College Power Rankings, Presented By NUTC (June 5, 2024)

The final college rankings of the 2024 season!

 

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D-I Women’s Division Power Rankings

D-I Women’s Division Discussion

  • No team retained their ranking after one of the most exciting Nationals. As in the other divisions, the finalists finish #1 and #2, with Pleiades taking the trophy and top spot. Their semifinal opponents slot in just below, with Vermont claiming #3 for their universe point loss.
  • Other big risers include Tufts, who were red hot at Nationals, taking down UBC in pool play and nearly overcoming Colorado in quarters; #13 Pennsylvania, whose upset win over #14 Washington earned them a spot in the bracket; and Utah, who didn’t emerge from their first Nationals with a win but took UPenn to universe, good enough for #22.
  • Welcome to the Power Rankings, SUNY Binghamton! Star Jolie Krebs powered Big Bear to the best pool play finish for a Metro East team in years, upsetting UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz and nearly earning a spot in the bracket.
  • While fewer drastic falls than in other divisions, Carleton, UBC, and Oregon were all upset in pool play and fell short of their loft goals. UC Santa Barbara saved themselves from elimination by upsetting Oregon, and while Fugue went on to decimate their prequarter opponent, they didn’t save enough to keep from posting the most lopsided quarters score. UBC had a smaller fall, losing on universe to Tufts in the last round of a lightning-interrupted pool play day and then by two to Vermont, though Ruckus led wire-to-wire. Carleton meanwhile found themselves on the wrong end of two universe point games, first in pool play to Stanford, then in quarters to eventual champs UNC.

D-I Men’s Division Power Rankings

D-I Men’s Division Discussion

  • A wide-open race for the title provided plenty of room for teams to exceed expectations. As the finalists, Brown and Cal Poly ascend to the top of the rankings as #1 and #2, respectively.
  • Georgia remain in the top 4, above semifinalist Colorado, despite bowing out in quarters. Jojah played the eventual champs to 15-13 in a downpour that hampered their offensive style and retain points for an excellent regular season.
  • Minnesota, Texas, Oregon State and NC State all get big bumps for solid showings. Minnesota seemed like title-contenders after demolishing UMass to claim Pool C, while Texas playing Brown to 15-12. Both fell to Colorado, who move into the top 5 for a semifinal showing. Oregon State and NC State both scored big universe point upsets, with the Beavers beating Brown in the last round of pool play and Alpha taking down the much-vaunted UMass in prequarters.
  • Said UMass join Pittsburgh, Vermont, Carleton, and Alabama-Huntsville as teams with disappointing Nationals outings. UMass and Pitt both ended their title journeys in prequarters, but while Pitt lost to arguably the better team, UMass retain the head-to-head advantage to settle at #8. Carleton and Vermont barely avoided going winless, with last year’s semifinalists getting a win over Penn State in pool play and CUT barely edging 19th-seeded Ottawa in consolation. UAH, however, might have some nightmares about their winless showing.
  • Welcome to the rankings Michigan! Unranked in our last set of Power Rankings and the bottom seed at Nationals, MagnUM announced their upset intent early with a first-round win over Vermont, soon followed by a win over Penn State, and played Brown to 15-12 in prequarters. They slot in at #14, right above Vermont, for proving us all wrong.

D-III Women’s Division Power Rankings

D-III Women’s Division Discussion

  • The biggest intradivisional event of the season understandably threw the rankings into turmoil, though #1 Portland remains the #1 after a dominant outing. First, the big winners from Nationals.
  • Semifinalist pairing Carleton and Middlebury both get big bumps for topping their pools, with Middlebury slotting in below St. Olaf due to slightly smaller win margins. Whitman, the lone non-Nationals team in the top 10, rise to #3 as the only D-III team to beat Portland all season.
  • Wesleyan and Davenport also made huge strides up the list for bracket appearances, with Davenport enjoying the greatest uptick across any division this week. The Panthers’ smaller squad was perfectly suited for the Nationals format as they played nearly every opponent within two or fewer points.
  • Welcome to the rankings Occidental! WAC scored a clutch universe point win over #24 Richmond in the 13th place round robin and accordingly slot in at #23.
  • If Davenport experienced the biggest boost, Colorado College had the largest drop, going 0-3 in pool play with just a -6 point differential to miss the bracket. They recovered to bagel Grinnell in the consolation round robin and remain above most of the non-Nationals teams, but could’ve used that dominance earlier in the weekend.
  • Union, Lewis & Clark, and Grinnell all similarly underperformed to expectations, despite comparatively strong weekends. Artemis took Macalester to universe point in preqs but slid from there to hold seed; the Jillz did the same against Davenport but fell to powerhouse Portland in a surprise 1v2 quarters matchup; and the Svelts played as well as they could while missing significant roster pieces but took arguably the worst loss of the tournament and fall just above fellow NC team Michigan Tech.

