Men’s DI College Top 25, Sept. 26, 2011

Article written by RUGBYMag Staff and published on Wednesday, 28 September 2011.  Check out the Men’s DI College Top 25, Sept. 26, 2011 article on RUGBYMag.com or read below.

There have been a few surprises early on, with Iowa, Princeton and Binghamton jumping out to 2-0. However, none have beaten a ranked team, and they all play in relatively weak conferences. But, in the weeks to come, they’ll all get their chances to knock off a ranked league rival.

Three ranked teams have fallen since the release of our preseason list: Buffalo, Wisconsin and Middlebury. Buffalo lost big to unranked Syracuse, the Badgers were felled by a really good Indiana team and Middlebury lost a tight one to unranked UMass.

Dartmouth and Davenport have started out strong, as expected. The Panthers improved to 2-0 all-time against Notre Dame, and the Big Green throttled Cornell and Columbia.

Minnesota, Bowling Green and Miami all scored relatively easy victories against unranked opponents, so there’s no reason to overreact there. However, Wisconsin should be put on upset alert as they head to Iowa City to face an intriguing Iowa bunch that seems to be rising to the challenge of moving up to DI.

Northeastern opened East Coast Rugby Conference play with an impressive 50-0 drubbing of reining Met NY champion Southern Connecticut, but So. Conn appears to be in a rebuilding phase after losing big to Middlebury as well.

Several teams have been busy with 7s, but we do not take 7s results into account. Nor do we rank teams who are expected to compete in the CPD in the spring, as they will have their own ranking altogether.

1 (1) Davenport  1-0 Won 18-8 over Notre Dame
2 (2) Dartmouth  2-0 Won 97-3 over Cornell, 64-0 over Columbia
3 (3) UC Santa Barbara  0-0 Idle
4 (4) San Diego State  0-0 Idle
5 (5) Tennessee  0-0 Won SEC 7s
6 (6) LSU  0-0 Finished third at SEC 7s
7 (7) Stanford  0-0 Idle
8 (8) Miami (OH)  1-0 Won 45-28 over Michigan State
9 (10) Bowling Green  1-0 Won 35-12 over Purdue
10 (9) Claremont Colleges  0-0 Idle
11 (11) Florida  0-0 Finished second at SEC 7s
12 (14) Indiana  2-0 Won 66-7 over Illinois
13 (12) Sacramento State  0-0 Idle
14 (13) South Carolina  0-0 Idle
15 (15) Wisconsin  1-1 Won 47-0 over Creighton  
16 (16) Oregon State  0-0 Idle
17 (18) Minnesota  1-0 Won 34-12 over Iowa State
18 (17) Florida State  0-0 Finished fourth at South Independent 7s
19 (Unr.) St. Bonaventure  2-0 Won 48-0 over Brockport
20 (Unr.) Northeastern  2-0 Won 11-0 over UMass
21 (19) Loyola Marymount  0-0 Idle
22 (20) Kansas State  0-0 Idle
23 (21) Maryland  0-0 Idle
24 (24) Texas State  0-0 Idle
25 (25) Chico State  0-0 Idle

Dropped out:
(22) Middlebury  1-1 Won 30-7 over Southern Connecticut
(23) Buffalo  0-1 Lost 30-5 to Syravuse Sept. 17

Knocking on the door:
Princeton  2-0 Won 58-5 over Yale and 28-7 over Harvard
Iowa  2-0 Won 18-10 over UW-Stout
Binghamton  2-0 Won 34-0 over Syracuse