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Stout with ball against Northern Iowa

The blender of DII college playoff rugby has chewed up and spit out several teams over the last two weeks, and just 16 teams are left in tact. The result is a lot of shakeup.

Defending National Champion Minnesota-Duluth remains atop the list, having not had to play for a few weeks. The Fighting Penguins were more impressive than anyone in DII in the regular season, except for arguably UW-Whitewater. The Warhawks are also undefeated with no close games.

The rest of the top five played against tougher conference competition. Salisbury and Towson had to play each other, Towson winning in the regular season and Salisbury winning in the Potomac title game. Because they have the two best wins in DII so far this year, against each other, the Sharks and Tgers sit at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

Coming in at No. 5 is James Madison. The Cardinals champ had to play VMI, which has proven to be a very good team, and defeated the Keydets by six. In a play-in game over the weekend, Towson had a more decisive win over VMI, contributing to Towson and Salisbury being ranked a little higher.

Joining the Top 25 are VMI, who we were really late on, Bentley and Grand Valley State. Bentley and GVSU get in after winning their conference championships. Making room for them are Xavier, Vassar and Old Dominion, all of whom were toppled prematurely in their conference playoffs.

RankPrevTeamRecent Results
11UM-DuluthNorthern Lights Champions
25SalisburyBeat Towson in Potomac Final
32TowsonBeat VMI in Play-in
43UW-WhitewaterBeat UW-Stout in WIIL Final
54James MadisonCardinals Champions
66Notre Dame CollegeBeat Rowan in MARC Final
713UW-StoutBeat UNI in Play-in
8Unr.VMILost to Towson in Play-in
99FurmanSouthern Champions
1010VermontNew England Champions
1111Colorado CollegeReceived forfeit in play-in
1212SLUGateway Champions
1320RowanSouthern Runner-up
1414UNC WilmingtonBeat Fairfield in Play-in
157Illinois StateLost to UW-Stout in WIIL Semi
1617FairfieldLost to Rowan in Play-in
1715Northern IowaLost to UW-Stout in Play-in
1818WinonaThird in Northern Lights
19Unr.BentleyBeat UMass Lowell in RNE final
2025Roger WilliamsBeat CCSU in Play-in
21Unr.Grand Valley StateGreat Lakes Champions
2219Rhode IslandSecond in New England
2321NorwichThird in New England
2422Coast GuardFourth in New England
2523GeorgetownLost in Potomac playoffs
Dropped Out:
16VassarLost in Tri-State playoffs
24XavierLost in Great Lakes playoffs
8Old DominionLost in Cardinals Semis to Radford