D-III Men’s Division Power Rankings

D-III Men’s Division Discussion

  • After a memorable Nationals, only one ranking remains unchanged: the champions, #1 St. Olaf. Close behind are fellow finalists #2 Williams, and the other semifinalists, Oklahoma Christian and Richmond.
  • The biggest movers on the weekend, like their women’s division counterparts, are Davenport, whose coaching and scholarship program saw them break through to quarters and give a scare to their fellow-scholarship program. They ascend to #6.
  • The other Nationals winners – Franciscan also scored a quarters berth and beat fellow rising team Bates, who nearly took down the eventual champs in the first round. Rochester exceeded expectations, almost making quarters as the no.14 seed, and Claremont notched a win over Missouri S&T and took Berry to universe in consolation to settle at #18, right below Oberlin who has the head-to-head win.
  • Berry, Ave Maria, Oberlin, and Missouri S&T are on the other side of the equation, all posting 0-3 records in pool play to drop in the rankings. The Collin Hill-era ended with an upset loss to Rochester, and Ave Maria, who are tied to Berry after their universe point regional battle, drop with the Bucks to #13 and #14. After a bad Sectionals and great Regionals, Oberlin regressed again at Nationals, while Missouri S&T couldn’t keep up the performance that stole them a bid. All met in the 13th place round robin where Berry came out on top.

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D-I Women’s Division

Contributions from Grace Conerly, Felicia Zheng, Jenna Weiner, and Edward Stephens

  1. North Carolina – Fourpeat. They have the only streak that matters – four time national champions. Period.
  2. StanfordTimeless. Stanford’s perennially strong systems, zone, and coaching saw them through rain, wind, and multiple universe points, all the way to the national finals. At this point, we should know better than to pick against Superfly.
  3. VermontBittersweet. While the end result may have been a letdown, it speaks to the bar that Ruckus set for themselves over the course of an outstanding season.
  4. ColoradoQuandary. Perhaps borrowing a team’s name directly is a bit too on the nose, but what should we make of this Colorado team? An inconsistent regular season followed by nearly making a third-straight final only to give up five straight to UNC — a quandary to be sure.
  5. CarletonStarry. When the stars came out to play for Syzygy this season, they were brilliant. You could build a full line of players who made our jaws regularly hit the floor this season. The quarters exit felt too early by a couple of rounds.
  6. TuftsGritty. We underestimated EWO’s hard-as-nails approach to their toughest Nationals matchups. They scored a huge victory over UBC and nearly took out Colorado, proving beyond a doubt they were contenders all along.
  7. UBCInjury! How high could the Thunderbirds have risen without the major injury to star Madison Ong? Without her mobility in the backfield, they didn’t quite meet the level of the other title hopefuls.
  8. OregonRising. With still one of the best young cores in the division, Oregon improved on their 2023 prequarters exit with a quarterfinal appearance this year. Semis are the obvious next step for this ascendent Fugue program.
  9. Brigham young – Excluded. For a second, it looked as though CHI might get rewarded for their excellent season with a chance to qualify for Nationals. The Northwest Regionals schedule put an end to that dream.
