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The DIAA fall competition is coming into the home stretch, with the Chesapeake, SCRC, MARC and MAC getting ready for conference playoffs. Meanwhile, the Ivy and some of the other spring DIAA conferences are starting to unfold.
The two remaining undefeated teams met in the Ivy League this weekend and the matchup went the way of Dartmouth. The Big Green held Yale without a try, earning a solid 67-3 win to take sole possession of first place.
“Yale is a much improved team. Coach McWilliams has done a great job in a short amount of time. Our guys prepared well and executed our game plan extremely well,” said Dartmouth coach James Willocks.
Both Brown and Harvard also picked up double digit victories to keep pace with Dartmouth.
The Chesapeake Conference continues to reveal surprises every week and this time Towson provided the shocking result. The former DII powerhouse edged Mt. St. Mary’s 27-22 in a close contest. This game really muddled the playoff picture.
The top team in the conference receives an automatic bid to the playoffs while the second and third teams will play a winner take all game for an at large bid.
The win for Towson gives them an outside shot at the conference play in. For Mt. St. Mary’s, the loss will make things a little more difficult to make that game. Towson sits at 2-3 and will need to run the table and most likely get some help. Mt. St. Mary’s will now most likely need to pick up wins against James Madison and Mary Washington in the coming weeks.
James Madison and Virginia Tech both moved to 3-1 with convincing wins. The Hokies dominated rival Virginia 52-7 and the Dukes dominated Maryland 40-15. Both teams are projected to be in the play in game, which would be a rematch of a game the Hokies won 19-18 earlier this year.
Mary Washington remains atop the conference and is in prime position to earn the top spot. However, the Mothers will take on Virginia Tech and James Madison in consecutive weeks. Both teams will have a shot to take over the top spot by beating Mary Washington.
The SCRC only featured two games this weekend and both were blowouts. Tennessee walloped Old Miss 53-17 while Alabama beat in state rivals Auburn 37-3.
Neither game really affected the standings in either the east or western divisions. Both teams remain in second in their respective divisions. With three weeks of games left to play, and barring a major upset, the playoff picture looks pretty much set.
The top two from each division move on to the SCRC conference playoffs. It looks like Kentucky will battle Alabama and Tennessee will take on South Carolina.
Rowan wrapped up the Eastern Division with an emphatic 77-19 win over Villanova. The New Jersey school will await the second place team from the West. West Chester and Temple will, who are both 1-1 and will square off for a berth to the MARC playoffs.
In the West, St. Joe’s, barring a surprising loss to IUP will take home the top spot. West Virginia defeated IUP 34-23 this past weekend. The Mountaineers will face off with Pitt next weekend to determine who will get second in the division and take on Rowan.
There were two games in the MAC this weekend. Cincinnati came away victorious over Louisville 28-22 final while the result between Central Michigan and Northern Illinois is still outstanding.
Middle Tennessee State opened conference play with an emphatic 61-0 win over Memphis. MTSU is looking to avenge an early post-season exit from last year. The Tigers lost to Central Florida in the first round of the playoffs last year and made sure to get out of the gate strong this season.
“We had a good day overall but we’ll watch the video to find our areas where we need to get better. This was our first 15s game this year with most of our starters in the lineup so I was happy with the performance,” said MTSU coach Jody Hensley.
Central Florida started this year with a loss to FIU 34-19. In other action, Kennesaw State dislodged Georgia Southern, USF took a forfeit from North Florida and defending conference champions Florida State defeated Florida Atlantic.