Kutztown, Central Washington, Arkansas State, Cal, Life and Navy are all still undefeated.
Navy, perhaps, is the surprise. The Midshipmen followed up their upset of Dartmouth with a 26-19 defeat of Cal Poly in round two, holding onto an early lead. They jumped out to a 19-0 advantage in the first five minutes, and staved off a Cal Poly comeback bid.
Nick Frost scored a try in the 13th minute, and converted, to pull Cal Poly to within seven of Navy at 26-19. But there was still a restart. Cal Poly took it and drove to within the Navy 22, but were held up to end the game.
Navy has a grudge match with Air Force in the final round of the day, and though the 0-2 Zoomies are out of Cup contention, they’d love nothing more than to spoil Navy’s perfect record.
If a second team from Pool D is going to advance to the Cup Quarters, they’re going to need to pile up some points in the final match, because Pool’s C, E and B have two teams at the top, each, with large point differentials. Same with Pool F’s second-place team, as the tough competition in a contentious pool has kept the scores close.
Arkansas State is plus 62 and Cal plus 43 in Pool B. Kutztown is plus 68 and Central Washington plus 55 in Pool C. The Red Wolves take on Cal and the Wildcats get Kutztown in the final round. Texas A&M is plus 62 and St. Mary’s plus 9 in Pool E. The winners of those much anticipated bouts move on, and the losers hope they piled up enough points earlier in the day.
In Pool A, Life advances with a tie or win over Wisconsin. Wisconsin, which was upset by Northeastern in Round two, would possibly need help to advance with a win, depending on the outcome of the Huskies’ match with Colorado State. But Life has been lights out so far, scoring 13 tries to one, so those scenarios may well be moot.
Teams eliminated from Cup contention going into round 3: