The blender of DII college playoff rugby has chewed up and spit out several teams over the last two weeks, and just 16 teams are left in tact. The result is a lot of shakeup.
Defending National Champion Minnesota-Duluth remains atop the list, having not had to play for a few weeks. The Fighting Penguins were more impressive than anyone in DII in the regular season, except for arguably UW-... Read More
Two conference 7s champions were crowned on the weekend. In the only East Coast 7s tournament this fall, Dartmouth won the Ivy title. On the left coast, Cal won its third-consecutive PAC 7s championship.
Both teams, the winners of the last four Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, not only went undefeated in their campaigns, they were dominant. Cal conceded just two tries in six games,... Read More
Outside of two results, all of last weekend's games bolstered our rankings. Of those outliers, one caused a bit of confusion and the other sees a new team enter the Top 25.
No. 9 Kutztown played at No. 18 American International College, and the Golden Bears won, 41-27. No. 8 Army played No. 10 Air Force a week prior, and the Black Knights beat the Zoomies by two. And No. 17 Clemson beat No. 25... Read More
It's conference playoff time in DII, and it's nearly national playoff time. For a lot of conferences, the postseason is repetitive, seeing the same results from the regular season played out again for seemingly no reason. In other conferences, the playoffs are actually heated, or they bring together two divisions that didn't paly each other throughout the fall.
At any rate, there have been few... Read More
The fall 7s season is nearly over, with only two tournaments left on the slate. This weekend is the PAC 7s Championship in Berkeley, Calif., and Nov. 22 is Arkansas State's tournament, which should draw some teams who haven't played much 7s yet. The jewel of fall 7s, the Battle in the Bay, has shaped our rankings to date. With a title on Treasure Island, Cal jumps back over UCLA to No. 2.
Arizona... Read More
Phew, that was a lot of action. In the two weeks since our last rankings, there have been plenty of high-profile meetings, and there are more to come in the next few weeks. The biggest winner of the fall so far is Army. After returning from suspension, the Black Knights have picked up where they left off without missing a beat, and an upset of Kutztown sees them shoot up to No. 8.
Another... Read More
7s college rankings, like their 15s counterparts, are difficult due to seasonality. Since only teams on the West Coast are playing 7s right now, we have to balance rewarding recent results with not ignoring those beasts of the east who we know are quality 7s programs, and will be again when they kick back up in the New Year.
The prime example of one of those beasts is Arkansas State. The Red... Read More
While most of the top colleges in the country, the true National Championship contenders, are stand-alones in their conference, there is one conference that has two perennial powerhouses. That leaves us looking at massive wins week after week from top-five teams, except when Towson and Salisbury play.
In the WIIL, UW-Whitewater's closest divisional competitor, UW-Stout, is still 50 points away.... Read More
Games are being played, teams are winning and losing, but there's still little movement in our Top 25. Why? Our ranked teams aren't losing very often, and when they do lose, it's to a team ranked higher than them already. With the ACRC bowl weekend and a few more compelling non-conference games in the coming weeks, there will be plenty of chance for our rankings to prove themselves accurate, or... Read More
Two new teams join the Top 25 this week, and they both hail from south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Louisiana Tech represents the Deep South, and Furman represents the Southern Conference. Both are undefated in league play.
If scores against common opponents mean anything, Furman looks to be closer to UNC-Wilmington than in the recent past, and UNCW has proven itself in the postseason. Louisiana Tech... Read More