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Combined DIA Rankings 2016-2020

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Combined DIA Rankings 2016-2020

Life vs Cal from the 2018 D1A final. David Barpal photo.

Our latest list of historical rankings looks at the past five season of D1A.

For this, we're using our own Goff Rugby Report end-of-season rankings from the last five years. We could have done six years, but our 2014-15 rankings were so enmeshed between DIA and DIAA that is was too difficult to unmesh. Not using 2014-15 probably hurt Cal, BYU, Davenport, and Cal Poly most noticeably. Cal would probably have been #1 if we'd used the season before, and BYU would probably have been ranked ahead of Lindenwood.

But the thing to look at it is how tight everything is at the top. Life, Cal, and Saint Mary's could all have been #1, and really that's not a surprise. 

*-We mention that Indiana is the highest-rank straight club team, and that's correct, using the definition that a club doesn't have school or major alumni funding. But Indiana today wouldn't qualify as their endowment has bumped up significantly. The next highest club teams would be Iona, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.


Goff Rugby Report D1A Top 40 2016-2020
Rank Team Score Notes
1 Life 249 #1 twice
2 California 248 Never worse than 4th
3 Saint Mary's 246 Never worse than 4th
4 Lindenwood 234 Never worse than 10th
5 BYU 231 Never worse than 10th
6 Arkansas State 228 Missed Top 10 only once
7 Navy 221 Missed Top 10 only once
8 Army 215 Missed Top 10 only once
9 Central Washington 212 Highest was #3 in 2020
10 Penn State 210 Top 15 every year
11 Arizona 197 Top 15 four times
12 Kutztown 183 Top 15 four times
13 Davenport 181 #17 three times
14 Indiana 181 Highest-ranked straight club team*
15 Notre Dame College 157 Highest was #9 in 2018
16 UCLA 152 Highest was #13 in 2019
17 Iona 146 Top 16 three times
18 Ohio State 145 Top 20 three times
19 Wisconsin 132 Top 20 twice
20 San Diego State 126 Top 20 twice
21 Grand Canyon 115 Top 20 last three years
22 Clemson 112 Ranked #23 three times
23 Texas A&M 110 Highest was #20 in 2018
24 Utah 107 Highest was #14 in 2017
25 St. Bonaventure 107 Top 20 twice
26 Cal Poly  94 Highest was #15 in 2018
27 LSU 93 Highest was #15 in 2016
28 Arkansas 92 Highest was #20 in 2016
29 Colorado State 87 Highest was #25 in 2020
30 Oklahoma 87 Top 30 twice