Thursday, November 27, 2008

Small School Top 10 - Week Thirteen


1. James Madison 10-1 (1)

JMU got the No. 1 seed and will host Wofford in the first round in what is perhaps the biggest game on the docket.

2. Appalachian St. 10-2 (2)

The three-time defending champs got an ideal draw in SC State, a team who will travel well and should provide the boost in first round attendance that App State has lacked in the past.

3. Villanova 9-2 (4)

This is the sleeper team to make it to the semis. They have the talent on defense to hold anyone and could end up in the title game.

4. Montana 11-1 (5)
The Grizzlies got the No. 4 seed and host Texas State. Some question their talent level, but playing at home, Montana should be a force.

5. Cal-Poly 8-2 (6)
After almost upsetting Wisconsin, Cal Poly is the favorite to surprise and go to the title game. They will face a tough road starting with Weber State in what could be a shootout.

6. Richmond 9-3 (7)
Hosting EKU in the first round should be a good game. The Spiders are still somewhat young but have the ground game to pound out a victory.

7. Wofford 9-2 (8)
Wofford might feel snubbed having to go on the road to JMU, but this will truly test the talent of a Wofford team that some have questioned.

8. Northern Iowa 9-2 (9)

With the No. 3 seed they face perhaps the toughest road, with a likely trip to Boone (ASU).

9. Southern Illinois 9-2 (10)
Larry Warner rushed his way onto the Walter Payton Watch List and leads a tough Saluki team.

10. Central Arkansas 10-2 (NR)
Despite not making the playoffs due to the transition period they are still a solid team.

Out: Weber St. (3)

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