Rebel Sports Division II Preseason Poll has been released! Take a look and feel free to comment below.
Division II Top 25 Preseason Rankings
1. Stevens Institute of Technology
2. West Chester
5. Indiana University of Pa.
7. University of Massachusetts
9. Rochester Institute of Technology
10. Christopher Newport
14. Virginia Military Institute
19. Kent State
21. George Mason
22. University of TN-Chattanooga
Steven Institute of Technology was voted the 2020 preseason number one spot in Division II, surprising this writer and probably a few of you as well. Stevens captured the NCLL 2018 National Championship but failed to reach the playoffs in 2019 after falling to Providence, 12-9 in the regional championship game. But with Providence moving up to Division I for the 2020 season, the door is wide open for Stevens to step into the top spot.
Coming in at #2 are the Golden Rams of West Chester University. Look for the Rams to make a serious run to get back to the National Championship after dropping a 12-9 slug-fest to the Friars in last years DII final. West Chester doesn’t rebuild, they reload, and the Rams will look to once again reign supreme in the DII Liberty Conference.
And you can’t mention the Liberty Conference without giving props to this preseasons #6 ranked team from Rowan. The Prof’s looked very strong this past Fall at the Fallbrawl Tournament and might finally have all the pieces in place to take down the Rams this season.
A few big questions for Division II 2020; Can Kentucky hold back Louisville and make it to the Elite 8? Can anyone challenge VMI in the Blue Ridge Conference? Who will escape the heavily talented Chesapeake Conference; UMBC? Catholic? Or will Georgetown or Stevenson make a push? Can RIT dethrone Ithaca and make it back to the DII Tournament ?
With Providence moving onto Division I, the DII crown is up for grabs in 2020!! Look for our initial Podcast later this week, where we will review both preseasons polls, talk some fall ball, introduce some new teams and touch on a few interesting off season stories.