The biggest game of the previous two weeks occured in the Cascade championship.
The spring-based DII colleges are moving toward playoffs and some have already booked their spots in the Round of 16.
Western Oregon repeated as Cascade champion, defeating Eastern Washington 28-19 (read more) in the conference final, and returns to the spring DII Round of 16. Seeds and brackets have not been released, but the regional championships will be held at UC Davis, UC Riverside, Atlanta and Virginia Tech. The Wolves are heading to Davis, Calif., and will likely see a combination of West Coast and Gold Coast teams.
Odds are looking good for West Coast leader Humboldt, which defeated league rival UN Reno (43-14) for the second time this season, and the pair will play again for the conference title. UC Riverside finished off its undefeated Gold Coast season with a 48-12 win over Long Beach State. With two California playoff sites, it’s very likely that the Gold Coast will receive two, maybe even three, seeds. USC – whose lone misstep was a 19-0 loss to the Highlanders – would make a good addition, and UC Irvine (4-2) is also competitive.
The South Independent conference knows its final four, but seeding must wait until UGA plays its final league game this weekend. It was a tough decision to remove Georgia Tech from the rankings, as we believe UGA is the team to beat and Tech lost a competitive game to the Bulldogs in the season-opener. But the post-season is about depth and staying power, and SIRC North leader Kennesaw State got the nod at #15.
Good weather has seen Mid-Atlantic teams Salisbury, Mary Washington and George Washington back in action. Salisbury beat DI Maryland 50-5, and conference runner-up Mary Washington bettered UMBC 26-10. George Washington wasn’t so lucky at the VWIT; however, the team was playing against DI teams in the early-season tournament. GW might fall off the spring rankings once the playoff brackets are released and the number of conference seeds are known.
Weather has not been kind to Arkansas, which really needs to be playing games right now. What was supposed to be a season highlight against Nebraska turned into a forfeit win, and then torrential rain cancelled the match against Mizzou. Arkansas president Allison Sims indicated that time ran out on hosting a regional tournament, so it’s likely that the Razorbacks will be moving onto the spring Round of 16.
DII COLLEGE SPRING TOP 15 – MARCH 14, 2016
New (Old) Team (Record). Results
1 (1) Davenport (11-0). Lost 55-0 to DI Elite Life
2 (2) UC Riverside (6-0). Defeated Long Beach State 48-12
3 (3) Salisbury (4-0-1). Defeated DI Maryland 50-5
4 (4) Humboldt (6-0). Defeated UN Reno 43-14
5 (5) UGA (3-0). Idle
6 (6) Mary Washington (5-1). Defeated UMBC 26-10
7 (7) South Carolina (4-0). Idle
8 (9) USC (5-1). Idle
9 (8) UN Reno (4-2). Lost 43-14 to Humboldt
10 (14) Western Oregon (5-1). Won Cascade championship 28-19 vs. Eastern Washington
11 (11) George Washington (4-2). Played DI teams @ VWIT
12 (13) Eastern Washington (5-1). Lost 28-19 to Western Oregon in Cascade championship
13 (12) Arkansas (3-0). Forfeit win vs. Nebraska, Mizzou game canceled
14 (15) UC Irvine (4-2). Forfeit win vs. CSU Fullerton
15 (unr) Kennesaw State (4-0). Won SIRC North