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The DII playoffs took place prior to Thanksgiving and there were so many close games. Two playoffs games went to overtime and with bad weather across the country, ranking the teams has become a difficult task.
The four teams to come out of their respective regions slot in at the top four spots. Whitewater remains the consensus number one. Grand Valley State gave Whitewater its toughest game of the year and as a result comes in at six.
North Dakota State defeated defending runner up Furman and outlasted Illinois State. We think they had the toughest road to the final four and slot in at number two.
Norwich played two tough games against NC State and Hartford respectively, but their experience got them back to the final four. They come in at number three.
VMI defeated the Tri State champs RPI in the round of 16. The Tri State has been one of the weakest conferences in the country and loses all ranked teams with RPI falling 49-5. The Keydets, however, won impressively over Bloomsburg on Sunday to head to the final four.
This is where things get complicated. How do the regions and conferences stack up and where do teams that did not make it the sweet 16 fall in?
UNC-Charlotte and Montana State both lost overtime games while Milwaukee lost at the buzzer. Milwaukee slips a little bit thanks to two big losses to Whitewater earlier this year.
IUPUI played Illinois State to a 24-21 game in the play in. By virtue of Illinois State getting to the round of eight, IUPUI moves up.
Thanks to Bloomsburg’s run in the playoffs York works its way back into the rankings. The tandem played a close game in the conference finals.
|1||UW-Whitewater||Beat Pitt State 61-15, GVSU 24-12|
|2||North Dakota State||Beat Furman 31-15, Illinois State 21-5|
|3||Norwich||Beat NC State 30-17, Hartford 41-19|
|4||VMI||Beat RPI 49-5, Bloomsburg 43-5|
|5||Illinois State||Beat Montana State 30-10, lost to NDSU 21-5|
|6||Grand Valley State||Beat UW-Milwaukee 31-28, lost to UW-Whitewater 24-12|
|7||Montana State||Lost to Illinois State 30-10|
|8||Hartford||Beat Oswego 30-23, lost to Norwich 41-19|
|9||Bloomsburg||Beat UNC-Charlotte 32-29, lost to VMI 42-5|
|10||UNC-Charlotte||Lost to Bloomsburg 32-29|
|11||Furman||Lost to North Dakota State 31-15|
|12||NC State||Lost to Norwich 30-17|
|15||Oswego||Lost to Hartford 30-23|
|16||UW-Milwaukee||Lost to GVSU 31-28|
|22||Pitt State||Lost to Whitewater 61-15|
|RPI||Lost to VMI 49-5|