for some d1 talk....
1. Lindenwood (13-0-0)
Proved they're #1, they lose Gouge and still beat Buffalo, Michigan State, and Central Michigan. 2 challenges from UMSL and UL Lafayette this coming weekend to finish the season.
2. UMSL (13-3-0)
Proved they do belong comfortably in the #2 spot by beating the 3 teams below them: Buffalo, Michigan State, and Central Michigan. This coming weekend they get 1 more shot at Lindenwood and a challenge from UL Lafayette.
3. Buffalo (16-2-2)
A shaky tournament in Chicago: losses to Lindenwood and UMSL were close as expected but a tie against North Texas was not expected. Still proved they belong at #3 with win over Central Michigan.
4. Michigan State (15-4-0)
Like most teams in Chicago, proved they belong where they are. Beat North Texas as expected, had a close 4-3 game against Lindenwood, but lost 4-0 to UMSL.
5. Central Michigan (12-6-1)
Proved they belong right here: beat a team below them (North Texas) and had 3 reasonably close losses to 3 teams above them (Lindenwood, UMSL, and Buffalo).
6. Rhode Island (13-4-1)
In a trip to the southeast, URI beat Central Florida, split 2 games with Florida Atlantic, and lost to North Carolina State. A shaky weekend but they beat the top southeast team so theyíll stay above UCF and FAU.
7. Arizona State (19-1-0)
Finished the regular season with 19 straight wins, clearly the best team in the west. Question remains if they can be 1st west team since UC Irvine in 2008 to go deep at nationals.
8. Central Florida (12-5-3)
Narrow loss to Rhode Island shows they have the ability to play with some of the top teams. They need to win the southeast though and seem to be having more trouble with NC State lately.
9. Florida Atlantic (9-4-3)
A split of 2 games against Rhode Island shows they can also play with top teams but it was also FAUís only quality win of the year so far. They need to get over the hump against Central Florida.
10. North Texas (14-3-3)
Respectable 7-4 losses against Michigan State and Central Michigan as well as a surprising 4-4 tie against Buffalo proves UNT isnít a pushover and gets them a spot on the top 10.
On The Outside
Games against UL Lafayette and St. Charles this weekend with a chance to prove they are a top team that just plays a brutal schedule.
UL Lafayette (14-1-2)
Theyíve tied and beat North Texas but donít make top 10 because they havenít proven anything outside their region like UNT has. A chance to do so this weekend against Lindenwood, UMSL, and Mizzou.
North Carolina State (15-5-0)
A team with some contradictory outcomes: won 2 of 3 against highly-ranked Central Florida and beat Rhode Island as well. But they also got handled by Florida Atlantic. Weíll see how they do at regionals.