  10. UC Santa BarbaraVolatile. As is befitting of their name, the Burning Skirts had a season that burned hot and cold. UCSB’s pool play performance that saw them lose to bottom seeds Binghamton and then beat quarterfinalists Oregon is a microcosm of that volatility.
  11. MichiganLegit. Yes, they claimed the sole bid from a historically-underpowered Great Lakes. No, Flywheel were not just happy with that. They raised their ceiling and became a legitimate presence at the division’s elite level.
  12. UPennPromising. Venus made strides as a program this year and cemented themselves as a nationally-competitive team with a bright future.
  13. WashingtonConfusing. Just try to make sense of Element’s season. Were they really good? Were they just kind of “meh”? Will they be in position to push back into the bracket next season? All around, more questions than answers.
  14. UC San DiegoRedemption. They haven’t been able to return to the heights of their title-winning 2019 season, but a bounce-back season that included a trip to Nationals and a spot in the bracket feels like redemption all the same for D-Co.
  15. Western WashingtonPunctuated. You’d be forgiven if you overlooked Chaos as they earned one of the Northwest’s stunning six bids. Once the series started, though, it was a run highlighted by moments as they toppled UBC at Regionals before Amaya Krutsinger posted one of the few double-doubles at Nationals.
  16. Colorado StateRepeat. With much of the same roster as in 2023, the Hell’s Belles’ results from a year ago were mirrored as well. Another appearance at Nationals, another 1-3 finish in Pool A, only difference was the tiebreak not going their way this time around.
  17. VictoriaUnderstated. It was a quietly effective season for UVic as the Vikes did just enough over the course of the season to ensure they’d make their second-straight Nationals. With two of their top players out once they got there, the rest was just gravy.
  18. SUNY-BinghamtonCallahan. SUNY-Binghamton can lay claim to having a Callahan winner come through their program as Jolie Krebs led Big Bear to two wins at Nationals. Not sure even Bing’s biggest fans would have called for that at the start of the season.
  19. UC Santa CruzBreakthrough. Sure, Sol could only manage one win in Madison, but this season marked the program’s first Nationals in nearly 30 years, and that’s definitely worth celebrating.
  20. GeorgiaRough. There was a lot of talent and determination on this year’s Athena, and significantly more depth than a year ago. They weren’t quite polished enough to turn some of the Nationals scorelines to their favor.
  21. Notre DameAlgorithm. Echo proved they would have been competitive at Nationals… if only. A single allowed goal in the final of Tally Classic skewed the algorithmic calculations against them doomed the Great Lakes to a single bid.
  22. UtahMonumental. This year was one for the Spiral Jetty history books — a banner season topped off by their first ever trip to Nationals.
  23. BrownLate. How high could Shiver have risen with a healthy Rita Feder all year? It’s not inconceivable to think they could have snagged a third New England bid.
  24. NortheasternCoulda. It’ll be an offseason of coulda-woulda-shoulda for the Valks, who were the last team out in the final rankings and will rue their missed chances that could have earned the New England region a crucial third bid.
  25. PittsburghReset. After a second-straight year missing the big dance, this Danger program will look to 2025 as a chance to reset and re-up on their Nationals aspirations.

