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With the fall playoffs right around the corner, the DIAA is becoming clearer. Some divisions have the playoff picture confirmed, while other will be sorted out in the coming weeks. With these playoffs approaching, we will focus on the fall championship.
The Chesapeake has two weeks left in conference play. The top team will receive an automatic bid to the DIAA playoffs and the second and third place teams will meet for at large big after the completion of the regular season.
Mary Washington defeated Virginia Tech 57-10 this weekend to remain undefeated and push the Hokies to two losses. Virginia Tech has two games remaining against Salisbury and Towson, respectively. Both games they should win. Currently Virginia Tech sits in third place and in line for the playoff.
The Mothers will look to continue their winning ways against James Madison next week. The Dukes sit at 5-1 and could still take the top spot. After losing to the Hokies earlier this year, and based on the result between those two teams this week, that seems like a tall task.
Those playoffs have been set for some time. These teams took off this past weekend and will be back it with conference playoffs this week.
The matchups are:
St. Joe’s vs West Chester
Rowan vs West Virginia
The SCRC playoff pictures is pretty much set. Tennessee came away with a convincing win over Alabama 46-27. Unless they Volunteers lose to Mississippi State next week, they have sewn up the second spot in the east.
With the loss, Alabama moves to 2-2 in conference play but still holds on to the second spot in the west. Auburn has a shot to move to 2-2 but an early season loss the Tide prevents them from making the playoffs.
The playoff matchups on November 4-5 will likely be:
Kentucky vs Alabama
Tennessee vs South Carolina
South Carolina defeated Tennessee in a preseason game this year, but every game between the teams is usually close. This year should be no different.
The MAC is broken up into two divisions, the east and the west, with four teams advancing to the playoffs. In the west, Bowling Green went undefeated and Western Michigan took home second place.
Things are more complicated in the east with three teams battling it out for two spots. Cincinnati, Ohio University, Louisville are locked in a three way tussle for two spots. The three teams split with each other during the season and this weekends games will prove to be tiebreakers.
Kentucky had a very strong result against the reigning MAC champions Bowling Green. The Wildcats scored early and often, winning 54-5. Kentucky continues to dominate the SCRC and looks to be a major player in DIAA this year.