Men’s DI-AA Top 25, Sept. 17, 2012

Article written by RUGBYMag Staff and published on Monday, 24 September 2012. Check out the Men’s DI-AA College Top 25, Sept. 17, 2012 article on RUGBYMag.com or read below.

All but one of our ranked teams won last week, and the sole loser, No. 25 Northern Illinois, lost to No. 19 Bowling Green in a shootout. So there’s not a lot of change. But NIU does drop from the list, more so because of who we had to include than its loss to Bowling Green.

BYU is part of a newly formed DI-AA conference filled with teams from Utah. The league will not receive an automatic qualifier for the Sweet 16, but BYU is officially in DI-AA and eligible for an at-large berth to the postseason. That makes them eligible for our rankings. We think the Cougars lost enough, compared to what Cal retained, to be kept from No. 1.

1. (1) Cal
2. (unr.) BYU
3. (2) Utah
4. (3) UCLA
5. (4) Dartmouth
6. (5) Navy
7. (6) Lindenwood  1-0  Won 98-5 over Kansas State
8. (7) Tennessee
9. (8) Florida State
10. (9) Arizona
11. (10) Arizona State
12. (11) Oregon State
13. (12) Florida
14. (13) LSU
15. (15) Stony Brook  2-0  Won 32-18 over Syracuse
16. (16) Northeastern  1-0  Won 52-10 over Southern Connecticut
17. (17) Maryland
18. (18) St. Bonaventure  1-0
19. (20) Bowling Green  2-0  Won 52-33 over Northern Illinois
20. (19) Central Florida
21. (21) Clemson
22. (22) Santa Barbara CC
23. (23) Iona  2-0  Won 40-13 over Buffalo
24. (25) AIC  2-0  Won 25-20 over Albany
25. (24) Chico State

Dropped Out
25. (Unr.) Northern Illinois  1-1  Lost 52-33 to Bowling Green