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First NCAA regional ranking for 2017

The first Division III football regional rankings come from the NCAA on Nov. 1. 

Remember that regional rankings primarily take Division III games into account. Teams are listed with their Division III record only. For more information about the playoff format and how participants are determined, check out our FAQ, or listen to the opening portion of our two most recent podcasts, linked below.

A plus sign signifies that the team also has a non-Division III win, while a minus sign signifies a non-Division III loss.

East Region SOS Notes
1. Delaware Valley 8-0
2. Brockport 8-0
3. Springfield 8-0
4. Wesley 7-1
5. Frostburg State 7-1
6. Husson 6-1 +
7. Union 7-1 
8. Western Connecticut 7-1
9. Plymouth State 8-1
10. Curry 7-1
.539
.532
.526
.492
.459
.538
.521
.500
.489
.448
The East, perhaps more than in years past, is lining up with more of a common-sense ranking than one truly wedded to the NCAA strength of schedule number. In real life, Frostburg and Wesley's schedules are much more difficult than Husson's, but the numbers don't calculate it out that way. Frostburg is aligned here as the top at-large candidate in the region (assuming Springfield is chosen in Pool B) and Bobcats' SOS will rise in the final two weeks. ... Two MASCAC teams listed rather than potentially ranking two-loss RPI, Alfred or Western New England.
North Region SOS  Notes
1. Mount Union 8-0
2. Wittenberg 8-0
3. Trine 8-0
4. North Central 6-1
5. DePauw 7-1
6. Illinois Wesleyan 8-1
7. Franklin 6-1 -
8. Heidelberg 6-2
9. Wheaton (Ill.) 6-2
10. Millikin 6-2
.562
.546
.456
.521
.568
.495
.470
.580
.568
.529
The North Region committee has lined its teams up in a more mathematical way: all the unbeatens, followed by one-loss teams, followed by two-loss teams. From there, the rough sort is by strength of schedule. If the East committee were ranking this region, they'd probably have Illinois Wesleyan ahead of DePauw. This could change in the coming weeks when results against regionally ranked opponents is considered (it's not factored into the first ranking because of logistical issues).
South Region SOS Notes
1. Mary Hardin-Baylor 8-0
2. Hardin-Simmons 6-1 +
3. Berry 9-0
4. Washington & Jefferson 8-0
5. Johns Hopkins 7-1
6. Centre 7-1
7. Case Western Reserve 8-0
8. Franklin & Marshall 7-1
9. Huntingdon 6-1 +
10. Westminster (Pa.) 6-2
.555
.559
.510
.478
.579
.529
.364
.522
.499
.539
Berry, having clinched, in bold. ... Case's strength of schedule so low that it is behind three one-loss teams, and if they were an at-large candidate today, they might not get to the table. ... PAC tiebreaker for W&J and Case, should they both run the table, is conference opponents' record, and that might also end up tied. (Case and W&J do not play each other.) ... Anyone currently below Case would basically have no shot at one of the five at-large bids.
West Region SOS Notes
1. UW-Oshkosh 6-0 +
2. Linfield 6-1
2. Wartburg 8-0
4. St. Thomas 7-1
5. St. John's 6-1 +
6. UW-La Crosse 6-2
7. Monmouth 7-1
8. Concordia-Moorhead 7-1
9. UW-Platteville 6-2
10. George Fox 6-2
.652
.601
.599
.497
.524
.557
.588
.468
.632
.549
Also clinched but not ranked, Chapman (5-2, .574 SOS). ... Shouldn't be surprised to see St. Thomas so low. Tommies do have two wins against regionally ranked opponents, but that is not accounted for in the first regional rankings release. ... Linfield still a contender, on paper, for a regional top seed. The numbers don't reflect Wildcats' struggle on the field the past two weeks. ... Concordia-Moorhead a little low but the numbers bear that out. A win vs. SJU would likely still put them in contention for an at-large bid.

How to use 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, two Pool B bids (teams not in the 25 automatic bid conferences) and five Pool C (true national at-large) bids. Selection Sunday is Nov. 12.

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.

