The WSU Cougars beat the Idaho Vandals today in Pullman by a score of 25 -19. The result of that match was the final piece of the NCRC playoff puzzle. And it is a “good news, bad news” scenario for the Cougars.
By winning the match, the Cougars secure second place in the East Division of the NCRC, that’s good news. The bad news is that the Cougars have to travel to Bellingham to play the University of Oregon Ducks on Saturday, April 6th. The winner of that match between the Cougars and the Ducks then play the Western Washington University Vikings on Sunday, April 7th.
Had the Cougars lost, they probably would have been playing in the NCRC East Division playoffs, in either Moscow or Cheney, against the University of Washington Huskies.
I could be wrong on the East Division playoff scenario but there were so many different combinations and permutations that I get a headache just thinking about them, so I won’t. It is all history now anyway, since WSU beat Idaho.
In the East Division the playoff picture looks like this…the University of Washington will travel to Cheney, the home of the Eastern Washington Eagles and the NCRC East Division winners, to play the University of Idaho, Saturday, April 6th. The winner of that Saturday match will them play Eastern for the NCRC East Division Championship and a slot in the NCRC Championship game at Magnuson Park in Seattle, Saturday, April 13th.
Here is a break down of the NCRC Division standings and the NCRC Playoff pairings….
EWU (3-2-1 17 Pts)
WSU (3-3 16 Pts)
UI (3-3 16 Pts)
BSU (0-6 5 Pts)
WWU (6-0 30 Pts)
UW (5-1 24 Pts)
UO (2-3-1 12 Pts)
WOU (1-5 5 Pts)
East Playoffs (Cheney, Wa)
April 6th: UW vs UI
April 7th: Winner vs EWU
West Playoffs (Bellingham, Wa)
April 6th: WSU vs UO
April 7th: Winner vs WWU
April 13th at Magnusson Park
Enjoy it all and come out and support your favorite team…
Hint: Your favorite team is the WWU Men’s Rugby Club Vikings.