The Varsity Cup's 1st Round kicks off this weekend and in recent years we've seen a few surprises in this round.
While most would think that Cal and Central Washington are heavily favored to make the final (both teams get a bye this weekend), that doesn't mean all of the other games are foregone conclusions.
Here's what we think (Goff Rugby Report rankings in parentheses):
The Arkansas Razorbacks put on quite a show as they rolled to the Big XII 7s championship this past weekend in Norman, Okla.
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Baylor downed Oklahoma 27-10 this weekend to take control of the Red River Conference North, moving to 6-1.
Arkansas gave Oklahoma a bit of a shock with a 37-31 defeat this past weekend in Red River DIA action.
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Arkansas takes on Oklahoma this weekend in a rematch of an early Red River clash, and it's the last chance, really, for the Razorbacks to knock off a big opponent.
In the previous game, OU won 48-25 and put themselves back into conference contention. And a week ago Oklahoma beat Texas Tech in a game that Head Coach Doug Neubauer said was important psychologically.
Baylor made a bit of a statement this weekend in the Red River as they downed Texas A&M in a very close game to move to 4-1 and make the conference a three-horse race.
LSU defeated Texas A&M 36-26 in the Red River Conference, on Saturday, while Oklahoma put Baylor to the sword with a 37-0 shutout in a pair of results that put the Red River on its head.
Texas A&M may be leading the Red River, and Baylor may be close behind (Baylor to 4-0 with Win Over Texas State), but eyes are also on LSU, especially since the Tigers will face the Aggies this weekend.
Cal State Long Beach went 5-0 in the High Desert Classic in Albuquerque, NM this past weekend.