The COVID-19 pandemic is packing a punch in school soccer this week
The COVID-19 pandemic is packing a punch in school soccer this week, nowhere more difficult than within the Southeastern Convention.
Alabama trainer Nick Saban may not be at the sideline when the No. 2 Red Tide hosts No. Three Georgia on Saturday in possibly the most important sport of the season. LSU’s sport at No. 10 Florida and Vanderbilt’s consult with to Missouri even have been postponed.
Two different video games involving Most sensible 10 groups are also off: No. 7 Oklahoma State at Baylor and No. eight Cincinnati at Tulsa.
The matchup between Appalachian State and Georgia Southern scheduled for Saturday used to be known as off ultimate week, so the Eagles hurriedly scheduled a house sport towards unbiased Massachusetts.
No. 1 Clemson, No. Four Notre Dame and No. Five North Carolina all are double-digit favorites as they give the impression of being to stick unbeaten within the ACC. The Tigers head to Georgia Tech, the Irish host Louisville and the Tar Heels consult with Florida State.
No. Three Georgia at No. 2 Alabama
It is the best matchup of Most sensible 25 groups and used to be intended to be the second one instantly sport Saban confronted off towards a former assistant, Bulldogs head trainer Kirby Good. Steve Sarkisian might be in command of the Tide with Saban quarantining at house.
Alabama were given right into a scoring contest in ultimate week’s 63-48 win towards Lane Kiffin and Mississippi. Georgia used to be challenged for some time towards Tennessee, trailing at part earlier than successful 44-21.
The Red Tide have received 5 instantly towards Georgia and might be assembly the Bulldogs within the common season for the primary time since 2015.
Georgia gifts a miles larger bodily problem than the Tide confronted ultimate week. The Bulldogs’ run protection is easiest within the country. Combatants are averaging 1.49 yards in step with lift and feature scored no dashing touchdowns. The Bulldogs, then again, have not observed a working again like Najee Harris, who went for a career-high 206 yards and 5 touchdowns towards Ole Pass over.
The ultimate two Georgia-Alabama video games had been classics.
In 2018, Jalen Hurts took over for an injured Tua Tagovailoa within the fourth quarter and led the Tide to a 35-28 win within the SEC championship sport in Atlanta. 11 months previous at the identical box, Tagovailoa had changed an useless Hurts and taken again the Tide from a 13-Zero deficit to overcome the Bulldogs 26-23 in additional time within the nationwide championship sport.
Ian E-book was Notre Dame’s first quarterback to pile up 2,500 yards passing, 500 yards dashing and 30 landing passes in a season, and he is been stable thru 3 video games towards overmatched festival.
The third-year starter’s standing as a second-tier Heisman candidate may exchange briefly if the Irish stay successful and he has a large time out towards Clemson on Nov. 7.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
1 — Occupation fumbles via Alabama’s Harris, whose streak of 466 touches with out dropping the ball ended within the first quarter towards Mississippi ultimate week.
eight — Fumble recoveries via Central Florida thru 3 video games, matching its 13-game general in 2019.
nine — Notre Dame’s win streak, the longest amongst Energy 5 groups.
21 — Sacks allowed via Syracuse thru 4 video games.
51 — Consecutive Giant 12 street losses via Kansas because it received at Iowa State in 2008. The Jayhawks consult with West Virginia.
60-Three — SMU’s first-quarter scoring margin all through its Four-Zero get started.
73 — Clemson wins since 2015, maximum within the country and 4 greater than Alabama.
UNDER THE RADAR
Kentucky at No. 18 Tennessee
The border opponents are assembly for the 116th time, and Kentucky might be going for its first win in Knoxville since 1984.
The Wildcats’ protection must be masses assured after conserving Mississippi State trainer Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offense with out a landing ultimate week. Kentucky’s offense must get out of impartial, particularly the passing sport.
Tennessee is having a look to dance again upon getting ruled in the second one part towards Georgia.
The Volunteers used a past due goal-line stand to overcome the Wildcats 17-13 ultimate yr.
Heart Tennessee’s Rick Stockstill is Five-12 since he used to be Convention USA Trainer of the 12 months in 2018. His Blue Raiders broke thru with their first win ultimate week after an Zero-Four get started, scoring within the ultimate minute to overcome Florida World. They are a landing favourite at house towards a North Texas crew that may post — and surrender — a large number of issues.
Stockstill hasn’t received a convention name since 2006, and it does not seem the following one is coming any time quickly. In those difficult monetary instances for athletic departments, Stockstill could possibly live to tell the tale every other dangerous season if best as a result of his contract buyout is north of $6 million.
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