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3/18/2013 8:35 AM (edited)
Preseason Top 25

Rank     Team             Points
T1 Gettysburg 71(2)
T1 Ferrum 71(1)
3 Huntingdon 69
T4 Loras 64
T4 Concordia (WI) 64
6 Mount Union 61
7 Austin 48
8 Menlo 45
9 Linfield 43
10 Merchant Marine 40
11 St. Olaf 37
12 California Lutheran 32
13 MIT 31
14 Colorado 29
T15 Guilford 25
T15 Union (NY) 25
17 Case Western 24
T18 Albion 22
T18 Macalester 22
T20 Muhlenberg 19
T20 Susquehanna 19
22 Wisconsin-Platteville 18
23 Chicago 17
24 Wisconsin-Stout 16
25 Methodist 15

Others receiving votes: Greensboro 11, Bluffton 9, Western Connecticut State 7, Bridgewater State 6, Oberlin 5, King's 4, Ohio Wesleyan 3, Capital 1, Fairleigh Dickinson 1, Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1


Top 25 (After Non-Conference)
Rank Team Previous Rank Record SOS Points
1 Huntingdon 3 5-0 59 75 (3)
2 Loras T4 5-0 56 71
T3 Menlo 8 5-0 109 61
T3 Mount Union 6 5-0 164 61
5 Concordia (WI) T4 4-1 28 56
6 Linfield 9 5-0 175 53
7 Case Western 17 5-0 29 51
T8 Susquehanna T20 5-0 129 44
T8 Ferrum T1 4-1 140 44
10 Oberlin NR 5-0 25 43
11 Gettysburg T1 3-2 13 41
12 Merchant Marine 10 5-0 126 40
13 Macalester T18 4-1 49 37
14 MIT 13 4-1 92 36
15 Ohio Wesleyan NR 5-0 6 35
T16 Wisconsin-Platteville 22 4-1 30 33
T16 St. Olaf 11 4-1 92 33
18 Guilford T15 4-1 64 31
19 Greensboro NR 5-0 160 23
20 Muhlenberg T20 5-0 177 22
T21 Wisconsin-Stevens Point NR 5-0 66 14
T21 Colorado 14 4-1 189 14
23 Capital NR 4-1 40 12
24 Union (NY) T15 3-2 82 9
25 Austin 7 3-2 174 7


Others receiving votes:  Kenyon 6, Chicago 6, Wisconsin-Stout 5, Maine Maritime 3, Hiram 3, Grinnel 3, Wilminton (OH) 1, Howard Payne 1, Whitworth 1


Top 25 (Midway through conference play)

Rank Team Previous Rank Record SOS Points Votes
1st Top 5 Top 10 Top 25
1 Loras 2 9-0 66 120 2 5 5 5
2 Huntingdon 1 9-0 181 119 2 5 5 5
3 Concordia (WI) 6 8-1 6 111 1 4 5 5
4 Menlo T3 9-0 123 104 0 4 5 5
5 Oberlin 10 9-0 49 93 0 3 4 5
6 Susquehanna T8 9-0 118 90 0 1 4 5
7 Merchant Marine 12 9-0 104 88 0 0 4 5
8 Ohio Wesleyan 15 9-0 34 84 0 2 4 5
9 MIT 14 8-1 60 80 0 1 2 5
10 Case Western 7 8-1 29 71 0 1 2 5
11 Ferrum T8 8-1 88 70 0 0 3 5
12 Muhlenberg 20 8-1 54 59 0 0 1 5
13 Mount Union T3 8-1 153 52 0 0 2 4
14 Linfield 6 8-1 148 49 0 0 0 5
15 Gettysburg 11 7-2 40 47 0 0 0 4
16 Wisconsin-Platteville T16 8-1 80 46 0 0 0 5
17 Union (NY) 24 7-2 17 44 0 0 1 5
18 Macalester 13 6-3 3 41 0 0 1 4
19 Maine Maritime NR 9-0 122 40 0 0 2 3
20 St. Olaf T16 8-1 150 39 0 0 1 5
21 Colorado T21 8-1 112 25 0 0 0 4
T22 Hiram NR 8-1 85 23 0 0 0 3
T22 Defiance NR 8-1 58 23 0 0 0 3
T22 Whitworth NR 8-1 53 23 0 0 0 3
25 Fairleigh Dickinson NR 7-2 16 22 0 0 0 3

