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Two new teams join the Top 25 this week, and they both hail from south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Louisiana Tech represents the Deep South, and Furman represents the Southern Conference. Both are undefated in league play.
If scores against common opponents mean anything, Furman looks to be closer to UNC-Wilmington than in the recent past, and UNCW has proven itself in the postseason. Louisiana Tech holds a result over UL-Lafayette, which wallopped Spring Hill College on the weekend, indicating the Bulldogs are the team to beat in the Deep South.
Falling out of the rankings to make room for Furman and Louisiana Tech are Holy Cross and Buffalo State, both of whom lost on the weekend.
Losing but clinging to spots in the Top 25 are Georgetown, Coast Guard, Norwich and Northern Iowa. All of them lost to highly ranked teams and play in very good conferences.
UNCW and UW-Stout hop ahead of UNI and Principia, because UNI lost big to Duluth and Principia's score lines are getting closer and closer against suspect teams.
The most intriguing match coming up in DII this week features No. 4 James Madison going up against seventh-ranked Old Dominion for Cardinals Conference dominance.
|1||1||UM-Duluth||Beat Northern Iowa|
|2||2||UW-Whitewater||Beat Northern Michigan|
|4||4||James Madison||Beat William & Mary|
|5||5||Towson||Beat George Mason|
|6||6||Notre Dame College|
|7||7||Old Dominion||Beat Radford|
|9||9||Illinois State||Forfeit over Chicago|
|11||13||UNC Wilmington||Beat Lander|
|12||10||Northern Iowa||Lost to Duluth|
|13||11||Principia||Beat Missouri S&T|
|14||14||Vermont||Beat Coast Guard|
|15||15||Rhode Island||Beat Norwich|
|16||16||Norwich||Lost to Rhode Island|
|17||19||Winona||Beat St. Cloud|
|19||22||Fairfield||Beat William Paterson|
|21||25||Xavier||Beat Kent State|
|22||Unr.||Louisiana Tech||Beat Southern Miss|
|23||Unr.||Furman||Beat The Citadel|
|24||20||Coast Guard||Lost to Vermont|
|25||18||Georgetown||Lost to Salisbury|