Men D1 College Games And Picks

Wisconsin Manages Changes, Has Big Goals

OK now we're cooking; the men's college season is up to temperature with most of the fall-centric conferences in action.

There are some interesting storylines this week. 

The Badgers

You can't accuse Wisconsin of taking it easy in the preseason. The Badgers played Lindenwood-Belleville (and lost) and now hot Iowa Central Community College, a varsity program that has upended teams before. This is brave scheduling by the Madison coaches, and while losing could hurt the team in the rankings, it's all about preparing for the Big Ten season.

The Yellow Jackets

Last weekend was Rob Guiry's last game as head coach of American International. Former standout Corey Momsen is the interim head coach while the program looks for a replacement. Guiry has moved to Connecticut as his girlfriend has a new job. Guiry did a superb job given that he was expecting to be Josh Macy's assistant (and was) only to see Macy move to Lindenwood.

Though all of this, the AIC players, now in D1A in the Liberty Conference, have to take control of their own destiny. They are fortunate to have Nic Franklyn, one of the better leaders in college rugby, as their captain.

Navy

It's a new Naval Academy era with Scholz Award winner Connor McNerney now an assistant coach while he awaits his turn to try out at the Special Warfare Command in Coronado, CA (Navy SEAL). Last week, Navy shut out St. Bonaventure and head coach Gavin Hickie said he was pleased with the defensive effort, but added that this week's clash with Iona will be a difficult one.

"They will be really physical and defend really well, so we have to be better on attack," said Hickie.

The Notre Dames

Notre Dame College is at Penn State in a Rugby East opener that could be one of the conference deciders. The University of Notre Dame is now in D1A and hosting Davenport will be a good, and stern, test for the Fighting Irish. 

Here are our picks:


DateAwayatHomeConferenceFloRugby Pick
9/14GeorgetownatTowsonChesapeakeTown by 9
9/14FordhamatStony BrookLibertyFordham by 22
9/14ArmyatSt. BonaventureRugby EastArmy by 30
9/14DavenportatU. Notre DameNon-Conf.Davenport by 6
9/15PittsburghatIndiana (PA)MARC Pitt by 13
9/15RowanatSt. Joseph'sMARC St. Joe's by 17
9/15TempleatWest VirginiaMARC Temple by 3
9/15James MadisonatMary WashingtonChesapeakeUMW by 15
9/15MarylandatSalisburyChesapeakeMaryland by 12
9/15Kennesaw StateatAlabamaSCRCAlabama by 8
9/15TennesseeatMiddle Tennessee StateSCRCTennessee by 16
9/15MinnesotaatMichiganBig 10Michigan by 17
9/15PurdueatOhio StateBig 10Ohio State by 52
9/15BinghamtonatColgateLibertyBinghamton by 11
9/15RutgersatAmerican InternationalLibertyAIC by 19
9/15AlbanyatBrockportLibertyBrockport by 7
9/15SyracuseatOswego StateLibertySyracuse by 5
9/15NortheasternatRhode IslandLibertyPick 'em
9/15FairfieldatUMassLibertyUMass by 5
9/15UConnatTuftsLibertyUConn by 12
9/15ArmyatBuffaloRugby EastArmy by 30
9/15Notre Dame CollegeatPenn StateRugby EastPenn State by 11
9/15CortlandatSt. BonaventureNon-Conf.Bonnies by 10
9/15Air ForceatColorado StateRocky MountainAir Force by 3
9/15ColoradoatNew MexicoRocky MountainColorado by 28
9/15NavyatIonaNon-Conf.Navy by 4
9/15Mississippi StateatArkansas StateNon-Conf.Arkansas State by 42
9/15IndianaatWestern MichiganNon-Conf.Indiana by 15
9/15Iowa Central CCatWisconsinNon-Conf.Pick 'em
9/15LouisvilleatMiamiMACLouisville by 8
9/15Bowling GreenatOhioMACBGSU by 17

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