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There was a number of intriguing matches last weekend and our rankings held up. BYU withstood Central Washington for a 58-27 victory and remain atop the rankings despite beating St. Mary's by less than Cal. Cal beat the Gaels 27-14 and both remain at number two and three respectively. Central Washington falls one spot to number six.

Life continues to dominate, beating Davenport 58-10, and remains undefeated but it is too hard to move them ahead of St. Mary's. The Gaels have lost twice but both losses were to BYU and Cal. Davenport drops two spots to number 18.

Navy and Penn State have been back to back for some time now and the two teams did not disappoint over the weekend. Navy edged Penn State 24-20 and remain ahead of the Nittany Lions.

 

 

 

 

Rank3/10/16Recent Results
1BYUBeat CWU 58-27
2 Cal Beat St. Mary's 27-14
3 Saint Mary'sLost to Cal 27-14
4 LifeBeat Davenport 58-10
5LindenwoodIdle
6Central WashingtonLost to BYU 58-27
7Arkansas StateIdle
8IndianaBeat MTSU 64-0
9UtahIdle
10AICIdle
11NavyBeat Penn State 24-20
12Penn StateLost to Navy 24-20
13KutztownIdle
14ArmyBeat Dartmouth 56-5
15UCLAIdle
16Wheeling JesuitIdle
17San Diego StateIdle
18Cal PolyBeat Santa Barbara CC 27-3
19DavenportLost to Life 58-10
20Air ForceIdle
21ArizonaBeat Colorado 56-12
22LSUBeat Texas A&M 32-30
23TennesseeIdle
24ClemsonIdle
25IonaIdle

Comments

See you still got that west coast thing going. Point differentials mean nothing with teams in common. Not sure why we even have championships any more with the Varsity Cup refusing to play for the National Title and Rugby anointing the Varsity Cup participants regardless of point differentials. Not sure why Rugby just does not come out with the season ending rankings now. We all know the only change to the top 4 will be if Life beats St. Mary's in the National Championship, then they will move to number 3 regardless of point differentials with teams in common. It is also why the Varsity Cup Teams will not play for the national Championship, Rugby keeps telling them they do not have to, even though they beat teams by less points than Life does. We will not even get into strength of schedule issues. Love the fair and honest reporting.
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Jo, I know you're a fan of running up scores and risking injuring players solely for point spreads because apparently a win is not good enough... and you seem to think Life is underranked, so here's a history lesson: 2016-BYU & Cal beat SMC, no other games between top 4 teams 2015-SMC beat Life, Cal beat SMC, BYU beat SMC twice 2014-SMC beat Life, SMC beat Cal, BYU beat Cal, BYU 1-1 w/ SMC (point spread-since you care- to BYU) 2013-Life beat SMC, Cal beat SMC, BYU beat Cal 2012-Life lost (I believe) to BYU Summary-In no scenario can Life be above BYU, and looking at present and historical figures, they shouldn't be above Cal or SMC either... Seems pretty fair...? They're a great program though! Keep up the good work, schedule and beat top 3 teams, and they will move up.
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You voted '+1'.
Joe, the members who make up the panel live in New York, North Carolina, Illinois, Arizona and Maryland. Unless I'm mistaken, none of those are on the west coast. Life simply doesn't play anyone ranked higher than them ever, except in the D1A championship game, and they've lost the last two of those, so there's not a lot to support the Running Eagles moving up at the moment. And your thinly veiled repeated references to the D1A as "the national championship" and the Varsity Cup as something lesser is noted and duly ignored.
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This is 2016 and is the new season, teams in common is the measure as is point differential. Nathaniel you must have the same issue with the scores by BYU, CA, St. Mary's etc about running up the score. All of these teams substitute in players and spread the experience in these blow outs, can not help that the other teams are not competitive. Lets see Life plays the 4th ranked team twice, will ultimately pla
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This is 2016 and is the new season, teams in common is the measure as is point differential. Nathaniel you must have the same issue with the scores by BYU, CAL, St. Mary's etc about running up the score. All of these teams substitute in players and spread the experience in these blow outs, can not help that the other teams are not competitive. Lets see Life plays the 4th ranked team twice, plays other ranked teams like Navy, Ark State, etc. And Pat you just proved what a flunky you are to your employer. I never said the Varsity Cup was a lesser Championship. You must have guilt feelings about it. I said it was not the National Championship, it is not, it is the Varsity Cup Championship. The governing body for Rugby in this country is USA Rugby. I take nothing away from the Varsity Cup or Cal or BYU, they are both fine teams, and the Varsity Cup is a invitational league. The point in question is rankings in the spring of 2016, not last year. With all college teams each year bring graduations, etc. and new players , systems , etc occur. I will accept that Rugby and its rankers look at last season to come up with their rankings. You might want to publish that as a disclaimer. I will not be as petty about "duly ignoring" your ranking or articles for public print. Instead I will close with yours in Rugby.
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