A new conference starts play this weekend as the Chesapeake gets on the field.
This will be a toss-up competition, with strong DII programs Towson and Salisbury taking on playoff-level DIAA teams (James Madison), championship-level NSCRO teams (Mount Saint Mary's), and solid DI teams, as well. It's a wild mix, and now we get to see how they all match up.
Over 70 DII college teams are in action this week as conferences start and some get up to speed.
Last year's Upstate NY conference season was one full of questions, and sometimes a surprise answer.
SUNY Cortland looked to be the dominant team as they finished 8-0 in the regular season, but lost to SUNY Oswego in the playoffs. The road to the playoffs itself was interesting, as it wasn't until the last weekend of the season before we knew what the matchups were.
The Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference (MARC) is always a tight one and it looks to be much the same this year as Week #1 kicks off.