PICK SIX: Loads of massive video games nonetheless scheduled amid pandemic | State Sports activities
Final 12 months, we printed our own version of a dream faculty soccer street journey — an itinerary that would enable a very obsessed fan to see every crew within the preseason High 25 no less than as soon as in individual.
Evidently, 2020 is not the 12 months for one thing like that.
The coronavirus pandemic has shut down a lot of Division I soccer. Solely three of the Energy 5 leagues are nonetheless taking part in, which means a number of groups from the preseason High 25 are out of motion. Michigan-Ohio State? That recreation is on maintain proper now, together with the remainder of Massive Ten soccer. Ditto for the Pac-12.
However there are nonetheless loads of massive matchups to stay up for. There’s no assure these video games will likely be performed — a fast take a look at Main League Baseball tells you all you want to find out about how rapidly a schedule might be jolted by postponements. And since soccer groups don’t play doubleheaders, faculty soccer could face an excellent larger problem finishing a reputable season.
However listed below are a number of video games to stay up for, if the present schedule holds up. Every crew’s preseason rating is included.
Oct. 3: No. 11 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia
Auburn-Kentucky on Sept. 26 may very well be fascinating, however this stands out as the primary actually massive recreation on the SEC schedule. After Jamie Newman’s decision to decide out, Georgia received’t have an excessive amount of time to get its quarterback scenario so as.
Oct. 10: No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Texas
The State Truthful of Texas has been canceled, however this rivalry recreation on the web site of the Cotton Bowl continues to be on. Oklahoma has received the Massive 12 in all three seasons underneath Lincoln Riley — with three completely different quarterbacks, every of which completed no worse than second within the Heisman Trophy race. Redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler takes over this 12 months.
Oct. 10: No. 8 Florida at No. 13 Texas A&M
Jimbo Fisher is in Year 3 as coach and Kellen Mond is in 12 months 4 because the beginning quarterback. Time for Texas A&M to take a giant step ahead, though the Aggies should play Alabama the week earlier than this showdown with the Gators.
Nov. 7: No. 1 Clemson at No. 10 Notre Dame
For this 12 months no less than, the Combating Irish are within the ACC, and so they’re even exhibiting off the logo on the sphere to show it. Clemson — which was presupposed to play Notre Dame this 12 months anyway — now has to outlast the Irish to win a sixth straight convention title.
Nov. 14: No. 3 Alabama at No. 6 LSU
This recreation now takes place the identical weekend as one other main Southern sporting occasion — the Masters. LSU beat the Crimson Tide on the street en path to a nationwide title final season, and Alabama will now attempt to return the favor. The Tigers have been already going through major losses this 12 months earlier than coronavirus opt-outs left them with an excellent larger problem. It’s laborious to say what sort of form they’ll be in by the point this matchup rolls round.
Nov. 28: Mississippi State at Mississippi
Sure, the Iron Bowl will possible imply extra when it comes to the SEC title race, however the Egg Bowl is growing a well-deserved status for silliness — and is now must-see TV after the best way last year’s game ended. Each groups have new big-name coaches: Lane Kiffin at Mississippi and Mike Leach at Mississippi State. (Alas, Kiffin isn’t scheduled to face his previous mates at Tennessee this season.)
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