Men's College Division II week one rankings

Men's College Division II week one rankings

BOULDER, Colo. - USA Rugby debuted its first-ever Men’s College Division II rankings this week. Fourteen DII college rugby commissioners determined the rankings and will continue to vote on the emerging clubs in the country on a weekly basis.

“We’re hoping that these rankings will help push DII closer to the center stage at this time of year where they belong,” said USA Rugby Collegiate Director Rich Cortez. “A weekly ranking for Men’s DII rugby should be a good mechanism to bring it to the forefront of people’s attention.”

The DII conferences have put forth the effort in making sure they are playing their competitive 15s schedule during the fall. This consistency among the entire division will provide an accurate representation of the DII landscape through the weekly rankings.

“I’m impressed with the diligence by which the voters are making their choices,” added Cortez. “The best part of the process is that teams not currently on the list are making a push for inclusion, and it shows that the level of competition among DII Men’s College Rugby is changing and improving.”

Salisbury, the defending Men’s DII National Champion, is off to a 5-0 start and sits atop of the 2013 rankings. Opening at number two is Notre Dame College, who has registered a win against 2012 semi-finalist Indiana University (Penn.). UM Whitewater, (6-0), James Madison (6-0) and 2012 finalist Minnesota Duluth (6-0) round out the top five.

Here is a list where the top-25 teams rank:

  1. Salisbury
  2. Notre Dame College
  3. UW-Whitewater
  4. James Madison
  5. Minnesota Duluth
  6. Buffalo State
  7. Colgate
  8. Grand Valley State
  9. Indiana University PA
  10. Old Dominion
  11. Towson
  12. Kent State
  13. Illinois State
  14. St. Louis
  15. Principia
  16. Marshall
  17. Southern Illinois
  18. Winona
  19. Marist
  20. Georgetown
  21. Coast Guard
  22. Furman
  23. UW Stout
  24. Troy
  25. Rhode Island

Molloy, Bentley, New Hampshire, UNC Wilmington and Louisiana Lafayette are all currently on the cusp of breaking into the top 25. View how your favorite Men’s DII teams rise and fall in the rankings each week here.

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Comments (25)

  • Guest (Guest)

    In reply to: Guest (Guest)

    Very very low. One team from each conference of the 15 conferences. First round is RO16.

  • Guest (Coach)

    anyone know anything about #6 buffalo state?

  • Guest (dennis nolan)

    uncw should be in place of furman at 22 they play this sunday so we will see if the rankings are worth anything on that pitch. prediction uncw over furman by 4 tries. i guess on the cusp means not enough fan noise or coach feedback to earn ones place. there is a higher density of rugby on the east coast and the talent pool reflects that on the D2 scene.they beat #4 james madison last year in the nationals as a p.s. to this b.s. don't crave a rank just play good ball and enjoy the game .

  • Guest (NorthWest)

    Idaho State went undefeated (7-0). Beating teams like Boise State, Utah State, Montana State, and Weber State. The only close game they had was Montana State in which Montana State put up 15 in the last ten minutes due to a Idaho State's Red Card and some inexperienced substitutes. They blew the other three out of the water winning by twenty-five points or more.

  • Guest (Korbin)

    I like how many people were doubting UMD and praising their WiscWW. So 2 years in a row UMD makes d2 national finals. Start showing some respect. 39-5 OVER WW. Umd advances to finals.