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Big Games Highlight Big DI Weekend

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Big Games Highlight Big DI Weekend

Leagues are coming to a climax this weekend as various college conferences look to the playoffs and the ACRC bowl games.

We'll go alphabetically by conference.

Except we start with a non-conference game. Iona is at Albany in good matchup for both.

In the ACRL, it's actually a fairly quiet weekend. Virginia Tech takes on NC State and Wake Forest visits Virginia. All eyes are on the big game November 8 between Clemson and Maryland. That game will decide who wins the conference.

In the Big Ten, Indiana leads and should beat Michigan State, but since Indiana isn't eligible for the post-season because they used ineligible players last season, there's still a massive contest for the top playoff-eligible team. Three teams are at 3-1, with two of them, Ohio State and Wisconsin, playing each other. Michigan, also 3-1, hosts Purdue. Iowa (2-2) visits 1-3 Illinois.

So the big game here is Ohio State at Wisconsin. They are evenly-matched teams, although Ohio State has been on a bit of a role lately.

In the ECRC, it's the game to decide 1st place as 4-1 Middlebury visits 5-0 AIC. AIC has the inside track as they only need to garner a bonus point to secure the conference title. Middlebury needs to win by more than seven points and hold AIC to three tries or fewer to win the conference, and since AIC as had no trouble scoring four tries in every game, it's unlikely Middlebury can overtake them.

BC hosts Northeastern and can move back into 2nd with a big win and a Middlebury loss. UMass looks to stay above .500 against UConn.

In the Empire, Stony Brook can claim 1st, as expected, with a win over Fordham. Current #1 Kings Point is 5-1 and idle - their season is done. Binghamton can move to 4-2 with a win over 1-4 Brockport. Colgate and Syracuse are both 2-3, so the winner will get to .500.

The Heart of America has been a weird league as Kansas State started the season crushing everyone, and then lost to Arkansas in the Razorbacks' first game of the league season. Only one game this week, as Iowa State hosts Truman State.

The Ivy League is all done bar the shouting. Dartmouth has clinched but has a game left against Columbia, sitting at 4-2. Princeton can take 2nd if they beat 3-3 Brown and Columbia loses (which looks likely). Cornell is also in that bunch of middle teams, while Harvard, who started the season looking good, have struggled since.

In the Keystone, it's the playoffs, with Temple at West Virginia and Pitt at St. Joseph's. See more on that game here:

In the Mid-America, Bowling Green can go to 4-0 if they win at 2-2 Cincinnati. Central Michigan and Western Michigan, both at 2-1, face off. Louisville takes on Ohio. But, of course, the big game, is 3-0 Miami against 3-0 Dayton. This is the game to decide the MAC South. Both teams have been strong defensively, and dangerous offensively, although Dayton is a little more defense-oriented.

Rugby East has all sorts of fun going on. Kutztown plays at West Point to decide the conference. Kutztown has been running over everyone, while Army has squeezed their way past Penn State and Iona.

Waiting in the wings are Penn State and Wheeling Jesuit. WJU is 2-1 and could sneak into contention if Army wins a low-scoring game. Penn State is a somewhat unlucky 2-2. Buffalo is at St. Bonaventure.

The SCRC is approaching the big Tennessee v South Carolina game, but that's not for a while. Alabama looks to secure a playoff position against Mississippi State, a team that has already clinched a playoff position. (More here:

Ole Miss gets a forfeit over LSU. Georgia (1-3) is at Florida (2-2). VSouth Carolina should not have any trouble with Vanderbilt.

North Texas leads the SWC and will take on Rice to move to 4-0. Texas State tries to keep pace against Houston - TSU is 2-1. Texas A&M plays Stephen F. Austin.

And finally, in the West DIA, leaders Air Force host Wyoming, and Colorado State, at 3-1, could do themselves a lot of good with a win at New Mexico.

So the very big games are:
Ohio State v Wisconsin
Middlebury v AIC
Keystone Semis Temple v WVU and Pitt v St. Joe's
Kutztown v Army
Penn State v Wheeling Jesuit