TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —Arkansas State University’s men's rugby team used its depth to unleash firepower on both sides of the ball to defeat Alabama 51-6 in preseason action.
Ohio State University defeated Lindenwood-Belleville to take the Mooseman 7s at Middle Tennessee State University Saturday.
The University of Alabama did it again.
Two years after pulling off a shock semifinal victory in the SCRC, the Crimson Tide pulled off two upsets in dramatic, iff different, fashion to win the conference this past weekend.
Tennessee and Alabama meet up Saturday in the SCRC final, and everyone knows this is going to be an unpredictable game.
So, maybe, being unpredictable is, in and of itself, predictable. Tennessee was upset by Alabama in the SCRC semis two years ago, and this year ‘Bama mounted a stirring comeback to beat Kentucky in the semis, exacting revenge for an earlier loss to the Wildcats.
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The Lindenwood flyhalf scored 21 points for Lindenwood St. Charles as they beat their rivals Lindenwood Belleville Saturday.
Tennessee and Alabama will meet next week for the SCRC championship after both won their semifinals this weekend.
The SCRC playoffs begin with Saturday’s semifinals as Tennessee takes on Florida and Alabama hosts Kentucky.
For Tennessee it’s been a tough run, but they emerged 24-22 winners over Kentucky, and 13-10 winners over South Carolina. Slightly less good goalkicking and one mistake here and there and they might be where South Carolina is now, 3-2 and staying home.
Tennessee and Kentucky won two important crossover games in the SCRC, as the East Division Vols and Wildcats defeated West Division rivals Florida and Alabama.
Those losses were the first of the conference season for the Gators and Tide rugby teams. Kentucky put in some outstanding defensive pressure on a very good Alabama team.
LSU notched an impressive non-conference victory Saturday with a 55-12 defeat of Alabama.
In an entertaining, back-and-forth match, Boston College helds off Alabama 26-20 Friday night in the ACRC Bowl Series at Charlotte, NC.
The game was marked by some exciting back play from BC and hard-nosed work by the 'Bama forwards, and was in doubt until right at the end.
A year ago Alabama shocked everyone in the SCRC playoffs by defeating Tennessee in the semis and making the final.
There, the Tide lost to South Carolina, but the victory was a huge shot in the arm for the program, getting them some more support from the school adminstration and boosting the confidence of the players.
If all eyes aren’t on Alabama in the SCRC, maybe they should be, as the Tide moved to 3-0 in the West division with a convincing 53-19 victory over Florida this past weekend.
The victory, and the 3-0 start, are both a manifestation of increased confidence for the Alabama program after a somewhat surprising playoff run last season.