Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 13th, 2022. Furman stays atop the rankings after the Paladins won both of its games at home this past week, starting with a win over DII North Greenville and then a impressive win over High Major Belmont.
Two MAC schools in Toledo and Kent State are second and third respectively as both moved up two spots from the preseason poll. Toledo has started the season with two impressive wins with a home win over Valparaiso and a road win at UAB. Kent State started the season with a road win over Northern Kentucky and a home win over DIII Baldwin Wallace.
The fourth slot this week is South Dakota State, who moved up two spots from the preseason ranking. The Jackrabbits started their season with a one-point loss at Akron but rebounded later this past week to get a road win at Boise State.
UC Santa Barbara rounds out the Top 5 this week–moving up two spots from the preseason poll. The Gauchos started the season with a DII win over San Francisco State and then followed that up with its first DI win also at home over Fresno State.
The 2022-23 season will culminate with the national championship from NRG Stadium in Houston on April 3rd. CSJ will complete a weekly Sagarin rankings of the Mid-Major teams throughout the regular season and do a final ranking after the national tournament is complete.
The Mid-Major conferences include America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American (MAC), Mid-Eastern (MEAC), Northeast (NEC), Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic (WAC) conferences, as well as the two independent schools of Chicago State and Hartford. These conferences are typically just a one-bid league in the NCAA Tournament.
Sagarin rankings provide the only rankings that actually ranks all Division I schools but our rankings will show just the Mid-Major side of things and have been used for several years with his own computer ranking system to distinguish strength of schedule and strength of team when comparing teams.
You can see the full Division I Sagarin rankings at The USA Today and at Jeff’s site itself.
In the rankings, you will see the the Mid-Major rankings first and the overall Division I ranking to the right of the the Mid-Major ranking.
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The following are the individual Mid-Major conference rankings highlighted in yellow and the overall rankings within overall ranking in Division I.
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