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Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Tuesday, 03 April 2012 03:00    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DI-AA College Top 25, March 27, 2012
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It's spring break season, so a lot of teams are not competing at the moment. However, a couple of programs have made some headway in the last week.

Texas clinched the inaugural Southwest Collegiate Rugby Conference championship with a 36-26 defeat of Rice. The Longhorns will represent the new conference in the Sweet 16 later this spring. Wisconsin will provide a good litmus test for the 'Horns when they travel to Austin, Texas during Spring Break April 7th.

Missouri moved one step closer to clinching the Heart of America title and earning a berth to the Sweet 16 by beating Truman State 55-31. The Bulls led 26-5 at halftime, but Missouri scorched them once usual flyhalf Mark Menne, who sat the beginning of the game with a dislocated finger, came on and commandeered the Tiger attack. Mizzou hosts Kansas State and Oklahoma State on April 14 and 15, respectively. Win either, and Mizzou wins the first-ever Heart of American title.

1 (1) Davenport  7-0 Idle
2 (2) Dartmouth  7-0 Went 3-0 in the Cayman Islands
3 (3) UC Santa Barbara  6-3 Idle
4 (4) Tennessee  7-2 Idle
5 (5) San Diego State  5-1 Won 40-12 over Claremont Colleges
6 (6) Florida  12-1 Won 29-18 South Carolina
7 (7) LSU  6-3 Won 56-3 over Ole Miss
8 (8) Northeastern  6-0 Idle
9 (9) Oregon State  6-0 Idle
10 (10) St. Bonaventure  8-1 Idle
11 (11) Maryland  4-2 Idle
12 (12) Santa Clara  4-1 Idle
13 (13) Sacramento State  4-2 Idle
14 (14) Bowling Green  6-3 Lost 29-24 to Detroit Tradesmen
15 (15) Miami (OH)  4-2 Idle
16 (16) Wisconsin  7-1 Won 52-5 over Western Illinois
17 (19) Texas  7-0 Won 36-26 over Rice
18 (21) Missouri  6-1 Won 55-31 over Truman State
19 (17) Indiana  3-4
20 (18) Minnesota  5-1 Idle
21 (20) Stony Brook  5-1 Seconds played in Four Leaf
22 (22) Florida State  9-4 Idle
23 (23) Clemson  4-2  Idle
24 (24) Central Florida  10-4 Received forfeit over FIU
25 (25) Arkansas  4-2 Idle

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Tuesday, 27 March 2012 03:00    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DI-AA College Top 25, March 19, 2012
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After a week hiatus, the DI-AA rankings return with a lot of movement, as ranked conference rivals and out-of-league foes butted heads the last couple of weeks.



The biggest non-conference meeting was between St. Bonaventure and Bowling Green. The Bonnies could still earn an automatic bid to the Sweet 16 by beating Iona in the Empire Conference championship match April 14, but Bowling Green, which finished second in the Mideast, needed a win to bolster its at-large resume.

St. Bonaventure won 24-13, possibly taking away a second seed from the Mideast. In our rankings, all of the Mideast’s teams fall, staying in their respective order.

The big conference matches featured Florida and LSU, Maryland and Clemson/Virginia Tech and Florida State and Central Florida. Florida, Maryland and UCF all won those games, so they either jump, or stay, in front of the teams they beat.

The Terrapins’ wins make Maryland the odds-on favorite to win the Atlantic Coast, Florida’s victory guarantees the Gators a rematch with LSU in the Southeastern semis, and the win over the Seminoles gives the Golden Knights a spot in the South Independent’s semifinals.

In Northern California, Sacramento State and Santa Clara have improved to 4-1, while Stanford and Chico have dropped to 1-4. So the Broncos and Hornets move up, while the Cardinal and Chico drop from the list.

Arkansas rejoins the Top 25 after back-to-back wins in the Heart of America. The only reason they dropped was a narrow loss to Missouri. The Tigers have jumped up the list by beating the Razorbacks and Kansas in back-to-back big league games. Mizzou fell to DII juggernaut Lindenwood, but the fully varsity Lions are ranked second in DII and would most likely be a top-10 team in DI.

