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Men's D1 College Games Ramp Up This Weekend

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Men's D1 College Games Ramp Up This Weekend

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Rugby East is a very tough conference and it seems like every week there's going to be a big game in that conference.

Probably the most interesting matchup this week is Kutztown at St. Bonaventure. While Kutztown has already played a game this season, Bonnies goes right into conference play with only an alumni scrimmage under its belt.

"We're coming in hot," said St. Bonaventure Head Coach Tui Osborne. "We know Kutztown is itching to get one on us and we're looking forward to the matchup. We have a series of really tough games but that's how we want it."

Having graduated some top-notch players (as in MLR #1 pick Rick Rose), SBU has some leadership to replace, but Osborne told GRR that they have a leadership group for every class, so those guys just step in. Flyhalf Greg Steffens and flanker Matthew Conroy lead Bonnies this year. Kutztown, meanwhile, has a solid team that took care of Adrian over the weekend.

Also of note this week, Indiana takes on Navy in a meeting of two conference winners from last fall (Big 10 vs Rugby East). BYU opens up the Rocky Mountain Conference season at Air Force, but it's worth taking a look at Colorado vs Colorado State. This is an excellent rivalry game and also a game that could decide the second-strongest in that conference.

Dartmouth hosts a wounded Northeastern while Fairfield keeps on rolling and will need to do Nazareth.

D1A and NCR D1 games this weekend. Check back for scores:

9/15 Marian 41-34 U. Notre Dame Non-Conf.
9/15 Ohio State 24-10 Michigan Big 10
9/16 Kutztown 22-44 St. Bonaventure Rugby East
9/16 Penn State 6-26 Army Rugby East
9/16 Southern Virginia 18-81 Mount St. Mary's Rugby East
9/16 Adrian 3-22 Notre Dame College Non-Conf.
9/16 Belmont Abbey 15-43 Queens Non-Conf.
9/16 Indiana 21-69 Navy Non-Conf.
9/16 Mary Washington 17-15 Wheeling Non-Conf.
9/16 BYU 56-0 Air Force Rocky Mountain
9/17 Colorado 18-40 Colorado State Rocky Mountain
9/16 Utah Valley at Wyoming Rocky Mountain
9/16 Northeastern 14-45 Dartmouth Liberty D1
9/16 Harvard 0-54 Brown Liberty D1
9/16 Fordham 11-13 AIC Liberty D1
9/16 Fairfield 34-6 Nazareth Liberty D1
9/16 Syracuse 7-46 Siena Liberty D1
9/16 Iowa Central CC 17-80 Arkansas State Non-Conf.
9/16 Oklahoma 16-17 Southern Nazarene NCR D1 Ind.
9/16 Principia 3-22 Lindenwood Non-Conf.
9/16 Iowa State 23-34 Wisconsin Non-Conf.
9/16 Trine 6-105 Aquinas Big Rivers

In DIAA, it's a new era in the Southern Conference with more DI teams, including NC State.

Tennessee at South Carolina could be an early SCRC decider. Meanwhile in the MAC an improving Cincinnati started the season with a solid win over Ohio led by five tries from No. 8 Merrick Greulich (three tries) and freshman Zac McDermott (two tries). Now they visit Louisville.

"I thought the guys played a really complete game," said Head Coach Kyle Roche. "Offensively we were maintaining possession and moving the ball well downfield. The forwards controlled set pieces all game and earned multiple scrum penalties. Defensively we were applying pressure and forcing mistakes."

D1AA Games. Check back for scores:

9/15 Colgate 8-45 Yale Liberty D1AA
9/16 East Carolina 12-32 NC State SoCon Non-Conf
9/16 Citadel 43-46 Coastal Carolina SoCon Non-Conf
9/16 UNC Chapel Hill 24-12 UNC Wilmington SoCon Non-Conf
9/16 Tennessee 33-27 South Carolina SCRC
9/16 Kentucky 28-19 Clemson SCRC
9/16 Georgia 36-7 LSU SCRC
9/16 Oklahoma 16-17 Southern Nazarene Non-Conf.
9/16 North Texas at Wayne State Non-Conf.
9/16 Virginia Tech Ccld Maryland MARC
9/16 Cincinnati 3-77 Louisville MAC
9/16 Bowling Green 64-8 Dayton MAC
9/16 Ohio 7-56 Western Michigan MAC
9/16 Stony Brook 0-87 UMass Liberty D1AA
9/16 Binghamton 40-10 Columbia Liberty D1AA
9/16 Buffalo 0-55 Boston College Liberty D1AA
9/16 UConn 14-17 URI Liberty D1AA
9/16 Arkansas 0-34 Kansas State Heart of America
9/16 Missouri Ccld Kansas Heart of America
9/16 WVU 20-22 Pitt Non-Conf.
9/16 IUPUI 88-0 Southern Illinois Non-Cnf.
9/16 Minnesota 36-36 Nebraska Heart of America