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Okay, there is football tonight, headlined by the USC Trojans visiting the Utah Utes on ESPN. But today's National catches up on fall non-revenue sports, and hey, the Lady Cats are pretty good.
Things have conspired to keep me from updating you on non-footbally goodness the last couple of weeks, but now we've got some time to breathe and get you caught up. In fact, we've got so much time I'm even going to let you know how localish D-II and D-III schools are stacking up in the non-revenue sports at this point in the season. (Stop groaning.)
The 14th-ranked Lady Cats continue to litter the NCAA's WVB news feed after sweeping #22 Iowa State last night. It's the 13th sweep of the season for K-State, now 16-1 with three wins over ranked opponents and only a loss to Oklahoma on the road blemishing the record. Penn State sits atop the poll, followed by Oregon and Washington in a tie for second. Ninth-ranked and 11-3 Texas, against whom the Lady Cats will compete on Saturday night at Ahearn in what will be one of the defining matches of the entire season (so if you're local, get out there and support our ladies), is the only Big 12 team ranked ahead of K-State; indeed, K-State might be suffering a lack of respect, as the Lady Cats are one of only five teams in the nation with one or no losses (the top three plus #16 Brigham Young being the others). Kansas is also in the poll at #24, carrying a 14-2 record.
In D-II, 14-0 Nebraska-Kearney is ranked #1, with Washburn in fourth and Central Missouri tied with West Texas A&M at #7. Truman State's unranked, but receiving votes. Washington (MO) is the top team in D-III this week.
Maryland and Connecticut remain atop the polls, neither team having absorbed a loss thus far. Cal-Santa Barbara and New Mexico each slipped a spot to fourth and fifth, as Georgetown jumped over them. There wasn't a great deal of movement otherwise, but there is one noteworthy entrant to the poll: High Point, at 9-0-0, entered the rankings at #23; it's the first time they've ever been ranked.
LIU-C.W. Post took over the top spot in the D-II poll this week, unseating Lynn, who fell to fourth. Rockhurst is 16th, Fort Hays State 18th. In D-III, Trinity (TX) continues to hold on to the #1 spot.
The top three -- Florida State, Stanford, and UCLA -- remain unchanged in this week's poll. Oklahoma State slipped from 17th to 22nd, and are now 10-3-1. Baylor, at 10-1-2, entered at #25. West Virginia also received votes.
Saint Rose holds the top spot in the D-II poll, with 8-0-1 Rockhurst in 12th, Truman State 18th, and William Jewell 20th. In D-III, the voters broke last week's deadlock atop the poll; Emory had been locked up with Trinity (TX), but Emory's edged slightly ahead now.
K-State had a passable showing at the Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence last weekend, with the women finishing seventh, led by Laura Galvan who finished seventh individually. The men placed ninth, with Fernando Roman leading the contingent with a 40th place finish. Michigan won the women's side of the event, followed by Toledo; the hated Jayhawks took first on the men's side, with Indiana close behind.
In other big events, Tulsa's men captured the Notre Dame Invitational last Friday, followed by Princeton and the host Irish. The women's event was won by Florida State, ahead of Notre Dame and New Mexico. La Salle took both the men's and women's honors at the George Mason Invitational in Leesburg, Virginia on Saturday.
Wisconsin remains atop the men's poll, followed by Oklahoma State, Brigham Young, and Oklahoma. Tulsa made a huge jump to ninth from 20th; Villanova, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Columbia also all made big moves upward. Texas is ranked 22nd; Kansas and Iowa State received votes, but the Cats did not. In the women's poll, Florida State moved to the top after Washington slipped to third. Arizona jumped up to second from the #12 position. Cornell leapt into the poll at #9 after not being previously ranked. Iowa State is fifth, and Oklahoma State 22nd. Texas also received votes.
In D-II, Adams State tops the men's poll, with Missouri Southern State at #10, Fort Hays at #20, Southwest Baptist at #24, Nebraska-Kearney at #29, and Northwest Missouri State at #32 (the top 35 are ranked). Pretty good showing for the MIAA squads. North Central (IL) leads the pack in D-III; Washington (MO) is 3rd. On the women's side, Adams State is second in D-II, trailing top-ranked Augustana (SD). Missouri Southern is 17th, Southwest Baptist 25th, and Pittsburg State 27th; Northwest Missouri dropped out of the rankings this week. Williams is ranked #1 in D-III; Washington (MO) is 5th.
Football's not the only sport Ohio's making waves in this fall. The Bobcats knocked off #16 Wake Forest in double overtime yesterday. Syracuse and North Carolina remain atop the poll, with Connecticut sliding up to #3 from #5, pushing Princeton and Maryland down a notch. West Chester tops the D-II poll; Salisbury is the top-ranked D-III squad.
There was a slight shakeup at the top of the rankings as #6 Cal-Santa Barbara leaped up to the #2 slot, displacing UCLA. Stanford also took a slight tumble, falling to #5 while Cal-Irvine moved up to #4. Your top-ranked team outside California: Brown, at #12.
As mentioned, Southern Cal visits Utah tonight at 8pm CT on ESPN. Before that, Arkansas State Red Wolves visit the Florida International Golden Panthers in Sun Belt action at 6:30pm on ESPN U, and at 7pm on CBS Sports Network the East Carolina Pirates drop in on the Central Florida Knights. There's also a D-II game tonight as the Midwestern State Mustangs travel to Livingston to take on the West Alabama Wolves; that's on ESPN3 at 6:30pm.