Bouncing back from the superb weekend for D1A Rugby, there’s plenty of aching muscles and joints from the powerful matchups that transpired over Round 6. A new Top-10 club, many shakeups, and plenty of debatable concourse will be highlighted in this week’s table of talking-points across the league and supporters.
To address the elephant in the room, let’s start off with this week’s big upset in the East conference as #11 Notre Dame College had taken down perennial Top-10 club, now #12 Army of West Point. An incredibly enduring and tough match, went down to the wire as the Falcons scored a try in the final minutes to take the match, 22-17, from the Golden Knights. Army had previously, and consistently, been ranked #9 since last Spring, but with an upset of this proportion, sees the defeated fall three spots to #12, while the victors climb just as many to #11. This turn of events within the East, will certainly have both of the clubs’ rabid supporters clamoring for their teams’ success as their opportunities, and Autumn leaves alike, dwindle in the brisk Fall breeze.
Another impressive move up the ladder is, now, #16 Iona returning to it’s preferred form as Liberty dominators, following their big time win against rival foe Rutgers, 106-0. This century-point game shows the potential of this dangerous Upper New York side, as their club boasted a season high point total, and differential, while holding their opponent “goose-egged”, by not scoring a single point.
#9 BYU jumped up a spot as they defeated Rocky Mountain rival, and Bubble Ranked, #21 Colorado State, 42-10. This stellar performance, along with the Army loss, helped BYU jump to a single digit ranking for the first time this season. Expect the Cougars to climb the ladder as they have already faced the meat of their conference’s best.
#10 Arizona has made it to the Top-10 without having played an official D1A XVs match yet. This is due to the Wildcats having an incredibly well-coached and disciplined club thanks to Head Coach Sean Duffy and his staff. Arizona bolsters one of the biggest clubs in the nation, with many of their newcomers heavily recruited from regionally and nationally. Look out for these Cats to pounce on the competition come Springtime.
#12 St. Bonaventure unfortunately decreased one spot in the rankings due to Notre Dame College’s win, Army dropping, and a loss to a very good #8 Penn State side. Do not count the Bonnies out by any means, the public should be aware of how good this side is praised by other teams in the conference and division.
Now #14 Central Washington and #17 UCLA, drop one spot each, respectively, due to the big East upset, Iona’s massive victory, and both being in the preseason of their schedules. This past week saw UCLA compete within the West Coast 7s tournament, beating Cal, and the Bruins should take this momentum moving forward, once they emerge from their XVs hibernation at the end of 2019, leading into the Spring.