Following an exciting weekend of men’s top college rugby, there were a total of 15 spots either swapped, dropped or nudged, including On The Bubble teams. Every team from #13 – 25 had movement due to inactive regular season play, or in wake of the Rocky Mountain upset. With the Red River conference in full swing, expect more of these teams to disrupt the standings as the 2019 D1A Fall campaign enters its final month.
TOP 20 MOVEMENT
In numerical order from top to bottom, let’s dive in to what caused such a stir within the best of the best:
After just one week as a member of the Top-4 in the nation, now #5 Navy dropped back to their usual place of 2019, after a tough clash with now #4 Lindenwood. This loss is the first for the Midshipmen, who have had a stellar Fall season going undefeated until their 5 point loss to the Lions of St. Charles, MO. Navy will not have an easy schedule up ahead with their next two opponents in; #1 Life University (11/9) & #11 Notre Dame College (11/16). Lindenwood will have a bye week upcoming then play #9 Davenport on the road (11/16). Expect these two teams to potentially meet sometime in May, 2020.
Next on the docket is now #13 Iona Gaels moving up a spot with their convincing 34 point victory over, then defeated Conference rivals, American International College. The Gaels of New York have rode a 5-game winning streak, with their closest point differential at +30 (vs Notre Dame). This will strong side in trending on the path on improving within their final two matches of the season.
In closing out the Big Ten, there are two conference teams who have moved themselves up the ladder, once spot each respectively. Now #15 Indiana finished their Fall regular season with a 7-game winning streak, only allowing 27 point int heir final four matches. They will most likely play, now, #17 Ohio State in the Big Ten final. The Buckeyes have only lost one game all season, to the Hoosiers back in September, but since have won 5 straight games. Their final match of the season will be against #10 Penn State at home (11/16).
#20 St. Bonaventure hangs onto their Top-20 Ranking by a hair as they defeat their conference rival Mary Washington 29-27, in an extremely close match. The Bonnies stopped their 4-game losing streak having played all tough East conference opponents, except for Notre Dame. St. Bonaventure will be looking to end their Fall season on a high note traveling to play #13 Iona (11/16).
ON THE BUBBLE
The 31 point Colorado State upset by, now and new OTB team, #25 Colorado this past weekend, cause the big shakeup throughout the rankings. Rightfully so, the under-the-radar Boulder side deserves this recognition after winning through the Rocky Mountains, having only lost to #8 BYU. The former #19 Colorado State side had worked so hard all season to crack the Top-20, and once they did, unfortunately their loss to a former unranked side brought them out of Top-25 consideration.
Due to this upset, along with victories of their own, #21 Clemson (+3) leapfrogged their way onto the top of the OTB teams. They had tied #22 Texas A&M in voting for this week, and that tie-breaker was decided by their head-to-head matchup earlier in the season, where Clemson had won 27-13 (9/6).