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With the DII champion being crowned, the rankings are updated for the final time. UW-Whitewater capped off a tremendous year, winning a pair of games to take home the title and earn the top spot. For most of the year the Warhawks sat at number two, but a consistent performance ultimately proved the rankings wrong.

Minnesota-Duluth sat at number one for the entire year, thanks to three consecutive national titles. Duluth did not dominate teams like in years past, however, and Furman upended it in the semifinals. In the third place game, the Fighting Penguins were best by Norwich and as a result, fall to number four.

The question for number two is tough. Both Furman and Norwich lost to Whitewater but both also beat Duluth. Furman lost by less to Whitewater, but also won by less against Duluth. Since the Norwich win was a third place game, we take a little less stock in it and put Furman at number two.

With the poor showing for Duluth, North Dakota State falls one spot to number six. The strong showing for Norwich moves Vermont and Rhode Island up in the rankings. Both teams played competitively with Middlebury and Norwich, making the NECRC one of the strongest in the country.

Rank12/9/16Recent Results
1UW-WhitewaterBeat Norwich 59-28, Beat Furman 29-13
2FurmanBeat Duluth 32-29, Lost to Whitewater 29-13
3NorwichLost UW-Whitewater 59-28, Beat Duluth 40-17
4Minnesota-DuluthLost to Furman 32-29, Lost to Norwich 40-17
6North Dakota StateIdle
7Illinois StateIdle
8Coast GuardIdle
9Western StateIdle
10Colorado School of the MinesIdle
11NC StateIdle
12Winona StateIdle
13Grand Valley StateIdle
17Northern IowaIdle
19Rhode IslandIdle
23Sacred HeartIdle
24Southern ConnecticutIdle
Dropped OutYorkIdle