In making AIC the #1 DI men’s college team in the fall I had to make a few assumptions, because AIC didn’t play everyone in the country; I had to make assumptions based on the style of play, and the athleticism, and the type of players other teams have.
The ongoing lamentation in men’s DI college rugby is the fact that the competitions are all split up.
We’ve got DIA, DIAA, Varsity Cup, and the ACRC Bowls. And we can’t say, definitively, which group is better
Goff Rugby Report has compiled a list of 135 players in our all-fall list.
In the spring of 2015 the DIAA national playoffs included just eight teams and five conference champions - the 2016 may well look very different.
Here’s why: More conferences will want to be involved this season, and that will make the number of conferences involved more than eight. In addition, there will be DIAA independent teams, namely Notre Dame College and, possibly, Delaware.
Here it is, the final Men's DI Fall college rankings, including all the teams that play significant fall schedules.
There was much to prove when North Texas took on Rutgers Saturday in the ACRC Bowl Series.
UNT entered the weekend ranked #50 by Goff Rugby Report among fall DI teams. A loss to unranked Rutgers (a team close to the top 50 for sure) would likely have seen UNT dropped from the rankings.
After a long fall sprinkled with losses, St. Bonaventure won games against Notre Dame College and Buffalo in November, and then capped off their fall with a 19-17 victory over MAC Runner-up Western Michigan in the ACRC Bowl Series.
After each game of the ACRC Bowl Series in Charlotte, NC (and the one game in New Rochelle, NY), awards were given for co-players of the game (three for each winning team, and two for each losing team).
Tennessee is the SCRC conference champion after a tense, wet, and dramatic final played during the ACRC Bowl Series games at the RAC in Charlotte, NC.
In a game that saw multiple lead changes, Tennessee won on the final play of the game, with lock Kerry Roberts scoring the winning try as time expired.
American International College shocked Clemson 54-21 in a game that showcased the depth and athleticism of the program.
In a day of tight, thrilling games, Indiana held off Kutztown University 38-34 in a clash of GRR’s #2 and #5.
The game had everything - physical defense, a variety of tactics, exciting plays, and a dramatic ending.
Scores from this weekend.
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ACRC Bowl Series Nov 20
UMass (#47) 41 NC State (#33) 10
Notre Dame College (#41) 33 Syracuse (#23) 28
Boston College (#21) 26 Alabama (#24) 20
Iona 29 Delaware 36
St. Bonaventure 19 Western Michigan 17
Stony Brook 41 Cincinnati 14