With the bulk of action done for the fall semester in DI, there is little movement in the Top 25, though the American Collegiate Rugby Championship bowls did cause some shakeup.
For its win over Bowling Green, American International College moves up one slot over Dartmouth. Clemson is rewarded for its big win over rival South Carolina by jumping Utah, and the Gamecocks fall from the rankings... Read More
There was little action in DI over the weekend, as several teams ramp up for the ACRC Bowl Series. However, with teams in the Northwest kicking off and the SCRC playoffs, there was enough to warrant movement.
The results that garnered no changes were Central Washington beating Washington State in the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference opener and Penn State drubbing Iona in the Rugby East... Read More
The blender of DII college playoff rugby has chewed up and spit out several teams over the last two weeks, and just 16 teams are left in tact. The result is a lot of shakeup.
Defending National Champion Minnesota-Duluth remains atop the list, having not had to play for a few weeks. The Fighting Penguins were more impressive than anyone in DII in the regular season, except for arguably UW-... Read More
Two conference 7s champions were crowned on the weekend. In the only East Coast 7s tournament this fall, Dartmouth won the Ivy title. On the left coast, Cal won its third-consecutive PAC 7s championship.
Both teams, the winners of the last four Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, not only went undefeated in their campaigns, they were dominant. Cal conceded just two tries in six games,... Read More
Outside of two results, all of last weekend's games bolstered our rankings. Of those outliers, one caused a bit of confusion and the other sees a new team enter the Top 25.
No. 9 Kutztown played at No. 18 American International College, and the Golden Bears won, 41-27. No. 8 Army played No. 10 Air Force a week prior, and the Black Knights beat the Zoomies by two. And No. 17 Clemson beat No. 25... Read More
It's conference playoff time in DII, and it's nearly national playoff time. For a lot of conferences, the postseason is repetitive, seeing the same results from the regular season played out again for seemingly no reason. In other conferences, the playoffs are actually heated, or they bring together two divisions that didn't paly each other throughout the fall.
At any rate, there have been few... Read More
The fall 7s season is nearly over, with only two tournaments left on the slate. This weekend is the PAC 7s Championship in Berkeley, Calif., and Nov. 22 is Arkansas State's tournament, which should draw some teams who haven't played much 7s yet. The jewel of fall 7s, the Battle in the Bay, has shaped our rankings to date. With a title on Treasure Island, Cal jumps back over UCLA to No. 2.
Arizona... Read More
Phew, that was a lot of action. In the two weeks since our last rankings, there have been plenty of high-profile meetings, and there are more to come in the next few weeks. The biggest winner of the fall so far is Army. After returning from suspension, the Black Knights have picked up where they left off without missing a beat, and an upset of Kutztown sees them shoot up to No. 8.
Another... Read More
7s college rankings, like their 15s counterparts, are difficult due to seasonality. Since only teams on the West Coast are playing 7s right now, we have to balance rewarding recent results with not ignoring those beasts of the east who we know are quality 7s programs, and will be again when they kick back up in the New Year.
The prime example of one of those beasts is Arkansas State. The Red... Read More
While most of the top colleges in the country, the true National Championship contenders, are stand-alones in their conference, there is one conference that has two perennial powerhouses. That leaves us looking at massive wins week after week from top-five teams, except when Towson and Salisbury play.
In the WIIL, UW-Whitewater's closest divisional competitor, UW-Stout, is still 50 points away.... Read More