As the faculty sports activities world is in chaos, with some groups enjoying, some dropping out and the Big Ten suddenly changing its mind about enjoying soccer this fall, it would get ignored 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. Even a last-minute addition to the schedule, a unexpectedly organized showdown which may have really been the weekend’s finest matchup, was abruptly referred to as off on Friday.
The result’s that any fan hoping to overlook the state of the world for a couple of hours and luxuriate in some prime quality soccer goes to be at a extreme loss on Saturday. Is there even one recreation price watching? Let’s take a look at what’s left of the lineup.
The High Groups
Solely two members of The Related Press High 10 are in motion this weekend, and neither recreation appears prone to be an edge-of-the-seat contest.
No. 7 Notre Dame is normally a preferred workforce to root for or in opposition to, however how a lot uncertainty will there be this week in opposition to South Florida, a 25-point underdog that completed 4-8 final 12 months?
A minimum of No. 1 Clemson is enjoying … in opposition to The Citadel. Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne and firm are normally thrilling to observe, however their F.C.S. opponent is enjoying the second of what’s anticipated to be solely a four-game schedule. Clemson is a 45-point favourite, and albeit loads of individuals will line as much as wager them anyway.
Keen 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.
“College GameDay” has chosen to journey to No. 18 Louisville and have its recreation in opposition to No. 17 Miami. It’s the one recreation between ranked groups this week, so there’s that. However a better look exhibits it could be removed from a basic. 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 in opposition to Georgia Tech isn’t an terrible matchup. Central Florida is a couple of years faraway from when it had precise nationwide title aspirations, nevertheless it nonetheless has a 35-4 document over the past three seasons. Georgia Tech is coming off a nasty 12 months, nevertheless it opened the season with a 16-13 victory over Florida State as a 13-point underdog.
As a result of Huge Ten and Pac-12 groups usually are not at present ranked by the A.P., fairly a couple of lesser lights out of the blue are thought-about “top 25” groups. Although No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette simply defeated Iowa State, its recreation this week in opposition to Georgia State doesn’t set the heart beat racing, nor does No. 24 Appalachian State in opposition to Marshall.
Key Convention Video games
There are not any, though a couple of A.C.C. video games are being performed. Except for Miami-Louisville, there’s No. 25 Pitt in opposition to Syracuse and Wake Forest-North Carolina State. Not even an A.C.C. fanatic is canceling different plans for these.
The Final-Second Recreation
Baylor had an issue. Its recreation in opposition to Louisiana Tech had been canceled after an outbreak amongst Tech gamers. That left the Bears with no warm-up video games — no video games in any respect, in truth, earlier than Huge 12 play begins subsequent weekend.
Houston had the identical drawback. An outbreak at Memphis had precipitated a postponement of the groups’ recreation this weekend.
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.
However the shotgun marriage had an opportunity to be essentially the most intriguing recreation of the day. Baylor was 11-2 final 12 months earlier than dropping to Georgia within the Sugar Bowl, and whereas it doesn’t at all times schedule robust nonconference opponents, it could have stumbled into an actual recreation in opposition to Houston. The Cougars have been solely 4-8 final 12 months, however that was after essentially giving up on the season and permitting lots of their high gamers to redshirt after a sluggish begin.
An in depth, high-scoring recreation was greater than potential, on condition that Houston’s Air Raid offense tends to place factors on the board.
So there’s one thing good to observe on Saturday in any case? Nope.
Baylor announced Friday that coronavirus testing and quarantines amongst its gamers had left it unable to its convention’s threshold to play. The sport was off.
Liberty-Western Kentucky anybody?