Others receiving votes: Greensboro 20, Chicago 16, Capital 16, Guilford, King's 7, California Lutheran 6, Austin 5, Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1

Top 25 (Post Season)

Rank Team Previous Rank Record SOS Points Votes
1st Top 5 Top 10 Top 25
1 Concordia (WI) 3 12-1 3 141 2 6 6 6
Best Win: @ #20 Macalester 34-17; @ #24 Whittier 17-10
2 Huntingdon 2 13-0 187 134 2 5 5 6
Best Win: @ Wisconsin Lutheran 45-13
3 Loras 1 13-0 135 131 1 4 6 6
Best Win: #15 Wisconsin-Platteville 51-10
4 Susquehanna 6 13-0 64 129 1 5 6 6
Best Win: @ #9 Ferrum 41-10; #25 King's 31-0
5 Menlo 4 13-0 132 121 0 2 6 6
Best Win: @ #14 Linfield 37-34
6 Ohio Wesleyan 8 13-0 20 116 0 3 5 6
Best Win: #18 Case Western 31-24 OT; @ #19 Guilford 23-21
7 Merchant Marine 7 13-0 127 106 0 1 5 6
Best Win: #25 King's 34-16
8 MIT 9 12-1 67 104 0 1 5 6
Best Win: #24 Whittier 52-16
9 Ferrum 11 12-1 33 100 0 2 5 5
Best Win: #25 King's 16-14
10 Oberlin 5 12-1 100 92 0 1 2 6
Best Win: @ #18 Case Western 33-30 2OT
11 Mount Union 13 12-1 123 82 0 1 1 6
12 Union (NY) 17 11-2 16 77 0 0 2 6
13 Gettysburg 15 11-2 38 76 0 0 1 6
14 Linfield 14 12-1 131 72 0 0 0 6
15 Wisconsin-Platteville 16 12-1 91 71 0 0 3 5
16 Maine Maritime 19 13-0 192 68 0 0 2 5
17 St. Olaf 20 12-1 144 62 0 0 0 6
18 Case Western 10 11-2 68 54 0 0 0 6
19 Guilford NR 12-1 140 46 0 0 0 6
20 Macalester 18 10-3 4 43 0 0 1 6
21 Muhlenberg 12 11-2 101 36 0 0 0 6
22 Colorado 21 12-1 176 30 0 0 0 5
23 Fairleigh Dickinson 25 11-2 74 25 0 0 0 4
24 Whittier NR 10-3 5 12 0 0 0 5
25 King's NR 10-3 14 11 0 0 0 1

Others receiving Votes: Capital 7, Bridgewater State 7, Cortland 6, Whitworth 5, Methodist 3, St. Thomas 3, Hiram 1, Austin 1

If anyone else wants to join in for the coaches poll at any point, just sitemail me and I'll add you to the list of voters.
3/5/2013 8:55 PM
Haven't been here long (3rd year at Bridgewater State), so haven't felt like I should start voting just yet. Just wanted to make sure I was familiar enough with most of the teams before I did. I'll probably jump into the "voting pool" next season.

But I definitely want to say thanks for doing a poll like this. Makes playing here much more fun. Makes a guy not want to make the jump up to D2 and beyond. I really appreciate it.

And like I said... I'll start voting next season.

