FloRugby All D1 College Rankings: What To Do About An Upset

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How do you punish an upset? Do you make the assumption that the losing team selected down and didn't have its top players? Or do you immediately assume that both squads had their best lineup and punish the loser.

Or do you just promote the winner? It's the big question when it comes to rankings. This past week, Iowa Central Community College, a varsity lower-division team, beat Lindenwood-Belleville. Should that result move Iowa CCC into the rankings? No, of course not. The Tritons are not even in D1. Should we drop L-B out because of that game? No, the Lynx rested some players, and this was a non-conference game.

But... Lindenwood-Belleville should have won regardless, and so the Lynx get dinged a little bit.

Then there's the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who beat No. 12 Davenport 36-24. Did the Panthers have some injuries? Yeah, maybe, but that's rugby. You've got to have depth as well as quality.

However, we didn't reward Notre Dame by moving the Irish up to No. 12, because they have also lost to Ohio State, Lindenwood-Belleville, and Indiana. Those are all tough teams, but they were losses. After Notre Dame fell 19-18 to Ohio State, it would seem the Irish deserve to be closer to No. 20, where the Buckeyes are currently ranked. Maybe, but we're moving L-B down, so Notre Dame stays behind the Lynx.

However, the Irish are now in the top 50, and Davenport gets smacked down to No. 18 pending a chance to redeem itself.

So we were conservative with the effects of these upsets, but there was some movement there anyway.

And One More

We couldn't decide between Louisville and Ohio, and so they're tied at No. 50.

FloRugby 2017-18 DI Men College Rankings Week #7





11Saint Mary'sIdle until December
22LifeIdle until November
33BYUIdle until January
44CaliforniaIdle until January
55Penn StateBeat Wheeling Jesuit
66Arkansas StateIdle
99Notre Dame CollegeBeat AIC (35)
1011ArmyBeat Iona (15)
1110NavyBeat Dartmouth (23)
1213Utah ValleyIdle
1314KutztownBeat Delaware
1415IonaLost to Amy (11)
1516UtahBeat New Mexico
1617Central WashingtonIdle until January
1718San Diego StateIdle until January
1812DavenportLost to U. Notre Dame
1919WisconsinBeat Iowa
2020Ohio StateBeat Illinois
2121ArizonaBeat Grand Canyon (27)
2222Colorado StateBeat Colorado
2323DartmouthLost to Navy (10)
2424UC-DavisIdle until January
2627Grand CanyonLost to Arizona (21)
2728Chico StateIdle until January
2930Air ForceIdle
3037Bowling GreenGame canceled
3225Lindenwood-BellevilleLost to Iowa Central CC
3231Western MichiganIdle
3433KentuckyBeat Georgia
3635AICLost to NDC (9)
37UnrUniv. Notre DameBeat Davenport (12)
3836South CarolinaBeat Mississippi State
3938Western Washington7s
4039UCLAIdle until January
4241Mary WashingtonIdle
4342Texas A&M7s
4443Cal PolyIdle until January
4648SUNY CortlandBeat Colgate
4745CincinnatiLost to Ohio 37-36
4949Virginia TechBeat Maryland
50tUnrOhioBeat Cincinnati (45) 37-36

7s Eagles Take Coaching Roles At San Diego State While On Rehab

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Injured but not idle, recovering USA sevens players Zack Test and Brett Thompson spent part of their fall coaching the San Diego State sevens team.

Division Debates Part IV: Seasonal Stuff We Can't Change

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After NBC and United World Sports parted ways on broadcasting the Collegiate Rugby Championship Sevens Invitational, people started speculating that the CRC might be history.

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Bracket Watch: If The D1A Playoffs Started Tomorrow

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At the halfway mark of the 2017-18 college season, a bunch of D1A teams are in playoff limbo — and it's not the good kind.

McWilliams Lauds Leadership Of Eagles Players

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The USA men's 15s team is still waiting for its new head coach to join the fold, but leadership isn't an issue for the Eagles in the interim, according to one of the squad's assistants.

The Division Debate Part III: Is D1A Doing Its Job?

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In Part III of our series on the structure of men's college rugby, we're taking a look at whether D1A is serving its purpose.

FloRugby To Live-Stream Life University Home Games

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FloRugby has reached an agreement with Life University to live-stream a series of men’s and women’s undergraduate rugby team games for this winter and spring.

Still Many Changes To Expect In D1AA Rankings

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We've got a fall champion in D1AA and currently that team, Mary Washington, is the new No. 1 in FloRugby's Men's D1AA rankings.

New Zealand Wins Cape Town, USA Finishes 6th

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New Zealand defeated Argentina 38-14 on Sunday to take the Cup Final at the Cape Town Sevens and shoot to first place in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings, while the USA left the series' second leg with a lot more to be happy about than when it arrived in Cape Town.

USA Does A 180 To Go 3-0 In Cape Town

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The USA men's sevens team produced a massive turnaround to open the Cape Town Sevens on Saturday and will look to get a top four finish, or better, on day two.