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The DIAA fall post season is almost upon us. A number of conferences are finishing up play and a few start conference playoffs next weekend.
Dartmouth won the battle of undefeated teams by shutting out Brown 44-0. The Big Green take the number one seed in the conference playoffs and Brown takes number two. Yale and Harvard played for third place and Yale edged the Crimson 31-15.
Harvard is the odd man out in terms of playoffs. The North division gets three playoff spots based on competitive balance. The south, which gets one bid, was a battle between Penn and Princeton. Penn defeated the Tigers 19-14 to finish 2-2 and win the division.
It appears, however, that Dartmouth is planning to forgo the USA Rugby playoffs due to conflicts with final exams. It is not clear whether a team will replace Dartmouth should the Big Green win out.
Mary Washington had its toughest test of the season so far but ultimately beat Virginia Tech 22-12. The Mothers have all but locked up the top spot.
The second and third place teams in the conference will play a playoff to determine the second team to head to nationals. Currently, Mount St. Mary’s and Virginia Tech hold the spots. The Hokies, however, have finished their conference schedule and are 4-3. The Mount is 4-2 but has Mary Washington left on the schedule. Salisbury is 4-2 and James Madison is 3-2. The teams will meet next weekend and the winner will in all likelihood get the second spot. There is an outside shot both teams could leapfrog and make it to the playoffs.
The playoffs are all set in the SCRC. Kentucky won the Blue division at 4-0 and Tennessee takes the second spot at 3-1. In the White division, Alabama finished 4-0 while South Carolina finished at 3-1.
The semifinals next weekend will be Kentucky vs South Carolina and Alabama vs Tennessee. The finals will follow on Sunday.
St. Joe’s officially won the MARC at 6-0. A rematch with West Chester will determine the conference championship tomorrow.
Bowling Green hammered Miami of Ohio 70-3 and Louisville bested Dayton 61-0. The conference finals will be between Western Michigan and Bowling Green on November 10.