The ATLien 
3/6/2013 2:37 PM
Great job caring this forward cin ben, send me a sitemail when you are going to do the next one and I'll participate as well.
3/9/2013 2:37 PM
BOOYAKA! Time to revise the rankings
3/10/2013 9:03 AM
The updated Coaches Poll is posted.
3/10/2013 6:20 PM
Sorry Cinben...completely forgot to get my votes in...great job.
3/10/2013 6:54 PM
It's all good superv. Maybe next time.
3/11/2013 4:50 PM
That was short lived. Landmark victory followed by loss to a sim
3/13/2013 5:05 PM
The next updated polls will be posted first thing tomorrow morning.
3/14/2013 9:15 AM
The updated Coaches Poll is posted above. I'm trying to put more information into it, so that it can be more entertaining for everyone who views it. If anyone has any suggestions for things they would like to see added to it then just let me know either on here or through sitemail.
3/14/2013 3:37 PM
Brilliant job cin_ben. Thanks a million!
3/18/2013 8:40 AM
The final Top 25 poll is out. I plan on doing more in depth analysis of each teams games played next season, but for now you have the top 10's best wins. I also plan on trying to add a little bit more information to the rankings. Once again, if anyone has any ideas of things you would like to see added just let me know. Thanks again bisoneer for your suggestions. I plan on using them next season.
3/18/2013 6:01 PM
What a day of CC games, the coaches #1 Concordia (WI) (2), #2 Huntingdon (2), #4 Susquehanna (3) and #6 Ohio Wesleyan (2) all suffered losses. That allowed for #3 Loras to take the No. 1 overall slot for the playoffs with the other 1 seeds being #9 Ferrum (1), #7 Merchant Marine (1), and #5 Menlo (1). Rounding out the coaches top 10 we have #8 MIT (2) and #10 Oberlin (3) who will potentially face each other in a 2nd round match-up. 22 of the preseason top 25 made the post-season cut (Albion, Chicago, and Wisconsin-Stout didn't live up to their potential this season) and all of the final coaches top 25 made it into the playoffs except for #25 King's who had their bubble burst because they couldn't get enough love from the selection committee. That leaves 8 teams outside of the coaches top 25 who made the playoffs. 5 of these received votes in the final poll: Capital (7), Cortland (7), Whitworth (8), Methodist (7), and Austin (8). The last 3 teams in the pool of 32 all won their CC game to make the field: Bluffton (7) upset #19 Guilford (5), St. Norbert (8) defeated Washington (MO), and Benedictine (8) took down #1 Concordia (WI) (2).

I'm not sure if Elkhour is planning to do his usual playoff predictions, but I'll probably try to put up something similar if he doesn't. (I may go ahead and do it anyways)
3/19/2013 1:46 AM (edited)
Bryant DIII - Season 88 Playoffs Preview

I'm going to try and follow Elkhour's format of going through the brackets one by one, first ranking the teams in the individual bracket using Bisoneer's Power Rankings. The format is School (seeding) (overall rating, offense rating-offense rank in this bracket, defense rating-defense rank in this bracket). Then throw in few comments, and end with Upset Alert and Prediction. At the end I will compare the 4 brackets and rank them among each other in terms of talent (teams average rating) and competitiveness (standard deviation to show how close the team ratings are to each other)

*If you compare this to previous seasons, please note I am using the BPR and not the EPR. This is the cause for a lower average team rating than you may be used to seeing.

North Bracket

BPR:
1. Concordia (WI) (2) (563, 564-2, 561-1)
2. Loras (1) (560, 567-1, 552-2)
3. Wisconsin-Platteville (3) (532, 541-3, 523-3)
4. Colorado (5) (526, 540-4, 512-4)
5. Muhlenberg (6) (514, 519-5, 509-5)
6. Fairleigh Dickinson (4) (504, 501-7, 508-6)
7. Benedictine (8) (501, 505-6, 497-7)
8. Capital (7) (493, 494-8, 493-8)

Four teams in the North bracket have won a National Championship within the past 10 seasons: Loras, Concordia (WI), Wisconsin-Platteville, and Fairleigh Dickinson. Colorado has also been competitive at the national level for a number of seasons. Loras is the only team to enter the bracket without a tally in the L column, and Wisonsin-Platteville's only loss is to Loras and Colorado's only loss to Wisconsin-Platteville. Concordia (WI) and Benedictine both represent the IBFC and split their previous two games. Benedictine's upset of the then #1 Concordia (WI) is what earned them a slot in the playoffs. Does Benedictine have what it takes to knock off the #1 team once more?

