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They're calling for great rugby weather in Charlotte, N.C. this Saturday, with sun and highs in the mid 50s—but while nothing is certain in the atmosphere, you can count on top-notch rugby competition at the ACRC Bowl Series at the Rugby Athletic Center. 

Goff Rugby Report's Alex Goff has called it "a phenomenal lineup at the Charlotte Rugby Athletic Center," and he's right—18 elite college teams coming together over two days to test themselves against the very best from other conferences around the country. 

American Collegiate Rugby Championships

Not surprsingly, Rugby East clinchers Army remains atop the ACRC Coaches Poll, as polled by Goff Rugby Report. This week's poll retains the top four from the last vote.

South Carolina are the 2014 SCRC champions after a 50-22 win over Alabama on Sunday. A physical Alabama team kept the game close through the first half before the Gamecocks pulled away with a series of tries including late-game scoring from Zach Mullineaux and Michael Rudzinsky. 

One week from today, the ACRC Bowl Series kicks off under the lights at the Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte. Featured on that first evening will be high-level play from some of the top teams in the Queen City and the nation. 

The stage is set for the ACRC Bowl Series, coming to Charlotte on Nov. 21-22, with the exception of two key players—the top teams from the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference. The SCRC championships are this weekend in Columbia, SC. Saturday’s tournament semifinals pit the top teams from the East and West divisions of the conference against the #2 team from the opposite camp. 

The ACRC Bowl Series championship trophy is named in honor of Dudley DeGroot, a legendary coach, athlete and early ambassador of U.S. rugby overseas. 

American Collegiate Rugby Championships

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — High-level collegiate rugby competition comes to Charlotte, N.C. Nov. 21-22, 2014 with the inaugural American Collegiate Rugby Championships Bowl Series. This series of matches in traditional bowl format brings the very best college rugby teams from around the country to Charlotte’s Rugby Athletic Center, a sports and events venue located just three miles from downtown.

The ACRC Bowl Series welcomes Western Michigan to the line-up of great teams taking the field at the Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte on Nov. 21-22.  

WMU posted a 4-2 record in 15s play this fall and was the runner-up in the 2014 Mid-American Conference playoffs, losing to conference champs Bowling Green on Nov. 9 but earning a bid to Charlotte, where they will play the runner-up from the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference.

Buy any ticket for the ACRC Bowl Series by 6pm on November 12, 2014 and you are automatically entered to win a free long-sleeved custom T-shirt. These high-quality shirts are only available to Bowl Series attendees and will not be on sale after the event!  

One- and two-day General Admission and VIP tickets are available online on the ACRC Bowl Series Website. Tickets will be sold at the door but are discounted online, plus if you order by noon tomorrow, you could win a shirt!