Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 16 April 2012 10:58    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DI-AA College Top 25, April 16, 2011
Rankings - Men DI College

The playoffs were last week, so there's plenty of shake up. Lots of quality teams fill out our top 10, even though at least one (LSU) won't make the Sweet 16.

There's no reason to knock Davenport from the top perch. The Panthers have been testing themselves against DI men's competition this spring, and for the most part, passing with flying colors.

San Diego State hops three spots up the list after not just beating UCSB for the Pacific Mountain West title, but doing so by 23 points in Santa Barbara. The Aztecs appear to be peaking at the perfect time under first-year coach Matt Hawkins. For the lopsided loss, UCSB slips past Dartmouth, Florida and Tennessee. The Gauchos are still a legitimate title contender, but so are the five teams ranked directly above them.

Dartmouth handled business as the Big Green were supposed to against Princeton and Harvard in the Ivy tournament, but SDSU's win was enough to bump the Ivy champs one spot. Outside of the Cayman National Team, Dartmouth hasn't played anyone particularly challenging this spring. One wonders if that will have consequences come playoff time.

Florida beat Tennessee in the SCRC final, but Tennessee won the regular season meeting, so it would appear either one of these teams could win on any given day. Florida won most recently, so the Gators get the nod.

Stony Brook, along with Florida State, made the biggest leap this week, after beating St. Bonaventure in the Empire Conference final. The Seawolves could be a sleeper in the Hanover, NH regional. The Seminoles have shown the potential to knock off the likes of Florida before, so they can't be looked past, either.

The true dark horse at Nationals? Missouri. This player-coached bunch flies under the radar, but has a really talented crop of seniors. Their depth is a possible pitfall, but they will make anyone who beats them work very hard for it.

1 (1) Davenport  7-0 Won 31-11 over the Indianapolis Impalas

2 (5) San Diego State  6-1 Won 29-6 over UCSB. Won Pacific Mountain West
3 (2) Dartmouth  9-0 Won Ivy Tourney 50-3 over Princeton, 51-7 over Harvard
4 (6) Florida  14-1 Won 22-14 over Tennessee. SCRC champs
5 (4) Tennessee  9-3 Beat Alabama 32-21, lost 22-14 to Florida. 2nd in SCRC
6 (3) UC Santa Barbara  7-4 Lost 29-6 to San Diego State
7 (9) Oregon State  8-0 Won 43-12 over Washington State
8 (7) LSU  6-4 Lost 35-17 to Florida
9 (8) Northeastern  7-0 Idle
10 (11) Maryland  7-2 Won 32-10 over North Carolina
11 (13) Wisconsin  10-1 Won 53-14 over UW-Whitewater

12 (12) Santa Clara  5-1 Idle
13 (21) Stony Brook  8-1 Won 29-19 over Binghamton, 34-20 over St. Bonaventure.
14 (22) Florida State  12-4 Won 46-17 over Kennesaw State, 22-12 over Central Florida
15 (17) Missouri  8-1 Won over Kansas State and Oklahoma State by forfeit
16 (10) St. Bonaventure  10-2 Won 37-26 over Iona, lost 34-20 to Stony Brook. 2nd in Empire
17 (14) Sacramento State  4-3 Idle
18 (15) Bowling Green  8-3  Won over Ohio
19 (16) Miami (OH)  5-2 Won 24-5 over Michigan
20 (18) Indiana  3-4 Finished 2nd at Gateway Ruggerfest to Lindenwood
21 (19) Minnesota  5-1 Idle
22 (23) Clemson  7-2 Won 41-24 over Wake Forest
23 (24) Central Florida  12-5 Won 32-14 over MTSU, lost 22-12 to Florida State
24 (20) Texas  7-1 Idle
25 (25) Iona 6-1  Lost 37-26 to St. Bonaventure