Absolutely the maximum necessary factor to know any time you are previewing the approaching school soccer season, and particularly if you find yourself doing a deeper dive on schedules, is that “ain’t no person taking part in anyone.”
It is a time-honored word and one lined in its personal vernacular relying on the place you are living and what group you are living and die with each fall Saturday afternoon. It is usually a word that can invariably achieve a crescendo come Faculty Soccer Playoff variety time in December.
Till then, we’re going to hand out a couple of preseason superlatives with regards to the 2019 school soccer time table, some to be pleased with and a few certain to motive substantial angst. Because the Head Ball Trainer, aka Steve Spurrier, used to mention (quoting his previous trainer Pepper Rodgers), a trainer is simplest as excellent as his avid gamers and his time table.
And possibly there is something to that for the reason that two groups that performed for the nationwide championship a 12 months in the past — Alabama and Clemson — blended to stand simply 5 Energy Five groups that controlled greater than 8 wins throughout the 2018 common season. The Pink Tide and Tigers additionally blended to supply 16 choices within the 2019 NFL draft, together with 8 avid gamers taken in both the primary or 2nd spherical.
Now, directly to our choices:
Hardest total Energy Five time table
A handful of faculties may make instances, in particular South Carolina, however not anything rises to the extent of the gantlet staring Gus Malzahn and Auburn within the face this season. The Tigers face six of the highest 12 groups in ESPN’s newest Means-Too-Early preseason scores, and 4 of the ones video games are clear of house. The Aug. 31 opener is in opposition to No. 10 Oregon in Arlington, Texas, adopted by way of true street video games in opposition to No. 12 Texas A&M on Sept. 21, No. 8 Florida on Oct. Five and No. 9 LSU on Oct. 26. In fact, the “excellent information” is that Auburn returns house for its November grind … in opposition to No. 3 Georgia on Nov. 16 and No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 30. The proverbial sizzling seat has transform all too acquainted for Malzahn. When is it now not for the top soccer trainer at the Plains? However with a time table like this, Malzahn’s seat simply were given warmer — if that is conceivable.
Best total Energy Five time table
Justin Fuente may use a large season, and Virginia Tech’s time table appears to be like adore it simply may cooperate. The one recreation in opposition to an opponent ranked in ESPN’s newest preseason scores comes at the street in opposition to Notre Dame on Nov. 2, however the Hokies have an open date the week ahead of taking part in the Irish. Additionally, they may not have to depart the state of Virginia for 5 in their final seven video games. And, oh yeah, they steer clear of Clemson, NC State and Syracuse from the ACC’s Atlantic Department throughout the common season. After profitable simply six video games a 12 months in the past, Virginia Tech’s pathway to double-digit wins in 2019 does not glance all that unrealistic.
Maximum attention-grabbing time table
As an FBS impartial, scheduling will also be difficult for BYU, however the Cougars will have to be in for a wild experience — by hook or by crook — in 2019. Now not simplest are they the one group in school soccer to open the season in opposition to 4 instantly Energy Five combatants (Utah, Tennessee, USC and Washington), however the ones 4 video games all are available in successive weeks. The caveat is that the Aug. 29 opener in opposition to Utah is a Thursday night time recreation. The oldsters in Provo are going to like the house time table. Along with Utah, USC, Washington and Boise State all come to LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Hardest open to the season
Stanford performs six instantly weeks to open the season ahead of getting a bye, and 3 of the ones video games are in opposition to groups in ESPN’s preseason scores. The Cardinal open with Northwestern at house on Aug. 31, then face USC and UCF at the street in back-to-back weeks, go back house to stand Oregon on Sept. 21, play at Oregon State the following week after which come again house to stand Washington on Oct. 5.
Hardest as regards to the season
This used to be a very easy name. Boston Faculty ends the season with 4 street journeys in its final 5 video games, and the one house recreation in that extend is in opposition to Florida State. The Eagles shuttle to Clemson on Oct. 26, shuttle to Syracuse on Nov. 2, face FSU at house Nov. 9, after which after an open date, shuttle to Notre Dame on Nov. 23 and to Pittsburgh on Nov. 30.
