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There was a slate of DIA games across the country. All of the favorites won and most of the games were blowouts but things are progressing as we move closer to playoff time.
All of the teams in the PAC took the field this weekend. There were three conference games and Cal took on the University of British Columbia in the first of their yearly home and home series.
Despite trailing by nine at halftime, the Bears scored 17 consecutive second half points to win the game. UBC scored a try at the death but Cal defended its turf with a 39-36 win at Witter Field. Five different Bears scored tries in the victory. The teams will meet again in March at UBC for the second leg.
In conference action, Cal’s second side blasted USC 145-0.
The Arizona, Arizona State rivalry renewed this weekend with the Wildcats walking away with a 69-20 victory. The game was fairly close at halftime 26-13 but Arizona scored points in bunches in the second half. Dante Weeks tallied four tries in the win.
UCLA drew for the second time in consecutive weeks. The Bruins finished 27-27 with Utah. Both teams are going to struggle to get a playoff berth.
Cal currently sits atop the standings at 4-0 while Arizona is right behind at 4-1. UCLA is 2-1-1 and the Utes have several games still in hand at 0-1-1.
There was only one conference game in action this weekend. UC-Davis bested Santa Clara 43-10 to move to 3-1.
St. Mary’s took on the Glendale Merlins, the DI club team out of Colorado. The Gaels handled them 51-12.
St. Mary’s is 3-0 and leading the conference. Davis moves into second place in the division but San Diego State has a game in hand on the Aggies and defeated Davis earlier this year. Cal Poly has a number of games to make up in this conference but for now it is a three team race.
The Red River featured two games this weekend with LSU and Texas A&M coming out on top. The Tigers took down Texas 60-29 while A&M defeated Houston 44-10.
The Red River is broken down into two divisions north and south with the winners of each playing at Austin Elite’s facility on April 7 for a berth to the DIA playoffs. Currently Baylor is in control in the north with a 4-1 record. A loss to Oklahoma a few weeks ago should do little to stop Baylor from reaching the final.
The south is a little more complicated. LSU’s win over Texas effectively eliminates the Longhorns from the playoff. Texas falls to 3-2 with the loss and are behind both LSU and A&M. LSU is 4-0 with the win and A&M is 4-1. The teams will meet next weekend for all the marbles.
Both Life and Lindenwood cruised in conference action. Life defeated Davenport 69-24 while Lindenwood blanked Clemson 39-0. Davenport put the most points on Life this year but were unable to stop the dynamic Life attack.
The Running Eagles are 4-0 with Lindenwood on their heels at 3-1. The teams will meet again in Missouri on March 24. Davenport and Arkansas State both sit at 1-2 in conference action.
There were two independent games slated for the weekend. However, Utah Valley and BYU was cancelled due to unplayable conditions. That left only Navy against DIAA Mary Washington. The Mothers kept Navy close for the entire game but ultimately fell to the highly ranked Midshipmen 25-7.