College 7s Rankings
Final Men College Sevens Rankings: Major Shifts
The Collegiate Rugby Championship and the USA Rugby College Sevens National Championships are both in the rearview mirror, and that means we've got enough data to finalize a ranking of men's D1 college sevens teams.
Who is No. 1 is not in doubt. Lindenwood wasn't pushed by too many teams, and dominated most. And while several other programs had up-and-down fortunes (beating a team one day, losing to the same team on another), the Lions were never anything but consistently strong.
Cal remains at No. 2, but we've got plenty of major shifts after that. UCLA, after finishing second in the CRC, bumps to No. 3. That's an easy one given that the Bruins beat Arizona. We would have loved to have seen UA vs. Lindenwood. That might have caused a shakeup.
St. Joe's had a strong CRC, pushing the Hawks into the top 10. Navy also makes a move.
The big mover was Virginia Tech, a team we had ranked and then bumped out. We should have dropped another team, and VA Tech proved us wrong. Air Force also did enough to move into the top 40. Kutztown, Indiana, Notre Dame College, and Mount St. Mary's all got hit pretty hard.
We used a mathematic formula to help us this time—crediting teams for wins over top 10 opponents, close losses to highly ranked teams, and wins over other ranked teams. We also used a formula to track who a team lost to this season.
That formula skewed in favor of teams that played in both the USA Rugby and CRC tournaments, but it also clearly, without a doubt, put Lindenwood first. The formula was used as a guideline, and St. Joe's, Virginia Tech, Utah, and Grand Canyon probably benefitted most from it.
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