Week 7 in college soccer was speculated to be a snooze-fest with out a single matchup between ranked groups. However in what turned out to be a wacky weekend, we have been shortly reminded that college soccer has a behavior of being at its finest once we least count on it.
A number of high groups have been upset. A number of different high groups have been practically knocked off in surprisingly good video games. A preferred staff wore eyebrow-raising uniforms. And college soccer’s most-maligned coach could have saved his job.
Under we’ll take a take a look at the ten largest developments out of this week’s college soccer motion.
Second-ranked Clemson misplaced to Syracuse, however are nonetheless OK
Previous to Clemson’s sport on Friday, it regarded like the Tigers have been cruising to their third straight College Soccer Playoff. However then they went Three-12 on third downs, tried a horrible pretend punt, and misplaced to Three-Three Syracuse. Possibly extra importantly, Clemson misplaced quarterback Kelly Bryant to an unsightly concussion that appeared to depart him unconscious on the area. Clemson does have a bye week earlier than going through Georgia Tech, however it’s unclear if Bryant will be able to play in that sport.
As for the Tigers’ probabilities to repeat as nationwide champions, preserve in thoughts that they misplaced at residence to Pitt in mid-November a yr in the past. We now have seen again and again that one loss doesn’t remove a staff from playoff competition, however Clemson does must get again to the ACC title sport and proper now Syracuse holds the tiebreaker, assuming Clemson can get previous North Carolina State who’s at the moment atop the ACC Atlantic division.
Three different top-10 groups additionally misplaced, however just one has been eradicated from the College Soccer Playoff hunt.
No. 5 Washington misplaced to Arizona State on the street, No. Eight Washington State misplaced on the street to Cal on Friday night time, and No. 10 Auburn misplaced on the street to LSU.
Of these, Auburn’s loss was the most damaging. Not solely did they blow a 20-Zero first-half result in a reeling LSU squad, nevertheless it was Auburn’s second loss. Even when they may run the desk – one thing that might require wins over No. 1 Alabama, No. four Georgia, Texas A&M on the street, and presumably Georgia once more in the SEC title sport – Auburn isn’t entering into the College Soccer Playoff with two losses.
Ed Orgeron could have saved his job on the similar day LSU celebrated his predecessor.
After LSU misplaced at residence to FCS college Troy, head coach Ed Orgeron was very a lot on the sizzling seat. However since then, the Tigers have crushed a pair of ranked groups in Florida and Auburn. In addition, Orgeron pulled off Saturday’s large come-from-behind upset over Auburn on the similar day the college honored Orgeron’s predecessor, Les Miles, and his 2007 championship staff. Miles danced round at halftime with the crystal ball trophy and even ate some grass. Any nostalgia followers felt for the Miles period was shortly washed away in the second half and possibly saved Orgeron’s job… for now.
The Pac-12 is in peril of being not noted of the College Soccer Playoff for the second time in four years.
With each Washington and Washington State dropping in embarrassing style to unranked groups this weekend – WSU misplaced 37-Three to Three-Three Cal and U-Dub trailed 13-Zero in the fourth quarter to 2-Three Arizona State – the Pac-12 not has any undefeated groups. Each groups can nonetheless get to the playoff in the event that they run the desk in the Pac-12 North and win the Pac-12 championship sport. The identical is true for USC in the Pac-12 South who wanted two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat unranked Utah 28-27.
The issue for the Pac-12 is that they’ll’t afford too many extra upset losses. The perfect-case situation for the Pac-12 could be for USC to win their remaining regular-season video games and the winner of Washington-Washington State to do the similar. That will pit two 1-loss groups towards one another in the title sport with the winner probably entering into the playoff.
A number of different ranked groups had shut calls.
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This weekend’s slate of video games have been abhorred as a result of there no matchups of ranked groups. However in the finish, not solely did seven ranked groups lose, a number of others had shut calls in surprisingly good video games. No. 7 Wisconsin held on to beat Purdue 17-9, No. 11 Miami overcame an Eight-point second-half deficit to beat Georgia Tech 25-24, No. 12 Oklahoma held on to beat Texas after blowing a 20-point lead, No. 13 USC wanted two fourth quarter touchdowns to beat Utah, and No. 17 Michigan gave up ten factors in the ultimate Three.5 minutes earlier than beating Indiana in time beyond regulation, narrowly avoiding a second loss in the Large Ten.
Regardless of shut name, Miami is now in good place to make the College Soccer Playoff.
The U is again… perhaps. Miami overcame an Eight-point fourth-quarter deficit and beat Georgia Tech 25-24 with a area objective with simply 4 seconds to go. With the win, the Hurricanes stay undefeated and have the inside observe to the ACC title sport if they’ll get previous Coastal Division rivals Virginia and Virginia Tech.
In the meantime, Clemson’s loss opens the door for both NC State or – *gulp* – Syracuse to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division. Both of these opponents would make Miami’s path to the College Soccer Playoff sport a lot simpler. However there’s nonetheless a lot of work to do and many of time for Clemson to rebound.
Wisconsin goes to play in the Large Ten title sport, however their opponent continues to be a thriller.
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No. 7 Wisconsin couldn’t rating in the second half towards Purdue and held on for a 17-9 win. Nonetheless, the Badgers are now 6-Zero total and Three-Zero in the B1G West. Every different staff in the division has a minimum of two losses which implies Wisconsin can be in the convention championship sport.
In the meantime, Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan State are all nonetheless undefeated in the B1G East, with Michigan nonetheless only one sport again. In different phrases, we nonetheless don’t know who Wisconsin will face with a shot at the College Soccer Playoff probably on the line.
The Florida Gators wore their alligator uniforms they usually weren’t as horrible as anticipated.
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Simply a few days earlier than Florida performed Texas A&M, they introduced they might be sporting new alligator-themed uniforms. The duds have been virtually universally vilified and when the sport began they have been actually jarring. However after a whereas, the uniforms not appeared so dangerous. No one is saying the Gators should put on these all the time, however for one sport, they have been enjoyable. In fact, they blew a fourth-quarter result in A&M and misplaced 19-17 on a last-minute area objective, so it should most likely be a whereas earlier than we see the uniforms once more.
Beforehand undefeated San Diego State misplaced to Boise State.
San Diego State wasn’t on the radar of most college soccer followers, however they have been the staff from outdoors the Energy-5 convention that had the best chance of running the table, going undefeated, and taking part in in a single of the New 12 months’s Six bowl video games. Now the staff with the finest shot to characterize the Group of 5 conferences would appear to be the winner of the South Florida-Central Florida sport in the AAC in late November.
A number of Pac-12 video games didn’t finish till properly after midnight on the east coast.
No. Eight Washington State was embarrassed 37-Three by Cal on Friday night time. However the excellent news for the Cougars is that not many individuals noticed it outdoors of the west coast. The sport began at 10:30 and didn’t recover from till 2:07 a.m. on the east coast.
Things have been worse on Saturday night time, Washington’s loss to Arizona State didn’t kick off till 10:45 p.m. and didn’t finish till Three:07 a.m. on the east coast. Stanford’s win over Oregon began even later, at 11:00 p.m. on the east coast and didn’t finish till Three:18 a.m..
In fact, the cause these video games are so late is so networks can fill late night time time-slots on the west coast. However that’s not serving to these colleges get the nationwide consideration they deserve.
Now take a look at Clemson’s swanky new soccer facility.