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 D1AA playoff schedules and dates are to be announced by USA Rugby soon. Here's a quick preview of what's going to happen.
Fall Champion Mary Washington is waiting to play the Spring Champion and will do so on the weekend of May 5.
UC Davis and Brown are the final two teams in the DIAA spring playoffs after both won Sunday playoff games.
So it happened that the defending DIAA national champions lost a game this past weekend.
The Pacific Western Conference is almost done and the playoff teams have been confirmed.
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.
Notre Dame College is waiting to find out who the Falcons will play for the DIAA national title this coming May, and there's still a lot of rugby to be played before that becomes clear.
However ... it doesn't hurt to make a few guesses and assumptions. Here's how the playoffs look for DIAA in the spring:
One of the interesting surprises in Men's DIAA college rugby is that there's an impression held by some in the East that most of the season is played in the fall.
That's not exactly the case, given that the Gold Coast, Pacific West, NCRC, and Mountain States all start in the winter, and the Heart of America and Ivy League (playoffs, anyway) finish off in the spring.
Here are the weekend's DI men's college rugby games, with several top-ranked teams in action.
It's pretty clear that there are two leaders in the Pac West Conference, and those two will be meeting up soon.
Here are the Men's DI college games for this weekend.