Week 3 Preview: Top 20 Teams Back in Action

D1A Rugby: Week 3 Preview: Top 20 Teams Back in Action
Photo Credit: Iona College Rugby Football Club

Week 3 marks the biggest weekend of College Rugby so far in the Fall. There are a total of eighteen games taking place this weekend, including six ranked teams in action and two Top 20 matchups. It may be early in the year, but it promises to be one of the most formative weeks of the season.

On Friday, the Liberty and Rugby East conferences continue their seasons. Fordham will play its second game of the season against Stony Brook. Fordham was able to win a tough match against Rutgers last weekend, while Stony Brook fell to a Syracuse team that had an offensive explosion. The big game of Friday night, however, will be #6 Army traveling to St. Bonaventure. Army will have their work cut out for them as the Bonnies have already proven to be a tough beat this year, playing #8 Navy tightly last weekend. University Notre Dame will be playing their second game of their D1A season against Davenport. Davenport will be looking to climb back into the Top 20, and a strong win here could help their case.

On Saturday, the two marquee games will be the #11 Notre Dame College Falcons traveling to Happy Valley to take on #5 Penn State. It will be Penn State’s first Rugby East  match of the 2018-19 season as they look to start their title defense with a win. It will be a tough test first up, but if they are going to achieve their dreams of a national championship, these are the games they’ll need to win. The second Top 20 match up of the weekend will see, #8 Navy travel to #20 Iona to take on the Gaels. Iona will be hoping this is the first big win of their season as they look to break further into the Top 20.

Elsewhere, Big Ten Conference play starts off this weekend with #18 Ohio State playing Purdue at home, and Minnesota traveling to Michigan. Liberty play gets underway in earnest with seven games being played, including American International College who will be partaking in their first match at the D1A level against Rutgers. In the Empire division, Colgate take on one of their oldest rivals, Binghamton. Despite it being so early in the season, the winner of this game could easily go on to be crowned divisional champions.

Rocky Mountain play also gets underway with Air Force traveling up the I-25 to Fort Collins to take on last year’s conference champions, the Colorado State Rams. While, Colorado will be taking the trip from Boulder down to New Mexico as they take on the Lobos, and hope to get their season off to a winning start.

There is plenty of action taking place this weekend, and every game looks as if it will have major impacts on the postseason.