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Published eight:36 a.m. ET Nov. three, 2017 | Updated eight:46 a.m. ET Nov. three, 2017
USA TODAY Sports’ George Schroeder, Paul Myerberg and FOX Sports host Joel Klatt preview three of the weekend’s largest school soccer video games.
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Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate.(Photo: Rick Scuteri, AP)
It’s that point once more. The USA TODAY Sports school soccer employees — Paul Myerberg, Lindsay Schnell, George Schroeder, Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus and Dan Wolken — weigh in with their experience and supply up some daring predictions forward of Week 10 of the school soccer season:
Since that is ‘fall back’ weekend and also you’ll have an additional hour to recuperate Sunday morning, you owe it to your self to remain up and catch this Saturday’s #Pac12AfterDark particular that includes Arizona at Southern California.
The Pac-12 is an excessive lengthy shot now to ship a staff to the College Football Playoff. But the winner of this sport takes cost of the South Division. Most of all, although, it needs to be a great deal of enjoyable. The Trojans seem to have regained their offensive mojo with Ronald Jones II now wholesome to lend floor badist to Sam Darnold, and the Wildcats’ protection isn’t precisely a brick wall. But then neither is USC’s, and Arizona has dual-threat QB Khalil Tate, the breakout star of October. We’re unsure who will win, however each groups ought to put up a rating within the 40s.
FIRST-YEAR GRADES: Assessing each offseason teaching rent in school soccer
STAFF PICKS: Predictions for all the large Week 10 video games in school soccer
WEEK 10 OUTLOOK: Plenty of Playoff implications for Big 12, ACC
QUESTION OF WEEK: Which title contender has the toughest path left?
We’ll have two new groups within the prime 4 of subsequent week’s Playoff rankings. This isn’t to say that each Clemson and Notre Dame will lose, not to mention that Georgia slips up in opposition to South Carolina or Alabama in opposition to LSU. But one staff of the 4 will lose and Oklahoma will put collectively the form of spectacular win wanted in opposition to rival Oklahoma State to earn a minimum of a one-spot transfer into the highest 4.
I really feel like we’re heading towards full chaos with the Playoff this 12 months, and with that in thoughts, it’s about time for one thing loopy to occur that may completely shake up the rankings. N.C. State, I’m you. The Wolfpack knocking off No. four Clemson is bound to trigger issues for the committee subsequent week, particularly if the groups proper beneath it — like Oklahoma and/or Penn State — additionally lose. This all appears very doable.
While it’s no secret the committee values good wins over dangerous losses, keep in mind that we’re entering into the a part of the season the place a variety of groups primarily are enjoying elimination video games. That means the insanity is simply starting.
Iowa State’s loopy surge continues. The Cyclones, who’ve crushed two groups ranked within the present College Football Playoff Top 25, management their future within the race to achieve the Big 12 championship sport. On Saturday, the protection will decelerate West Virginia sufficient to notch Iowa State’s fifth consecutive victory, establishing one other large house sport on Nov. 11 in opposition to Oklahoma State.
The problem of coming down from the emotional excessive after an exhilarating victory is one thing Ohio State should cope with this week after its defeat of Penn State. Urban Meyer baduredly is telling his staff their upcoming journey to Iowa is harmful. Sometimes that message doesn’t sink in with school athletes, particularly after they activate the tape and see the Hawkeyes offense struggling to attain in opposition to high quality opponents.
The Buckeyes, nonetheless, are going to must do greater than present up in Iowa City. Iowa already proved in opposition to Penn State it may take a staff with extra expertise deep into the fourth quarter. Look for the same situation to happen Saturday. The Hawkeyes protection hasn’t given up greater than 21 factors in any of its final six video games and can preserve issues shut. If they will get a turnover or two in opposition to a distracted Ohio State opponent, an upset wouldn’t be out of the query.
With all of the hypothesis this week centered on Scott Frost and whether or not he may take one other teaching job subsequent season, it is a dangerous time for Central Florida to have a tough street sport. The Knights have been rolling alongside at 7-Zero, however they’re going to lastly stub their toe this weekend at SMU, a 6-2 staff that’s able to scoring a bunch of factors. UCF is tough to cease, however the Knights gave up 33 factors to Austin Peay final weekend — 26 within the first half — which might be a signal of regression.
Given all of the chatter about UCF and Frost, it would not shock me in any respect if there’s been a little bit of a lack of focus, which might floor in a sport like this. Ultimately, UCF can afford to lose this sport so long as it bounces again to beat UConn, Temple and South Florida and nonetheless get into the AAC ACC title sport, the place a Peach Bowl bid could be on the road, doubtless in opposition to Memphis. It won’t be a foul factor for UCF to get a stinker out of its system earlier than then.
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