 

1 (1) Davenport  7-0 Was beating Grand Rapids when game was canceled for lightning
2 (2) Dartmouth  7-0 Won 29-25 over Cayman National Team
3 (3) UC Santa Barbara  6-3 Won 29-3 over U. San Diego  
4 (4) Tennessee  7-2 Idle
5 (5) San Diego State  4-1 Idle
7 (7) Florida  11-1 Won 17-14 over LSU
6 (6) LSU  5-3 Lost 17-14 to Florida
8 (8) Northeastern  6-0 Idle
9 (10) Oregon State  6-0 Won 39-0 over Oregon
10 (15) St. Bonaventure  8-1 Won 24-13 over Bowling Green
11 (16) Maryland  4-2 Won 45-40 over Virginia Tech
12 (18) Santa Clara  4-1 Won 44-20 over Chico
13 (19) Sacramento State  4-2 Won 41-24 over Stanford
14 (9) Bowling Green  6-3 Lost 24-13 to St. Bonaventure
15 (11) Miami (OH)  4-2
16 (12) Wisconsin  6-1 Idle until March 23 against Western Illinois
17 (13) Indiana  3-4 On Spring Tour
18 (14) Minnesota  5-1 Idle
19 (17) Texas  6-0 Idle
20 (20) Stony Brook  5-1 Idle
21 (25) Missouri  5-1 Lost 38-8 to Lindenwood
22 (21) Florida State  9-4 Lost 40-13 to Central Florida
23 (22) Clemson  4-2 Won 25-17 over North Carolina
24 (Unr.) Central Florida 9-4 Won 40-13 over Florida State
25 (Unr.) Arkansas 4-2 Won 24-18 over Truman State

Dropped out:
23 (Unr.) Stanford  1-5 Lost 24-41 to Sacramento State
24 (15) Chico State  1-5 Lost 20-44 to Santa Clara

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Tuesday, 06 March 2012 19:52    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DI-AA College Top 25, March 6, 2012
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Men's DI-AA rankings hot off the presses



As suggested in last week’s Top 25, more parity has forced bunching of the Northern California teams, a drastically lopsided win over Idaho has pushed Oregon State up the rankings, and a big road win over Arkansas has seen Missouri join the rankings.

In NorCal, Santa Clara and Sacramento State are higher because they’re both 2-1 in league play. Santa Clara is one notch above Sacramento State because it has the head-to-head win. The same logic was used to slot Stanford over Chico.

The top 7 is unchanged, with Davenport and Dartmouth still not playing this spring and the rest all winning either big or over a quality opponent.

Florida’s defeat of Florida State could have implications on the three at-large bids to be handed out in April. Florida State is on pace to win the South Independent Rugby Conference’s South Division, and is the favorite to win the SIRC’s automatic bid to the Sweet 16, which would only boost Florida’s shot at an at-large bid, should the Gators not win the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference.

Oregon State looks like a real contender this year. Not only are the Beavers routinely pounding the American competition in the Northwest, they’ve beaten the Univ. of British Columbia and Simon Fraser, two usually competitive Canadian sides.

We do not include 40- or 60-minute matches in team’s records below, but St. Bonaventure is 4-0 the last two Saturdays in such matches. That counts for something.