Cushiest open to the season
Ohio State faces Florida Atlantic and Cincinnati at house to open the season, then travels to Indiana and is derived again house to stand Miami (Ohio). Beautiful protected guess that Ryan Day and the Buckeyes shall be 4-Zero going to Nebraska on Sept. 28.
Cushiest as regards to the season
Kentucky closes the season with a November that has a definite Volunteer State taste to it, and 3 of the 4 video games are at house. Tennessee on Nov. 9, UT-Martin on Nov. 23 and Louisville on Nov. 30 will all come to Kroger Box. The one away recreation is in opposition to Vanderbilt on Nov. 16. None of UK’s 4 November foes completed with a profitable report a 12 months in the past.
Take your pick out between Texas A&M and Michigan State as to which Energy Five college performs the hardest street time table in 2019. The Aggies play at Clemson on Sept. 7 after which shut the season with street video games in opposition to Georgia on Nov. 23 and LSU on Nov. 30. In the meantime, the Spartans play at Northwestern on Sept. 21, at Ohio State on Oct. 5, at Wisconsin on Oct. 12 and at Michigan on Nov. 16.
Does anyone have an more straightforward slate at house this season than Virginia Tech? The Hokies face Previous Dominion, Furman, Duke, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Wake Wooded area and Pitt in Blacksburg. However, it isn’t like Alabama is overextending itself at house this season, both. The Pink Tide face New Mexico State, Southern Leave out, Ole Leave out, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU and Western Carolina in Tuscaloosa.
Energy Five shy
The Giant Ten will get the “award” for having essentially the most groups now not taking part in a Energy Five opponent or Notre Dame throughout the nonconference portion in their schedules. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin all fall into that class.
Energy Five shy on steroids
Arkansas, Ohio State and Tennessee are the one 3 Energy Five groups within the nation now not taking part in any Energy Five combatants or Notre Dame of their nonconference schedules and taking part in all in their nonconference video games of their house stadiums. Kudos to the ACC, despite the fact that. All 14 ACC groups are taking part in no less than one nonconference recreation in opposition to a Energy Five college or Notre Dame.
Energy Five glad
Boston Faculty is the one Energy Five college taking part in 3 nonconference video games in opposition to a Energy Five opponent or Notre Dame. The Eagles face Kansas at house and Rutgers and Notre Dame at the street.
Proudly owning the SEC
For the second one instantly season, Clemson has two nonconference video games in opposition to SEC foes — Texas A&M at house and South Carolina at the street. Dabo Swinney is 13-Five in opposition to SEC groups for the reason that get started of the 2012 season, which incorporates 5 wins over South Carolina, 3 wins over Auburn, two wins over Alabama and wins over Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M.
Beast of the East
Alabama returns to South Carolina on Sept. 14 for the primary time since 2010, when Steve Spurrier, Stephen Garcia, Alshon Jeffery and the Gamecocks ambushed the No. 1-ranked Pink Tide 35-21. Now not simplest used to be that the final time Alabama misplaced to an SEC Japanese Department group, however it is the simplest time a Nick Saban-coached Alabama group has misplaced to an SEC opponent by way of 14 issues or extra. Alabama is 68-Eight in opposition to all SEC combatants since that loss.
Shiny lighting fixtures of L.A.
UCLA ventures outdoor of Los Angeles simplest two times throughout the months of October and November, to stand Stanford on Oct. 17 and Utah on Nov. 16. The Bruins play at USC on Nov. 23, however that recreation is on the Coliseum.
Colorado will open the season with 3 consecutive video games in opposition to in-state or conventional competitors — Colorado State in Denver, Nebraska in Boulder and Air Power in Boulder. Thank you to a couple ace analysis by way of Colorado’s David Plati and his team of workers, there are simplest 13 different cases through which an FBS college has opened the season in opposition to two instantly competitors since 1971, when 11-game schedules got here into being. Plati and his group may now not in finding an example of an FBS college opening with 3 instantly competitors. This would be the first assembly between Colorado and Air Power since 1974.
