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Pool E is one of the more balanced pools in the Penn Mutual CRC. UCLA, Arkansas State, Virginia Tech and Delaware make up this group.
Ever since UCLA joined the tournament in 2013, the Bruins have been a top contender. UCLA finished third in 2013 and 2014 and made its way to the finals in 2016 before falling to Cal.
The Bruins made the cup quarterfinals last year but fell to Indiana in the first game on Sunday. The Bruins are fast and technical and will be looking to make another splash in 2018.
Arkansas State will give the Bruins a run for their money. The Red Wolves qualified for the CRC via Las Vegas in 2015 and have been in the tournament since. Each year, the Red Wolves have reached the cup quarterfinals but have yet to reach the semifinals. ASU fell to Arizona in 2015, Cal in 2016, and Life last year.
Virginia Tech will look to have another marquis upset this year. Every year, the Hokies are in every single game and sometimes shock people but it is consistency that plagues them. In 2015, the Hokies nearly upset Cal, taking them to the brink. Virginia Tech failed to reach the cup rounds because of a tie with Boston College.
In 2016, the Hokies missed out on the cup rounds despite going 2-1. With an upset over Life, VT finished pool play at 2-1 but a three-way tie saw them miss out on the cup.
The Hokies struggled last year, going 0-1-2 on day one. They beat Tennessee on day two but lost in the bowl semis to South Carolina. Virginia Tech has never reached the cup and their best finish is currently 11th.
After finishing fifth in 2012 and ninth in 2013, Delaware missed out on the CRC to off the field issues. Two years ago, Delaware made its way back to the field and earned its way to the CRC by winning the Challenge Cup.
Last year, the Hens struggled in a tough pool, going winless. During the spring of this season, Delaware finished middle of the road in the Liberty Conference 7s.
This pool might yield two teams to the cup rounds but it will all depend on point differentials.