BUCS | Power Rankings: Division Two, Midseason

Welcome back to the Power Rankings! 

DC’s light may not shine all that much longer unless we can figure something out, but dammit let’s see if it can at least shine brightly – with all the goodies and oldies!

Kicking it off with Division Two!

10 – Gloucestershire Gladiators

(1-1-0) 2A South West

Perhaps something of a heritage pick, we’ve actually not seen all that much of the Glads in 2017/18.

They were expected to inherit the crown of the South West following the departure of the Blitz to the middle tier, but instead, the Stags have swept in and narrowly defeated the Gladiators back in Week Three.

Worryingly, that’s the last we’ve seen of Coach Wilford’s side, their Bobcats game being pushed, and their Bulldogs match up delayed for a second time, this weekend.

They’re likely one of the better teams in the tier whose shot at promotion might have already passed.

9 – UEL Phoenix

(3-1-0) 2A South East

The Phoenix don’t even top their conference, and yet their the top team from the South East in these Power Rankings!

Yes, though they’re a game behind their rivials, the QMBL Vipers, the reality is their Rain Week victory gave them the head to head over the 4-1 Vipers, and the opportunity to seal the deal on their first ever conference crown, even if both teams win out.

Of course, that might be easier said than done in the only ‘home-and-away’ conference in the tier, where teams are typically winning games by the slimmest of margins. Expect the Phoenix’s stock to see rapid climbs and falls in these PRs through the remainder of the year.

8 – OBU Panthers

(3-0-0) 2A South West

Undefeated, the Panthers finally have a record that reflects the potential they showed last year, where the scorelines simply didn’t match up to the quality of the football they were playing.

That said, while they’re undefeated, they still have their more challenging fixtures in front of them – and how they fare in these outings will determine whether they’re able to hold a spot in these rankings moving forwards

7 – Bangor MudDogs

(3-1-0) 2A North

Not dissimilar to the Gladiators, the MudDogs must feel somewhat robbed by the arrival of a Powerhouse into their conference, likely losing their shot at promotion with their single loss to Manchester back in Week  Four.

They’ll pick up a walkover win this Sunday and shouldn’t have too many problems with their remaining fixtures against Bradford and Edge Hill… So long as the weather let’s them play em.

6 – Brighton Panthers

(4-0-0) 2A South

A sturdy defence has seen the Panthers undefeated through the season so far.

Withdrawals mean they’ve only actually got a single ‘real’ fixture remaining on the schedule – hosting the City Sentinels all the way away in Week Twelve. Odds are, that’ll seal the deal on the conference crown and promotion, but in the meantime their place will rise and fall based on #TeamDC’s opinion of the relative strength of the 2A South within the Division as a whole.

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5 – Edinburgh Predators

(3-1-0) 2A Borders

Another ‘heir apparent’ that’s suffered their only loss so far to the new boys in the neighbourhood – in Edinburgh’s case, the arrival of the Newcastle Raiders from Division One at the start of the year.

It says an awful lot that the Preds were able to hold the Raiders, currently the #2 offence in Division Two, to only a mere 8 points in the Scotsmen’s season opener…

But odds are, without a significant slip-up from Newcastle, the one-fixture format of Div Two means the Predators will be another quality team that misses out on promotion in 2018.

4 – Southampton Stags

(4-0-0) 2A South West

The Stags were shifted sideways into the South West this year, and have taken to it really rather well – undefeated so far.

Their crucial game against Gloucestershire was a bit of a nail biter, and their Week Six game against ‘Cuda was a bit of a grind. The fact their highpowered offence only managed a mere 7 points in their final matchup before the break may set some alarm bells ringing… but then this was on a weekend where the weather was so bad the majority of the fixtures simply weren’t played!

A couple of kitties stand in their way of an undefeated season, and promotion to the middle tier, and their rise and fall in the rankings will likely be determined by whether they can refind their offensive form.

3 – Newcastle Raiders

(4-0-0) 2A Borders

It looks like Newcastle’s time in the bottom tier could well be a brief one, as they’ve romped through their recent matchups with back to back #50burgers.

There’s still three games to go, and while the Pyros may not look likely to pose a problem, are the Cougars or Hawoo able to rumble the Raiders?

2 – Coventry Jets

(3-0-0) 2A Midlands

Undefeated and unchallenged, the Division Two North playoff champions from 16/17 have continued their momentum into 17/18. They’ve conceded just a single score so far this season, and have two games remaining to them to convince us that they’re worthy of the #1 spot in these rankings…

Next up are the Lincoln Colonials, in Week Nine, and anything less than a Burger might be a bit of a disappointment.

1 – Manchester Tyrants

(4-0-0) 2A North

And, surprising few, the Tyrants top out these rankings. They’ve got the #1 offence in the tier, and have conceded just 9 points in four games.

They’re a decent Div One team, playing in Division Two, and odds are, their biggest challenge ahead of them this season is going to be the northern weather allowing them to fit all their games in!

 

 

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1