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Though it's pretty boring one-through-eleven, there have been some interesting results involving teams further down the rankings, and plenty of eye-openers just outside the Top 25.
The highest match between ranked teams on the weekend featured Penn State and Army. The Nittany Lions were a couple of spots higher going into it, but a four-point win pushes the Black Knights ahead of PSU. In getting there, Army leapfrogs Dartmouth. The Big Green are having another typically sparkling season so far, but they don't have a win as nice as Army's just yet, and I think both Rugby East teams are a half step ahead of the perennial Ivy Champs.
The other ranked clash featured No. 15 Davenport beating then No. 18 Bowling Green 37-26. The Panthers were impressive in that game, having built a 37-point lead with top flyhalf Brady Gent on the sideline and all-everything flyhalf/fullback JP Eloff playing a precautionary 15 minutes. Davenport doesn't rocket up the list with the win, thought they would with a defeat of No. 5 Arkansas State next month, but the Falcons do fall a few spots.
American International College and Clemson surpass Bowling Green, as both have displayed their dominance in the early conference season. It's a shame AIC's clash with Army earlier this month was canceled due to weather, as it would have give the up-and-coming program a chance to get a highly coveted scalp. The Yellow Jackets' next chance to take down a highly ranked opponent is Nov. 8 when Kutztown visits Springfield, Mass.
That same date is circled for Clemson, too, as it marks the Tigers' meeting with conference rival Maryland. The Tigers and Terrapins have combined to win three of the Atlantic Coast's four titles, and they certainly look like the favorites to win again this year. The Terps are one of a few teams knocking on the rankings door rather loudly after slaughtering NC State 77-0 in their league opener.
LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Air Force, Oklahoma and Wheeling Jesuit are other teams making bids to crack the Top 25, but none have a win as impressive as Colorado State, which clobbered rival Colorado 57-0 on the weekend. The Rams and Buffs usually play much closer, but Saturday's result has to have the rest of the West's attention.
Dropping out of the Top 25 to make room for the Rams is back-to-back DI-AA National Champion Central Florida. The Knights had a phenomenal two-year run, but a very big graduating class may have left the cupboard bare in Orlando. The first indication of that possibility was an upset of UCF by Florida International in Florida Cup action on the weekend. Several colleges in the state play for a cup in the fall, and then play their real conference seasons in the spring, so these games don't preclude UCF from three-peating, but a loss to FIU is alarming at any rate.
|5||5||Arkansas State||Beat Florida State|
|12||14||Army||Beat Penn State|
|13||12||Penn State||Lost to Army|
|15||15||Davenport||Beat Bowling Green|
|20||18||Bowling Green||Lost to Davenport|
|25||Unr.||Colorado State||Beat Colorado|
|Central Florida||Lost to Florida International|