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First NCAA regional ranking for 2016

The first Division III football regional rankings were released by the NCAA on Nov. 2. 

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. Alfred 8-0 8-0
2. Stevenson 8-0 8-0
3. St. John Fisher 7-1 7-1
4. Salisbury 7-1 7-1
5. St. Lawrence 8-0 8-0
6. Hobart 7-1 7-1
7. Albright 6-2 6-2
8. Wesley 6-2 6-2
9. Western New England 8-0 8-0
10. Frostburg State 7-1 7-1

.547
.521
.594
.520
.472
.571
.576
.563
.450
.505
Alfred has no results vs. ranked opponents yet, but faces St. John Fisher later. Stevenson does, but Alfred has the better SOS. ... St. Lawrence is likely holding Hobart back here but if Hobart wins head-to-head, Hobart could move ahead of Salisbury. ... Except if Salisbury wins Saturday, it would pick up a second win against a regionally ranked opponent and its SOS will climb regardless. ... Western New England or Salve Regina are basically equivalent in criteria at the moment so expect one to swap out for the other after Saturday's game if need be.
North Region SOS  Notes

1. Mount Union 8-0 8-0
2. North Central 8-0 6-0
3. Wheaton 7-1 7-1
4. John Carroll 7-1 7-1
5. Olivet 7-1 7-1
6. Denison 7-1 7-1
7. Wittenberg 7-1 7-1
8. Franklin 6-2 6-1
9. Rose-Hulman 7-2 7-2
10. Wabash 7-1 7-1

.460
.513
.588
.466
.556
.467
.555
.537
.510
.414
Mount Union No. 1 likely based on the tiebreaker of last season's performance. However, MTU's SOS will climb when it plays John Carroll to close the season. ... Similarly, JCU's will climb when it plays Mount Union, but assuming a second loss, it might not matter much. ... Denison over Wittenberg on head to head. ... Rose-Hulman behind Franklin, apparently head to head not enough to overcome a second D-III loss? But the committee has to know it looks odd to people to see these two next to each other. ... Wabash SOS will climb.
South Region SOS Notes
1. Mary Hardin-Baylor 8-0 8-0
2. Johns Hopkins 8-0 8-0
3. Hardin-Simmons 7-1 5-1
4. Case Western Reserve 8-0 8-0
5. Thomas More 8-1 8-1
6. Muhlenberg 7-1 7-1
7. Berry 7-1 7-1
8. Maryville 7-1 7-1
9. East Texas Baptist 7-1 5-1
10. Randolph-Macon 7-1 7-1
.590
.502
.538
.455
.534
.506
.561
.551
.507
.497
UMHB would be a lock for the one Pool B playoff bid if season ended today. ... Hardin-Simmons looking good for a Pool C/at-large bid if it wins out. ... Case is in the same spot Thomas More was at this point last year. Poor SOS hurts. ... Bubble starts below Case in this region. ... Lots of similar teams with similar resumes.
West Region SOS Notes

1. UW-Whitewater 8-0 6-0 
2. St. Thomas 8-0 8-0
3. UW-Oshkosh 7-1 6-1
4. Coe 9-0 9-0
5. Linfield 6-1 6-1
6. St. John's 7-1 7-1
7. Monmouth 8-0 8-0
8. UW-Platteville 6-2 5-2
T9. Concordia-Moorhead 6-2 6-1
T9. Northwestern (Minn.) 8-1 8-1

.594
.518
.632
.524
.558
.488
.516
.616
.500
.429
UW-Whitewater with two wins vs. regionally ranked opponents. Remember that Belhaven does not count as a D-III opponent until next season at earliest. ... Compare UW-Oshkosh, the top at-large in this region, vs. Wheaton, St. John Fisher and Hardin-Simmons. ... Coe in bold as the only team to clinch a bid so far. ... Platteville kind of far down all things considered. In other regions, the 128-point difference in SOS would make up for the extra loss. ... UMAC in the rankings? It's rare, indeed.

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. 13.

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.

