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UW-Whitewater on the attack. Jean Pachowitz Photo.

DII Men’s College has gotten under way and the last couple weeks have provided little insight into the current power structure. With a number of teams leaving for DI and a couple coming down to DII, the rankings look quite a bit different than how they ended last season.

Minnesota-Duluth and UW-Whitewater still sit at one and two respectively, but with Salisbury, Towson and Lindenwood-Belleville all leaving for DI-AA the top ten is a little different. Rowan slots in at number three after losing a thrilling elite eight game to Towson last year 44-41 and Grand Valley State comes in at number four.

Middlebury and North Carolina State have dropped down to compete in DII and both are ranked. Middlebury was once a force in DII, winning a national championship nearly a decade ago, and finds itself at number seven. The Wolf Pack sits at 14 after beating ODU 40-13.

A pair of DII teams defeated DI competitors. The Coast Guard beat up USMMA and Spring Hill defeated Alabama in thrilling fashion 38-37. Spring Hill is playing an independent schedule this season and came away with an impressive win.

Norwich outlasted another elite eight team from last year in Rhode Island. URI played Whitewater tough and is expected to compete for a place in the final four. A win for Norwich here puts it at 11 overall.

The Southern Conference is the most represented to start 2016 as seven teams from the conference are currently represented.

Rank9/11/16Recent Results
1Minnesota-DuluthIdle
2UW-WhitewaterBeat Marquette 70-10
3RowanIdle
4Grand Valley StateIdle
5VMIIdle
6Colorado School of The MinesBeat UCCS 46-10
7UNC-WilmingtonIdle
8MiddleburyIdle
9Vermont54-3 New Hampshire
10Northern IowaBeat Loyola 24-19
11NorwichBeat Rhode Island 30-21
12Coast GuardBeat USMMA 43-7
13Coastal CarolinaIdle
14NC StateBeat Old Dominion 40-13
15Rhode IslandLost to Norwich 30-21
16FurmanBeat Elon 62-15
17Spring HillBeat Alabama 38-37
18BentleyBeat Umass-Lowell 17-3
19St LouisBeat Maryville 56-0
20IUPBeat Lehigh 27-13
21RPIIdle
22The CitadelBeat East Carolina 27-26
23East CarolinaLost to The Citadel 27-26
24Northern MichiganIdle
25Old DominionLost to NC State 40-13