SAN JOSE, Calif. – Ranked 1st in the DIAA Pacific Western Rugby Conference, Chico State University heads down to play #2 Stanford University at Steuber Stadium in Palo Alto Saturday in a meeting of undefeated teams.
This game will likely decide who finishes in 1st in the conference.
The DIAA playoff picture is almost complete, and by Sunday afternoon we will know all.
On Saturday, Chico State defeated Nevada and UC Davis defeated UC Santa Cruz to set up the much-anticipated Pacific Western championship game between those two teams. Meanwhile, Princeton beat Penn 45-0 Friday to advance Sunday's Ivy League play-in against Brown.
So it happened that the defending DIAA national champions lost a game this past weekend.
The University of Missouri won two games over the weekend without taking the field and now Mizzou is officially the Heart of America conference champs with a 7-0 record.
Both Iowa State and Nebraska were on the schedule to play Missouri this weekend, but Iowa State forfeited some time ago and Nebraska forfeited this week, leaving Mizzou with no one to play.
Still on the winning track, UC Davis is not taking anything for granted in the Pacific West Conference.
It's pretty clear that there are two leaders in the Pac West Conference, and those two will be meeting up soon.
The Pacific Western Conference kicks off this weekend with four games on the docket.
While Central Florida, University of Virginia, UC San Diego, UC Davis, and Washington State hold the top seeds of their conferences, they are very aware that this weekend's DI Collegiate Women's Round of 8 will consist of the most challenging competition yet.
Tomorrow, University of Washington (North #2), Chico State (West #2), UC Berkeley (West #3), UCSD (South #1), UCLA (South #2), Washington State (North #1), Arizona State (South #3), and UC Davis (West #1) will be competing in the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference playoffs and a place in the national Women's DI Spring Quarterfinals.
The University of California redeemed itself on Saturday after its prior loss against UC Davis, battling Chico State with a better performance around the breakdown to secure a 27-22 win.
The Pacific Mountain West is a strong, albeit small, women’s DI college conference, and this season has provided a bevy of thrilling matches. Not even Stanford, the perennial league champion, has been exempt from near-losses and could easily be 2-2 right now instead of 4-0. But when the ball bounces in one team’s direction, it bounces away from another, and that’s where Cal has found itself.