Welcome to Week 7 of the at all times unpredictable 2020 school soccer season.
We all know there are massive video games occurring! We simply do not at all times know who shall be enjoying in them.
Talking of, the largest sport of the younger season is upon us Saturday as No. 3 Georgia visits No. 2 Alabama at 8 p.m. ET
Within the meantime, we’ll preserve tabs on all of that for you proper right here together with the large performs, the turnover doodads and the mascots.
Prime 25 video games
All instances Japanese; strains courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook
No. 11 Texas A&M (-5) at Mississippi State, 4, ESPN/ESPN app
No. 5 North Carolina (-13.5) at Florida State, 7:30, ESPN/ESPN app
No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (-5), 8, CBS
Boston School at No. 23 Virginia Tech (-13), 8, ACC Community/ESPN app
No. 4 Notre Dame 12, Louisville 7
It was an uninspiring outcome on offense for Notre Dame, however credit score Louisville’s protection for making all the pieces tough for the Combating Irish. After placing up 52 and 42 factors the previous two weeks, the Irish had been held to 12 factors Saturday. It is not going to get a lot simpler subsequent week when Notre Dame has to play Pitt, which has a wonderful run protection, permitting solely 61.5 rush yards per sport this season. The excellent news is Notre Dame’s protection was capable of maintain the visiting Cardinals to 234 yards and solely seven factors, however the offense must get again on observe. — Tom VanHaaren
South Carolina 30, No. 15 Auburn 22
The Tigers received away with a win towards Arkansas final week, however could not escape South Carolina in a 30-22 loss. Auburn quarterback Bo Nix did not play like the nice model of himself, going 24-of-47 passing for 272 yards, one landing and three interceptions. There was quite a lot of potential for Auburn coming into this season, and proper now, that potential is not producing outcomes many anticipated. It was an all-around dangerous efficiency for Auburn, and a loss to this South Carolina staff is among the lowest of lows. — Harry Lyles Jr.
No. 1 Clemson 73, Georgia Tech 7
Trevor Lawrence threw his first interception in a 12 months (gasp!) however that was the one factor that went incorrect for the Tigers in a completely dominant efficiency towards Georgia Tech. Lawrence completed with the gaudiest numbers he has ever posted in a half: 5 landing passes (essentially the most he has thrown in a half in his profession) and 404 yards passing (the primary 400-yard passing sport of his profession). Lawrence performed one drive within the second half earlier than calling it a day, for good purpose. Clemson scored 52 first-half factors, tied for the second most by an ACC staff in convention play. — Andrea Adelson
No. 13 Miami 31, Pitt 19
Miami used a number of big-play touchdowns to beat Pitt, every week after shedding handily to No. 1 Clemson. There may be loads of excellent news there, as a result of the Hurricanes didn’t let their disappointing efficiency every week in the past beat them once more. Nevertheless it was an uneven offensive efficiency outdoors these big-play touchdowns (three of the 4 went for 35-plus yards). A part of that’s as a result of they didn’t have their prime receiving goal in tight finish Brevin Jordan. However the different half is the Hurricanes had issues establishing their working sport, and D’Eriq King threw two interceptions. — Andrea Adelson
Kentucky 34, No. 18 Tennessee 7
It felt as if the Volunteers by no means had a lot of an opportunity after Jarrett Guarantano threw two interceptions for touchdowns early within the second quarter towards the Wildcats, they usually did not. After the Vols received thrown round within the second half towards Georgia final week, Kentucky continued to pile on Tennessee within the first half of Saturday’s sport. Issues aren’t going to get any simpler, as Tennessee welcomes Alabama to Knoxville subsequent week. At this level, the bar for what you’d wish to see as a Vols fan is enchancment. — Harry Lyles Jr.
Coastal Carolina 30, No. 21 Louisiana 27
The Ragin’ Cajuns had shut calls their earlier two weeks towards Georgia State and Georgia Southern, and it lastly caught up with them towards Coastal Carolina, which is now 4-0. Louisiana did not play a very dangerous sport; this was merely a kind of video games by which whoever had the ball final was going to win, and Coastal had it final. Although Louisiana’s desires of going undefeated are gone, there’s nonetheless loads of season left for it to complete atop the Solar Belt. — Harry Lyles Jr.
No. 17 SMU 37, Tulane 34
An all-or-nothing efficiency produced simply sufficient alls — seven good points of 30-plus yards — for Sonny Dykes’ Mustangs to stay undefeated. SMU overcame 4 totally different deficits, and each groups missed lengthy discipline targets within the remaining minute of regulation earlier than Brandon Crossley’s extra time interception arrange the game-winning discipline aim. 4 totally different receivers caught no less than one 40-yard cross, and three completed with no less than 100 yards. It was a heck of a by-committee efficiency within the absence of injured star receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. — Invoice Connelly
No. 14 BYU 43, Houston 26
BYU’s win was three distinct video games in a single: BYU bolted to a 14-3 early lead, Houston took management with a 23-0 run within the center quarters, and BYU outscored the hosts 22-0 within the remaining quarter-hour. The BYU protection utterly shut down an explosive Houston offense over its final 4 possessions, and even with out star broad receiver Gunner Romney for a lot of the sport, Zach Wilson went 25-for-35 for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. This BYU staff is for actual. — Invoice Connelly
‘He needs that bone!’
