There are no changes in the top 7 of the RUGBYMag.com D1-A Top 20.
All of those teams did exactly what was expected of them, including #3 Life winning a close one over #4 Arkansas State, and Army just barely getting by Penn State, who were ranked one spot below.
There are some changes further down. Here's why:
Air Force has continued to play well. They have only lost to Utah and BYU, and they scored a total of 50 against those teams. Consider that BYU and Utah, in the 12 games they have played not against each other, have given up 151 points. Air Force is responsible for 1/3 of those.
We would love to see Air Force in a consolation bracket with some of the other hard-luck teams. We think they would win.
Kutztown is another hard-luck team, as is Navy. Both won this weekend, but looking at the totality of Air Force's performances, the Zoomies have to be above them.
Is UCLA worthy of a top eight? They are in the quarterfinals, after all. Maybe, but it's tough to tell given that St. Mary's has dominated the Pacific so much and the Pacific conference is so small. Right now UCLA is #11, but could earn a move up even if they lose in the playoffs ... they just need to compete.
Central Washington moves up two points after beating Cal Poly. This is an easy ranking to make now that the Wildcats have taken down the Mustangs. CWU were three points behind UCLA, and sit one rankings spot below. Delaware moves up despite losing, as they lost a competitive match to #10 Navy.
Now to two teams that need explanation. Colorado drops four places to 16, while Texas A&M moves up four after beating Notre Dame. It's not just about one game here. We can now look at the entire season for both, and realize we've been a bit too generous to the Buffs because of their close losses.
A&M finished 4-4 in the Mid-South, losing four to the two really good teams (Arkansas State and Life) and winning four over the teams that are struggling (Notre Dame and Oklahoma). Can't really fault them for that. They won the games they should have won, even on the road. Their average score against Life and Arkansas State was 6-63. That seems bad, the other two teams in the conference averaged 4-95 (!). So with that comparison, it seems fair to move them up a little.
Colorado has been problematic because they are 3-4, but three of their losses have been close, or at least competitive. They, like Air Force, have competed well with Utah, but were slammed by BYU this weekend. In the end it seems clear Colorado is not a top 12 team, but they are middle of the pack, and 14 seems right. They are better than Arizona, Arizona State, Wyoming and Colorado State, but not better than Air Force, and the overall results have born that out.
||RUGBYMag.com DI-A Top 20 April 22 2012
||99-12 over Colorado (12)
||52-13 over UC Davis
||17-13 over Arkansas State (4)
||Lost 17-13 to Life (3)
||97-14 over Wyoming (16)
||20-19 over Penn State (7)
||Lost 20-19 to Army (6)
||68-10 over Arizona State (18)
||90-10 over Rutgers
||27-10 over Delaware (15)
||60-41 over Cal Poly (13)
||Lost 27-10 to Navy (10)
||Lost 99-12 to BYU (1)
||Lost 60-31 to Central Washington (14)
||36-14 over Notre Dame
||Lost 97-14 to Utah (5)
||Lost 68-10 to Air Force (9)
||Lost 36-14 to Texas A&M (19)
||Lost 90-10 to Kutztown (8)
||Lost 52-13 to St. Mary's (2)