The nationwide club restructure is making its debut this season, and we've mapped out the road to the postseason for DII men. There are eight competitive regions, whose champions advance to the national quarterfinals. Here’s a look at how each CR will fill its playoffs, and what teams are in the driver’s seat for postseason berths.
While different competitive regions have their own nomenclature for their competitions, for our purposes we are using the typical Region/Conference/Division system.
All regular season play was done in the fall. Unlike every other CR, this one has extended playoffs. The West conference was split into two divisions – North and South. The top two teams from each will cross over against each other in the quarterfinals. The East conference was split into two divisions, as well – Ohio/Pennsylvania and Michigan/Indiana, and they’ll also cross over against each other.
The quarterfinals were played last weekend with all four of the top seeded teams advancing. The semifinals will feature the Eastside Banshees taking on Wisconsin while the Detroit Tradesman battle Cleveland Eastern Suburbs.
QF: Eastside Banshees 24-7 South Side Irish
QF: Wisconsin 31-8 St. Paul Jazz Pigs
QF: Detroit Tradesmen 36-12 Pittsburgh
QF: Cleveland Eastern Suburbs 29-27 Indianapolis Impalas
SF: Eastside vs. Wisconsin
SF: Detroit vs. Cleveland
NCR2 (old South)
There are three conferences in this CR – True South, Carolinas and Florida. The two DII teams in Georgia, Atlanta Renegades and Atlanta Old White, are playing in the Carolinas. Since the Carolinas are hosting the CR semifinals and finals in Charlotte May 3-4, they get a second bid to the championship weekend.
Charlotte and Atlanta Old White advanced out of the Carolinas/Georgia conference and will meet for the third time this season.
Chattanooga cruised through the True South and will battle the winner of the Florida Conference.
The Florida spot in this CRC will be decided this weekend when #1 Miami takes on #3 Ft Lauderdale. Ft. Lauderdale is hitting its stride right now after upsetting Boca Raton last weekend. Miami outlasted Krewe with a six-point victory.
May 3-4 – Charlotte, NC
SF: Charlotte vs. Atlanta Old White
SF: Chattanooga vs. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
NCR3 (old Mid-Atlantic)
Two conferences – Capitol and Eastern Penn. The top four teams from each advance to the quarterfinals.
In the Capitol, only two teams miss out on the CR quarterfinals. Rocky Gorge went undefeated claiming the top spot, while Washington, Washington Irish and Richmond finished 2nd 3rd and 4th respectively.
In Eastern Penn, Wilmington took first ahead of Doylestown. Media and Lancaster took the final two spots.
Here are the results from the quarter-finals this past weekend:
QF: Wilmington 68-14 Richmond
QF: Doylestown 73-38 Washington Irish
QF: Rocky Gorge 76-7 Lancaster
QF: Washington vs Media (Media won)
SF: Wilmington vs. Media
SF: Doylestown vs. Rocky Gorge
NCR4 (old Northeast)
In Empire, top seeded Monmouth beat Union 81-24 while Buffalo upended Princeton 25-22. Monmouth takes on Buffalo this weekend for a date with the New England champs.
In New England, the playoffs are set for April 19 with Amoskeag at New Haven and Hartford at Portland. A week later they decide a champion, and then the New England winner visits the Empire winner on May 3.
New England #1 at Empire #1
ACR1 (old Pacific Coast)
Northern California and the Pacific Northwest make up this competitive region.
The Pacific Northwest championship went to Snake River after they defeated ORSU. Snake River plays the winner of Northern California.
SF: Snake River 52-17 Pacific Rover
SF: ORSU 32-23 Axemen
Final: Snake River 22-8 ORSU
In Northern California, the Blackhawks and Vacaville will play for the right to face Snake River.
May 3 will be a playoff between the NorCal champs and Snake River for the ACR1 spot.
Snake River v NorCal #1 (location TBD)
ACR2 (old Southern California)
Two conferences – Southern California and Arizona/New Mexico.
Southern California is an 11-team conference decided by a traditional league table. They finished play last weekend and the table finished with Oceanside, Pasadena, North county Gurkas and Huntington Beach finishing 1-4 respectively.
The other conference is split into divisions across state lines. The top two teams in Arizona play the top two teams in New Mexico in a semifinal/final format April 19-20, with the winner playing the SoCal champion May 3rd for the right to move to the national quarterfinals. Tempe took the Arizona title after beating Red Mountain twice.
QF: Oceanside vs. Huntington Beach
QF: Pasadena vs. North County Gurkas
QF Tempe vs. El Paso
QF: Red Mountain vs Albuquerque
SF: Oceanside/HB vs Pasadena/North County
SF: Tempe/El Paso vs. Red Mountain/Albuquerque
Arizona/NM champ vs. SoCal champ
ACR3 (old West minus Texas)
Mid-America and Eastern Rockies are the two conferences. Both have split seasons, so they played a chunk of games in the fall and the rest in the spring. The top two teams in each table advance to semifinals and finals May 3rd and 4th in Glendale, Colo.
Because the Mid-America has just four teams (St. Louis Ramblers the fourth) each team was charged with playing two out-of-conference games against DII competition that would count toward the league table. No two teams are playing the same out-of-conference opponents.
Currently the St. Louis Bombers and Kansas City have wrapped up Mid-America and are only fighting for seeding.
Park City and Glendale currently hold the top two spots in the Eastern Rockies.
May 3-4 – Glendale, Colo.
SF: Eastern Rockies 1 vs. Mid-America 2
SF: Mid-America 2 vs. Eastern Rockies 2
ACR4 (Red River (Texas))
Three conferences. Two of them, the North and South, play home-and-away against conference rivals and home-or-away against inter-conference opponents. The third conference, made up of DI second sides (DI-B), is completely autonomous.
The three conference winners and a wild-card advance to the playoff.
Although Oklahoma City jumped out to an early lead, it could not sustain the momentum down the stretch. Little Rock ended up winning the division with Tulsa finishing in second.
HURT secured the South Division title with a 9-1 record.
The DI-B division is still up for grabs. Dallas Reds and Austin Blacks are neck and neck. Until the final games are played in that conference, it is not possible to know who will take home the wild-card spot.
The wild-card team cannot play a team from their own division so the playoff matchups are still undetermined.