It’s hard to believe, but the final week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our second to last Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll.
We will unveil our final poll for the 2021 season later this month following the conclusion of postseason contests, including local and regional bowl games.
So, without further ado, let’s kick off the final week of the New England D-III college football season with a brand new Top 20 poll, which finds Williams College in the top spot.
1. Williams College (8-0, 8-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): The Ephs matched their 8-0 record from 2010 with an impressive win over Wesleyan University.
2. Endicott College (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 3): Despite being on a bye, the Gulls inched closer to winning their conference crown, thanks to a 24-10 victory by Husson University against Salve Regina University.
3. Husson University (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 7): The Eagles remain in the mix for their conference crown, thanks to a big win on Saturday against the Seahawks.
4. Framingham State (7-2, 7-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 5): Framingham State captured its conference crown on Saturday with an impressive win over Bridgewater State.
5. Western New England (6-3, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 4): The Golden Bears escaped with a hard-fought win this weekend against the University of New England. Next up: Husson at home.
6. UMass Dartmouth (7-2, 5-2 MASCASC | LW: No. 6): The Corsairs were idle this past week but will look to end their season with a win against a Plymouth State squad that enters the last week of the regular season on a five-game winning streak.
7. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Seahawks’ regular season concluded with a disappointing 24-10 setback to the Eagles of Husson. Salve Regina is idle this upcoming weekend and will wait to see if they will compete once more in a bowl game later this month.
8. Springfield College (6-3, 5-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 9): The Pride needs one more win to claim their conference crown.
9. Trinity College (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 9): Spencer Fetter threw five touchdowns on Saturday in a bounce-back win for the Bantams.
10. Bridgewater State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 8): The Bears struggled against the Rams on Saturday but will look to bounce back this week against Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the Cranberry Bowl.
11. Plymouth State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): The Panthers head into their final contest with a five-game winning streak.
12. Amherst College (5-3, 5-3 NESCAC | LW: No. 11): The Mammoths struggle to slow down a talented Bantams offense on Saturday.
13. Wesleyan University (6-2, 6-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 12): The Cardinals will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday against the Bantams.
14. Anna Maria College (6-2, 4-1 ECFC | LW: No. 16): The AMCATs are one win away from winning their first-ever conference crown.
15. MIT (4-4, 2-3 NEWMAC | LW: No. 14): Get ready for the Battle of the Cambridge Engineers and Worcester Engineers (WPI) on Saturday.
16. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 18): The Colonials concluded their 2021 campaign with a win. They will be idle this weekend.
17. University of New England (3-5, 1-4 CCC | LW: No. 20): The Nor’easters may have lost their last two contests, but they are proving they can compete with the top teams in their league.
18. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-5, 3-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 17): Like the Bears of Bridgewater State, the Buccaneers will attempt to end their season with a win.
19. Castleton University (5-4, 3-2 ECFC | LW: No. 15): The Spartans will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing loss this week when they host Gallaudet University.
20. Colby College (3-5, 3-5 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mules will attempt to capture the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) on Saturday when they host Bowdoin College.