1 (1) Davenport  7-0 Idle
2 (2) Dartmouth  7-0 Idle
3 (3) UC Santa Barbara  4-3 Won 44-3 over Claremont
4 (4) Tennessee  7-2 Won 91-3 over Kentucky
5 (5) San Diego State  3-1 Won 74-7 over USC
6 (7) LSU  5-2 Won 85-0 over Mississippi State
7 (7) Florida  10-1 Won 22-6 over Florida State
8 (9) Northeastern  6-0 Idle
9 (10) Bowling Green  6-2 Idle until March 16 against St. Bonaventure
10 (16) Oregon State  4-0 Won 59-0 over Idaho
11 (11) Miami (OH)  4-2 Idle until March 17 against Scioto Valley
12 (12) Wisconsin  6-1 Idle until March 23 against Western Illinois
13 (13) Indiana  3-4 Idle until March 9 for Savannah/Charleston tour
14 (14) Minnesota  5-1 Idle
15 (17) St. Bonaventure  7-1 Won 34-0 over West Virginia, Shippensburg in shortened matches
16 (18) Maryland  2-2 Idle
17 (19) Texas  4-0 Won 66-0 over Houston
18 (23) Santa Clara  2-1 Won 37-26 over Sacramento State
19 (8) Sacramento State  2-2 Lost 37-26 to Santa Clara
20 (20) Stony Brook  5-1 Idle
21 (21) Florida State  9-3 Lost 22-6 to Florida
22 (24) Clemson  3-1 Idle
23 (Unr.) Stanford  1-3 Won 27-19 over Chico State
24 (15) Chico State  1-3 Lost 27-19 to Stanford
25 (Unr.) Missouri  4-0 Won 26-19 over Arkansas

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 05 March 2012 03:00    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DI-AA College Top 25, Feb. 27, 2012
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Latest DI-AA Rankings. 

Five teams dropped from DI-A to DI-AA over the offseason. (If Cal is made eligible, the Bears would be the sixth). In our preseason Top 25, we had all five in our top 10 and four in our top six. Because of early preseason losses, that changed, with LSU and Tennessee dropping considerably and/or all the way out. However, with a full fall and several weeks of 2012 play in the books, four of the former DI-A teams are back in the top six.

LSU re-enters the top six this week after beating Auburn 50-0. No, that win doesn't come as a surprise, but the Tigers are stringing together some big wins. And, frankly, we believe they and the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference are better than Northeastern and the East Coast Rugby Conference. Florida and Sacramento State also move past Northeastern after wins over Kentucky and Stanford, respectively.

Clemson is the only previously unranked team to join the Top 25 this week. After beating Bowling Green Feb. 19 and eviscerating Georgia Tech, 100-0, Saturday, the Tigers could no longer be ignored. To make room for Clemson, Arkansas was bumped. The Razorbacks haven't played much since the fall, but they get back into league play Saturday with a huge home match against Missouri. The winner will nudge to the front of the Heart of America  and likely into the rankings.

St. Bonaventure and Maryland swap spots after they, and Temple, competed in a three-team festival with Temple in College Park, Md. last weekend. The Bonnies emerged 2-0, and Maryland and Temple finished 0-1-1. The matches were shortened, so it's not fair to put too much weight on them. But Maryland was playing at home, and we can't ignore the results altogether.

Some voices in RUGBYMag.com World Headquarters have been pushing for Oregon State, who beat UBC's seconds earlier this season and just beat Western Washington, to move up, and perhaps for some bunching with the NorCal teams, seeing as they all seem to be winning or losing by razor-thin margins; but we will wait on that. If Santa Clara beats Sac State next week, then maybe. If OSU wins big against Idaho and Sac State or Chico State win big, maybe they get a bump.

(Records only include 80-minute matches against college sides.)

1 (1) Davenport  7-0 Idle

2 (2) Dartmouth  7-0 Idle
3 (3) UC Santa Barbara  3-3 Won 76-6 over USC
4 (4) Tennessee  6-2 Won 56-0 over Alabama
5 (5) San Diego State  2-1 Idle
6 (7) LSU  4-2 Won 50-0 over Auburn
7 (8) Florida  9-1 Won 49-0 over Kentucky
8 (9) Sacramento State  2-1 Won 23-22 over Stanford
9 (6) Northeastern  6-0 Idle
10 (10) Bowling Green  6-2 Idle
11 (11) Miami (OH)  4-2 Idle
12 (12) Wisconsin  6-1 Idle
13 (13) Indiana  3-4 Idle
14 (14) Minnesota  5-1 Idle
15 (15) Chico State 1-2 Won 43-42 over Santa Clara
16 (17) Oregon State  3-0 Won 46-0 over Western Washington
17 (18) St. Bonaventure  7-1 Beat Maryland 20-15 and Temple 45-5 in shortened matches
18 (16) Maryland  2-2 Lost 20-15 to St. Bonaventure, tied Temple 15-15 in shortened matches
19 (19) Texas  3-0 Idle
20 (20) Stony Brook  5-1 Idle
21 (21) Florida State  9-2 Idle
22 (22) Virginia Tech  4-1 Won 31-14 over NC State
23 (23) Santa Clara  1-1 Lost 43-42 to Chico State
24 (Unr.) Clemson  3-1 Won 100-0 over Georgia Tech
25 (24) South Florida  3-1 Idle

