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First NCAA regional ranking for 2015

The NCAA releases its first 2015 Division III football regional rankings on Nov. 4.

Remember that regional rankings primarily take Division III games into account. Teams are listed with their Division III record first, followed by their overall record. For more information about the playoff format and how participants are determined, check out our FAQ.

East Region SOS Notes

1 Wesley 8-0 8-0
2 Delaware Valley 7-1 7-1
3 St. Lawrence 7-1 7-1
4 Cortland 7-2 7-2
5 Framingham State 7-1 7-1
6 Albright 7-1 7-1
7 Stevenson 7-1 7-1
8 Western New England 8-0 8-0
9 Alfred 6-2 6-2
10 RPI 6-2 6-2

.536
.489
.567
.617
.510
.472
.467
.373
.631
.593 
Just one unbeaten team with a representative schedule. ... Delaware Valley 2-0 vs. regionally ranked teams, trumping St. Lawrence's 1-1. ... Cortland head-to-head advantage on Framingham, plus superior strength of schedule. ... Albright plays at Stevenson this week ... Western New England's SOS will at least get better. 
North Region SOS  Notes

1 Mount Union 8-0 8-0
2 Wheaton (Ill.) 8-0 8-0
3 Wabash 8-0 8-0
4 Albion 7-1 7-1
5 Illinois Wesleyan 7-1 7-1
6 Franklin 6-1 6-2
7 John Carroll 7-1 7-1
8 Olivet 7-1 7-1
9 DePauw 7-1 7-1
10 Rose-Hulman 7-1 7-1

.435
.471
.457
.590
.550
.539
.442
.512
.400
.482 
No unbeatens with an SOS of .500 or better. Mount Union's will rise the final two weeks. Suspect the 'last year's playoff performance' tiebreaker was in play here. ... Albion 1-0 vs. regionally ranked opponents (RRO) and Illinois Wesleyan 1-0 as well, with a lower SOS. ... Not immediately clear why John Carroll (0-0 v. RRO) is ahead of Olivet (0-1). 
South Region SOS Notes
1 Hardin-Simmons 6-0 8-0
2 Johns Hopkins 8-0 8-0
3 Mary Hardin-Baylor 6-1 7-1
4 Thomas More 9-0 9-0
T5 Washington and Lee 7-0 8-0
T5 Moravian 7-1 7-1
7 Guilford 7-1 7-1
8 Huntingdon 6-1 7-1
9 Texas Lutheran 5-2 6-2
10 Maryville 6-1 7-1
.561
.540
.476
.462
.518
.518
.447
.393
.564
.487 
Hardin-Simmons with superior SOS and 2-0 vs. RRO trumps Johns Hopkins, Thomas More and W&L ... Thomas More with no results vs. RRO and won't pick up one this week as Case (7-1, .511 SOS) is unranked. ... South committee sending a message that 0-1 vs. RRO with one overall loss is apparently same as 1-0 vs. RRO with no overall losses? 
West Region SOS Notes

1 St. Thomas 8-0 8-0
2 UW-Oshkosh 6-0 7-1
3 Linfield 7-0 7-0
4 UW-Whitewater 4-1 7-1
T5 St. John's 7-1 7-1
T5 Whitworth 7-1 7-1
7 UW-Platteville 6-2 6-2
8 Dubuque 6-2 6-2
9 Wartburg 7-1 7-1
10 St. Norbert 6-0 8-0

.528
.552
.494
.538
.569
.541
.594
.564
.499
.485 
St. Thomas' win vs. the fifth-ranked team apparently judged as better than Linfield's win vs. the other fifth-ranked team. If committee deemed this a tie, then Linfield should be No. 1 based on 'last year's playoff performance' tiebreaker. ... Committee seems to not understand that Finlandia is a D-III opponent as neither UWW nor UWO is given credit for them as a D-III win. ... Platteville and St. John's with head-to-head over Dubuque, who has head-to-head over Wartburg.

How to use these regional rankings: If you are an at-large candidate, you want to be sure you are the top at-large candidate in your region. That will ensure you get discussed by the national committee and have a chance to be put in the field.

There are 25 automatic bids, one Pool B bid and six Pool C (true national at-large) bids. Selection Sunday is Nov. 15.

Being listed in these rankings is not a guarantee of selection to the playoffs. There is no guarantee an at-large team will be taken from each region.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Wesley at Brockport
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12:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
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12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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12:00 PM
Husson at Delaware Valley
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1:00 PM
Berry at St. Thomas
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1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Trine at Wartburg
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
Final
at Alfred 29, Stevenson 16
@ University of Delaware
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Wesley at Brockport
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12:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
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12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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12:00 PM
Husson at Delaware Valley
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1:00 PM
Berry at St. Thomas
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1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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1:00 PM
Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Trine at Wartburg
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