GRR: Great Midwest
Ten conferences have confirmed their Men's DII College conferences, with three more to go.
Here's a rundown of what has happened so far.
(Photos by Sara Hoener, Villanova Rugby, and Kelly Williams)
Going into this past weekend's games, Marquette and Minnesota-Duluth had a very simple goal—win and you host a Great Midwest playoff game; lose and you're on the road.
The Great Midwest finished off its regular season and with the results the conference quarterfinal matchups are all set.
Loyola-Chicago’s defeat of Northern Iowa has the Great Midwest sitting up and taking notice.
Now at 2-1, Loyola is tied with Northern Iowa at 3-1 and in a solid position to make a go in the Great Midwest playoffs.
Now, Loyola’s 27-22 loss to Illinois State on September 7 looms large as an indication that Loyola could be very serious.
No one doubts that Wisconsin Whitewater is still the favorite to win the Great Midwest Conference, but other teams are bubbling up to a high level.
Loyola of Chicago has beaten UIC and DePaul and looked pretty good doing it. Their only loss was 27-22 to Illinois State, which sits 3-0.
UW-Platteville is only 1-2, but beat UW-Milwaukee 22-19 on a dramatic last-minute score.