Entering the final week of the season, we all eagerly anticipate huge conference championship games and, matchups with playoff implications as well as the unveiling of the championship field on Sunday evening. But for the vast majority of Division II teams, this Saturday brings the 2016 season to a close. Only 28 teams will make the playoffs and a few others will be invited to post season bowl games, but for most, this is it. Everything that the teams do this week is the last time they will do it.
The latest round of regional top 10 for the Division II Football Championship was released this afternoon. As a reminder, the top seven teams will make the playoffs. Earned Access can be a factor if a conference's highest ranked team is 8th. In that case, the 8th ranked team would be granted the 7th bid. Here is how they committee ranked the top 10 in Super Region 1, along with my thoughts. The championship field will be announced on Sunday evening.
1. California (9-0) The
Updated 11-07-2016 at 08:18 PM by Chuck Bitner
The second round of regional rankings was released this past Monday and, as expected, there wasn’t much change from the previous week. The top seven teams won, leading to only a few minor changes in the bottom of the order and making it rather easy to predict the top 10. My rankings mirrored those released by the NCAA on Monday afternoon. In case you missed it last Sunday, below is how I recapped the weekend for the contenders and how I projected the rankings.
1.LIU-Post (9-0) The
The first Division II regional rankings were released this past Monday. Saturday’s slate of SR1 action delivered no drama, as far as rankings are concerned. The top seven teams in the rankings won this past weekend and should remain in place for another week. The #8 team, Notre Dame College, lost to still-unbeaten #4 Fairmont State so they may not drop far, it at all. #9 Virginia Union suffered a fourth D2 loss and is now out of the running, as did Slippery Rock, who was not ranked last week. Shippensburg
Updated 10-30-2016 at 07:37 AM by Chuck Bitner
Before jumping into the schedule, let’s recap the big news in D2 Football, which is the first release of the all-important regional rankings. If you missed it last Sunday, I wrote a fairly extensive blog explaining some of the procedures and timelines that go into the rankings, as well as my projection for how the rankings might look.
Projecting the Super Region 1 Rankings - Part I
I have no major objections to the NCAA’s rankings. The reality is that there are a lot of games
Updated 10-26-2016 at 08:04 PM by Chuck Bitner