There are still four weeks of play before the end of the DI-A regular season, but the playoff picture is already coming into view. Central Washington and Cal Poly have clinched play-in spots, and St. Mary’s has taken the first quarterfinal berth.
We know the Mustangs and Wildcats will play for the right to take on the winner of the West (Colorado, Colorado State, Wyoming, New Mexico and Northern Colorado) in one quarterfinal.
And we know the winner between the Allied (Texas A&M, Oklahoma or Texas) and the second place team from the Mid-South (Arkansas State, Davenport and Life) will play the champ from the East (Kutztown, Army, Penn State or Delaware) in another quarterfinal.
The other quarterfinal match-ups hinge on the Big East Championship, April 13-14. The quarterfinals will be determined by whether the Big Ten champ comes from the East or West Division. Illinois and Wisconsin are the West teams in the semifinals, and Ohio State and Indiana are the East teams.
The play-ins, quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on-campus, while the final will be played at UNC-Greensboro’s soccer stadium. USA Rugby is expected to announce a broadcasting partner for the final soon.
Central Washington, as DI-A’s only independent team, has clinched a play-in bid by securing a winning record against DI-A teams. The Wildcats are 4-0 with only three more DI-A games left on the docket.
In the Allied, Texas A&M is in the driver’s seat at 3-0. If they don’t falter against Texas Tech or Oklahoma, they’ll win the league with an undefeated record. The Sooners or Longhorns could conceivably win the league, too.
Colorado won the only West game so far, beating Northern Colorado. And Kutztown won the East game so far, beating Delaware handily.