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Playoff, Rankings Meanings In D2 Games This Weekend

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Playoff, Rankings Meanings In D2 Games This Weekend

The Men's College DII rankings have seen some big movement of late with the emergence of teams such as Vermont, Villanova, Marquette, East Carolina, and Iowa Centra CC.

This is as competitive a top group as we have had in a few years. Vermont is ranked #1, but defending champs Whitewater (haven't lost in a long, long time), Norwich, Bethel, ICCC, and maybe IUPUI could be considered potential to be ranked here.

Now we're looking at the upcoming playoffs. The Men's D2 Semis and Final will be LIVE on FloRugby. So below are DII games this weekend, and some thoughts on key games:

 

MARC: The top three teams for the playoffs are basically set - Villanova, Bloomsburg, and Scranton. The battle is between Lehigh and York. Both are 2-2 with two games to go. York is ahead of Lehigh thanks to two more bonus points, but has tougher games left - namely, this weekend hosting Bloomsburg. If York does well in that game (win, tie, two bonus points), then York could make the conference playoffs. The talk remains that MARC deserves more seeds at nationals. We'll see if that happens. Bloomsburg competed very well in 2017 and Rowan did in 2016 (and moved to D1AA). 

No Drama: Great Lakes. Bethel beat GVSU and that's about it. Great Midwest - Marquette and UW-Whitewater are on a collision course. 

Southern Conference: There's an argument that SoConn has too many seeds (three). Might see them get two. Last week's UNC-Charlotte vs Furman game highlights that things are very tight at the top. Watch out for East Carolina! Playoffs to come and those three could do well.

Midwest: IUPUI can secure 1st against Kent State this weekend - 5-0 plays 4-1.

Cardinals: NC State, Queens, and Virginia are all looking good. All three are teams that could be DI (Queens is a varsity program, but new to it; the other two have been in DI before). Queens vs VMI is a key game.

NEWCRC: Sacred Heart and Coast Guard are both at 3-2. They play this weekend, with the winner being 2nd in Tier 1. Vermont is undefeated and is favored to remain so.

Deep South: Tulane and Spring Hill are both unbeaten and they play this weekend. This is a huge game for a conference that will get one seed to playoffs.

 

 

10/19/2018 Boston University 20-0 Westfield State NEWCRC
10/19/2018 Grand Valley State at Ferris State Great Lakes
10/20/2018 Moravian College 24-22 Lehigh MARC
10/20/2018 East Stroudsburg 31-39 Drexel MARC
10/20/2018 Slippery Rock 10-57 Scranton MARC
10/20/2018 Bloomsburg 22-21 York MARC
10/20/2018 IUPUI 58-17 Kent State Midwest
10/20/2018 Eastern Kentucky 28-0 Marshall Midwest
10/20/2018 Southern Indiana at Xavier Midwest
10/20/2018 Appalachian State 28-0 UNC Greensboro Southern
10/20/2018 Elon 0-50 Wake Forest Southern
10/20/2018 Furman 28-0 Western Carolina Southern
10/20/2018 Coastal Carolina 14-56 East Carolina Southern
10/20/2018 The Citadel 17-31 Charleston Southern
10/20/2018 UNC Wilmington 55-38 Lander Southern
10/20/2018 DePaul 13-10 UIC Great MW
10/20/2018 Northern Iowa 14-25 Illinois State Great MW
10/20/2018 Northern Illinois 28-0 Loyola - Chicago Great MW
10/20/2018 UW Platteville 19-27 Milwaukee Great MW
10/20/2018 UW Stout 0-28 Northern Michigan Great MW
10/20/2018 Lynchburg at Emory & Henry Cardinals
10/20/2018 Queens 24-49 VMI Cardinals
10/20/2018 Old Dominion 52-5 Christopher Newport Cardinals
10/20/2018 Longwood 0-71 Hampden-Sydney Cardinals
10/20/2018 Richmond at William & Mary Cardinals
10/20/2018 Virginia 27-62 Navy B Cardinals
10/20/2018 Navy C 72-12 UMBC Cardinals
10/20/2018 Bridgewater at George Mason Cardinals
10/20/2018 NC State 94-0 Virginia Griffins U23 Cardinals
10/20/2018 Western Connecticut at Central Connecticut State NEWCRC
10/20/2018 Angelo State 14-24 Sam Houston State Lonestar
10/20/2018 Southern Methodist 29-15 Abilene Christian Lonestar
10/20/2018 Stephen F. Austin at LeTourneau Lonestar
10/20/2018 Houston 74-7 Rice Lonestar
10/20/2018 Texas State at Tarleton State Lonestar
10/20/2018 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 12-17 Trinity (TX) Lonestar
10/20/2018 Saginaw Valley State Fft L-W Bethel Great Lakes
10/20/2018 Pitt State at Principia Gateway
10/20/2018 Central Missouri at UMKC Gateway
10/20/2018 Washington U at UMS&T Gateway
10/20/2018 Maryville at SIU Gateway
10/20/2018 Louisiana Tech 20-0 Louisiana-Lafayette Deep South
10/20/2018 Spring Hill 31-12 Tulane Deep South
10/20/2018 Middlebury 0-48 Norwich Rugby Northeast
10/20/2018 UMass Lowell 45-29 Providence Rugby Northeast
10/20/2018 St. Michael's 12-29 Roger Williams Rugby Northeast
10/21/2018 SUNY Geneseo 27-0 SUNY Fredonia Upstate NY
10/21/2018 Buffalo State 36-31 RIT Upstate NY
10/21/2018 North Carolina 14-19 Charleston Southern
10/21/2018 Springfield 5-50 WPI NEWCRC
10/21/2018 Northern Colorado 48-29 Colorado Mesa Rocky Mountain
10/21/2018 CSU Pueblo 0-28 Montana State Rocky Mountain
10/20/2018 Coast Guard 10-17 Sacred Heart NEWCRC
10/21/2018 Quinnipiac 15-68 Vermont NEWCRC
10/21/2018 Molloy 7-97 William Paterson Tri State QFs
10/21/2018 Seton Hall 26-62 USMMA Tri State QFs
10/21/2018 College of NJ 21-26 Marist Tri State QFs
10/21/2018 Hofstra 12-45 RPI Tri State QFs