The D1A college games went as expected this week, and maybe that's not such a good thing as the gap between the top teams and the rest appears to be growing.
FloRugby was relatively accurate on picking winners—out of 11 games played we picked the winner in ten of them—but the winning margins were not as easy. We expected Grand Canyon vs Santa Clara to be close; it wasn't. We expected BYU to be within a try of Saint Mary's; they weren't.
However, we picked Life to beat Arkansas State by 13 and the margin was 12, which isn't too bad.
Here's how it all panned out:
Here are the games, and our picks:
|Arizona||78-9||Arizona State||Arizona by 21|
|Santa Clara||3-78||Grand Canyon||GCU by 12|
|Arkansas State||15-27||Life||Life by 13|
|UC Davis||32-12||San Diego State||SD State by 4|
|Utah State||0-113||Central Washington||CWU by 20|
|Clemson||3-68||Lindenwood||Lindenwood by a lot|
|Texas Tech||8-91||Arkansas||Arkansas by 30|
|Texas||5-80||Baylor||Baylor by 35|
|Texas A&M||43-8||LSU||A&M by 12|
|Cal Poly||5-138||California||Cal by 50|
|BYU||12-34||Saint Mary's||Saint Mary's by 5|
Some games to notice:
Arizona joined Cal and UCLA at 1-0 in the PAC Conference. Center Lucas Bartzis scored two tries to make it eight in the last three games.
Grand Canyon got three tries each from flanker Ronald Sallee and wing Hayden Hill in a fairly comprehensive win over Santa Clara. GCU is 3-0, as is Saint Mary's, in the California Conference. San Diego State's loss to UC Davis dealt the Aztecs' playoff hopes a blow.
Cal Poly became the first team this season to score a try in 15s against Cal ... and the Mustangs lost by 133. Six of the 11 games produced scores of over 75 points with two over 100.