Last week was the big showdown – No. 1 versus No. 1.
We could make you look at Page 2 for the complete Top 25 Rankings to see which side was victorious but we’ll ruin the suspense instead.
In our Sept. 28 weekly rankings, undefeated Northern State took over the No. 1 spot, where the Wolves remained entering last week’s Northern Sun duel with Concordia-St. Paul, which was No. 3 in our Top 25 rankings but the No. 1 squad in the AVCA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
It made for a battle of the rankings, so which side prevailed?
The Wolves’ four-game victory not only kept them undefeated on the year, but made them the clear-cut No. 1 team in the nation. The question now does Northern State, which was ranked No. 7 in last week’s AVCA Coaches’ Poll, climb to the top spot there as well?
The reason we jumped Northern State to No. 1 last month was simple.
At the time, there were three undefeated teams and the Wolves had the best victory of the bunch. It was a win over Minnesota-Duluth, which was in the Top 10 at the time of the contest. Northern State also defeated Grand Valley State, which had been in our Top 25 earlier in the season.
Beating Winona State last week was a quality victory for Northern State, as Winona is a Top-20 squad. Still, the true test was with Concordia-St. Paul and the Wolves passed it.
We aren’t saying the Coaches’ Poll was wrong for having Concordia-St. Paul at No. 1, not when we had them at No. 3. To be sure, there was an argument for Concordia being the top team in the nation.
Our methodology is different in the sense we aren’t afraid to give teams the opportunity to show they belong. That’s what we did with Northern State and the Wolves proved us right, fortunately.
Concordia-St. Paul dropped one spot to No. 4 in this week’s Top 25 Rankings.
The Northern State-Concordia clash was the biggest news involving the Top 10 from last week, but not the only.
Previously mentioned Minnesota-Duluth fell out of the Top 10 after losing to Wayne State in three. Moving in the Top 10 for the first time this fall is Central Oklahoma.
Western Washington remains at No. 8 after handing Alaska Anchorage its second defeat of the year. Anchorage fell one spot and lands at No. 10 this week.
West Florida dropped 10 spots this week after falling to Palm Beach and Florida Southern.
Cracking the Top 20 for the first time is Lewis, which is 21-1 after winning three five-game outcomes over the weekend.
Returning to the Top 25 after falling out early in the season is Arkansas-Fort Smith. Minnesota State-Mankato fell out of the Top 25 as a result.
Go to the next page for the full rankings.