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The DII College scene saw a bit of a shakeup this weekend with a number of high profile teams either losing or playing closer than expected games.
The biggest game of the week was in the Southern Conference. Furman took on UNC-Charlotte midweek and the 49ers got the better of the defending national runner-ups. Charlotte took down Paladins 29-16 and has clinched the top spot in the western division. Furman, by virtue of tiebreakers, has also clinched the second spot, thus determining the two teams to head to the conference playoffs from the west.
In the east, the situation is a little murky. Four teams have a winning record and a 0-0 tie between Citadel and Coastal Carolina complicates matters. Undefeated ECU will take on 3-1 Coastal next week while 3-2 UNC will battle the 3-1-1 Citadel. After UNC defeated Wilmington this weekend, the Tar Heels will be looking to make a move into the second spot next week. We should have a clearer picture this time next week.
Whitewater flexed its muscles with a 55-14 win over Northern Michigan in WIIL. Northern Michigan beat Milwaukee last week and was riding high. The defending national champions, however, quickly dispatched them.
The biggest game in this conference turned out to be a battle between Illinois State and Marquette. Illinois State who has been a top 10 team all year in our rankings, squeaked out a 22-21 victory over Marquette.
In Rugby Northeast, Norwich and Middlebury remain strong. The Panthers, though, played their closest game of the season against Bentley. Middlebury came out on top 17-7. The matchup between the Cadets and the Panthers should decide the conference.
Rocky Mountain is set for a juicy matchup between undefeated teams next week. Both Montana State and Western State took care of business this weekend and will meet for what should be the conference title determining game.
Quinnipiac continues its impressive run in the New England Wide. The Connecticut school has been putting up points in bunches after tying the Coast Guard earlier this year. This week it was a 72-5 win over Springfield. In other action, Hartford handily defeated Westfield State but according to the New England Wide website, Hartford has forfeited the match.
|Elon||12 55||Appalachian state||Southern|
|Western Carolina||54-5||Wake Forest||Southern|
|St. Michael's||68-17||Stonehill||Rugby Northeast|
|Southern Connecticut||97-0||Roger Williams||Rugby Northeast|
|NDSU||vs||North Dakota||Northern Lights|
|Montana State||28-0||Colorado Springs||Rocky Mountain|
|Colorado College||28-0||Northern Colorado||Rocky Mountain|
|Western State||61-0||Colorado School of Mines||Rocky Mountain|
|UMBC||22-14||William and Mary||Cardinal|
|Westfield State||7-0 fft||Hartford||New England Wide|
|Quinipiac||72-7||Springfield||New England Wide|
|Coast Guard||97-5||Central Connecticut||New England Wide|
|Western Connecticut||24-12||WPI||New England Wide|
|Sacred Heart||31-7||Marist||Tri State|
|William Paterson||24-21||USMMA||Tri State|
|Montclair State||28-0||NJIT||Tri State|
|Seton Hall||51-21||Molloy||Tri State|