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Men D2 College Rankings for Fall 2022 Week 13

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Men D2 College Rankings for Fall 2022 Week 13

Principia players thank their fans. Alex Goff photo.

After the national semifinals and final we spent some time looking at past results and crossover results and tried to go at our rankings with an eye to taking them apart.

It was difficult. The comparable results hold up after the final games—We don't have anyone closer to Principia than IUP, for example. So we make two changes. Obviously Principia goes to #1 and IUP drops to #2 ... but no further. We had NC State at #4 and Vermont at #3 because Vermont lost to IUP by only three points. We could well have left it at that, because NC State lost to IUP by seven. However, NC State won the #3 game well, and really that semifinal could have gone either way. 

So we move NC State up to #3. And while we are impressed with Loyola's season this year, and realize their 3rd-4th game was played with some serious injury issues, in the end Vermont got so close to IUP that we have to leave them at #4. And Norwich, which lost to NC State by two points, remains at #5. It's never a fait accompli that the top four in the playoffs retain a top four ranking—the path to the semifinals winds too drastically for that.

The one team we're just not sure about it Northern Iowa. UNI played well this season but their two playoff games carried large-scale winning margins, one a victory for Northern Iowa and one a loss. We're kind of splitting the difference here, and it's possible, given how everyone lost big to Principia, that UNI should be as high as #8. We put them at #11.

The Goff Rugby Report Rankings are brought to you by Next Phase Rugby. This app, downloadable at NextPhaseRugby.Com, is useful even for small, D2, and club college teams. These teams can download the app and set up a team profile—you may not have money or admission tags, but you can talk about your school's academics, your team culture, and your coaching. those are all things high school rugby players want to know about.

Finally, we will revisit these rankings at the end of the spring. There are some D2 teams that play outside of NCR and in the spring. It will be very difficult to integrate those teams into these rankings, but we will make the attempt.

Rank Prev Team Div/Conf Notes
1 2 Principia (IL) Gateway Beat Loyola (6), IUP (1)
2 1 IUP (PA) Allegheny Beat NC State (4), lost to Principia (2)
3 4 NC State (NC) Southern Lost to IUP (1). Beat Loyola (6)
4 3 Vermont (VT) New England-Wide  
5 5 Norwich (VT) New England-Wide  
6 6 Loyola (IL) Great MW Lost to Principia (2), NC State (4)
7 7 Marquette (WI) Great MW  
8 8 Georgetown (DC) MARC  
9 9 Marist (NY) Tri-State  
10 10 UNC-Charlotte (NC) Southern  
11 11 Northern Iowa (IA) Great MW  
12 12 Auburn (AL) SCRC  
13 13 Coast Guard (CT) New England-Wide  
14 14 UW-Whitewater (WI) Great MW  
15 15 Virginia (VA) Cardinals  
16 16 Mira Costa College (CA) SoCal  
17 17 Villanova (PA) MARC  
18 18 USMMA (NY) Tri-State  
19 19 GVSU (MI) Great Lakes  
20 20 Central Missouri (MO) Gateway  
21 21 UNC-Wilmington (NC) Southern  
22 22 Montana State (MT) Rocky Mountain  
23 23 Southeastern La. (LA) Deep South  
24 24 Memphis (TN) SCRC  
25 25 Miami (OH) Mid-East  
26 26 Chicago (IL) Great MW  
27 27 UMass-Lowell (MA) New England-Wide  
28 28 Ferris State (MI) Great Lakes  
29 29 Central Michigan (MI) Great Lakes  
30 30 Washington U. (MO) Gateway  
31 31 MSU Mankato (MN) Northern Lights  
32 32 East Carolina (NC) Southern  
33 33 Furman (SC) Southern  
34 34 SLU (MO) Gateway  
35 35 UMS&T (MO) Gateway  
36 36 Georgia Tech (GA) SCRC  
37 37 New Hampshire (NH) NEWCRC  
38 38 MTSU (TN) Mid-East  
39 39 Bucknell (PA) MARC  
40 40 Bloomsburg (PA) MARC