Even though there are a couple of “firsts” this week, crucial factor to keep in mind in Week 11 of the faculty soccer agenda is to devise on tuning in early on Saturday.
Sure, whilst that is the 1st week of the MAC’s annual onslaught of mid-week video games and the 1st week of play after the discharge of the preliminary CFP scores, there are a couple of blockbuster showdowns between undefeated Energy groups each set to begin ahead of primetime rolls round on Saturday.
The week kicks off with 3 MAC video games – two on Tuesday night time and one on Wednesday. In the event you’re channel browsing, there’s a contest on ESPN2 each nights at 8pm EST.
Thursday and Friday characteristic two video games apiece. Song in on Thursday night time at 7:30pm EST on ESPNU to look Louisiana’s speeding assault – ranked No. Three within the country in yards in line with recreation – attempt to stay issues rolling vs. a Coastal Carolina protection ranked No. 80 vs. the run. On Friday, take a look at Washington at Oregon State at 10:30pm EST on FS1 – the Huskies are recent off back-to-back losses to ranked groups and the Beavers have an opportunity to win 5 video games in one season for the 1st time since 2014.
As marketed, the significant motion on Saturday calls for your early consideration – (4) Penn State (8-0) visits (17) Minnesota (8-0) at Midday EST on ABC whilst (12) Baylor (8-0) tries to stay the one very best group within the Large 12 at TCU over on FS1.
Issues get much more exciting within the mid-afternoon time slot with (2) LSU at (3) Alabama at 3:30pm EST on CBS. Even though all eyes might be on that one, don’t sleep on (18) Iowa at (13) Wisconsin, which kicks off 30 mins later, on FOX.
All the way through what when compared may well be billed as “primetime mild” (6) Georgia hosts Missouri at 7pm EST on ESPN, (5) Clemson is at NC State at 7:30pm EST on ABC and Iowa State visits (9) Oklahoma at 8pm EST on FOX.
As a notice, from this week onward we’ll transfer from the use of the AP Best 25 scores to the CFP Best 25 scores.
RANKED vs. RANKED (3)
- (4) Penn State at (17) Minnesota – Saturday, Midday EST, ABC
- (2) LSU at (3) Alabama – Saturday, 3:30pm EST, CBS
- (18) Iowa at (13) Wisconsin – Saturday, 4pm EST, FOX
OFF THIS WEEK (32)
- American: Houston, (21) Memphis, (24) Military, Tulane
- ACC: North Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse
- Large Ten: Indiana, (14) Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers
- Large 12: Kansas, (23) Oklahoma State
- C-USA: Marshall, Heart Tennessee, Rice
- MAC: Akron, Bowling Inexperienced, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Jap Michigan, Northern Illinois
- MWC: Colorado State, UNLV
- Percent-12: Arizona, (7) Oregon, UCLA, (8) Utah
- SEC: (11) Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M
- Solar Belt: Arkansas State
FIRST-EVER MEETINGS (3)
- Charlotte at UTEP
- Liberty at BYU
- Western Kentucky at Arkansas
REUNITED…And it feels so just right
- Appalachian State at South Carolina (final performed in 1988)
7: (5) Clemson has gained 7-straight over NC State (final loss in 2011)
7: Washington has gained 7-straight over Oregon State (final loss in 2011)
8: (3) Alabama has gained 8-straight over (2) LSU (final loss in 2011)
11: Toledo has gained 11-straight house video games over Kent State (final loss there in 1977)
- Louisville has NEVER gained AT Miami Fla. (0-4)
- Maryland has NEVER crushed (1) Ohio State (0-5)
- UCF has NEVER gained AT Tulsa (0-3)
- UConn has NEVER gained AT (20) Cincinnati (0-8)
- Wyoming has NEVER gained AT (22) Boise State (0-6)
(19) Wake Wooded area at Virginia Tech (Saturday, 3:30pm EST, ACCN)
At 7-1, Wake Wooded area is off to its very best get started since 2006 when it completed 11-Three and gained the ACC championship. What’s powered the luck is a passing assault ranked No. Nine within the country and No. 1 within the ACC. This can be a power that pairs smartly with Virginia Tech’s greatest defensive weak point, a secondary this is lately No. 110 within the FBS vs. the go. The Hokies have given up a mean of 361 yards throughout the air in its final 4 outings – 469 at Miami Fla., 286 to FCS Rhode Island, 348 to North Carolina and 341 at (15) Notre Dame. Gamers to look at come with Wake Wooded area junior QB Jamie Newman (#12), No. 12 within the FBS in yards in line with recreation (294.1) and sophomore WR Sage Surratt (#14), No. Four within the FBS in yards in line with recreation (118.5).
