Jonesboro (AmericanRugbyNews.com) - The inaugural season of the new Division I Premier Championship will kick off on March 5, 2011 with a slate of games that includes long-time rivals BYU and Utah facing off in Salt Lake City and California visiting San Diego State.
Arkansas State will be in the Midsouth Conference with Life University, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
The regular season for the new 31-team competition will run through April 30.
Postseason play starts on May 7 with the top two teams from each conference advancing to the playoffs. The championship final will be played on May 21.
The teams will compete in the following conferences:
San Diego State
Arkansas State begins conference play March 12th when they travel to LSU. After a bye week, they'll travel to Oklahoma on March 26th. The Red Wolves host Life University April 2nd, then travel to Tennessee the following week. ASU will close out the regular season with two home games. They host Notre Dame April 16th, then Texas A&M on the 23rd.
Each team will play one game against each of the other teams in its conference. Most schools will play single-game weekends with Cal, BYU and Utah each playing one two-match weekend.
BYU will visit Colorado and Air Force on the weekend of March 19. Cal will play at UCLA and Claremont on the weekend of April 2. Utah will travel to Colorado State and Wyoming on the weekend of April 23. Specific dates for those matches will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
The Premier Championship is designed to raise the level and exposure of intercollegiate rugby by creating an elite national competition.