D-I Men’s Division

Contributions from Edward Stephens and Alex Rubin

  1. BrownExecution. Par excellence. We wondered all year what a healthy Brown team’s ceiling was, and Jacques Nissen, Leo Gordon, Cal Nightingale, and Elliott Rosenberg answered decisively at Nationals. With all the technical prowess of a surgical team, BMo patiently but firmly marched the disc into the end zone when it mattered most, putting to rest any doubt as to whether Gordon and Nissen could replicate the most recent title winning Brownian superstar duo.
  2. Cal PolyClose. Solid roster construction, tremendous defense, and multiple star performances led them to the historic win over UNC and all the way to the cusp of a championship.
  3. North CarolinaThree. As in – the final tally on their consecutive championship run, which came to an end in 2024. Speaking of numbers, Darkside still capped off an incredible season with their 10th straight semis appearance.
  4. GeorgiaWet. It’s hard not to see Georgia’s quarterfinal loss as a direct function of the torrential weather’s effect on their high-octane offense.
  5. ColoradoPreview. This year’s run to semis feels like a baseline expectation for the young team over the next couple of years.
  6. OregonStall! Ego came within a stall count of a deserved quarterfinal upset, and they looked the part of a top four team in the country. Ben Horrisberger, Adam Wulkan, and Keali McCarter had the defense clicking at a rate above what Oregon put out in the regular season. With many key contributors returning, Ego are sure to be among the favorites in 2025.
  7. MinnesotaGame. Austin King called game against Pitt, the whole team dominated the game against UMass, and they proved they were more than game for their quarter against Colorado, even in the loss.
  8. UMassTiming. Zoodisc picked the worst moment to play their worst ultimate of the season. Timing on offense had been one of their greatest strengths.
  9. PittsburghWonder. There were frequent moments when you couldn’t help but stare in wonder as Pittsburgh pulled off incredible plays. At season’s end following a quarterfinal exit, though, they were left to wonder at what might have been.
  10. TexasSlinging. Texas went as far as John Clyde’s bag of throws could take the offense. That was good enough for the bracket, but not enough to push past more versatile teams.
  11. Oregon StateLightning. The Beavers could score in a hurry, as they proved to devastating effect at Nationals. With such a young team, this lightning is poised for a second strike next season.
  12. NC StateUnderrated. We had it all wrong about Alpha. The surprise quarterfinalists proved their real worth at the biggest moments, knocking off Zoodisc with confidence.
  13. CalDexter. While not quite Krebs-ian, no team in the division depended more on a single player to deliver results. Dexter Clyburn delivered time and again.
  14. MichiganRope-a-dope. MagnUM took their lumps during the regular season and tumbled well out of bid range. It was all an act, though, as they came out firing in the later rounds and made the bracket.
  15. VermontEducation. This was the year that a new generation of Team Chill leaders had to figure out how to hit their potential. They didn’t manage it this year, but they’ll bring extensive notes to the 2025 season.
  16. WashURedemption. The 2024 season for Contra redeemed the sense of “almost” that followed their 2023 near-miss. They optimized the schedule to make Nationals, and they optimized the talent to perform well once they made it.
  17. CarletonWhen. The talent is there. The regular season points to huge potential. When will CUT again become one of the dominant teams at Nationals?
  18. Penn StateWelcome. The Spank era in the men’s division has officially begun. Now that they have their feet wet, look for them to jump all the way into the elite mix.
  19. Alabama-HuntsvilleAccomplished. It takes a lot to drag a program to the national level, and the Nightmares’ collection of coaches, upperclassmen, and one-year stars made the dream come true.
  20. UC Santa CruzLate. The Slugs proved they were Nationals-caliber – only it was a couple of months too late. By that time, the strength bid they could have earned for the Southwest belonged to another region.
  21. UCLAAgain. Poor Smaug. With the talent, coaching, and dedication they’ve shown over the last three years, they deserved to earn the program’s first trip to Nationals. Yet again, they fell short.
  22. British ColumbiaDangerous. The Thunderbirds lurked from within the Northwest pack all season, biding their time to make a strike at Regionals. They managed to get the drop on Washington before the jig was up.
  23. WashingtonYoung. The Sundodgers relied heavily on younger players, a fact reflected in the swings between their highs and lows. Consistency could arrive again as soon as next season.
  24. McGillReps. It’s hard to break through a region as tough as New England without high-level reps during the season. McGill couldn’t attend an elite tournament in 2024, and it might be one of the reasons why they couldn’t find an extra gear on Sunday.
  25. OttawaSorry. Not. The Gee-Gees, who played less than a handful of games before the Series, raided a hapless Metro East and danced into Madison for the first time in program history.

