Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 20th, 2022. Kent State moves up to the #1 position this week following the Golden Flashes three wins this past week all at home over Portland, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and Chicago State.
Furman moves down a spot to the #2 position following the Paladins winning one game and losing two in the Charleston Classic. Furman lost to Penn State and Old Dominion before rebounding to defeat South Carolina. Toledo stays in the #3 position this week after the Rockets won their lone game last week at home over Oakland.
The fourth slot this week is College of Charleston, who were not even in the Top 25 rankings last week. The Cougars won the Charleston Classic on their home court with wins over Davidson, Colorado State, and Virginia Tech.
Grand Canyon rounds out the Top 5 this week–moving up nine spots from last week’s poll. The Antelopes won their lone game this past week at home easily over Grambling 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.
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.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football is the Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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