North Central (Ill.) remains in the No. 4 spot after dismantling North Park (Ill.) for its sixth consecutive win of the season. It was the Cardinals' first shutout of the season, but they've performed well on defense throughout the season, giving up 24 in their first game of the season against Wisconsin-La Crosse and giving up no more than 14 since.

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No. 5 Wisconsin-Whitewater took advantage of an idle No. 6 Hobart and a close game from No. 7 Wisconsin-Platteville to jump two spots from their then-No. 7 ranking the previous week. This sets up the week’s most exciting matchup between the Warhawks and No. 9 Wisconsin-Oshkosh in a game with Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) implications.

Wheaton (Ill.), the new No. 11, will have to defend its new ranking against No. 17 Illinois Wesleyan, as both undefeateds look to take control of their own destiny in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and set up a showdown against North Central as the season winds down. No. 19 Willamette is looking to continue its climb up the polls at it plays host to No. 16 Pacific Lutheran, in this week’s final top 25 matchup.