Written by Pat Clifton    Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:44    PDF Print Write e-mail
Full Slate of College Rugby This Weekend
Colleges - Men's DI College

DI-A play opens this weekend, with Oklahoma and Arkansas State hosting Life and Texas A&M, respectively.

Those games are obviously huge and could immediately separate the cream of the Mid-South from the rest of the crop.

DI-AA play commences, too, with the South Independent, Southeastern, Southwest, Northwest and Pacific Mountain West conferences picking up where they left off, and Northern California entering its first week.

There are also a number of interdivisional friendlies, as the Atlantic Coast Rugby League, the rest of DI-A and numerous DII programs are preparing for their spring seasons.

The big games outside of DI-A

South Carolina versus Tennessee is huge in the SCRC East. The Gamecocks are reeling from a 28-8 loss to LSU and probably can’t afford another loss if they want to make the SCRC championship game and keep a Sweet 16 berth in sight.

On the other hand, with a win in Columbia, SC, Tennessee will have beaten its two closest competitors on the road in consecutive weeks. The nine-hour drive didn’t prevent the Vols from beating the Gators in Gainesville, Fla. last weekend, so it’s unlikely the four-hour trip to Columbia will be a deciding factor Saturday.

The game of the week in the South Independent features undefeated South Florida and Florida State. When these teams met in the fall, FSU won 50-7. But, says Florida State coach Kirk Swanner, neither club was fielding its top side. And both teams are playing a higher standard than in the fall.

The SIRC has home-and-away schedules for its divisions, so USF and FSU will meet again in March, but Saturday could pan out to be the first half of a 160-minute match to decide the South Division.

Northern California does not have an automatic bid to the Sweet 16, but an at-large bid could well be in the works for the champion. The five-team league’s first week could be telling, with Santa Clara playing Stanford and Chico State playing Sacramento State. The latter game, especially, is one to keep an eye on.

Of course, too, there’s the first match of the World Cup, played for by Cal and the Univ. of British Columbia. This one will be played on at San Francisco Golden Gate’s pitch on Treasure Island in San Francisco.

Friendlies
Maryland v Delaware
VMI v VTech
Virginia v Georgetown
Wake Forest v Mary Washington
NC State v Old Dominion
Cal v UBC
Utah v Utah State
UCLA v USC

DI-A
Life @ Oklahoma
Texas A&M @ Arkansas State

SEC
USC V Tennessee
Florida v Vanderbilt
Mississippi State v Kentucky
Alabama v Auburn

SIRC
UCF v FIU
USF v FSU
KSU v ASU B
Emory v GSU

PMW
Claremont v UC Irvine
USD v SDSU

SWC
Texas State v Baylor
Texas v UNT
Rice v Houston
TCU v Houston

NCRC
CWU v Simon Fraser
WSU v UBC
WWU v Idaho
EWU v UW

NorCal
Chico v Sac State
Stanford v Santa Clara