The lesson from the Men’s DII college final and semifinals is that the division is getting tighter.
In a meeting of two of the very top teams in the Cardinals Conference men's DII college competition, North Carolina State defeated Virginia Military Institute 34-29.
Both teams have high expectations in the league, and so it was no surprise the game was that close.
For VMI, flyhalf Thomas Mitchell was a standout, and No. 8 Cory Atkins led the forwards and scored.
We know almost all of the teams that will play in the Men's National DII College quarterfinals, after results this weekend; here's the rundown:
NC State edged VMI 35-27 Saturday in a clash of the two undefeated teams in the Cardinals Men’s DII conference.
The result of the game is that NC State will go into the playoffs with the #1 seed, but it’s also likely that these two teams will meet in the conference final.
Bragging rights in the Cardinals Conference are up for grabs Saturday as 5-0 VMI takes on 5-0 NC State.
While in the end this is most likely just the first meeting between the two - the conference ends with a final four on November 5 and 6 - this is the game that sets the tone.