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CRC Coming This Weekend - Picks and Notes

    

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CRC Coming This Weekend - Picks and Notes

Colleen McCloskey photo.

With one national-level college 7s tournament done and one more to go, the CRC starts up this weekend in Chester, Pa.

We've got some pool-specific previews on FloRugby

Pool A

Pool B

Pool C

Pool D

Pool E

Pool F

 

And below is the schedule for Day One.

Some thoughts:

1. Once again we'll quickly say that 24 teams is too many, and 16 or 20 would be ideal. Having only two 2nd-place teams move on encourages blowouts and make getting to a coveted top 8 spot a matter of whether you meet another team at a low ebb, and thus are able to pad your points difference. The answer to that is, of course, win your pool.

2. The competitive balance at the CRC has improved greatly, thanks to the inclusion of Lindenwood and AIC, and the hard work of some other programs to get better.

3. In the knockout rounds, we know anything can happen, but here's what we think: Cal will contend again, Arkansas State is a dark horse that could shake things up, Saint Mary's backs down from no one, and AIC has all the tools. But we think Lindenwood or Kutztown might win it all this year.

4. But of course, what do we know?

Past major 7s tournament winners:

Past Major 7s Championship Winners (and Runners Up)
Year CRC USA Rugby
2010 Utah (Cal) Not Held
2011 Dartmouth (Army) Life (Central Washington)
2012 Dartmouth (Arizona) Arkansas State (Life)
2013 Cal (Life) Arkansas State (Saint Mary's)
2014 Cal (Kutztown) Moved to Spring 2015
2015 Cal (Kutztown) Lindenwood (Davenport)
2016 Cal (UCLA) Saint Mary's (AIC)
2017   Lindenwood (Saint Mary's)

 

CRC Day 1 Schedule
09:40 AM Pool F - Academy Field #2 Indiana v Tennessee
09:40 AM Pool F - Academy Field #1 Kutztown v South Carolina
10:00 AM Pool D - In-Stadium Arizona v AIC
10:00 AM Pool A - Academy Field #1 Saint Mary's v Boston College
10:00 AM Pool A - Academy Field #2 Dartmouth v Temple
10:20 AM Pool D - In-Stadium UCLA v Virginia Tech
10:20 AM Pool B - Academy Field #1 Life v Wisconsin
10:20 AM Pool B - Academy Field #2 Arkansas State v Notre Dame
10:40 AM Pool C - In-Stadium Lindenwood v Army
10:40 AM Pool E - Academy Field #1 California v Clemson
10:40 AM Pool E - Academy Field #2 PSU Penn State v U. of Delaware
11:00 AM Pool C - In-Stadium Navy v St. Joseph's
11:20 AM Pool F - In-Stadium Kutztown v Tennessee
11:40 AM Pool F - In-Stadium Indiana v South Carolina
12:00 PM Pool A - In-Stadium Saint Mary's v Temple
12:20 PM Pool A - In-Stadium Dartmouth v Boston College
12:20 PM Pool D - Academy Field #1 Arizona v Virginia Tech
12:20 PM Pool D - Academy Field #2 AIC v UCLA
12:40 PM Pool B - In-Stadium Life v Notre Dame
12:40 PM Pool C - Academy Field #1 Lindenwood v Navy
12:40 PM Pool C - Academy Field #2 Army v St. Joseph's
01:00 PM Pool B - In-Stadium Arkansas State v Wisconsin
01:20 PM Pool E - In-Stadium Clemson v U. of Delaware
01:40 PM Pool A - In-Stadium Boston College v Temple
02:00 PM Pool F - In-Stadium South Carolina v Tennessee
02:20 PM Pool D - In-Stadium AIC v Virginia Tech
02:40 PM Pool C - In-Stadium Lindenwood v St. Joseph's
03:05 PM Pool E - In-Stadium California v PSU Penn State
03:27 PM Pool C - In-Stadium Army v Navy
03:49 PM Pool B - In-Stadium Life v Arkansas State
04:11 PM Pool B - In-Stadium Wisconsin v Notre Dame
04:33 PM Pool A - In-Stadium Saint Mary's v Dartmouth
05:10 PM Pool D - In-Stadium Arizona v UCLA
05:34 PM Pool E - In-Stadium California v U. of Delaware
05:57 PM Pool F - In-Stadium Kutztown v Indiana
06:19 PM Pool E - In-Stadium Clemson v PSU Penn State