Written by Pat Clifton    Thursday, 29 September 2011 16:34    PDF Print Write e-mail
The Week Ahead: DI Men's College
Colleges - Men's DI College

Each week for the forseeable future, we'll give you a rundown of what games are coming up in DI, paying special attention to the Top 25. Here's the first rendition. Disclaimer: some games may be missing. If you know of a DI league game not liste below, email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Top 25
Top ranked Davenport finally gets its Mideast season underway on the road in West Lafayette, Ind. against Purdue. The Boilermakers scored a big win against CPD Ohio State a couple of weeks back, but they’re coming off a big loss to Bowling Green. Expect the Panthers to begin the quest for their first conference championship undefeated.

No. 2 Dartmouth (2-0) plays host to 0-2 Yale Saturday in the second weekend of Ivy play. Forget the upset of the century, a Bulldog win would be the biggest upset in the history of the game.

Ninth-ranked Bowling Green versus 12th ranked Indiana is the big game this week. Click here to find out why.

No. 15 Wisconsin is fresh off of a 47-0 win over Creighton, a typically-solid DII team out of Omaha. Iowa, which has started the season 2-0, has a couple of close conference wins under its belt.

It’s hard to judge the Hawkeyes off their wins over Iowa State and UW-Stout, but a win or close game against the Badgers would speak volumes. Given Iowa’s lack of depth, the Hawkeyes are probably fortunate they’re catching Wisconsin early in the season.

“We know they’ve got some athletes. I think they’re loaded right now, to tell you the truth,” said Iowa coach Jim Lloyd. “We’ve only got 26 guys, and Madison’s coming in with 62, so that will matter down the road.”

No. 17 Minnesota has little bit of an easier assignment in UW-Stout, but a win is far from guaranteed.

“I can expect them to be well disciplined,” said Minnesota coach Loren Lemke of UW-Stout.  “I can expect them to be hard runners. They’ll be fit. They always are. They’re strong.”

Playing his second game at flyhalf for the Gophers will be Nate Augspurger. He’s been a big-time playmaker for Minnesota for years now, but usually at scrumhalf.

“It’s his first time playing flyhalf. Some of the things he wants to do, especially coming off 7s season, he can’t do playing 15s,” said Augspurger. “But it comes together pretty fast for him. He’s a smart kid. He knows how to play ball, so things are going pretty good.”

19th ranked St. Bonaventure looks to improve to 3-0 Sunday against Buffalo. The Bonnies could be running into a buzzsaw, as Buffalo has had two weeks to stew over a 30-5 loss to Syracuse. If  St. Bonaventure wins, the Bonnies will have beaten the last two New York State champs.

What can be made of Northeastern? Their league-opening 50-0 defeat of Southern Connecticut looked really good at first. But then So. Conn was smashed by Middlebury, signaling So. Conn. isn’t in the same form that won them the MetNY conference last season.

The Huskies' Saturday fracas with Middlebury will tell a lot about the future of the East Coast Conference. If Northeastern wins big, or perhaps at all, is there anyone who can catch them?

Indiana @ Bowling Green
Wisconsin @ Iowa
UNI @ Nebraska
Michigan State @ Ohio State
Davenport @ Purdue
Minnesota @ Stout
Heart of America
Truman State vs. Oklahoma State
East Coast
Boston College vs. Albany
So. Conn. Vs. UMass
Northeastern vs. Middlebury
St. Joe’s @ West Chester
Ivy League
Cornell @ Princeton
Yale @ Dartmouth
Brown @ Harvard
Penn @ Columbia