Dropped out:
25 (22) Arkansas  1-1 Idle

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 27 February 2012 01:00    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DI-AA College Top 25, Feb. 20, 2012
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Tennessee won huge over South Carolina Saturday, making it easy to bump the Vols over San Diego State. Though the Aztecs scored a big win over U. San Diego, they have an in-league loss. Tennessee does not. Tennessee has also recorded back-to-back road wins, and in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference, there’s a whole lot more road to cover.

Those lopsided games have bumped South Carolina and U. San Diego out of the Top 25 altogether. South Carolina has three wins over Atlantic Coast Rugby League teams but none against a ranked opponent. And the Gamecocks are, for all intents and purposes, eliminated from postseason contention after just three league games.

Florida has rebounded from the Tennessee loss with a 53-point win over Vanderbilt and been moved up. Tennessee’s destruction of South Carolina made the eight-point loss to the Vols look a little better, too.

Sacramento State has jumped into the top 10 with a narrow defeat of Chico State, and Chico enters the rankings after the competitive loss. Chico nearly made the list after losing relatively respectably to St. Mary’s in the preseason. The third NorCal team in the rankings is Santa Clara, who pounded previously-ranked Stanford 38-12.

Bowling Green slides just a few spots after losing to Clemson Sunday. The Falcons did so after beating North Carolina on Saturday, while Clemson’s first side didn’t play Saturday. Additionally, it was the Falcons’ first venture outdoor this spring, and they didn’t take the game until Tuesday. Originally, Ohio State was supposed to travel to Clemson and UNC, but when the Buckeyes opted not to, Bowling Green filled in on short notice.

South Florida is the second team to jump into the Top 25 after a loss this week. The Bulls started the South Independent season with three-straight wins, but we still weren’t convinced. Losing by two to Florida State is a respectable loss.


1 (1) Davenport  7-0 Idle
2 (2) Dartmouth  7-0 Idle
3 (3) UC Santa Barbara  2-3 Idle
4 (6) Tennessee  6-2 Won 71-17 over South Carolina
5 (4) San Diego State  2-1 Won 55 -17 over U. San Diego
6 (5) Northeastern  6-0 Idle
7 (7) LSU  3-2 Idle
8 (9) Florida  8-1 Won 60-7 over Vanderbilt
9 (17) Sacramento State  1-1 Won 32-27 over Chico State
10 (8) Bowling Green  6-2 Won 34-17 over North Carolina, lost 22-18 to Clemson
11 (10) Miami (OH)  4-2 Idle
12 (12) Wisconsin  6-1 Idle
13 (11) Indiana  3-4 Idle
14 (14) Minnesota  5-1 Idle
15 (Unr.) Chico State 0-2 Lost 32-27 to Sacramento State
16 (18) Maryland  2-2 Lost 22-19 to Delaware
17 (19) Oregon State  2-0 Idle
18 (20) St. Bonaventure  7-1 Idle
19 (21) Texas  3-0 Won 17-5 over North Texas
20 (22) Stony Brook  5-1 Idle
21 (23) Florida State  9-2 Won 26-24 over South Florida
22 (24) Virginia Tech  3-1 Won 66-38 over VMI
23 (Unr.) Santa Clara  1-0 Won 38-12 over Stanford
24 (Unr.) South Florida  3-1 Lost 26-24 to Florida State
25 (22) Arkansas  1-1 Beat Arkansas Gryphons (DIII Men)

Dropped out:
15 (13) Stanford  0-4  Lost 38-12 to Santa Clara
16 (14) U. San Diego 3-1  Lost 55-17 to SDSU
13 (10) South Carolina  5-2  Lost 17-71 to Tennessee

 


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