Body of work. That's the key component to figuring the final rankings in a fractured college 7s landscape. Doing well at one tournament is good, winning a tournament is better, and winning multiple tournaments is great. Of course, the quality of competition at a tournament is important, but the last tournaments of the season, the championships, are not necessarily the end-all, be-all.
Take the... Read More
Just two tournaments remain in the college 7s season, USA Rugby's College 7s National Championships May 23-24 in Denver and the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship May 30-31 in Philadelphia. While we haven't posted 7s rankings in a month, there have been just a couple weekends' worth of major tournaments in that time, but they've shaken up the rankings.
Alabama, Arkansas, Miami (OH) and ... Read More
The college 15s season is done and dusted, with no more games left to help sort the final rankings. The top four is easy, below that, it gets a little tougher. BYU beat Cal and St. Mary's. Cal beat St. Mary's. St. Mary's beat Life. There's your inarguable top four.
No. five could be Central Washington or Davenport. Tough one to pick since they didn't play each other or have any common opponents,... Read More
It's really the height of the college 7s season at the moment, with upwards of 10 tournaments taking place in a given week. The spring season has a few crescendos, the upcoming weekend being one of them with seven DI conferences crowning 7s champions.
Last weekend saw seven tournaments of mostly DI competition, and with that comes some changes in our Top 25. For a few already highly ranked teams... Read More
Playoff time is upon us pretty much across the board, so highly ranked teams will be playing one another for the next few weeks. The chalk held in most of those matches through the weekend.
The top six remains unchanged for the eighth week in a row, with BYU beating UCLA, Cal clobbering Texas, St. Mary's punishing Santa Clara and Central Washington edging Utah. Life and Army were dormant. ... Read More
It's playoff time, and the cream is rising. The Central Washington Wildcats might be the creamiest of teams at the moment, having throttled Arizona State 72-10 in the opening round of the Varsity Cup. The result vindicates the high ranking CWU has enjoyed all season, despite playing little collegiate competition of note.
UCLA also enjoyed a big weekend in its Varsity Cup opener, beating Air... Read More
While there is plenty of 7s action throughout the eastern half of the country right about now, a lot of the top teams aren't necessarily running up against each other on a weekly basis. One high-profile match did occur at the final of Kutztown's tournament, which the host Golden Bears won convincingly over AIC.
Kutztown has been on a terror since a relatively disappointing showing at the the Las... Read More
It's long been this ranking's stance to avoid movement for the sake of movement. You won't see teams "tied" in our rankings, you won't see us "shake things up" just for the sake of doing it, and you won't see us include more than 25 teams in our list. We're going to give you a subjective version of our Top 25 and provide sound reasonsing for it.
This week is an example of one where there are no... Read More
Cal and Life recorded big wins on the weekend, the Golden Bears avenging their earlier loss to UBC and the Running Eagles winning yet another close one. But neither really rock the rankings, and there were no upsets. In fact, there wasn't a lot of action overall, as several colleges are on spring break.
We do make one move, bumping Lindenwood ahead of Utah. The Lions have played one of the blue... Read More
The spring 7s season is a few weeks old now, and the results have shaped our Top 25. These are the first rankings since the post LVI reshuffle, with five more tournaments having been played.
In a couple of instances, traditionally strong teams rebounded from poor performances at the LVI. Dartmouth did so winning the Empire Series' opening tournament at Stony Brook, beating Kutztown in the... Read More