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The DII Rankings saw a lot of movement this week, with three news teams making their way into the top 25. With conference playoffs pitting quality teams against one another, we are really seeing our rankings tested.

The Southern playoffs had four ranked teams face off this week. Both games produced impressive results. UNC-Charlotte throttled the defending Southern champions UNC-Wilmington on the road and as a result moves up to number 10. In the other game, Furman blanked Coastal Carolina, knocking them out of the rankings and keeping itself in the top five.

The WIIL quarterfinals took place over the weekend, with another group of ranked teams taking part. Whitewater dominated once again, with Illinois State, Northern Iowa and UW-Milwaukee advancing to the semis and remaining ranked.

The Rugby Northeast was thrown into flux with Southern Connecticut beating Bentley. SoCon moves into the top 25 and slots in right behind undefeated conference foe Providence and right in front of Bentley. Bentley, however, drops 12 spots to number 24.

In the Northern Lights, Duluth claimed the conference title but it was North Dakota State that enters the rankings. NDSU beat Winona State in the semifinals and slots in at number 11 overall.

Western State capped off its undefeated season with a pair of wins over the weekend. The Colorado school defeated Colorado School of the Mines for the second time to take the conference title and move up to number 12 as a result.

Rank11/3/16Recent Results
1Minnesota-DuluthBeat St Cloud 112-0, North Dakota State 31-7
2UW-WhitewaterBeat UIC 138-0
3RowanBeat Bloomsburg 64-12
4FurmanBeat Coastal Carolina 47-0
5NC StateIdle
6NorwichBeat Vermont 39-12
7Coast GuardFFT Win
8Illinois StateBeat UW-Stout 57-14
9Grand Valley StateIdle
10UNC-CharlotteBeat UNC-Wilmington 48-17
11North Dakota StateBeat Winona State 17-5, Lost to Duluth 31-7
12Western StateBeat Colorado College 58-12, Colorado School of the Mines 30-17
13VMIBeat Radford 62-45
14Winona StateLost to North Dakota State 17-5
15IUPBeat East Stroudsburg 46-15
16UNC-WilmingtonLost to UNC-Charlotte 48-17
17Colorado School of the MinesBeat Montana State 33-29, lost to Western State 30-17
18VermontLost to Norwich 39-12
19Rhode IslandIdle
20UW-MilwaukeeBeat Loyola 57-26
21Northern IowaBeat Northern Michigan 17-7
22ProvidenceBeat Umass Lowell 55-37
23Southern ConnecticutBeat Bentley 14-5
24BentleyLost to Southern Connecticut 14-5
25CortlandIdle
Dropped Out
Coastal CarolinaLost to Furman 47-0
MiddleburyBeat New Hampshire 77-12
HartfordFFT loss to Coast Guard