Week 7: Weekend Preview

D1A Rugby: Week 7: Weekend Preview

University Wisconsin Badgers will host University of Michigan Wolverines for what is sure to be a sensational match up within the Big Ten. The shakedown in Madison comes as the Badgers seek to defend their #12 ranking, with Wolverines at their heels ranked at #13. Michigan enters the weekend with a bit of momentum after a big win over Ohio State. With playoff implications on the horizon, these two teams are hungry for a win.

Michigan State Spartans (0-3) will head to Purdue University (0-4) to battle it out in a game of redemption. As the season marches on into its final weeks, both teams have yet to win a conference match. There have been some promising moments on the pitch and numbers are steady. On the up side, one team will walk out of West Lafayette victorious.

Wheeling Jesuit will travel to Kutztown University, hopeful to contend with this heavy hitter. Another sparse match in the East Conference, both teams are certainly hungry for competition. Wheeling Jesuit comes off a close loss to Penn State (17-24) and will likely see a similar result against Kutztown. As we enter into our final weeks of conference play, it seems like the East has a hierarchy established.

Having just cracked into the top 20 ranking, Illinois (1-3) will test their skill when they host the Minnesota Gophers (3-2). Gopher paws will likely control this game early on; perhaps we will know its fate before heading into halftime.

A highly anticipated match between Davenport Panthers and Penn State Nittany Lions kicks off this weekend in University Park, PA. More details on the upcoming match can be seen on D1A’s homepage [www.d1arugby.com] in feature article “Penn State to Host Davenport in Stand-off on Road to D1A East Conference Playoffs”.

As we launch into our final weeks of the regular fall season, who are your favorites? Who will take the cake in the East? Will Michigan State win one?