley (MA) Rugby Northeast  
15   Marquette (WI) Great MW  
16   Marian (IN) MCRC  
17   Montana State (MT) Rocky Mountain  
18   Lehigh (PA) MARC  
19   Northern Colorado Rocky Mountain  
20   Alderson Broaddus (WV) Allegheny  
21   UNC (NC) Southern  
22   York (PA) MARC  
23   Adrian (MI) Great Lakes  
24   Belmont Abbey (NC) Southern  
25   Coast Guard (CT) New England-Wide  
26   Marist (NY) Tri-State  
27   MSU-Moorhead (MN) Northern Lights  
28   SLU (MO) Gateway  
29   Grand Valley State (MI) Great Lakes  
30   UNC-Charlotte (NC) Southern  
31   Northern Michigan (MI) Great MW  
32   Pitt State (KS) Gateway  
33   USMMA (NY) Tri-State  
34   Central Michigan (MI) Great Lakes  
35   UNC-Wilmington (NC) Southern  
36   Thomas More (KY) MCRC  
37   Virginia (VA) Cardinals  
38   William Paterson (NJ) Tri-State  
39   UW-Platteville (WI) Great MW  
40   Shippensburg (PA) MARC