Week 8 Preview

D1A Rugby: Week 8 Preview
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Week 8 kicks off with a Friday matinée, out of conference game, between Air Force and Army in Colorado Springs. Army will be looking to make up last week’s one point loss to Penn State; while Air Force will be hoping to regain their place in the Top 20 with a win against their armed forces rivals. This game will stream LIVE through The Rugby Channel at 3pmET.

Week 8 brings about the end of regular season play for several conferences, with the Big Ten and the New England Division of the Liberty Conference all wrapping up this weekend.

In Big Ten play, Indiana, ranked 7th in the country, and coming off a 36-12 win over No. 17 Wisconsin, takes on Michigan. Indiana will be looking to finish off a perfect conference schedule with a victory in Ann Arbor. Michigan coming off a thumping loss to Ohio State last week, 17-72, will be looking to finish their season with a .500 record and a statement victory over a top 10 team.

Wisconsin will be looking to bounce back after a frustrating loss, against Indiana, with a strong showing against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State meanwhile will be looking to continue their strong form, after last week’s demolition of Michigan and finish their season at the .500 mark. Catch the match at 1pm ET on Saturday via The Rugby Channel.

In the Liberty Conference two key games will be played in the New England Conference. Northeastern and UConn will face off in a top of the ladder clash to determine who will come out on top of the New England Division. Northeastern currently sits as the high seed with the greater for and against, but their stingy defense will be put to the test by the potent attack of UConn.

Tufts will take the trip out to Amherst to try and improve their record to 3-2; while UMass will be hoping home ground advantage will help them to their second win of the season.

In the final game of 2017 conference play for Colorado, they will be looking to knock off visiting New Mexico. New Mexico will be looking to get their first conference win of the season and get in a good hit out before facing, top of the table, No. 15 Colorado State next week.

As teams in the north finish their conference schedule, down south new seasons are just about to kick off, with the Red River Conference starting their season this weekend. TCU will play to host Texas for their week one match-up. Texas, coming off an impressive 57-29 win against defending conference champs Baylor, will be looking to translate their preseason success, under new Head Coach Zac Mizell, into success within conference play.

Moving up I45, Houston will be playing host to Louisiana State. After a disappointing loss to Baylor in the 2017 Conference final LSU will be looking to start their 2017/18 campaign of by returning to their winning ways. Houston will be looking to show the continued improvement they displayed at the end of last year under new head coach Jesse Dominguez. This game is shaping up to be a pivotal one for both sides as they look to make a statement at the start conference play.