The Mid American Conference tournament, which takes place Nov. 8-9, will be a high-stakes affair for the powerhouse squads at the top of this league, known nationwide for being well-stocked with schools committed to excellent club rugby. The tournament winner earns a berth at the ACRC Bowl Series in Charlotte, N.C. on Nov. 21-22.
Who's tops in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference? According to Tennessee head coach and SCRC league secretary Martin Bradley, the conference championship, which takes place Nov 15-16 in Columbia, SC, looks to play out this way:
The latest ACRC Coaches Poll has Kutztown at the top, with Army moving back past Penn State into #2 after Penn State's loss to KU.
Bowling Green defeated a well-regarded Western Michigan and moved up two places as a result. Indiana edged Michigan and they moved ahead of the Wolverines. Wheeling Jesuit lost to Davenport dropping three slots.
New into the Top 20 are West Virginia, Ohio State, Middlebury (who defeated Boston College), South Carolina, and Virginia Tech. Va Tech and USC are tied at #20.
The competition doesn’t get any fiercer than in the Rugby East Conference, where some of the best teams in the nation go head-to-head. Last weekend did not disappoint, with an epic Penn State-Kutztown game that saw the Nittany Lions roar back late in the second half to within 8 points, but fail to catch the Bears.
The win means #3-ranked Kutztown shares the top spot in the standings with #5 Army. The two teams meet this weekend in West Point to determine the REC champion.
The key URugby matchups didn't disappoint yesterday. A number of high-stakes games took place this weekend as conference standings begin to settle out in advance of the American Collegiate Rugby Championship Bowl Series (Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 21-22). Sixteen top teams from eight conferences will get invites to play in the series.
A number of high-stakes games take place this weekend as conference standings begin to settle out in advance of the American Collegiate Rugby Championship Bowl Series (Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 21-22). Sixteen top teams from eight conferences will get invites to play in the series.
There's a little bit of change in the ACRC Coaches Poll for this week. The top three of Kutztown, Penn State, and Army stay the same despite Army's win over Penn State earlier in the season. Army's close escape from Iona might be part of the reason, while PSU seems to be improving.
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