Here's what happened this week in D1A rugby.
Cal lost on the road to UBC.
Navy beat Arkansas State in convincing fashion.
Life and Lindenwood won big, but Lindenwood's opposition, Illinois, hung in there well enough to prove they deserve to be somewhere in the top 25.
Saint Mary's beat UCLA by 35, and Central Washington beat BYU by 44 (!).
We don't make a lot of changes this week with the DIAA rankings.
Fresno State, having beaten Chico State two weeks ago, didn't consolidate that victory by beating UC Santa Cruz. Instead, the Bulldogs tied the Banana Slugs. With Chico State looking solid with a win over Sac State, you could argue that we could throw out Chico State's close loss to Fresno, and move Chico higher.
We've got a new #1.
With most of the top six not playing, it was only a matter of time that a team might get some results that make us move them through the pack. That team is the Woodlands, and a 55-0 defeat of the Kansas City Jr. Blues, on the same weekend they won a league game. It's enough for us, for now. Wait until the other teams play, because we might see another shift.
This week was a perfect opportunity for #1 Gonzaga to be knocked off.
This week's DIA ranking decisions are difficult.
Arkansas State beat Life on February 8, and Life then beat Lindenwood on February 15. Both scores 29-22. Both games were close, but we got the feeling that the Life-Lindenwood game was just a little bit closer ... Life was in real danger of seeing Lindenwood tie that game in the final minute.