Oct. 14: All times Eastern
Final
LaGrange 43, at Greensboro 16
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Martin Luther at Northwestern (Minn.)
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Oct. 20: All times Eastern
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SUNY-Maritime at Castleton
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Wilkes at Stevenson
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Hobart at RPI
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Coast Guard at MIT
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Norwich at Maine Maritime
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Juniata at Moravian
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Gallaudet at Dean
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Endicott at Becker
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Frostburg State at Montclair State
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Johns Hopkins at Gettysburg
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N.C. Wesleyan at Brevard
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FDU-Florham at Misericordia
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Union at St. Lawrence
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Rochester at Ithaca
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Hamilton at Colby
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Bates at Middlebury
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Trinity (Conn.) at Bowdoin
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1:00 PM
Springfield at Catholic
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Amherst at Wesleyan
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Massachusetts Maritime at Plymouth State
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Anna Maria at Husson
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TCNJ at Kean
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Carnegie Mellon at Thiel
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Salve Regina at Curry
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King's at Albright
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Trine at Finlandia
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Susquehanna at Ursinus
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Delaware Valley at Lebanon Valley
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University of New England at Western New England
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WPI at Merchant Marine
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Franklin and Marshall at Dickinson
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DePauw at Wittenberg
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Shenandoah at Emory and Henry
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Luther at Nebraska Wesleyan
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Oberlin at Wabash
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Washington and Jefferson at Westminster (Pa.)
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Guilford at Hampden-Sydney
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Bridgewater at Randolph-Macon
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Cortland at Hartwick
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Ohio Wesleyan at Denison
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Buffalo State at Brockport
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Waynesburg at St. Vincent
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Salisbury at Southern Virginia
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Greensboro at Methodist
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Christopher Newport at William Paterson
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Albion at Adrian
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Thomas More at St. Scholastica
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Minnesota-Morris at Westminster (Mo.)
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Lake Forest at Grinnell
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Crown at Greenville
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Marietta at John Carroll
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Williams at Tufts
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Ohio Northern at Capital
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Baldwin Wallace at Wilmington
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Heidelberg at Mount Union
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1:30 PM
Alvernia at Lycoming
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Anderson at Rose-Hulman
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Earlham at Franklin
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Hanover at Manchester
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Mount St. Joseph at Defiance
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Alfred at Utica
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Maryville (Tenn.) at LaGrange
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Framingham State at Westfield State
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Morrisville State at St. John Fisher
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Otterbein at Muskingum
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Millsaps at Berry
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McDaniel at Muhlenberg
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Alma at Kalamazoo
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Wesley at Rowan
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Hiram at Wooster
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Allegheny at Kenyon
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Wheaton (Ill.) at Augustana
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Benedictine at Eureka
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Sewanee at Trinity (Texas)
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Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belhaven
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Texas Lutheran at Hardin-Simmons
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Chicago at Beloit
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Concordia-Chicago at Concordia (Wis.)
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Aurora at Rockford
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Concordia-Moorhead at Bethel
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Lakeland at Wisconsin Lutheran
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St. Olaf at St. John's
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Augsburg at Gustavus Adolphus
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Dubuque at Buena Vista
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North Central (Ill.) at Carthage
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Central at Wartburg
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Macalester at Ripon
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UW-River Falls at UW-Whitewater
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Cornell at Monmouth
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Loras at Simpson
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Illinois College at Knox
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UW-Stout at UW-Stevens Point
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Millikin at Elmhurst
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Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
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2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at UW-Platteville
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2:10 PM
Carleton at St. Thomas
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2:30 PM
Worcester State at Mass-Dartmouth
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UW-La Crosse at UW-Oshkosh
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3:00 PM
Austin at Birmingham-Southern
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Centre at Rhodes
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North Park at Carroll
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3:30 PM
Willamette at Pacific Lutheran
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Huntingdon at Averett
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Washington and Lee at Ferrum
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Lewis and Clark at Pacific
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Redlands at La Verne
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4:00 PM
Whitworth at Puget Sound
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental
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4:30 PM
Linfield at George Fox
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Olivet at Hope
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Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
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Case Western Reserve at Geneva
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Howard Payne at Sul Ross State
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East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
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Illinois Wesleyan at Washington U.
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St. Norbert at Lawrence
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Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer
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Chapman at Cal Lutheran
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Oct. 20: All times Eastern
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Frostburg State at Montclair State
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Hobart at RPI
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Buffalo State at Brockport
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Trine at Finlandia
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DePauw at Wittenberg
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1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Westminster (Pa.)
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1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Lebanon Valley
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Johns Hopkins at Gettysburg
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1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Mount Union
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1:30 PM
Marietta at John Carroll
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2:00 PM
Millsaps at Berry
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2:00 PM
Wesley at Rowan
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2:00 PM
McDaniel at Muhlenberg
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2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Augustana
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2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belhaven
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2:00 PM
St. Olaf at St. John's
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2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Hardin-Simmons
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2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-Whitewater
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2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Carthage
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2:10 PM
Carleton at St. Thomas
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2:30 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Oshkosh
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4:00 PM
Whitworth at Puget Sound
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4:30 PM
Linfield at George Fox
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7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
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Illinois Wesleyan at Washington U.
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