This week options one of many slates that’s drawing heavy criticism on Twitter, X — or hell, no matter it’s now known as — for being too “skinny”. To translate, it isn’t a weekend loaded with “name-brand” matchups. Cease specializing in “huge” video games, youngsters. They’re enjoyable, however there’s extra to life.
Lest I get right into a sermon, off we go.
It’s time for the 4 greatest tales from the week prior in school soccer. Settlement isn’t required, however I all the time respect it.
Battle in Brookings: Talking of not following title manufacturers, we mentioned right here final week that you simply wanted to observe Montana State-South Dakota State. Hopefully, you adopted that recommendation. The matchup of the highest two groups in FCS within the Beef Bowl didn’t disappoint, because the ‘Jacks survived a wild end-of-game flurry — and what most thought was a game-winning landing toss — to knock off the Bobcats, 20-16. SDSU restricted Montana State to simply 26.7 p.c (4-for-15) on third downs and compelled two red-zone discipline objectives in late stops to assist safe the win. The rankings didn’t undergo — each groups are nonetheless within the prime two or three, relying in your ballot of alternative — and I’m fairly assured in saying that anybody who watches FCS soccer would join that one once more in Frisco. That mentioned, there are numerous good groups biting at their heels.
FCS near-misses: There was somewhat FCS-on-FBS crime final week, as Fordham trekked to Buffalo and claimed a 40-37 victory to go along with its verify. Southern Illinois additionally claimed an FBS choice, knocking off Northern Illinois, 14-11. There have been another alternatives, nonetheless. Boston School clipped Holy Cross, 31-28, in a downpour. New Hampshire dropped a 45-42 choice at Central Michigan. Morgan State fell to Akron, 24-21. Lastly, in probably the most thrilling outcomes of the evening, Fresno State scored a 34-31, two-overtime outcome towards Japanese Washington.
What’s Brian’s sure-to-be-incorrect prediction for the FCS group that will get one this week? I’m going with North Dakota on the blue turf.
Climate guidelines the day: Many Saturday video games have been delayed by climate, together with two of the larger video games within the Outdated Dominion. Virginia featured the larger story, the place freshman Anthony Colandrea went 20-for-26 for 377 yards and two scores. The ‘Hoos have been nonetheless unable to carry on — regardless of masking — towards JMU, because the Dukes scored 12 unanswered within the remaining quarter and knocked off UVa, 36-35. Colandrea returned to the bench this week as a reward, and the 0-2 Cavaliers face off with former ACC rival Maryland in yet one more dangerous matchup.
Virginia Tech, in the meantime, fought again from a 17-0 deficit early within the second quarter to attract degree on a TD toss from Grant Wells to Jaylin Lane simply earlier than the interval. The Hokies then fell aside on offense within the second half, with Hudson Card offering the lone second-half rating on a two-yard TD run halfway by means of the fourth. Liberty obtained one other stable effort underneath middle from Kaidon Salter and 106 dashing yards from Quinton Cooley to prime New Mexico State, 33-17.
Not for nothing, however the Commonwealth Cup appears to be unwatchable, but once more.
Texas, the alternative of entrance: Alabama minus-7 appeared just like the sucker wager of the yr going into final week. The Longhorns laughed at that quantity — and the single-digit residence losses in Nick Saban’s profession — in a 34-24 victory in Tuscaloosa. Texas scored 21 fourth-quarter factors within the victory, with two Ewers-to-Mitchell hookups accentuating the outburst. Ewers carved the Tide protection, going 24-for-34 for 349 yards and three scores. The same old — ha — stumbling block of Kansas looms for the ‘Horns after a sneaky robust contest with Wyoming this weekend. Oh — and there’s that Purple River Showdown hanging out early in October…
And now for the time that I exhibit my full lack of handicapping abilities. I make no claims on the contrary. With that, right here’s what you’ll learn each week:
I’ll choose 4 video games every week, with many not within the enormous P5 home windows, as a result of I have a tendency to paint outdoors these traces a bit. I’ll simply choose straight traces as they’re listed on the day I choose them — no cash traces, no teasing, nothing else. I’ll preserve monitor of my report because the season goes alongside, and you’ll trash me within the feedback every week for my lack of prediction prowess.
