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College rugby is about to get under way this weekend with a handful of games so it is about time Rugby Today comes out with its first set of DI rankings. As a reminder, Rugby Today ranks the top 25 DI teams regardless of whether they play in DIA or DIAA and regardless of whether they play a majority of their schedule in the fall or the spring. 

The ranking committee consists of four DI college coaches from various parts of the country, and the Rugby Today staff. The official rankings are the aggregate results of all members’ top 25 submissions.

With that being said, here is the first crack at a top 25 with the limited knowledge we have.

Although St. Mary’s finished atop the rankings last season, Cal slides in at number one to start this season. The Gaels lost nearly their entire back line to graduation, including stalwarts Holden Yungert and Dylan Audsley. We expect the Gael’s to reload but for now they slot in at number two.

Cal returns to the top spot thanks to their depth and impact play from a number of freshman, but have also lost several key starters to graduation. Anthony Salaber and Russell Webb depart the program after five years and their leadership presence and overall skill will be a tough void to fill. The play, however, from freshmen Sam Cusano and Keanu Andrade show us the depth that a program like Cal builds. No doubt the Bears will have some players waiting in the wings.

BYU comes in at number three thanks in large part to not losing many to graduation. The Cougars will be a very senior heavy team this year with Matt Jensen and the Whippy brothers leading the fray. The Cougars could very easily make their way back to number one this year.

Life University slots in at number four. The Running Eagles lost six players to graduation including Cody Melphy and Harley Davidson. The back line tandem will be hard to replace but Life has one of the best training and development programs in the country. They will continue to be a force.

Lindenwood, Arkansas State and Indiana slot in the next three spots, respectively. All three teams had strong seasons last year and had plenty of underclassmen depth. 

Penn State, Army and Central Washington round out the top 10 based on the results from last year. Central Washington will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing finish to last season.

The rest of the teams are a little harder to filter and after several weeks of games we should have a better idea of where are rankings stand. 

Rank8/31/17
1Cal
2St. Mary's
3BYU
4Life
5Lindenwood
6Arkansas State
7Indiana
8Penn State
9Army
10Central Washington
11San Diego State
12Navy
13Notre Dame College
14Utah
15Davenport
16Arizona
17Kutztown
18AIC
19Clemson
20UC-Davis
21Dartmouth
22Air Force
23Grand Canyon
24Colorado State
25Utah Valley