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Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #9

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Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #9

Sophie Harris photo, courtesy USA Rugby.

This is the final Men's DII rankings for the 2016-17 season.

Our rankings held up relatively well through the season, and especially since October 4, when we move UW-Whitewater to #1. Furman moves up to #2 - not just because the Paladins beat Duluth, but it certainly helped. With Norwich also beating Duluth in the 3rd-4th game, one could argue that Norwich deserves a look at #2.

Two things tell us it's Furman at #2 and not Norwich. 1) We don't hold much credence in consolation games, as one or both teams can use them for running out younger players. This negates point 1b - Furman beat Duluth by 3, and Norwich beat Duluth by 23; 2) Furman lost to Whitewater by 16, and Norwich by 29. So that's a clear enough case for us to put Furman at #2.

What other changes are made? Middlebury gets a bump thanks to Norwich's performance, and possibly should have earlier. They are basically even with Vermont and Rhode Island. 

This year seemed to us to be as competitive a group of DII college teams as we've seen. The top 15 or so programs are really impressive, and while Whitewater seems to have been a cut above, many could have found their way to the top four. 

By the way - just for fun, here's the list of rankings articles through the season:

Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #1

Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #2

Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #3

Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #4

Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #5

Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #6

Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #7

Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #8


Goff Rugby Report 2016-17 Men DII College Rankings #9
Rank Prev Team Conference Notes
1 1 UW-Whitewater (Wisc.) WIIL Bt. Norwich (4), Furman (3)
2 3 Furman (SC) South Bt. UM-Duluth (2), lost to UW-Whitewater (1)
3 4 Norwich (Vt.) NECRC Los to UW-Whitewater (1), Bt. UM-Duluth (2)
4 2 Minnesota-Duluth (Minn.) Northern Lights Lost to Furman (3), Norwich (4)
5 5 Rowan (NJ) MARC Idle
6 6 Illinois State (Ill.) WIIL Idle
7 7 North Dakota State (ND) Northern Lights Idle
8 8 Western State (Colo.) Rocky Mountain Idle
9 9 NC State (NC) Southern Idle
10 10 Coast Guard Academy (Conn.) New England-Wide Idle
11 11 Bentley (Mass.) Rugby Northeast Idle
12 12 Colorado Sch. of Mines (Colo.) Rocky Mountain Idle
13 13 Sacred Heart (Conn.) Tri-State Idle
14 14 SUNY Cortland (NY) Upstate NY Idle
15 15 UW-Milwaukee (Wisc.) WIIL Idle
16 16 Grand Valley State (Mich.) Great Lakes Idle
17 17 Rhode Island (RI) NECRC Idle
18 18 Southern Connecticut (Conn.) Rugby Northeast Idle
19 19 Providence College (RI) Rugby Northeast Idle
20 20 Principia (Ill.) Gateway Idle
21 21 Winona State (Minn.) Northern Lights Idle
22 22 Vermont (Vt.) NECRC Idle
23 42 Middlebury (Vt.) NECRC Idle
24 23 William Paterson (NJ) Tri-State Idle
25 24 York (Pa.) MARC Idle
26 26 UNC-Charlotte (NC) Southern Idle
27 27 UNC Wilmington (NC) Southern Idle
28 25 Northern Michigan (Mich.) WIIL Idle
29 28 Coastal Carolina (SC) Southern Idle
30 29 VMI (Va.) Cardinals Idle
31 30 Oakland (Mich.) Great Lakes Idle
32 31 IUP (Pa.) MARC Idle
33 32 Montana State (Mont.) Rocky Mountain Idle
34 33 Southern Illinois (Ill.) Gateway Idle
35 34 Geneseo (NY) Upstate NY Idle
36 35 Appalachian State (NC) Southern Idle
37 36 Northern Iowa (Iowa) WIIL Idle
38 37 UMass-Lowell (Mass.) Rugby Northeast Idle
39 38 Pitt State (Kans.) Gateway Idle
40 39 Siena (NY) Tri-State Idle
41 40 RPI (NY) Tri-State Idle
42 41 SUNY Oswego (NY) Upstate NY Idle
43 43 Plymouth State (NH) Colonial Coast Idle
44 44 Salve Regina (RI) Colonial Coast Idle
45 45 Old Dominion (Va.) Cardinals Idle
46 46 UMS&T (Mo.) Gateway Idle
47 47 The Citadel (SC) Southern Idle
48 48 East Carolina (NC) Southern Idle
49 49 Spring Hill (Ala.) Independent Idle
50 50 Tulane (La.) Independent Idle