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National Division II Top 25

College : : Rankings
Nick Herfordt        
Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

With the Tampa Spartans carrying an incredible 45-2 record headed into the postseason, the question isn’t who is the top team in the D-II ranks headed into the postseason, but instead who has the best chance of usurping the defending national champions once it starts.

Despite all the hullabaloo regarding Tampa’s near perfect record, Lander and Minnesota State have been putting up amazing numbers as well. With every win Lander adds to a new school record for victories, and over the weekend the Bearcats captured their first-ever Peach Belt Conference regular season championship.

The third ranked Mavericks also look like they’re headed back to Cary once again. MSU didn’t have any games over the weekend, but in a midweek matchup with rival St. Cloud State, the Mavs swept the Huskies which included a mercy rule, 10 run win.

Delta State looks ready for a run at the national championship after sweeping three games from West Florida. Down 5-0 in the bottom of the ninth of the series opener, the Statesmen rallied for six runs for the unbelievable win.

Three teams streaking at the right time are Mount Olive, Arkansas Tech and Southern Indiana. The Trojans have won 23 games in a row and captured the Conference Carolinas regular season and conference championships. The Wonder Boys have their own 22 win streak brewing and earned the top seed for the upcoming Great American Conference Tournament by capturing their first outright conference title since 1992. UMO and ATU’s winning streaks almost make Southern Indiana’s 14 game streak look minuscule in comparison.

Back in the top 25 are Texas A&M Kingsville, Seton Hill and Florida Southern. They edged out a host of teams which included Millersville, St. Mary’s (Texas), Southern New Hamphire and Central Missouri. If Lubbock Christian were eligible for the postseason – they’re transitioning to D-II – the Chaps would have been in the ratings mix this week around the 20-spot.

RK Prev. Team Mascot Overall Week
1 1 Tampa Spartans 45-2 3-0
2 2 Lander Bearcats 43-6 4-0
3 3 Minnesota State Mavericks 36-7 2-0
4 10 Delta St. Statesmen 35-9 5-0
5 6 Mount Olive Trojans 40-11 4-0
6 5 Chico State Wildcats 35-9 2-1
7 7 St. Edward's Hilltoppers 34-12 3-1
8 9 Colorado Mesa Mavericks 34-9 3-1
9 4 West Florida Argonauts 31-9 0-3
10 22 Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys 41-8 5-0
11 19 Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles 35-8 5-0
12 13 Columbus St. Cougars 36-14 2-2
13 14 USC Aiken Pacers 35-13 4-0
14 16 Lynn Fighting Knights 33-13 0-3
15 11 Wilmington (DE) Wildcats 31-7-1 5-2
16 15 Grand Valley St. Lakers 27-11 3-0
17 25 Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils 33-13 2-1
18 8 St. Cloud St. Huskies 31-10 3-3
19 12 Southern Arkansas Muleriders 34-16 2-2
20 21 Georgia College Bobcats 32-12 4-0
21 18 Drury Panthers 33-11 3-2
22 NR  Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas 33-14 4-0
23 NR  Seton Hill Griffins 36-14 5-0
24 24 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos 30-13 1-2
25 NR  Florida Southern Moccasins 31-15 3-1

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