Georgia State at ULM (Saturday, 5pm EST, ESPN+)
The most important statistical mismatch in Week 11, song in to this one to look Georgia State’s No. 10 ranked speeding assault tackle ULM’s No. 125 ranked speeding protection. Best 9 groups in all of the country have averaged extra speeding yards than has GSU this season (257.25, simply forward of Oklahoma’s 252.13) whilst most effective 4 have allowed extra flooring yards than have the Warhawks (235.25). Control Panthers’ senior RB Tra Barnett (#5), now not most effective is he No. 10 within the FBS in yards in line with recreation (116), he’s rushed for 100-plus in each and every of his final 4 outings together with ringing up 242 yards and two rankings vs. Troy.
HARDWARE UP FOR GRABS
The Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy – San Jose State at Hawaii – collection began in 1936 – Hawaii leads 21-19-1 and has gained three-straight.
Established in June of this 12 months, this brand-new contention trophy honors Dick Tomey, who passed on to the great beyond from lung most cancers on the age of 80 in Would possibly. Tomey served as the top trainer at Hawaii from 1977-86 (63-46-3) and at San Jose State from 2005-09 (25-35). He used to be additionally the top guy at Arizona from 1987-2000 (95-64-4).
The Don Shula Trophy – Florida Global at Florida Atlantic – collection began in 2002 – FAU leads 12-Five and has gained 3 of the final 4.
The Shula Bowl and Trophy – named in honor of former Miami Dolphins trainer Don Shula – kicked off in 2002, the 1st 12 months the 2 colleges (situated most effective 60-miles aside in South Florida) met at the gridiron. FAU first fielded a soccer group in 2001, FIU adopted in 2002.
The Governor’s Victory Bell – (4) Penn State at (17) Minnesota – collection began in 1993 – Penn State leads 9-Five and has gained 5 of the final six.
Established by means of the governors of the states of Minnesota and Pennsylvania in 1993, this model of a contention bell used to be unveiled for the first-ever recreation between the 2 colleges, on Sept. 4, 1993. It used to be additionally the inaugural Large Ten contest for Penn State. The 2 haven’t performed since 2016 and the Golden Gophers haven’t taken house the prize since 2013, a birthday party so hearty that it broke the Bell.
The Heartland Trophy – (18) Iowa at (13) Wisconsin – collection began in 1894 – Wisconsin leads 47-43-2 and has gained six of the final seven.
The Heartland, a bronze bull, wasn’t presented till 2004 when the 2 colleges determined to honor their then 110-year outdated contention by means of providing a touring prize. Why a bull? Consistent with the Hawkeyes, it “symbolizes the type of video games which have been conventional when the colleges meet.” The Badgers have grabbed the bull by means of the horns 8 occasions vs. Iowa’s 5.
The Textile Bowl Trophy – (5) Clemson at NC State – collection began in 1899 – Clemson leads 58-28-1 and has gained seven-straight.
The Textile Bowl Trophy used to be first presented in 1981, a “a part of a joint advertising effort by means of the textile commissions of each North Carolina and South Carolina…State and Clemson boast two of the biggest, most useful textile colleges within the nation and feature identical educational missions.” The Tigers have captured the weavers’ prize 28 occasions vs. the Wolfpack’s 10.
When (3) Alabama hosts (2) LSU this Saturday it’s going to mark most effective the second one time it’s confronted an opponent ranked within the AP Best 25 this season. The Tide beat then (24) Texas A&M in Faculty Station on Oct. 12, making their recreation vs. the Tigers additionally the first-time they’ve confronted a Best 20 group in 2019.
Evaluate that to LSU, which has already performed – and crushed – then (9) Texas (45-38 on Sept. 7 in Austin), then (7) Florida (42-28 on Oct. 12 in Baton Rouge) after which (9) Auburn (23-20 on Oct. 26, additionally in Baton Rouge). In the event you upload on this weekend’s recreation with Alabama – the Tigers can have performed 4 Best 10 groups in 11 weeks. The excellent news is, none of LSU’s ultimate 3 regular-season foes are lately ranked.
So far as how the opposite frontrunners within the debut CFP scores stack up. (1) Ohio State beat then (25) Michigan State (34-10) on Oct. 10 after which blasted (13) Wisconsin (38-7) on Oct. 26. They nonetheless have (4) Penn State (Nov. 23) and (14) Michigan (Nov. 30) looming forward. Whilst that’s 4 Best 25 squads, just one even has the potential of being a Best Ten opponent at recreation time. And who is aware of if the Wolverines will nonetheless be ranked by the point the 2 play.
That leaves (5) Clemson, which has performed just one ranked group in 2019 – web hosting then (12) Texas A&M on Sept. 7 and profitable 24-10. The one ultimate opponent it has which could also be lately within the scores is (19) Wake Wooded area on Nov. 16.