At the street once more
In slightly below a five-week span from Sept. 21 to Oct. 17, UCLA performs 3 true Percent-12 street video games in opposition to Washington State on Sept. 21, Arizona on Sept. 28 and Stanford on Oct. 17, which is preceded by way of an open date. Mississippi State can also be dwelling out of its suitcase from Sept. 28 thru Nov. 2. In the ones six weeks, the Bulldogs will cross at the street to stand Auburn on Sept. 28, Tennessee on Oct. 12, Texas A&M on Oct. 26 and Arkansas on Nov. 2. They get an open date on Oct. 5, so 4 of the 5 video games throughout that extend are at the street.
No backing down for Holgo, Houston
As Dana Holgorsen embarks on his first season at Houston, the Cougars are taking up all comers. They open the season by way of taking part in at Oklahoma, then face Washington State two weeks later within the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium. 3 in their first 4 video games are on brief weeks, giving them 4 video games in 19 days.
Do not get stuck snoozing
Which Energy Five groups may get tripped up by way of Team of five groups? A number of the chances: Oregon faces Nevada on Sept. 7, every week after the Geese open the season in opposition to Auburn. North Carolina faces Appalachian State at house on Sept. 21. Mack Brown began his head-coaching profession in Boone. Wake Wooded area opens the season on Aug. 30 at house in opposition to Utah State. Stanford performs at UCF on Sept. 14, and Pitt takes on UCF at house on Sept. 21.
Staying within the sunshine
Miami performs 9 of its 12 video games within the state of Florida, together with the opener in opposition to Florida on Aug. 24 in Orlando, a street recreation at Florida State on Nov. 2 and a street recreation at Florida World on Nov. 23.
Seven of Notre Dame’s combatants have a bye ahead of they play the Irish — New Mexico, Bowling Inexperienced, USC, Virginia Tech, Duke, Army and Boston Faculty. The Irish are 10-1 below Brian Kelly coming off their very own bye week. Additionally, Georgia shall be coming off a recreation in opposition to Arkansas State and Virginia coming off a recreation in opposition to Previous Dominion.
Common flier miles
The power from Stanford College to Spectrum Stadium, the place UCF performs its house soccer video games, is two,880 miles. Thankfully for the Cardinal, they may not be using for that Sept. 14 affair. Nevertheless, that is a mighty lengthy option to opt for a soccer recreation.
September to bear in mind
There are some intriguing matchups the primary 3 weeks of September, together with LSU at Texas, Texas A&M at Clemson, Military at Michigan and Stanford at USC on Sept. 7. On Sept. 14, Stanford performs at UCF, Oklahoma performs at UCLA, and Clemson performs at Syracuse. Then on Sept. 21, Notre Dame travels to Georgia, and Michigan travels to Wisconsin.
SEC November scrimmage weekend
On Nov. 23, Alabama performs Western Carolina, Auburn performs Samford, Kentucky performs UT-Martin, and Vanderbilt performs East Tennessee State. One thing says the SEC price ticket agents may not be raking within the money that weekend.
Pitt is going the primary 5 weeks of the season with out leaving the state of Pennsylvania, even if probably the most video games is at Penn State on Sept. 14.
Convention recreation that is a nonconference recreation
ACC foes Wake Wooded area and North Carolina will play Sept. 13, but it surely may not depend as a convention recreation. Each and every group has simplest 3 different nonconference video games.
Deep within the middle of Texas
Texas performs just one recreation outdoor the state (at West Virginia on Oct. 5) till it travels to Iowa State on Nov. 16. The Longhorns have a “street” recreation in opposition to Rice at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 14, the Purple River Contention in opposition to Oklahoma in Dallas on Oct. 12 and a recreation in opposition to TCU in Citadel Value on Oct. 26.
Team of five shuttle
Kent State is hoping to give a boost to on a 2-10 season in Yr 2 below Sean Lewis, who at 33 is the youngest FBS head trainer. The Golden Flashes’ nonconference street time table may not be of a lot help. Of their first 5 video games of the season, they play street video games at Arizona State on Aug. 29, at Auburn on Sept. 14 and at Wisconsin on Oct. 5.
Hardest early season street go back and forth
Southern Leave out faces a difficult check early, visiting Mississippi State, Troy and Alabama consecutively. Northern Illinois can also be examined, visiting Utah, Nebraska and Vanderbilt consecutively.
Hardest Team of five nonconference time table
Kent State is not taking the simple method out, visiting Arizona State, Auburn and Wisconsin within the first 5 weeks of the season.