So it's been ten days since our last power rankings. A lot has happened since then and we're finally starting to get an idea about some of these teams. Keep in mind that these are the rankings at this point in time, not based on last year or where we expect the teams to be in March. It may seem silly to type that, but I feel like it's a good reminder.
LW = Last week's rank
1. Toledo Rockets (2-0), LW: 2
Last week: Northwestern Ohio (W), at Boston College (W)
This week: Florida A&M (11/18), Stony Brook (11/22), Detroit (11/23), Florida Atlantic (11/24)
The Rockets vault to the top after a really good win over Boston College. Yes, BC is a below average ACC team, but they're still in the best conference in the country. Toledo got great minutes from the starters and Juice Brown completely balled out. This week bring the Rockets four winnable games, three of which are at Detroit as a part of the 2k Sports Classic.
2. Kent State Golden Flashes (3-1), LW: 6
Last week: Ohio Northern (W), at Temple (W), at Seton Hall (L), Saint Peter's (W)
This week: Western Carolina (11/21), USC-Upstate (11/22), Niagara (11/23)
Kent State showed this week why they shouldn't be counted out of the MAC race. The win over Temple was huge, and the loss to Seton Hall was just by two points. The Flashes are playing really well right now and deserve a much higher ranking than last week. This week Kent hosts the subregional of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. USC-Upstate beat Virginia Tech last week and Niagara held off Buffalo, so these are some quality teams. We'll know a lot more about Kent next Sunday.
3. Akron Zips (1-2), LW: 1
Last week: Coastal Carolina (W), at Saint Mary's (L), at Middle Tennessee (L)
This week: No game
Akron played three pretty good teams last week, beat one, should have beaten one, and faced a monumental task against the other. A blowout loss coming at 3 a.m. isn't a complete negative, especially considering the Zips were in it for awhile. Akron should have probably won the Middle Tennessee game, as the point guard play was a major problem. It was really hard to drop them down, but Kent's win over Temple pushed them above. Unfortunately we won't learn much more about Akron until December 7th, their next real game.
4. Ohio Bobcats (2-1), LW: 4
Last week: Northern Iowa (W), at Ohio State (L), Valparaiso (W)
This week: at Morgan State (11/20), Heidelberg (11/23)
The Bobcats showed this week that they're going to be a lot better than some expected. Wins over solid mid-majors Northern Iowa and Valparaiso aren't as good as the Temple win, but still better than all the other wins the MAC has. Only losing by ten at Ohio State is nothing to hang your head about either. I consider Akron and Ohio 3 and 3a right now but that may change depending on how Ohio plays next week.
5. Buffalo Bulls (1-2), LW: 3
Last week: at Texas A&M (L), at Niagara (L), West Virginia Wesleyan (W)
This week: Robert Morris (11/26)
Buffalo ended up losing big in College Station, but were in it until midway through the second half. Niagara is a good team as well, but giving up 92 points is a cause for concern. The Bulls also struggled with West Virginia Wesleyan for a little while before putting them away. It's going to take awhile to get used to Bobby Hurley's system, and that's shown in the first three games. Robert Morris is a good team who Eastern Michigan just beat, so that should be a good test for the Bulls.
6. Eastern Michigan Eagles (3-0), LW: 5
Last week: Albion (W), Concordia (W), Robert Morris (W)
This week: Cleveland State (11/18), UT-Arlington (11/23)
The Eagles get a bit of a knock because they haven't played quality competition for all three games. The win over Bobby Mo was nice, but we need to see more. We do know now that Karrington Ward is going to be a special player. He scored 17, 17, and 18 in last week's victories. The Eagles get a little more of a test this week against Cleveland State and Texas-Arlington.
7. Western Michigan Broncos (3-1), LW: 7
Last week: New Mexico State (W), Hawaii (L), Tennessee State (W), Alabama A&M (W)
This week: North Dakota State (11/20)
The Broncos have three nice wins and a forgivable loss to a team hosting the tournament they played in. It was a bit more of a struggle against Alabama A&M than it should have been, but the Broncos still pulled off the win. Shayne Whittington has been an animal after being suspended the first two games of the season. Western Michigan gets a rematch with North Dakota State on Wednesday of last year's CBI contest.
8. Ball State Cardinals (1-1), LW: 8
Last week: at Indiana State (L), Taylor (W)
This week: Southeast Missouri State (11/18), Butler (11/23)
Ball State was able to keep it pretty competitive against the Sycamores before bowing out. That's an Indiana State that just knocked off Notre Dame too. We'll learn a lot more about the Cardinals this week, especially with the home contest with Butler.
9. Northern Illinois Huskies (1-3), LW: 12
Last week: Nebraska-Omaha (L), James Madison (L), San Jose State (W), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (L)
This week: St. Joseph's Indiana (11/24)
The Huskies get the honor of number nine simply because the other three teams haven't beaten a Division 1 team yet. San Jose State is terrible, but so is Northern Illinois. For a team that is hard-pressed to get wins, getting one means a lot. They should pick up another one this week.
10. Bowling Green Falcons (1-1), LW: 9
Last week: Earlham (W), South Florida (L)
This week: at Wisconsin (11/21), at Saint Louis (11/23)
Now we get into who has the best loss, and that's BG. The Falcons played well against the Bulls but couldn't keep it close at the end. They get two really good teams this week, any win would be a minor miracle.
11. Central Michigan Chippewas (1-2), LW: 10
Last week: Manchester (W), at Bradley (L), Pepperdine (L)
This week: Austin Peay (11/21), Montana State (11/22), Cal-State Northridge (11/23)
The Chips fall after a blowout home loss to a decent Pepperdine team. Chris Fowler and John Simons have both played well, but they need others to step up. Central Michigan hosts a multi-team event this week and should pick up a few more wins.
12. Miami RedHawks (0-2), LW: 11
Last week: at Notre Dame (L), at Arizona State (L)
This week: at Xavier (11/20), Wilmington (11/23)
The RedHawks kept it close at Notre Dame but just couldn't ever get close enough. It wasn't pretty in Tempe, as Miami found themselves losing 41-18 at halftime. It doesn't get any easier this week with a road game at Xavier. Things finally ease up with D-3 Wilmington.