School Soccer Weekend Preview: Perhaps Watch One other Sport
As the faculty sports activities world is in chaos, with some groups taking part in, some dropping out and the Big Ten suddenly changing its mind about taking part in soccer this fall, it’d get missed that there’s one other slate of video games this weekend.
And, partly due to the confusion and cancellations, that slate of video games is completely horrible.
A fan hoping to overlook the state of the world for some time and luxuriate in some prime quality soccer goes to be at a extreme loss this Saturday. Is there even one sport price watching? Let’s have a look at the lineup.
The Prime Groups
Solely two members of The Related Press Prime 10 are in motion this weekend, and neither sport appears prone to be an edge-of-the-seat contest.
No. 7 Notre Dame is normally a well-liked crew to root for or towards, however how a lot uncertainty will there be this week towards South Florida, a 25-point underdog that completed 4-8 final 12 months?
A minimum of No. 1 Clemson is taking part in … towards The Citadel. Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne and firm are normally thrilling to look at, however their F.C.S. opponent is taking part in the second of what’s anticipated to be solely a four-game schedule. Clemson is a 45-point favourite, and admittedly loads of folks will line as much as guess them anyway.
Prepared to dip a bit out of the highest 10? No. 11 Oklahoma State and their speedy operating again Chuba Hubbard are 23-point favorites over Tulsa. And No. 13 Cincinnati is a 33-point favourite over Austin Peay. Don’t anticipate surprises.
“School GameDay” has chosen to journey to No. 18 Louisville and have its sport towards No. 17 Miami. It’s the one sport between ranked groups this week, so there’s that. However a more in-depth look reveals it may be removed from a traditional. Whereas Louisville was a good 8-5 final season, ending three video games behind Clemson of their A.C.C. division, Miami was 6-7, its season culminating in a 14-0 loss to Louisiana Tech within the Independence Bowl.
The Remainder of the Rankings
No. 14 Central Florida towards Georgia Tech isn’t an terrible matchup. Central Florida is a couple of years faraway from when it had precise nationwide title aspirations, however it nonetheless has a 35-4 file during the last three seasons. Georgia Tech is coming off a nasty 12 months, however it opened the season with a 16-13 victory over Florida State as a 13-point underdog.
As a result of Large Ten and Pac-12 groups should not at the moment ranked by the A.P., fairly a couple of lesser lights abruptly are thought of “high 25” groups. Although No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette simply defeated Iowa State, its sport this week towards Georgia State doesn’t set the heart beat racing, nor does No. 24 Appalachian State towards Marshall.
Key Convention Video games
There are not any, though a couple of A.C.C. video games are being performed. Apart from Miami-Louisville, there’s No. 25 Pitt towards Syracuse and Wake Forest-North Carolina State. Not even an A.C.C. fanatic is canceling different plans for these.
The Final-Second Sport
Baylor had an issue. Its sport towards Louisiana Tech had been canceled after an outbreak amongst Tech gamers. That left it with no warm-up video games earlier than Large 12 play started.
Houston had the identical drawback. An outbreak at Memphis had precipitated a postponement of their sport this week.
So after some frantic calls and negotiations, Baylor and Houston agreed to face off on Saturday. The deal took days, relatively than weeks, to rearrange, and was made barely per week earlier than the sport, an increasingly common timeline in these pandemic days.
And this shotgun marriage might develop into probably the most intriguing sport of the day.
Baylor was 11-2 final 12 months earlier than dropping to Georgia within the Sugar Bowl, and once more seems like a top-five crew within the Large 12.
Baylor doesn’t all the time schedule robust nonconference opponents, to say the least. Final 12 months its video games have been towards Stephen F. Austin, Texas-San Antonio and Rice, and Baylor beat them by a median of 32 factors.
However Baylor might have stumbled into an actual sport this week. Houston was solely 4-8 final 12 months, however that was after essentially giving up on the season and permitting many high gamers to redshirt after a sluggish begin.
Baylor misplaced Coach Matt Rhule to the Carolina Panthers and will have the rising pains of coping with a brand new system and employees.
Given all that, Houston is barely a 4½-point underdog, that means an in depth sport is greater than doable. And there needs to be scoring. Houston’s Air Raid offense tends to place factors on the board, and its protection can provide them up. The over/underneath for the sport is 63.
Perhaps there’s one thing to look at on Saturday in any case.