Round 12 Preview: The ‘Holy War’ of College Rugby

D1A Rugby: Round 12 Preview: The ‘Holy War’ of College Rugby
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  • #8 BYU vs #23 Colorado State: Rocky Mountain Final – CANCELLED
  • The Holy War: Boston College vs Notre Dame
  • Texas Tech at North Texas
  • #24 Texas A&M at LSU

The Holy War

Notre Dame (3-4) will host challengers, and Liberty’s 2nd Place finishers, in Boston College (6-2) as the stand alone Saturday match this weekend. Deemed the ‘Holy War’, due to the historically Catholic demographics of both campuses. The Fighting Irish have not played a D1A match since facing Kutztown on November 3rd. This three-week break may have helped Notre Dame in recuperating some injuries and giving them fresh legs for the upcoming game. Boston College, coming off valiant Liberty Championship match against Northeastern, will have to tie their boot straps one last time this Fall season to finish their season on a high note. The only two losses the Golden Eagles have endured were both to Northeastern, but have not played out of conference until the impending clash with Notre Dame.

Red River

In the first of the two Red River matchups this weekend, Texas Tech (0-1) will travel to Denton, TX to challenge North Texas (0-1). Both teams have only played one match a piece, with both of their losses coming at the hands of Oklahoma. Both clubs are looking for an offensive boost against defensive sides that have been lacking. Whoever will win this match will certainly have confidence and momentum to take them into the winter break, without play their next game until February.

Game two of the conference will consist of On the Bubble, #24 Texas A&M (2-1) on the road traveling to Baton Rouge, LA to play the Tigers of LSU (0-2). The Aggies have shown promise since their opening round loss to Clemson, totaling 66 points in their last two conference matches. LSU will need to close the gaps of their defensive structure to not allow Texas A&M to run rapid. The Tigers are 1-3 in their last 4 matchups with the Aggies, and will need to harness their best efforts in the impending home game.

Rocky Mountain Championship Final

Unfortunately, the Rocky Mountain Championship, which would have been between #8 BYU and #23 Colorado State, has been Cancelled due to CSU’s unavailability to play this weekend. Colorado State originally had scheduled this upcoming weekend off in advance, unknowing of the consequence outcome of the Colorado at Boulder disciplinary actions. Colorado (Boulder) would have been the #2 seeded team in the conference to face BYU, but in lieu of their individual membership disqualifications, they had forfeited the victory of that particular game, which lead CU to finish 3rd in the rankings. Colorado State, along with the rest of the conference and division, found out about Colorado’s consequences recently, which did not give them enough time to resurface the likelihood of a traveling game to Utah for the Championship. Since the Rams are unable to face their conference opponent, BYU has finished the season on top of the points standings, which has earned them to be declared Rocky Mountain Champions.

All Matchups Across the Weekend

DATEAWAYHOMETIMELOCATION
Saturday, 11/22Boston CollegeatNotre Dame6:00 PM CSTSouth Bend, IN
Sunday, 11/23Texas TechatNorth Texas1:00 PM CSTDenton, TX
#24 Texas A&MatLSU12:00 PM CSTBaton Rouge, LA
Rocky Mountain Championship Final#23 Colorado Statevs #8 BYUCancelled