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The first full slate of DII games took place this past weekend and there was a bevy of movement. Several upsets and close games shift the rankings.


The top five all won comfortably this week and remain anchored in position. The closest game was a 30 point margin of victory for Norwich.


NC State slides up to number six after a close win over VMI 34-29. The Cadets, in this rare instance, move up despite the loss.

The reason NC State moves up is a combination of the win and several surprising results. The Coast Guard tied unranked Quinipiac and drops to 15. Colorado School of Mines played a close game with Colorado Mesa, who weeks prior, lost convincingly to Western State. Western moves up also the Mines moves down.

Both new teams to Rugby East impressed this weekend. In addition to Norwich, Middlebury started conference play with a strong win over St. Michael's.

Two new teams join the rankings this week. East Carolina stymied UNC-Wilmington 22-3 and comes in at number 19. Wilmington drops out. Marquette who defeated Northern Iowa, comes in the final slot with a 17-15 win.

Ranking9/21/2017recent result
1UW-WhitewaterBeat UW-Stout 89-5
2FurmanBeat UNC-Greensboro 50-0
3NorwichBeat Southern Connecticut 42-5
4Minnesota DuluthBeat North Dakota 84-0
5North Dakota StateBeat St. Cloud 63-5
6Illinois StateBeat Loyola 68-17
7NC StateBeat VMI 34-29
8VMILost to NC State 34-29
9Western StateBeat Colorado Springs 28-0 (fft)
10MiddleburyBeat St. Michael's 46-0
11UW-MilwaukeeBeat UW-Lacrosse 77-0
12UNC-CharlotteBeat Western Carolina 28-0 (FFT)
13BentleyBeat Umass-Lowell 19-18
14Colorado School of MinesBeat Colorado Mesa 27-19
15Coast GuardTied Quinipiac 19-19
16Missouri S&TIdle
17Sacred HeartIdle
18Grand Valley StateLost to Michigan 29-13
19Eastern CarolinaBeat UNC-Wilmington 22-3
20Southern ConnecticutLost to Norwich 42-5
21ProvidenceBeat Roger Willams 37-12
22HartfordBeat WPI 39-7
23Northern MichiganBeat UW-Platteville 41-5
24YorkBeat Scranton 15-14
25MarquetteBeat Northern Iowa 17-15
Dropped Out
Northern IowaLost to Marquette 17-15
UNC-WilmingtonLost to ECU 22-3