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Men D2 College Rankings 2021 Week 8

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Men D2 College Rankings 2021 Week 8

Norwich and UMass-Lowell both are in the mix. Photo Norwich Athletics.

With the #1 team losing we have to have a new #1.

Adrian had a good chance to vault into that place but—as has been the case through a chunk of their season—they had an opponent cancel on them, and #2 Norwich beat a ranked opponent in convincing fashion. So it's logical that Norwich takes the #1 spot.

Where to put Furman? They lost to the #19 team and while you could argue that UNC-Charlotte has dramatically improved (UNC-Charlotte Win Jolts Southern Conference Pecking Order ) but it's tough to say they should rise to, say, #3 or #4. In the end, we nudge them up to #7 and Furman down to #8. It is distinctly possible that any team in the top 14 or so could go on a national championship run. We do think it's pretty tight in this group.

UMass-Lowell, which, like #1 Norwich, is undefeated in the NEWCRC, might well be higher than #9, but, as we have implied, we think that group is almost interchangeable.

The big change in this ranking is Georgia Tech. The thing about Georgia Tech was that they tied Auburn at the beginning of the season. After that, Auburn went on a run to show that they were much improved from two years ago. Tech, however, had forfeit wins and not enough data for us to go on. So we needed something, and an impressive win over MTSU was what did it. We had a list of five or so teams we were waiting on for this week's rankings. Three of those, Georgia Tech, Providence, and Sacred Heart, all come into the Top 40. Providence came into the Top 40 a couple of weeks ago after a close win over Coast Guard, but then they lost to Sacred Heart, and we wondered at their ability to back up a win. The Black Pack's victory over Boston University put paid to that.

With Coast Guard's loss to Norwich, in which they lost 46-0, we can sort of see, now, a hierarchy in the NEWCRC with none of those teams in the Top 20 but still in there. Providence, it seems, is at the top of that second group. Sacred Heart may have beaten Providence, but not those other teams. A win over UNH gets them in at #40.

The other big mover is Pitt State, which beat UMS&T 14-0. Now the talk is that they could have scored more. Whatever, what matters to us is the shutout. Shutouts are tough to accomplish against good teams. S&T drops seven spots and Pitt State moves up 14. Also moving up is Bucknell because they keep beating good teams. 

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Rank Prev Team Conference Notes
1 2 Norwich (VT) New England-Wide Beat Coast Guard (21)
2 3 Adrian (MI) Great Lakes Forfeit win
3 4 Marquette (WI) Great MW Beat UW-Milwaukee
4 5 UW-Whitewater (WI) Great MW Beat Northern Michigan 
5 6 Marian (IN) MCRC Lost to Lindenwood
6 7 Northern Iowa (IA) Great MW Beat Loyola (26)
7 19 UNC-Charlotte (NC) Southern Beat Furman (1)
8 1 Furman (SC) Southern Lost to UNC-Charlotte (19)
9 10 UMass-Lowell (MA) New England-Wide Beat Vermont (11)
10 9 IUP (PA) Allegheny Beat Kent State
11 8 Central Michigan (MI) Great Lakes Beat Calvin
12 11 Vermont (VT) New England-Wide Lost to UMass-Lowell (10)
13 12 Memphis (TN) SCRC Beat Ole Miss
14 13 Illinois State (IL) Great MW  
15 16 Belmont Abbey (NC) Southern  
16 20 Auburn (AL) SCRC Beat Mississippi State
17 24 Bucknell (PA) MARC Beat Bloomsburg
18 Unr Georgia Tech (GA) SCRC Beat MTSU (15)
19 33 Pitt State (KS) Gateway Beat UMS&T (14)
20 17 Montana State (MT) Rocky Mountain  
21 14 UMS&T (MO) Gateway Lost to Pitt State (33)
22 23 UNC-Wilmington (NC) Southern Beat Coastal Carolina
23 25 Villanova (PA) MARC Beat Drexel (38)
24 27 Principia (IL) Gateway  
25 18 UW-Platteville (WI) Great MW  
26 Unr Providence (RI) New England-Wide Beat Boston University (22)
27 21 Coast Guard (CT) New England-Wide Lost to Norwich (2)
28 22 Boston University (MA) New England-Wide Lost to Providence
29 28 Marist (NY) Tri-State  
30 29 USMMA (NY) Tri-State  
31 30 UNC (NC) Southern  
32 31 Citadel (SC) Southern Beat East Carolina
33 34 Virginia (VA) Cardinals Beat Old Dominion
34 15 MTSU (TN) SCRC Lost to Georgia Tech
35 35 Grand Valley State (MI) Great Lakes Beat Ferris State
36 32 Thomas More (KY) MCRC Forfeit win
37 36 Central Missouri (MO) Gateway Beat John Brown
38 40 Georgetown (DC) MARC Beat Towson
39 26 Loyola-Chicago (IL) Great MW Lost to Northern Iowa (7)
40 Unr Sacred Heart (CT) New England-Wide Beat New Hampshire