While most of Division I is playing knockoff, Division II remains steadfast in the model of recent history. No wonder all three 2-0 strongboys stake claims to top-10 spots in the first edition of the Rutland Herald / Barre Times Argus football power rankings. Defending D-II champion Fair Haven debuts at No. 4, followed by Burr and Burton at No. 6 and Bellows Falls at No. 10. No one has come close to beating any of them in the first two weeks. Rice, 2-0 so far in topsy-turvy D-I, claims the top overall spot while Rutland, absent most of last year from the top 10, debuts at No. 8 with its 2-0 start. A special tip of the hat goes out to Poultney for its big victory over Windsor that shook up things in a D-III loop long dominated by the Jacks and Woodstock. Here is this week’s overall top 10, along with the top five teams in each division. 1. Rice (2-0). The Green Knights beat preseason favorite Mount Mansfield, and the Burlington/South Burlington combine. This week they have a telling game at Hartford. 2. Middlebury (1-1). Tigers got off the mat from close loss at Colchester and beat Hartford. 3. Hartford (1-1). The Hurricanes are going to be dangerous again this year. Their game this week is their first at home. 4. Fair Haven (2-0). Brian Grady gets a lot of credit as an offensive mastermind but his Slaters have given up only one score so far. 5. Mount Mansfield (1-1). Cougars won at BFA last week and finally get to play at home. 6. Burr and Burton (2-0). The game of the week in D-II has Bellows Falls at BBA on Saturday. 7. St. Johnsbury (1-1). Jake Cady threw for 359 yards last week in win over Essex. 8. Rutland (2-0). The Raiders are taking baby steps to prove themselves; they host BFA on Friday in the best test so far for their defense. 9. Colchester (2-0). Yes, the Lakers beat Middlebury but a close win over a struggling Brattleboro program tells a different story. 10. Bellows Falls (2-0). Terriers will need to work the clock against a BBA team that has scored 113 points already. On the bubble: BFA-St. Albans, Burlington/South Burlington. Division I Top 5 1, Rice; 2, Middlebury; 3, Hartford; 4, Mount Mansfield; 5, St. Johnsbury. Division II Top 5 1, Fair Haven; 2, Burr and Burton; 3, Bellows Falls; 4, Mount Anthony; 5, North Country. Division III Top 5 1, Woodstock; 2, Poultney; 3, Windsor; 4, Mill River; 5, BFA-Fairfax.