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DII Playoff Stakes This Weekend

  • 01 Nov 2018

Bloomsburg in a non-league vs. West Chester / Photo: Doreen Madalian

All of the fall-based Division II conferences (and one spring-based conference) will name their champions by Sunday, and the bracket will fill out once the at-large berths are confirmed (view the DI and DII brackets). Here’s what’s on the line this weekend:


Championships: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) vs. Youngstown State

IUP is the reigning champion and won the teams’ first meeting convincingly. The Penguins are competing in the their first competitive DII season.


Final standings determine the playoff reps. Bowling Green’s final opponent forfeited, and thus the undefeated team from Ohio takes the top seed. Grand Valley State, having dropped a 22-15 contest to Bowling Green, should be taking the second seed.


Championship: UW Eau Claire vs. UW Oshkosh

3rd: Marquette vs. UW La Crosse

Marquette lost a heart-breaking 17-15 semifinal to Oshkosh, and La Crosse lost to Eau Claire 45-7.



#1 Bloomsburg vs. #4 TCNJ

#2 Kutztown vs. #3 Delaware 

Final and 3rd place on Sunday; conference gets three seeds to playoffs 


Reigning champion Cincinnati gets the bye into the final and awaits the winner of Miami vs. Ohio University. The conference gets two seeds to regionals. 


Like Great Lakes, final standings determine conference reps to playoffs, but the order is determined by record first and not standings points. Undefeated Bryant is guaranteed a berth, and Colby is favored to beat winless St. Anselm, and thus improving to 5-1. There’s a decent chance that a tiebreaker will be needed to determine the third seed, but St. Michael’s is looking like the strongest candidate at this point in the season.

Bryant (5-0) vs. Stonehill (3-2)

Colby (4-1) plays St. Anselm (0-5)

St. Michael’s (3-2) vs. Roger Williams (2-3)


Championship: Vassar College vs. Fairfield

3rd: Stony Brook vs. SUNY New Paltz

It’s a North vs. South final, but this league is guaranteed a third seed to regionals, making the 3rd-place match just as important. Stony Brook dropped a tough 21-19 semifinal to Fairfield last weekend, while New Paltz fell to Vassar 79-22.


Championship: Cortland vs. Buffalo State

The conference receives a third spot to playoffs, and it’s gone to Syracuse, which had more standings points than Fredonia and also contested the entirety of its semifinal last weekend.


DII Semifinals

William & Mary vs. George Washington

Salisbury vs. Mary Washington

NSCRO final: Catholic vs. Longwood

Capital will name its DII champion by Sunday, and at the very least, the finalists will secure berths to the spring playoffs. The NSCRO final will name the conference’s representative to the small-school Round of 16, which takes place in the fall.

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