Weekend Preview: Week 8

D1A Rugby: Weekend Preview: Week 8
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For many teams, this is the final weekend of regular season play, and for one a last ditch effort to make it into the post-season.

8th Big Ten ranked Iowa is set to host 3rd ranked Wisconsin this weekend in Iowa City, IA. Wisconsin Badgers comes off of a winning weekend against Michigan (27-18) and is likely to control this weekends game. With Wisconsin flyhalf, Jordi Heginbottom out on the pitch, we expect the Badgers will score early and often.

Another match up among the Big Ten cohort comes between the two Michigan’s. Michigan State Spartans (2-3) will host University of Michigan Wolverines (4-1) for the final match of the regular Fall season. Joel Conzelmann, Wolverine flyhalf and currently the third top point earner in the conference, is sure to keep the Spartan defense on their heels by working the ball out to wing Matt Kasten, another high scorer in the Big Ten conference. Michigan State has a strong chance to keep the Wolverines at bay, to make Michigan really earn their win.

Illonis (2-3) will travel to Purdue (0-5) for to round out their final win of the season, both teams will end without seeing a playoff match. Purdue is coming off of a narrow loss to Michigan State and looking to the leadership of center Joseph Mustaklem and flanker Maxwell Dapper to bring in the points. Illinois has seen better outcomes across the regular season working hard to score most of their points within the first half. Flyhalf Matthew Ramsey and wing Martin Giannetti will likely hammer in the points against Purude to mark off a final win in 2013.

Kutztown University will travel to University of Mary Washington to fill out some competition in the small, yet mighty, East Conference. With just two weekends until the East Coast Championship quarterfinal match, Kutztown is looking to keep their top-ranking team fresh. Last weekend, not only was Kutztown captain and president Mike Lawrenson crowned homecoming king, but the Golden Bears also dominated Wheeling Jesuit 71-12. KU looks to bring the fury into this weekends match as they prep for the upcoming championship run.

Ohio State will be traveling to Indiana to attempt a last ditch effort for a much needed upset. For Ohio to advance into post-season play, they will need to beat Indiana by 7 points and need Wisconsin and Michigan to loose by 7 – somewhat unlikely. For more on this anticipated match, take a look at our feature article by visiting www.d1arugby.com.