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The bulk of the DII college division got underway this weekend. Most teams are still figuring out their own identity and many played their first game this past weekend. For the most part the results were fairly expected, however, there were several notable games on the docket.
The biggest result came out of the cardinals conference. Last year’s runner up, VMI ran into a buzzsaw in North Carolina State. The Wolfpack won the game 49-5 and will vault of the rankings in the first week.
The other team to make noise in the Cardinals Conference was Queens College. The new Varsity program is off to a 2-0 start and has yet to yield a point.
The WIIL, which renamed itself the Greater Midwest, had five games in the conference. Defending national champions, UW-Whitewater won, but had a much closer game with UW-Platteville than in years past. The Warhawks won 45-13.
Marquette came up the biggest winner, thumping newcomers Northern Illinois 82-3. Northern Illinois edged Illinois-Chicago in the closest game of the conference 28-20.
IUPUI, who came out of the Midwest last season, started its season off strong with a 34-17 win over Eastern Kentucky while Kent State, who returned to DII this season, fell to NSCRO stalwart Xavier by a point.
The two top teams in the Southern Conference came out victorious this weekend. UNC-Charlotte and Furman both won comfortably, winning by mercy rule. (The Southern Conference had installed a mercy rule last season.) UNC-Wilmington, who has been down the last couple seasons, edged Coastal Carolina 15-12 in a close contest.
|9/8/18||Old Dominion||Cancelled||NOVA GriffensÂ||cancelled||Cardinals|
|9/8/18||Eastern Michigan||0||Grand Valley State||28||Great Lakes|
|9/8/18||Calvin College||12||Central Michigan||45||Great Lakes|
|9/8/18||Loyola-Chicago||0||Illinois State||28||Great Midwest|
|9/8/18||Marquette||82||Northern Illinois||3||Great Midwest|
|9/8/18||Illinois-Chicago||20||Northern Iowa||28||Great Midwest|
|9/8/18||UW-Stout||28||UW-La Crosse||0||Great Midwest|
|9/8/18||Appalachian State||36||Wake Forest||3||Southern|
|9/8/18||UNC Wilmington||15||Coastal Carolina||12||Southern|
|9/8/18||North Carolina||14||The Citadel||12||Southern|
|9/9/18||William Paterson||30||Hofstra||0||Tri State|
|9/9/18||Seton Hall||5||MaristÂ||40||Tri State|
|9/9/18||Montclair State||5||TCNJ||56||Tri State|