It’s the third tournament in the Altantic Coast Rugby League’s 7s series leading up to next week’s final in Knoxville, Tenn.
This week it’s Tupelo, Miss. that hosts the event, with a nine-team bracket that includes the two teams that have contested the final each of the last two tournaments - South Carolina and Tennessee.
Cal gets to jump in - finally, they might say - into the Varsity Cup after a long buildup that included winning the PAC Rugby Conference and defeating St. Mary’s.
The Bears travel to Texas to face the Longhorns, who had to work very hard to put aside Notre Dame a week ago.
Round two of the Varsity Cup and in one half of the bracket we’ve got BYU at UCLA.
The Cougars are on a nice role that has seen them defeat their toughest competition (St. Mary’s twice, Utah, Cal Poly) and then cruise through a couple of three-digit wins in-state.
But now it’s time for business.
While playoffs determine three of the remaining four DIAA national quarterfinalists, one regular-season game makes the decision in the Heart of America.
The University of Arkansas is 4-0-1 with 22 points in the standings. Missouri sits 4-1-1 with 25, and Kansas State is 5-1 with 25 points.