Call it the bracket where no one knows each other.
The eastern side of the DIAA spring playoffs brings four disparate teams together at the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, SC.
UC Davis and Brown are the final two teams in the DIAA spring playoffs after both won Sunday playoff games.
The Ivy League representative to the DIAA playoffs will be decided this weekend.
Brown University is already set for Sunday's deciding game, as Bruno defeated Yale 44-5 last week. Pete McHugh was the big star, scoring three tries and a total of 26 points. The game was tied 5-5 at halftime, but Brown exploded for 39 in the second half.
The University of Missouri won two games over the weekend without taking the field and now Mizzou is officially the Heart of America conference champs with a 7-0 record.
Both Iowa State and Nebraska were on the schedule to play Missouri this weekend, but Iowa State forfeited some time ago and Nebraska forfeited this week, leaving Mizzou with no one to play.
Notre Dame College is waiting to find out who the Falcons will play for the DIAA national title this coming May, and there's still a lot of rugby to be played before that becomes clear.
However ... it doesn't hurt to make a few guesses and assumptions. Here's how the playoffs look for DIAA in the spring:
One of the interesting surprises in Men's DIAA college rugby is that there's an impression held by some in the East that most of the season is played in the fall.
That's not exactly the case, given that the Gold Coast, Pacific West, NCRC, and Mountain States all start in the winter, and the Heart of America and Ivy League (playoffs, anyway) finish off in the spring.
Goff Rugby Report has released our list of top DIA-level forwards.
Goff Rugby Report has released its list of top DIA-level backs from fall play.
Goff Rugby Report has released its list of top forwards in DIAA fall rugby.
Goff Rugby Report has released its top 50 backs of the DIAA fall season.
The coaches of the Ivy League Men's Collegiate Rugby Conference have named their All-Conference picks.
In writing about the Chesapeake Conference, where there seemed to be an inordinate number of close games, we decided to see if our impressions were correct.
So we looked at the stats in Men's DI College rugby. We looked at which conferences had the most close losses (7 points or less) and also who had the most, what we'll call "competitive losses," which means losses of 14 or less.