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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.

Elon12 55Appalachian stateSouthern
Western Carolina54-5Wake ForestSouthern
East Stroudsburg21-47YorkMARC
Lock Haven28-0LafayetteMARC
Norwich54-7UMass-LowellRugby Northeast
Middlebury17-7BentleyRugby Northeast
Bryant19-39ProvidenceRugby Northeast
St. Michael's68-17StonehillRugby Northeast
Southern Connecticut97-0Roger WilliamsRugby Northeast
UW-Whitewater55-14Northern MichiganWIIL
Illinois State22-21MarquetteWIIL
UIC7 33LoyolaWIIL
DuluthvsMankatoNorthern Lights
NDSUvsNorth DakotaNorthern Lights
Montana State28-0Colorado SpringsRocky Mountain
Colorado College28-0Northern ColoradoRocky Mountain
Western State61-0Colorado School of MinesRocky Mountain
UMBC22-14William and MaryCardinal
Radford5 69VMICardinal
Westfield State7-0 fftHartfordNew England Wide
Quinipiac72-7SpringfieldNew England Wide
Coast Guard97-5Central ConnecticutNew England Wide
Western Connecticut24-12WPINew England Wide
Central Missouri15-27UMKCGateway
St. Louis38-0PrincipiaGateway
Union0-67HofstraTri State
RPI15-12SienaTri State
Sacred Heart31-7MaristTri State
William Paterson24-21USMMATri State
Montclair State28-0NJITTri State
Seton Hall51-21MolloyTri State