DI Rankings 5/11/16
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The final installment of the rankings are out and we have some movement at the top. After the three respective championships were played this past weekend, there is some more clarity yet more ambiguity.
Cal shocked BYU on BYU's campus to win the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup. The win snapped the Cougars two year unbeaten streak and was the first lost BYU ever suffered on South Field. Cal earned its way to the top of the rankings.
It gets complicated at number two, however, because Life managed to defeat St. Mary's in Moraga. The Running Eagles finished off an undefeated season with the DIA National Championship victory. Since the DIA champs did not face off with the Varsity Cup finalists, it is tough to gauge. Nevertheless, Rugby Today determined that BYU had a better resume than Life and remains at number two while Life remains third.
By virtue of the fact that Central Washington nearly knocked Cal out of the Varsity Cup, the Wildcats come in at number four. St. Mary's, who came up just short in the DIA final to Life, finishes fifth. The Gaels had close losses to BYU, Cal, and Life, earning a top five spot for a successful season with a tough schedule.
Although the top of the rankings saw most of the clarification, UC Davis is the biggest mover this week. The Aggies won their second consecutive DIAA National Championship over Notre Dame College. Davis moves up to 17th slotting in front of fellow DIAA competitors NDC and AIC.
|1||Cal||Beat BYU 40-29|
|2||BYU||Lot to Cal 40-29|
|3||Life||Beat St. Mary's 24-20|
|5||St. Mary's||Lost to Life 24-20|
|17||UC-Davis||Beat Notre Dame College 17-13|
|18||NDC||Lost to UC-Davis 17-13|
|23||San Diego State||Idle|