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Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #8

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Men Fall DII College Rankings Week #8

Here is our penultimate Men's DII rankings for this 2016 fall season, and this is after two weeks of playoffs.

And we have to stay, the rankings held up quite well the last couple of weeks. First off, the four teams left in the playoffs are the four teams we had in the top four the last two rankings. It was November 2 that we moved Norwich and and Furman up into the #3 and #4 spot, respectively. Since then Furman and Norwich have switched places, but they remain in the top 4 along with Whitewater and Duluth. That's not bad.

Secondly, overall, the rankings did pretty well. Of the 19 games played in the playoffs so far, the higher-ranked team won 14. Straight up, our rankings were 14-5. But even the losses are somewhat mitigated. Of the five losses, no two teams were ranked more than six places apart (Middlebury, #48, over Plymouth State, #42), and we had rankings differences of 1, 2, 3, and 4. In fact, the 2-place ranking difference was Rowan v Illinois State, and the winning margin was only a single point. Overall, three of the five losses were within a try, and the average rankings difference was 3.2 with an average winning margin of 7.7.

That's a long way of saying - even when we got it wrong, we didn't get it wrong by much. Lower-ranked teams that won over higher-ranked teams only beat teams ranked close to them, and not by large margins.

So, we'll take that. Still there have been changes. North Dakota State did really well, and their loss to Duluth was pretty competitive, also, so they move up. The biggest move has to be Colorado School of Mines, which beat Principia and then was pretty close to Duluth. 

The final games are December 3 and 4. Goff Rugby Report will be there on-site and we'll get a good, close look at the top four teams. 


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