After a relatively quiet weekend last weekend D1A action picks up again this weekend with some massive match ups. We will see all of the Top Five teams in the country in action this weekend and two Top 10 match-ups.
The biggest game of the week is #1 Saint Mary’s visiting #4 BYU. This is a rematch of a clash that they had no more than a month prior where, despite an early lead to BYU, Saint Mary’s was able to come back and land a convincing statement win 37-17. BYU will be expecting the combination of revenge and home field advantage will help them on their way to handing the Gaels their first loss of the season. This game could be crucial for each team and their championship aspirations, as a slip in the rankings could impact their home field advantage going into the post season.
#2 Life vs. #9 Arkansas State is the second Top 10 match up of the week. Life will be making the trip to Jonesboro to take on the Red Wolves. Arkansas State is on the heels of an impressive showing last weekend, where they were only a few points shy of stealing the result away from #5 Lindenwood. When these two last faced each other, Life handled the threat with relative ease. Arkansas State will be looking to make amends this time around.
In other Mid-South action #5 will take on Davenport. Lindenwood are coming into this weekend after narrowly avoiding an upset last weekend, while Davenport is coming off a convincing win against Clemson. This will be their first match of the season, and with playoffs around the corner, Davenport will be doing everything they can to land themselves in the Top 20 rankings.
Number three in the country, Cal, plays host to the Cal Invitational Tournament, where they will play conference rival UCLA. UCLA has been causing upsets in the last couple of weeks with two draws against nationally ranked opponents in back to back weeks. They’ll be looking to finish an upset off this weekend. The other two teams in this tournament are Claremont and #11 Army. The winner of Cal/UCLA will face the winner of Army/Claremont. This is one of the toughest weeks that Cal will play this Spring, but they will undoubtedly be up to it.
A slew of independents are back in action against D1A foes this weekend. #13 CWU faces off against Colorado. This will be CWU’s first game against another D1A opponent since January, and it will serve as a solid warm up as they lead into the back end of their Spring schedule where they have a very challenging run of games.
Two of the biggest surprises this season have been #15 Grand Canyon University and #19 UC Davis, and this weekend they will square off against each other. UC Davis is coming off a hefty loss to the Saint Mary’s last weekend, and will be looking for a win here to ensure that they are still within grasp of the play offs. Grand Canyon on the other hand are sitting on the bubble of the playoffs, and a win here could give them the push they’ve been looking for, but a loss could keep them out. Both teams have it all to play for this weekend.
#14 San Diego State is back in action this weekend against California Conference rivals Santa Clara. San Diego will go out with a chip on their shoulder this weekend after having been leapfrogged by Central Washington in the standings. Santa Clara has only registered one win on the season and will have their hands full this weekend as they look for their second.
UC Santa Barbara playing host to Cal Poly will wrap the California conference games up for the weekend. In what will be UCSB’s final conference game of the season, they will be desperate to ensure that they do not go the whole season without beating a conference opponent.
Down in the Red River Conference we have two matches with LSU hosting Houston ,and Arkansas hosting Oklahoma. LSU is coming off their first loss of the season last weekend to Texas A&M. They will be looking to make sure that they don’t lose any more ground and keep their post season dreams alive.
It will have been exactly a month since Arkansas last took on Oklahoma when the two teams take the pitch on Saturday. The last time these two met, it wasn’t Arkansas’s finest performance, they fell 41-12. Both teams will be hoping to see the season off with a strong run home.