In the intriguing world of the independent college seasons, Notre Dame College and Lindenwood-Belleville have been chasing each other without actually facing off (yet).
It’s a dance where, as both coaches have acknowledged, every game is a playoff game. Neither team can afford to select down, or use a non-conference game as a test, because USA Rugby is evaluating everything they do.
The DIAA Fall playoff picture is clearing a little bit as USA Rugby works on the brackets.
Here's how it looks to be shaking out:
Davenport University defeated Lindenwood-Belleville this past weekend 38-15 in a game that told us much about both teams.
Lindenwood-Belleville takes on another difficult DIA opponent in Davenport this week.
Wheeling Jesuit opened up the Tom Duffy era with a 30-14 defeat of Lindenwood-Belleville in a key non-conference game for both programs.
Lindenwood-Belleville, which had opened up its independent schedule with a win over Tennessee, looked fairly strong in the first half.