D-III Women’s Division

Contributions from Zack Davis and Theresa Diffendal

  1. PortlandDominance. A dominant final showing from one of the most lethal one-two combos and consistent team all season, congratulations on finally submitting the mountain for a first title!
  2. CarletonEstablished. Unbelievably consistent in their ability to not just make Nationals, but make deep runs. Don’t be surprised to see Carleton add more hardware to their cabinet soon.
  3. WhitmanPossibilities. A lot of “what ifs” for the only D-III team to beat Portland all season.
  4. St. OlafAccomplished. Vortex more than lived up to the expectations they set with their performance during the regular season. And while they graduate some impact players, they’ve got a young squad with plenty of experience ready for another run next year.
  5. MiddleburyDeveloped. While they didn’t complete the fourpeat, they did demonstrate their potential to stay a top-5 team and make a run at the championship.
  6. MacalesterAscendant. What a show from the surprise North Central winners! Claire Lee is all that and more, and while they might not have fully lived up to the no.3 seed, losses only to semifinalists is impressive.
  7. Haverford/Bryn MawrHunting. The Sneetches fell to Middlebury for the third Nationals in a row but put together their most complete showing along the way, matching Macalester’s record and also only losing to semifinalists. Could they finally be one of those final four teams next season?
  8. Wellesley – Resurgent. The Whiptails’ rollercoaster of a season left off on what many will call unexpected. It’s only “up, up, up” from here.
  9. Wesleyan – Reaching. The Vicious Circles scraped out some hard-fought wins at Natties and closed the gap with Wellesley, a nice cap on the season for a Metro East team that steadily improved throughout the year. Keep an eye on Scout Noble to continue to propel Wesleyan to greater heights.
  10. UnionAchieved. Many were skeptical of Union’s top USAU ranking going into Natties, and while they didn’t quite live up to that billing Tori Green, Kathryn Haynes, Claire Ward and crew did get the impressive break-to-win-on-universe victory over a hot Davenport. Rookie Anna Forbes recorded a perfect 10G/1A/9D to no turns and could become a terror of a finisher in short order. There’s little doubt they’ll be the Southeast reps again in 2025.
  11. Davenport – Building. Definitely off to a great and impressive start in only their first season, hopefully they can keep the ball rolling into next year as they presumably lose some key graduates.
  12. Mount Holyoke – Tight-knit. Dwindling to a small roster for Nationals could have been disheartening, but Daisy Chain once again proved their ability to rally together and beat their seed.
  13. Lewis & ClarkNorthwest-proud. Not a lot of green on the record sheet for the surprise team out of the Northwest, but close games to all but the finalist are concrete building blocks for 2025 and signs of the NW’s strength.
  14. Colorado College – Resilient. Obviously not the ending to the season that they were hoping for, but they faced one of the tougher pools, had chances to win each game, and cruised through the placement round robin. Zenith are certainly building a great program.
  15. WilliamsMotivated. Williams’ close losses to Mount Holyoke and Middlebury at NE Regionals look excellent after Daisy Chain and the Pranksters’ showings at Nationals and are enough to make fans bemoan the region’s lack of a fourth bid. Nova will certainly use this as fuel to power a push to the big dance next season.
  16. TrinityAspirational. The clear South Central number 2 continues to have Colorado College as their biggest obstacle. But wins over D-I teams show Altitude’s high ceiling, and after missing a second SC bid by slim margins, maybe the door is open in 2025 for another challenger.
  17. Bates – Ready. While Cold Front were on the outside looking in, they have been taking notes to make a steadier way to the top. If 2025 is anything like their 2024, hopefully they can put it all together in the post to capitalize on a strong regular season.
  18. GrinnellHoned. Missing a slew of key pieces at Nationals is tough, as is being the first team to get bageled at D-III women’s Nationals in the 2020s, but the Svelts’ victories in the North Central are more indicative of their talent level. With all the run their smaller roster got on the biggest stage, expect to see them ready for another push next year.
  19. Michigan TechHungry. The Ma’s fell just short of Nationals this year, but they’re a well-coached team and should be able to bounce back next year.
  20. RochesterUniverse. The EZ Women were another team just on the bubble of the bid picture, and their universe point loss in the regional final to Wesleyan, a team who performed well at Nationals, coupled with regular season wins over Wellesley and Mount Holyoke, only adds to the hope they can claim one of the coveted 16 Nationals spots in 2025.
  21. Scranton Potential. The Electric City put a scare into Haverford/Bryn Mawr at Conferences and could be good enough to finally earn the OV a second bid – if they play the regular season.
  22. LehighCalibrating. Gravity are continually on the cusp of making it back to Nationals, but they’ll likely need to earn a second bid by separating from lower teams a bit more to see it to fruition.
  23. OccidentalGritty. A team with a lot of fight, even when the odds are stacked against them. You can probably expect to see them again at Nationals next year.
  24. RichmondClose. The Redhots may only have red on their Nationals ledger, but close losses to Grinnell and Occidental show they more than deserved to be in Milwaukee. If nothing else, the battle between Richmond and Davidson for the AC should be spicy again next year.
  25. Puget SoundFourthcoming. Clearcut’s stock is only rising with the performance of fellow Northwest teams at Nationals. While they were pretty clearly fourth-best in the region in 2024, the graduation of key players at Whitman and Portland, plus another regular season of competing against some of the division’s best, can only bode well for their 2025 hopes.

