The BUCS season is upon us, and so our Power Rankings return along with your opportunity to have your say on how things stack up across the three tiers of the University game!
We’re collating this year’s rankings via the highly successful format used this past summer – polling not only our own team of BUCS correspondents but also giving all of our passionate Patreon supporters the opportunity to determine how these rankings stack up!
Each contributor submitted their own picks of who’s top dogs in each tier, and then we tallied it all up to create these amalgamated rankings!
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If you missed our preseason Power Rankings (that were released a little late) you can go check them out to see just how far off the mark our pollsters were coming into the year!
Coventry Jets – snuck into the preseason rankings at tenth, but yet to kick off their campaign. Look for them this weekend against expected-promotion contenders, the NTU Renegades
Glasgow Tigers – Ninth in the preseason rankings, but a disappointing loss against newly-promoted Newcastle dropped them out of contention.
Sheffield Sabres – The Sabres simply weren’t sharp enough in Week One, losing out to local rivals, Hallam. They drop out of the rankings having sat at seventh in the preseason.
Kingston Cougars – A surprise loss for the Cougars against the Knights sees them fall from sixth – and suddenly the 1A South is looking like a much more open race!
Bath Killer Bees – And the biggest shift from the preseason Power Rankings, most of our pollsters seemed to have simply forgotten about the Bees after the excitement of Week One! They kick off their campaign this weekend hosting the Exeter Demons
The Newcastle Raiders and Reading Knights both impressed in Week One with unexpected wins. Both now find themselves right on the cusp of a rankings spot, though they’ll likely each have a wait on their hands – the Knights not in action again until Week Four, and the Raiders an extra week of waiting on top of that!
10. Brunel Burners (New Entry)
Snubbed in the preseason Power Rankings, the Burners opened their year with a nice 20-8 win over the Stingers. They’ll only just missed out on the conference crown last year, and with Kingston stumbling at the first hurdle, many will now look to the London side as favourites for this conference.
They face the newly-promoted Panthers this weekend.
9. UEA Pirates (New Entry)
Still, a Week One win over the Vipers, including a healthy 39 points of offence, shifts the East Anglian outfit into the top ten.
The Pirates sail to the Immortals on Sunday, with Imperial battered and bruised following off a crushing defeat against the Falcons.
8. Edinburgh Napier Knights (Down Six)
They kick off their season on Sunday versus the Hull Sharks, who split the top of the conference with the Knights last year at five wins and three losses.
Two favourites for the top spot in the 1A North, the first clash between these two will be our Division One Game of the Week!
7. UCLan Rams (Down Two)
Despite winning in Week One, the Rams slip a couple spots into seventh. They outpaced a feisty looking LJMU Fury for a 32-38 victory and it’s looks like this year the 1A Yorkshire/Lancashire will be just as competitive as we’ve gotten used to.
The Rams host familiar faces, the Tyrants, this weekend – Manchester bounced right back up from relegation two seasons ago and will be looking to make a statement in their season opener.
6. Sheffield Hallam Warriors (New Entry)
However, Hallam’ll will have to hope results go their way over the next few weeks to stay ranked – we won’t see them again until Week Four against the Tyrants and this format of rankings is ever tempestuous!
5. Hull Sharks
They outpaced and outlasted the Mustangs in a shootout that saw the teams put up a combined 70 points of offence!
We’ll get to know them a bit better in our Week Two Game of the Week for Division One as they travel to a Napier Knights outfit that shut them out on both meetings between the two teams last season!
4. Loughborough Students
A relegation hangover? A slow start to the season? Or are the Longhorns sharper than expected?
We’ll learn more when Loughborough host the Warwick Wolves on Sunday.
3. Cardiff Cobras (New Entry)
Our highest-ranked debut outfit, the Cobras crash into the rankings at the #3 spot after bullying the Blitz in Week One.
The Welsh side made short work of Plymouth with a statement 41-0 performance – an outstanding first day in all phases of the game jumps them right up the ranks despite barely being mentioned in the preseason conversation!
We’ll see them next in Week Three versus the newly-promoted Southampton Stags.
2. NTU Renegades (Up Two)
They completely shut down the Wolves in Week One and while we might have looked for a few more points from the offence, the pink powerhouse appear to have shifted into the position of favourites for the Midlands crown.
They’ll host the Coventry Jets this weekend, a team that are coming into the middle tier with great momentum at their backs.
1. Kent Falcons (Up Seven)
The Falcons flew right past Imperial College in Week One, posting up a 78-0 scoreline.
Having gone undefeated during their regular season last year, it looks like Kent have no intention of loosening their grip on the 1A South East.