Upset Alert: Benedictine (8) vs Loras (1)
Prediction: Concordia (WI) (2) beats Loras (1) to win the bracket

South Bracket

BPR:
1. Ferrum (1) (576, 578-1, 574-1)
2. Gettysburg (3) (565, 568-2, 561-2)
3. Linfield (6) (540, 539-4, 541-4)
4. St. Olaf (4) (538, 532-5, 545-3)
5. Guilford (5) (536, 544-3, 528-5)
6. Ohio Wesleyan (2) (502, 500-6, 504-6)
7. Whitworth (8) (484, 479-8, 489-7)
8. Cortland (7) (475, 488-7, 462-8)

The south division is the only bracket not to have an undefeated team represented. However, it does contain a number of teams that have become very familiar with the playoffs. Gettysburg enters it's 19th consecutive post-season, Ferrum it's 18th, St. Olaf it's 10th and Linfield it's 7th. Ferrum and Gettysburg are definitely the favorites on paper to advance to the regional finals, but don't be surprised if Ohio Wesleyan or St. Olaf is able to snag one of those spots as they've both have very strong seasons with their only blemish being one loss.

Upset Alert: Linfield (6) vs Gettysburg (3)
Prediction: Ferrum (1) defeats Gettysburg (3) to make the final four

East Bracket

BPR:
1. Mount Union (4) (558, 556-1, 561-1)
2. MIT (2) (534, 529-2, 540-2)
3. Union (NY) (5) (531, 528-3, 535-3)
4. Merchant Marine (1) (523, 521-4, 526-5)
5. Methodist (7) (521, 519-5, 524-6)
6. Macalester (6) (521, 507-6, 534-4)
7. Oberlin (3) (498, 495-8, 501-7)
8. St. Norbert (8) (485, 501-7, 469-8)

Merchant Marine enters the East region with the best record (14-0) but there are a number of teams in the bracket with the talent to challenge them. MIT, Mount Union, and Oberlin each suffered just one loss this season. Union (NY) has suffered 3 losses this season, all to teams that also made the post-season. However, Union (NY) had notable wins vs Benedictine, Muhlenberg, and MIT. Macalester is another team that faced stiff in-season competition, including wins vs Benedictine and Gettysburg. The East is has a lot of teams that can compete and should make for an exciting bracket to follow.

Upset Alert: Macalester (6) vs Oberlin (3)
Prediction: Mount Union (4) beats MIT (2) in a nail-biter to win the region

West Bracket

BPR:
1. Huntingdon (2) (568, 580-1, 556-1)
2. Austin (8) (549, 556-2, 542-3)
3. Menlo (1) (545, 553-3, 537-4)
4. Susquehanna (3) (537, 528-4, 547-2)
5. Case Western (6) (523, 523-5, 523-5)
6. Whittier (5) (512, 519-6, 506-6)
7. Bluffton (7) (502, 506-7, 498-7)
8. Maine Maritime (4) (484, 482-8, 487-8)

Wow! What a collection of teams we have in the West Region! "Air Raid" Menlo puts up video game numbers for passing stats and Huntingdon has just as much offensive talent (if not more). Those two teams put up  an average of 62.6 and 58.1 points per game. On the other side of the spectrum you have Susquehanna and Austin, both defensive powerhouses allowing 11.1 and 12.4 points per game respectively. Not that Huntingdon or Menlo are strangers to defense, Huntingdon allows just 9.6 points per game while Menlo and Susquehanna's defenses are both averaging almost 3 picked passes a game. Between the top 4 seeds, only one team has even suffered a loss (Susquehanna lost to FDU in the MAC Championship). Unfortunately for the remaining teams of Case Western, Whittier, and Bluffton, it's going to be an uphill battle to make it out of this bracket that ranks #1 in talent. 

Upset Alert: Austin (8) vs Menlo (1)
Prediction: Huntingdon (2) takes down Austin (8) to advance

Bracket Comparison:

Ranking by Talent (average of team ratings)
1. West (527.5)
2. South (526.8)
3. North (524.1)
4. East (521.5)

Ranking by Competitiveness (standard deviation of team ratings)
1. East (22.49)
2. North (26.22)
3. West (27.37)
4. South (36.54)

Final Four Prediction:

With the teams I picked above we have Concordia (WI) vs Ferrum and Mount Union vs Huntingdon. I say the final 4 will follow the BPR ratings and Ferrum defeats Huntingdon to bring home the title.

Good luck to everyone in the playoffs!
3/19/2013 3:11 AM
Thanks for the playoff preview. It is fun to read.
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