While a variety of conferences kick off this weekend, several prominent college programs are finding a little extra competition outside of the conference structure.
Bowling Green drew first blood in the initial offering of a series of sevens tournaments that will fill the Midwest playing schedule over the next two plus months. The Falcons defeated 13th ranked University of Michigan in a see-saw battle by a score of 27-22 to win the College Clash Invitational.
Highlights from the thrilling AIC v Bowling Green ACRC Bowl November 22.
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In a game that completely and utterly delivered on what was promised, ECRC conference champs American International College defeated MAC champions Bowling Green 46-40 in their ACRC Bowl Se
American International College is an athletic and balanced rugby team that won all of its league games this season.
After entering the season as conference favorites, Bowling Green capped off an undefeated Mid American Rugby Conference season with two victories this weekend.
The Falcons beat Miami of Ohio soundly 53-13 on Saturday to win their semifinal and set up a meeting in the final with Western Michigan, who beat Dayton 17-12.
The Mid-America Conference final is set after Bowling Green cruised by Miami and Western Michigan pulled off a mild upset over Dayton.
Bowling Green won big over most of their competition this year and so beating Miami 53-13 was no big surprise. But Western Michigan, which lost to Dayton earlier in the season, raised some eyebrows with a 17-12 defeat of Dayton Saturday.
Despite losing an early cross-division game with Dayton, Western Michigan is in position to take the lead in the Mid-American Conference North with a victory over Bowling Green.
A week after just edging Ohio State in dramatic fashion, Bowling Green hosted Davenport in another non conference game, and after the first 60 minutes had to wonder why.
Bowling Green is 3-0 and might well feel fortunate to be so, after their nail-biting 31-29 defeat of a much-improved Ohio State Saturday.
While this was still an early-season game, and brought with it the inherent mistakes, it still brought with it plenty of excitement, too.