2019 College 7s Rankings
D1A And D1AA
Why do we combine the D1A and D1AA, even after saying dividing them was a good idea? Because, overall, they have not been divided during the spring in most tournaments. And, there's a reasonable argument that some D1AA programs would (and do) compete well with D1A sevens teams.
As for the rankings themselves, the #1 was easy, and #2 was easy ... and then it got difficult.
Lindenwood won both USA Rugby and the CRC. That's an obvious pick for #1. Life was competitive with Lindenwood, and only Central Washington also. But CWU split with Davenport. Had CWU taken 3rd at the USA Rugby nationals, then we might have dropped the Wildcats in at #3 or even #2. But by losing to Davenport, who lost to AIC, we can't do that.
Cal ... well Cal's only loss in the CRC was a two-point loss to Life. And the rest of their results were quite dominant. Combine that with wins at the West Coast 7s and PAC Conference 7s in the fall, and it's difficult to say they're not at #3.
AIC did lose big to Lindenwood, twice, but that's not such a rare thing. And the YellowJackets beat Indiana, USC, Arizona, and Davenport. The Davenport win, of course, is key.
Iona could have been at #4 ... in making these rankings we almost put the Gaels there. But that would have been hanging on two results: 19-7 loss to Lindenwood, and a 14-12 win over Kutztown. Unfortunately, the CRC doesn't have enough games for every team to give us a good idea of where teams stand.
It's too bad that teams that lost in the quarterfinals had no more games to play.
Navy beat everyone except Life, and that game was 21-12.
Clemson did very well at the CRC. The big weird thing here is that Clemson lost to Virginia Tech, but Virginia Tech's overall season was kind of middling—about .500 in the Chesapeake Conference, and a win over St. Joseph's.
But Clemson gets credit for beating Dartmouth and Arizona, and staying close to Lindenwood.
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