We've already made it plain that this is a pretty exciting weekend for D1A college rugby, and so it is.
We've got two top-10 meetings LIVE on FloRugby, plus plenty of other interesting matchups.
Defending D1A champion Life University takes on top-10 Arkansas State University.
Saint Mary's, 2017 D1A Champion, take on Top-10 rival BYU in Moraga.
There's also the matter of the Arizona-Arizona State clash. ASU has been looking fairly improved of late, but the Wildcats are very solid, coming off a strong outing against Grand Canyon.
"We've been improving on our defense, and defense has been a big part of what we've been working on," said Arizona head coach Sean Duffy. "Arizona State is always an important game for us and we're not quite sure what we're going to see."
The Red River games are all interesting, but won't have any effect on the major standings as Oklahoma and Texas A&M have clinched spots in the final.
Cal hosts Cal Poly and is heavily favored. Why? In seven 15s games this year (some shortened), Cal is 7-0 (not a surprise) and averaging 81 points per game (maybe a little surprising). Even more impressive, the Bears have given up six points, and no tries.
After snow canceled last week's game against BYU, Central Washington hosts a very tough Utah State game. This game actually has a huge effect on whether either (or both) of these teams make the D1A playoffs, and where they might be seeded.
CWU head coach Todd Thornley praised his team's attitude despite the disruption to the schedule, and added they "are excited to compete against someone other than themselves. We are looking forward to taking Utah state on up front and putting in a good performance."
The tightest game aside from the two on FloRugby will likely be UC Davis at San Diego State. We've picked SD State simply because the Aztecs are at home. This is another game that has D1A rankings and playoff implications.
Here are the games, and our picks:
|Arizona||at||Arizona State||Arizona by 21|
|Santa Clara||at||Grand Canyon||GCU by 12|
|Arkansas State||at||Life||Life by 13|
|UC Davis||at||San Diego State||SD State by 4|
|Utah State||at||Central Washington||CWU by 20|
|Clemson||at||Lindenwood||Lindenwood by a lot|
|Texas Tech||at||Arkansas||Arkansas by 30|
|Texas||at||Baylor||Baylor by 35|
|Texas A&M||at||LSU||A&M by 12|
|North Texas||at||Oklahoma||Oklahoma by 15|
|Cal Poly||at||California||Cal by 50|
|BYU||at||Saint Mary's||Saint Mary's by 5|