NOTE: Not one of the textual content inside is supposed to function playing recommendation. That is largely meant for parody and light-hearted overview. At no level ought to any of the picks on this article be construed as playing recommendation supplied by FBSchedules.com or me.
JMU (-6) at Virginia
WHAT HAPPENED: JMU 36, Virginia 35. We already talked about most of this final result earlier. Good groups win, nice groups cowl — I suppose, anyway.
Nebraska at #22 Colorado (-3)
WHAT HAPPENED: Colorado 36, Nebraska 14. The Buffaloes are 2-0, Matt Rhule appears extra like Panthers Matt Rhule than Baylor or Temple Matt Rhule, and now each media member with a pulse might be in attendance for Colorado-Colorado State.
#20 Ole Miss at #24 Tulane (+7.5)
WHAT HAPPENED: Ole Miss 37, Tulane 20. Tulane had a 17-7 lead halfway by means of the second quarter, however the Rebels outscored them 30-3 the remainder of the best way. No half factors, although.
#11 Texas at #3 Alabama (-7)
WHAT HAPPENED: Texas 34, Alabama 24. And now you see why I all the time inform you I’m not providing playing recommendation.
Week 2 (1-3 final week, 2-6 this season)
#15 Kansas State (-4) at Missouri (midday, SECN)
Liberty (-3) at Buffalo (midday, CBSSN)
East Carolina at Appalachian State (-8.5) (3:30, ESPN+)
Western Kentucky (+29.5) at Ohio State (4:00, FOX)
And eventually, listed here are the 4 “under-the-radar” video games I’ll be watching this week and the right way to watch them. I’ll additionally embrace traces if there are any — for informational functions solely, naturally, as outlined within the above disclaimer. I don’t but have a reputation for this part. All instances are Japanese.
#5 Idaho (2-0) at Cal (1-1) (4:00, Pac-12 Community): Jason Eck’s Vandals are enjoyable! Idaho obtained a huge FBS win of their final outing, clobbering Nevada in a 33-6 choice. They’ve a shot at one other in Berkeley towards a Cal group that appeared fairly peculiar in a loss to Auburn final week.
LINE: NA as of press time.
UMass (1-2) at Japanese Michigan (1-1) (2:00, ESPN+): All the joy round UMass following its Week 0 victory over New Mexico State looks like years in the past, because the Minutemen have dropped their subsequent two and enterprise to Rynearson Stadium searching for one thing to proper the ship. When you’re close to Ypsilanti, drop in — the in-the-door value begins at $8.
LINE: Japanese Michigan -7.
Murray State (1-1) at Center Tennessee (0-2) (7pm, ESPN+): The resurrection of a long-time rivalry takes the turf at Johnny “Purple” Floyd Stadium Saturday evening. Nick Vattiato has gotten off to an awesome begin for the Raiders, finishing 43-of-68 tosses towards two SEC foes. MTSU got here near a win at Faurot Subject towards Missouri final Saturday evening, earlier than lastly succumbing in a 23-19 choice to the Tigers. Murray obtained thumped by in-state foe Louisville, 56-0, the final outing, however will look to take advantage of a visit to Murfreesboro earlier than issues get actually robust in MVFC motion.
LINE: NA as of press time.
JMU (2-0) at Troy (1-1) (7pm, NFLN): The Dukes journey to Alabama off the excessive of a highway win towards an ACC opponent and might be greeted by a recreation Trojan membership to open Solar Belt play. Troy is the defending league champ, and it is a enjoyable convention opener between two groups that can look to hoist a banner this season. As a facet word, these two former 1-AA powers have solely performed towards one another with each at that degree, and solely within the first spherical of the playoffs. Troy received the one recreation performed between the 2 in its facility, a 27-7 remaining in 1999.
LINE: Troy -2.5.
Don’t let individuals inform you it is a dangerous weekend to observe school soccer. Each weekend is a superb weekend when the ball is within the air.
Completely satisfied trails, of us.