D-III Men’s Division

Contributions from Bix Weissberg and Calvin Ciorba

  1. St. OlafDestined. Was the winner ever not going to be the Zerks? Will Brandt, Eric Crosby Lehman, Matt Kompelien, Gordon Larson were destined for a title in their college careers, and they finally finished the job.
  2. WilliamsMemorable. WUFO leaped ahead of the pack in February and never once gave up their ground. Along with their first final appearance, they tallied a great many astounding feats, including an undefeated regular season and a win against the Northeast’s formerly infallible Pranksters. This here’s one for the ages.
  3. Oklahoma ChristianRebounded. One thing’s for sure: The Eagles’ revenge tour did not disappoint. OC brought to Milwaukee a talented roster on a mission, and despite making an earlier exit than is typical of them, a loss in semis is nothing for this team to hang their heads about.
  4. RichmondConsistent. Death, taxes, and the Spidermonkeys in semis. Since 2019, Richmond has made the semis every year they’ve been at Nationals, thanks to the efforts of Coach Matt Graves and Keys Pattie at the helm. Defeating the number one seed demonstrated their ceiling, but as the only team in the semis to play a prequarter, they eventually lost their legs.
  5. MiddleburyBitter. That’s the lingering taste of the Pranksters’ unforeseeable collapse in their quarterfinal match. It’ll be a hard one to forget.
  6. DavenportSuccessful. That was Davenport’s scholarship experiment. Quite a bit of doubt shrouded the potential of their program, and their handful of regular season hiccups didn’t spell promise. But they connected the dots in Milwaukee and established themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
  7. WhitmanUnderwhelming. Another fantastic regular season for Whitman has now ended quietly two years in a row. A quarterfinals exit isn’t necessarily bad, but the Sweets did not meet the expectations their regular season set.
  8. FranciscanMeteoric. That was Franciscan’s rise above their regional competition and into the national spotlight. If there were an award for Breakout Team of The Year, Fatal would be a front runner. Oh wait, we control the awards…
  9. Lewis & ClarkRespectable. It wasn’t anything outstanding, but it was nonetheless a season on par for Bacchus’ standards. They remain regulars in the bracket.
  10. CarletonFinally. It took ‘em a little while, but CHOP returned the competitive edge and collective buy-in which defined them pre-covid. Chris O’Mara is in good company.
  11. BatesAlmost. Bates was *this* close to an all-time Nationals performance. After never qualifying for Nationals, Orange came out swinging, taking. St Olaf to universe and nearly defeating Richmond in prequarters before blowing a large lead. A couple points go a different way, and Bates could’ve been the year’s biggest story.
  12. RochesterLegit. The Piggies proved yet again that the division is sleeping on the Metro East region, with their second surprise quarterfinals appearance in a row as the last seed in the pool.
  13. BerryBittersweet. It’s the feeling of losing a divisional superstar and team leader in Collin Hill after a last Nationals performance. Fortunately, the Bucks have built depth and set themselves up nicely for seasons to come. Don’t cry cause it’s ending, smile because it happened.
  14. Ave MariaDisappointing. With a wildly successful regular season and large senior class, there were high hopes for the Gyrenes heading into the postseason. However, a second year in a row of a blown universe point lead to Berry left Ave Maria coming up short again.
  15. DavidsonPromising. DUFF went from a mid-level regional team in 2023, to a team capable of reaching universe point in the 2024 AC game-to-go.
  16. ElonUndisciplined. Elon had all the talent to have a successful season, but lacked the discipline to make things happen. An underwhelming regular season where they didn’t earn a bid, turned into an underwhelming postseason where they missed the game to go.
  17. OberlinFickle. The Horsecows had quite the up and down season. They had a poor FCS before turning it around at Grand Rapids Invite— just to go 0-5 at Conferences. An undefeated Regionals demonstrated Oberlin could hang, until they fizzled out without a large fight in pool play. Still, by making it back to Nationals, Oberlin can consider this season a success.
  18. ClaremontProven. Lots of doubt was cast on the Southwest region, where Claremont and Occidental did not play any strong teams all year. Their win over Missouri S&T in consolation proved their place in Milwaukee.
  19. Cedarville One-Trick-Pony. The regular season looked fantastic for Swarm, but opponents often figure out how to defeat zone-reliant teams by Series time, which the Ohio Valley did. Not even making the game-to-go as the one seed feels frustrating for Cedarville’s earlier successes.
  20. MacalesterBright. Just two years after rebranding the program, Flat Earth not only made the top-25 for the first time, but even made the game-to-go. Look out for this young team next year!
  21. Missouri S&TSatisfied. A poor performance at Nationals is tough for sure, but that’s sometimes the price of being a bid stealer. One of the only bid-stealers in mens, Missouri S&T has a lot to be proud about towards the 2024 season.
  22. MessiahSurprising. Who had the Falcons in the top 25 at the beginning of the year? After FCS? After the regular season? Probably no one. But thanks to the coaching efforts of JM Rallo and Adam Callaghan, Messiah peaked at the right time and made it to the regional finals.
  23. BowdoinAverage. Clown looked like the same team the entire season after their first tournament– good, but not great. They never reached a peak, but also never fell below expectations.
  24. Michigan TechUnfortunate. It really felt like Disco-Tech had a shot at Nationals this year after their solid FCS. However, an unfortunate weather delay, lack of bids, and laying an egg against Carthage prevented Tech from making it to Milwaukee.
  25. Colorado CollegeYoung. Wasabi couldn’t recover from the losses of last year’s stars. This is a young team with lots of potential, however; expect them to be back at the big show soon enough