The South Independent Rugby Conference (SIRC) has announced the addition of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to the conference.
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.
Florida State University just edged Central Florida to win the South Independent Rugby Conference final Sunday and book a spot in the national DIAA playoffs.
Central Florida and Florida State will be playing for the South Independent Conference championship Sunday after both won their semis over their Northern rivals Saturday.
FSU defeated Kennesaw State 43-7 on Saturday. Frazer Baron, Kody Boswell, Cameron Chadsey, and Anthony Soto all scored tries. Evan Barada scored two, and FSU also got a penalty try.
The South Independent Rugby Conference is set for its playoffs this weekend.
MTSU has won the SIRC North and gone undefeated in the process. Kennesaw State won big this past weekend and had already clinched 2nd in the North anyway.
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:
The South Independent Rugby Conference’s North Division probably comes down to this weekend.
At least, who will be 1st in the division comes down to this weekend, as Middle Tennessee State hosts Kennesaw State. MTSU is 6-0, while KSU is 4-1. If MTSU loses, they aren’t really out of the picture for 1st, but if they win, then it’s pretty much game over.
The spring college 7s season still has plenty to go before it culminates with the USA 7s National Championships and then the CRC, but it is underway.
Here are the weekend's DI men's college rugby games, with several top-ranked teams in action.
The South Independent Rugby Conference could have settled all discussion last week with MTSU playing Memphis and Florida International playing UCF, but it’s not quite that way.
This might be a rebuilding year for Middle Tennessee State University, but don't tell the rest of the South Independent that.
MTSU has knocked off major rivals Kennesaw State and, most recently, Memphis. That win ut MTSU at 4-0 in the SIRC North, and in excellent shape as they enter the winter break.
The South Independent conference season moves on this weekend with three games after the opening clash last weekend.
The first game of the season was actually canceled due to Hurricane Matthew, but last week a game did get played as Memphis shut out Georgia Tech 64-0.