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Men DI Top 25

Tuesday Apr 21, 2009 in Rankings DI Men's College

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(Cal Poly tussling with Air Force this past weekend. Numina Photo.)


April 21, 2009 – For the staff at the ERugbyNews massive subterranean compound, this week’s men’s DI Top 25 was the hardest of the season to put together. So many upsets and surprising results threw a lot of the rankings for something of a loop.

Here’s what we discovered:
Arkansas State is for real. They brought it superbly the entire weekend and played with courage and tenacity. We knew they were good, but still they did well.

Navy is what they have been all season – maddeningly inconsistent. This was one of their poorer weekend and they needed to be good.

Dartmouth is an excellent team and smart. One sign of a smart team is how they improve over the season. They are better now than they were in the fall, and end up getting ranked above Army as a result.

St. Mary’s is also maddening. They can push Cal to the limit but tie Utah. They can look like the best team in the country, and then get blown out in the first 40 by Army. What do you do with them? We know they had some serious injuries, and their consolation win over Tennessee (20-15) might say more about Tennessee, and St. Mary’s coach Tim O’Brien’s lineup choice, than anything else. In the end we think that St. Mary’s is good enough to be in the top three, but can’t be credited with potential alone. This is the playoffs. We move them down.

San Diego State head coach Dan Payne loved the fact we ranked them lower than they deserved to be for so long. The Aztecs are outstanding.

LSU is also for real. Army is a great team, but are they one of the best four in the nation? Up to them to prove us wrong, because we still have reservations.

Tennessee lost both their games but did so in competitive fashion (26-12 to Penn State and 20-15 to St. Mary’s). Do you move them down because they lost twice, or move them up because they were closer then expected? We move them up.

The solid showing of the Northeast teams made us look again at Northeast programs that didn’t make it. Sticking out like a sore thumb is Syracuse, which lost a close one to Dartmouth in the Northeast playoffs, and did well all other times. They move back in.

Does it all seem fair? Army makes the Big Four and only moves up to #6. Cal Poly beats Air Force, and loses to Cal (who doesn’t?) and drops four places. Utah? They just didn’t do it when needed, and their lost to LSU shows they have a ways to go yet.

So, below, for your consideration, in perhaps the most tumultuous week of the Rankings in some time.


 

April 21, 2009 ERugbyNews Men DI College Top 25

Rank

Team, College Record (Overall Record) (Prev Rank)

1

California 20-1 (29-1) (2)

 

67-0 over Minnesota, 76-10 over Cal Poly (6)

2

BYU 14-0 (15-0) (1)

 

26-5 over Dartmouth (19), 13-3 over Arkansas State (12)

3

San Diego State 12-0 (12-2) (5)

 

55-12 over Bowling Green (11), 44-30 over LSU (13)

4

Arkansas State 11-1 (13-1) (12)

 

50-7 over Navy (8), Lost 13-3 to BYU (1)

5

Dartmouth 12-4 (19)

 

Lost 26-5 to BYU (1), 53-26 over Navy (8)

6

Army 9-1-1 (10-2-2) (7)

 

33-26 over St. Mary's (3), 20-19 over Penn State (4)

7

Penn State 10-4-1 (16-4-1) (4)

 

26-12 over Tennessee (20), Lost 20-19 to Army (7)

8

LSU 8-2 (14-2) (13)

 

47-5 over Utah (9), Lost 44-30 to San Diego State (5)

9

St. Mary's 20-2-1 (3)

 

Lost 33-26 to Army (7), 20-15 over Tennessee (20)

10

Cal Poly 11-4 (15-4) (6)

 

61-10 over Air Force (16), lost 76-10 to Cal (2)

11

Utah 20-5-1 (9)

 

Lost 47-5 to LSU (13), 29-17 over Bowling Green (11)

12

Central Washington 12-4 (13-4) (10)

 

Idle

13

Bowling Green 18-2-1 (11)

 

Lost 55-12 to San Diego State (5), Lost 29-17 to Utah (9)

14

Tennessee 6-3 (8-4) (20)

 

Lost 26-12 to Penn State (4), lost 20-15 to St. Mary's (3)

15

Navy 8-8-2 (9-8-2) (8)

 

Lost 50-7 to Ark. State (12), lost 52-26 to Dartmouth (19)

16

Kutztown 11-3 (14)

 

Idle

17

Air Force 6-4-2 (6-5-2) (16)

 

Lost 61-10 to Cal Poly (6), 29-12 over Minnesota

18

Colorado State 3-4-1 (5-5-1) (15)

 

Idle

19

Wyoming 5-4 (8-5) (17)

 

Idle

20

Texas A&M 8-3 (14-4) (18)

 

Idle

21

Arizona 8-6 (21)

 

Idle

22

Rutgers 13-2 (22)

 

Idle

23

UC Davis 10-6 (23)

 

Idle

24

Syracuse 16-4 (18-5) (Unr)

 

Upstates Tourney

25

Virginia Tech 7-4 (8-4) (25)

 

Idle

 

April 21, 2009 ERugbyNews Men DI College Top 25

 

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