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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 Force 27-12. The Bruins had been on a bit of a skid, starting the season 2-4, so a win over Air Force is big for the Bruins' confidence going into the second round.
Navy and Dartmouth played a very close game in the opening round, which sees both teams move up. Dartmouth had slid in the rankings largely because of a lack of activity. The Big Green had been buried in snow so much this spring, they weren't 100-percent sure of their field availability until less than 24 hours before kickoff against Navy. To come so close to beating such a quality side under those conditions warrants an upward move for Dartmouth.
The result heard 'round the nation last week was Clemson's upset of Arkansas State. It was a perfect storm, as Arkansas State has been decimated by injuries and gradutation, and Clemson is a team on the build that had played plenty of good competition in preparation for the match. The Tigers and Red Wolves shuffle around accordingly.
Up near the top, Army holds firm after dropping a 28-point loss to St. Mary's. The Black Knights don't budge, because the team directly behind them, Lindenwood, was also show the door swiftly by Glendale in a friendly. If the Lions travel up to Davenport and get a win this weekend, they may see themselves leap Army.
|4||4||St. Mary's||Beat Army|
|5||5||Central Washington||Beat Arizona State|
|6||6||Army||Lost to St. Mary's|
|7||7||Lindenwood||Lost to Glendale|
|11||15||Clemson||Beat Arkansas State|
|12||22||UCLA||Beat Air Force|
|13||10||Arkansas State||Lost to Clemson|
|14||12||Colorado State||Beat Wyoming|
|17||13||Air Force||Lost to UCLA|
|18||24||Dartmouth||Lost to Navy|
|19||17||Arizona State||Lost to C. Washington|
|23||21||San Diego State|