The newest incentive for inflicting a turnover? NC State’s turnover bone.
NC State LB Payton Wilson picks off a cross after which hurries over to the sideline to be rewarded with the Wolfpack’s “turnover bone.”
West Virginia’s Darius Stills, a 285-pound defensive lineman, dives for the interception.
West Virginia’s Darius Stills makes an unimaginable diving interception on a deflection vs. Kansas.
A low blow
Tennessee’s Ramel Keyton “determined to go Diego Maradona” on Kentucky’s J.J. Weaver after being tackled.
You bought Moss’d! TWICE!
South Carolina’s Shi Smith goes approach as much as haul within the TD on a free play for the Gamecocks.
5-foot-10 and go get it!
South Carolina takes the lead vs. No. 15 Auburn 👀 pic.twitter.com/rl7XQjbpvD
— ESPN School Soccer (@ESPNCFB) October 17, 2020
And early within the fourth quarter, Smith added one other unimaginable catch to his spotlight reel.
Shi Smith makes a ridiculous seize to advance South Carolina up the sphere.
Notre Dame honors McClure
Notre Dame left an empty seat within the press field to pay tribute to Vaughn McClure, ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter, who died this week at his dwelling. McClure beforehand coated Notre Dame soccer for the Chicago Solar-Instances.
A tribute to Vaughn McClure, a seat in Notre Dame’s press field at this time. pic.twitter.com/7jzeFxPNYr
— Tim O’Malley (@timomalleyND) October 17, 2020
The ultimate countdown
We’re every week from the Large Ten’s return, so listed below are some cool Nebraska alternates celebrating the “Blackshirts” custom of the Huskers’ protection.
The Legend of the Blackshirts ☠️
Available in shops 10/26 🎈
Worn by the Huskers in ’20 ???
— Nebraska Soccer (@HuskerFBNation) October 13, 2020
And whereas we’re on the subject, let’s all recognize the ‘stache on Kurt Warner’s son, Cornhuskers broad receiver Kade Warner.
That is Kade Warner. He’s a Nebraska soccer participant. And he has the very best mustache in America. #Huskers
“I do not suppose it seems to be good. I simply suppose its humorous.” pic.twitter.com/u49rSfM4nU
— Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) October 15, 2020
Kick it into gear
Cincinnati made just a little TikTok-esque video unveiling its highway unis.
— Cincinnati Soccer (@GoBearcatsFB) October 14, 2020
Sadly, the Bearcats’ sport this week at Tulsa has been postponed as a result of COVID-19 circumstances, so that they should wait to interrupt these out on the sphere.
Make your self at dwelling
Georgia Southern was to put on its white highway uniforms at dwelling for the primary time Saturday when it confronted UMass, which was enjoying its first sport of the season, as a result of the Minutemen’s away uniforms hadn’t arrived but from Adidas.
— Georgia Southern Soccer (@GSAthletics_FB) October 15, 2020
A tribute to Tom
Final month, Tom III, the beloved mascot of the Memphis Tigers, died, however his presence is felt on the Liberty Bowl as soon as once more due to a brand new billboard.
New billboard on Central outdoors Liberty Bowl. pic.twitter.com/DSFh4v0uyL
— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) October 16, 2020
Tom III’s final sport was a win over rival Cincinnati in late 2019.
Respect the sport
Following a 4-0 begin to the season, together with an enormous win over a ranked Louisiana staff on Wednesday, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have grow to be a media darling.
A number of media members on Twitter have began the hashtag #RankCoastal, and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt even gave the Chants a shoutout on SportsCenter.
The nationwide consideration hasn’t gone unnoticed on the program.
— Coastal Carolina Athletics (@GoCCUsports) October 15, 2020
Protecting the streak alive
Tulane introduced earlier this month that followers wouldn’t be allowed for Friday evening’s sport with SMU, nevertheless it did little to discourage Paul Layne.
The SMU superfan made it to his 525th straight Mustangs sport on Friday. He was the one fan in attendance at Yulman Stadium.
The streak is a alive!! … Paul Layne with 525 straight SMU video games #PonyUpDallas
SMU at Tulane
Complete attendance: 1 pic.twitter.com/WiSXxxpvTn
— Thaddeus D. Matula (@thadfilms) October 17, 2020
A rivalry by no means ends
Oklahoma’s dramatic 53-45 victory within the fourth extra time towards Texas might need been every week in the past, however the Sooners are nonetheless not over it. Simply ask Brian Bosworth, Barry Switzer and Roy Williams.
— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) October 16, 2020