Football Regionally Ranked by NCAA

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Frank Malandruccolo
Co-captain Frank Malandruccolo is one of three senior starters on an offensive line that allowed only one sack while paving the way for the Mules to rush for 501 yards in their last two games.
The Muhlenberg football team is eighth in the South Region in the first NCAA rankings of the 2012 season.

The committee that determines these rankings is the one that will ultimately award bids to the NCAA Tournament. There will be two more rankings published, one next week and the other at the conclusion of the regular season.

The regional rankings are based on a combination of in-region winning percentage and strength of schedule, calculated using opponents’ winning percentage and opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage.

Here are the South Region rankings, with overall record and regional record in parentheses:

1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (7-0/8-0)
2. Wesley (5-1/7-1)
3. Johns Hopkins (8-0/8-0)
4. Waynesburg (9-0/9-0)
5t. Huntingdon (4-2/5-2)
5t. Washington and Lee (6-2/6-2)
7. Louisiana College (4-2/6-2)
8. MUHLENBERG (5-2/6-2)
9. Hampden-Sydney (6-2/6-2)
10. Hardin-Simmons (4-3/5-3)

There are oddities in every poll, and here’s one from this one: Muhlenberg and Washington and Lee have a common opponent in Franklin & Marshall. The Mules won their meeting, 21-0, a week after the Generals lost theirs, 35-28.

There is potential for plenty of juggling in the regional rankings in the next two weeks. Washington and Lee plays Hampden-Sydney in a matchup of regionally ranked teams this Saturday. Louisiana College and Hardin-Simmons play each other in the final week of the season, as do Huntingdon and Adrian, a team ranked eighth in the North Region.

Muhlenberg, which is seeking its first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, closes out the regular season with games against Ursinus (at home this Saturday) and Moravian (away next Saturday). The Mules have averaged nearly 44 points per game in winning three in a row since suffering their two losses to Johns Hopkins and Susquehanna in back-to-back weeks.