D1A College Rankings
Spring D1A Rankings Week 7
Can a tie move someone up? This one quite possibly could.
A few teams at the top of the rankings surprised us, which takes some doing.
After Glendale Academy beat BYU earlier this year, we figured that maybe Saint Mary's might also be on the losing end. Nope, not even a little bit. Sure it was close for a while, but ultimately Gael Force (we just coined that, how do you like it?) blew through for a 58-12 win. A surprise.
Cal played UBC and we made no bones about it. We thought the Thunderbirds were going to win, just as they had when sweeping a pretty strong Bears team in 2017. Nope, not at all. It was close, to be sure, but Cal won 39-36. That's an impressive showing and a surprise.
Lindenwood is a good team and better than Clemson, so we figured the Lions would win but the Tigers would get a scratch or two in. Not so much. Yes, Clemson played hard all evening, but Lindenwood shut Clemson out 39-0. A surprise.
The only surprise that went the other way was Navy getting a big ol' scare from Mary Washington. Still all of these results mean no one moves anywhere. We seriously considered moving Cal up to No. 2, but Life beat Davenport by over 40, so it seems wrong to move the Running Eagles anywhere.
The only team with a big move is UCLA. After tying San Diego State, the Bruins came out and tied Utah. Weird, yes, to have that happen two games in a row. One might even call it a surprise. It was enough to move UCLA up next to the Utes (who have been inconsistent but have a ton of potential) and nearer San Diego State. However, we're still not convinced on the Bruins or Utah yet.
What does all of this have to do with the playoffs? Yes, glad you asked. The top 16 teams get into the D1A playoffs, although conference winners get in, too, even if those conference winners aren't in the top 16. Then you've got some top 16 teams that won't play in the playoffs.
Based on the rankings below (which is how this writer votes for USA Rugby's D1A rankings), the 16 playoff teams would be Saint Mary's, Life, Cal, BYU, Lindenwood, Navy, Penn State, Indiana, Arizona, Arkansas State, Notre Dame College, Army, Grand Canyon, SD State, Colorado State, and the winner of the Red River (LSU is looking good right now, maybe Texas A&M or Baylor).
But there is still time for someone to make a move. UC Davis, UCLA, Utah, Central Washington, and Davenport are all on the bubble.
|FloRugby 2017-18 D1A Men College Rankings Week #7|
|1||1||Saint Mary's||California||Beat Glendale Academy|
|2||2||Life||Mid-South||Beat Davenport (24)|
|4||4||BYU||Independent||Game stopped due to cold|
|5||5||Lindenwood||Mid-South||Beat Clemson (29)|
|6||6||Navy||Independent||Beat Mary Washington|
|7||7||Penn State||Rugby East||Idle|
|9||9||Arizona||PAC||Beat Arizona State|
|10||10||Ohio State||Big 10||Idle|
|12||12||Notre Dame College||Rugby East||Idle|
|17||17||San Diego State||California||Beat UC Santa Barbara|
|18||18||UC-Davis||California||Beat Santa Clara|
|20||30||UCLA||PAC||Tied San Diego State (17)|
|23||24||Davenport||Mid-South||Lost to Life (2)|
|24||25||LSU||Red River||Beat Texas (34)|
|25||26||Texas A&M||Red River||Beat Houston|
|26||22||Colorado State||Rocky Mountain||Idle|
|27||23||St. Bonaventure||Rugby East||Idle|
|30||29||Clemson||Mid-South||Lost to Lindenwood (5)|
|31||31||Michigan State||Big 10||Idle|
|33||33||Utah Valley||Rocky Mountain||Game stopped due to cold|
|34||34||Texas||Red River||Lost to LSU (25)|
|38||38||Air Force||Rocky Mountain||Idle|
|39||39||Utah State||Rocky Mountain||Idle|
|40||40||Wheeling Jesuit||Rugby East||Idle|