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Sep. 20: All times Eastern
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Maryville (Tenn.) at Washington and Lee
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at Morrisville State 34, St. Lawrence 26
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at Bridgewater State 42, Fitchburg State 15
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at Delaware Valley 41, Alvernia 10
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at Endicott 27, Hobart 24
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Framingham State 28, at Massachusetts Maritime 13
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at RPI 44, Buffalo State 14
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at MIT 34, Catholic 24
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Springfield 17, at WPI 14
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Lycoming 27, at FDU-Florham 21
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Emory and Henry 52, at Rochester 17
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at Nichols 43, Alfred State 7
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Southern Virginia 14, at Kean 9
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at Merchant Marine 35, Maine Maritime 14
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at Middlebury 37, Bowdoin 24
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at Amherst 37, Hamilton 14
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at Williams 36, Colby 14
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at Ursinus 21, Moravian 14
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Montclair State 17, at Christopher Newport 14
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at Carnegie Mellon 42, St. Vincent 27
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at Union 49, Curry 6
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at Franklin and Marshall 14, Susquehanna 7
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at Trinity (Conn.) 59, Bates 16
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at Johns Hopkins 62, Dickinson 14
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Misericordia 47, at Wilkes 45
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at Frostburg State 34, Rowan 7
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McDaniel 25, at Gettysburg 0
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at Wooster 24, DePauw 21
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Stevenson 38, at King's 17
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at Alfred 38, Cortland 33
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at Washington and Jefferson 62, Grove City 10
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at Westminster (Pa.) 21, Bethany 3
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at Allegheny 25, Ohio Wesleyan 17
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at Wesley 43, William Paterson 7
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at LaGrange 42, Apprentice 13
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Denison 52, at Oberlin 27
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at Western New England 59, Anna Maria 7
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Martin Luther 63, at Greenville 28
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at St. Scholastica 23, Westminster (Mo.) 20
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at Minnesota-Morris 13, Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Muhlenberg 62, Juniata 7
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at Widener 69, Albright 0
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at Coast Guard 38, Norwich 35
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Anderson 18, at Defiance 14
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at Mount Union 23, John Carroll 10
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Hanover 28, at Bluffton 10
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Westfield State 42, at Worcester State 22
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at Waynesburg 10, Geneva 7
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at Virginia-Lynchburg 16, Brevard 14
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at Ferrum 81, Greensboro 0
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Ithaca 21, at St. John Fisher 14
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Muskingum 31, at Wilmington 24
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Ohio Northern 13, at Otterbein 7
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at Austin 12, Hendrix 9
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North Central (Ill.) 35, at North Park 0
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Rhodes 29, at Birmingham-Southern 10
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at UW-Stout 49, Cal Lutheran 24
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Millsaps 21, at Sewanee 14
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Thomas More 38, at Huntingdon 35
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at Washington U. 51, Carthage 31
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at St. Olaf 33, Augsburg 3
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at Concordia-Moorhead 55, Hamline 0
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at St. John's 59, Carleton 0
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at Chicago 56, Illinois College 9
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at Bethel 31, Gustavus Adolphus 0
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Wartburg 42, at Nebraska Wesleyan 14
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Coe 35, at Buena Vista 14
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Central 35, at Dubuque 13
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at St. Norbert 91, Grinnell 0
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Northwestern (Minn.) at Crown
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Loras 35, at Luther 28
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at Ripon 28, Knox 3
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at Monmouth 37, Macalester 0
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Carroll 16, at Elmhurst 14
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Cornell 28, at Beloit 17
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at Lake Forest 35, Lawrence 34
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at St. Thomas 49, UW-Eau Claire 0
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Mount St. Joseph 59, at Earlham 2
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Dean 42, at Becker 15
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N.C. Wesleyan at Bridgewater
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Western Connecticut 40, at Salve Regina 21
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16 Plymouth State
21 Mass-Dartmouth
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13 Wesleyan
16 Tufts
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7 TCNJ
38 Salisbury
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6 Manchester
7 Rose-Hulman
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7 Thiel
35 Case Western Reserve
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27 Baldwin Wallace
7 Heidelberg
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21 Berry
14 Centre
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3 Kenyon
37 Wittenberg
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7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Hardin-Simmons
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Illinois Wesleyan at Augustana
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Sul Ross State at McMurry
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0 Millikin
35 Wheaton (Ill.)
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6 Lakeland
14 UW-Platteville
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14 Louisiana College
13 Southwestern
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30 Mary Hardin-Baylor
0 Texas Lutheran
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East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
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Sep. 22: All times Eastern
Final
at Delaware Valley 41, Alvernia 10
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at RPI 44, Buffalo State 14
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at Wesley 43, William Paterson 7
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at Washington and Jefferson 62, Grove City 10
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at Frostburg State 34, Rowan 7
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at Franklin and Marshall 14, Susquehanna 7
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at Mount Union 23, John Carroll 10
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Ithaca 21, at St. John Fisher 14
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at St. John's 59, Carleton 0
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North Central (Ill.) 35, at North Park 0
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at St. Thomas 49, UW-Eau Claire 0
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3 Kenyon
37 Wittenberg
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21 Berry
14 Centre
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7 Thiel
35 Case Western Reserve
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30 Mary Hardin-Baylor
0 Texas Lutheran
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Howard Payne at Hardin-Simmons
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0 Millikin
35 Wheaton (Ill.)
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Illinois Wesleyan at Augustana
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