Backside 10 inspirational considered the week:
Oh girl, inform me I am not leaving,
You are all the things I dream.
I am killing myself considering,
I’ve fallen just like the leaves.
November shadows, shade November change
November spells candy reminiscence,
The season blue stays.
— “November Blue,” the Avett Brothers
August is sizzling. September is nice. October is cool. However November? November is chilly. It is onerous. It is blue. November is the month once we begin to see snowbanks on the sidelines of America’s most storied school soccer fields. November is when postseason bowl hopes are dashed and the School Soccer Playoff choice committee serves up ice-cold truths within the type of its rankings.
November adjustments all the things, even MACtion.
In September, State of Kent cancels an in-progress subject hockey sport to make room for soccer pregame fireworks solely as a result of they’re dummies. In November, Akron strikes a house sport with Japanese Michigan two hours earlier as a result of it’s so freaking chilly and snowy that ready till Eight p.m. may imply sure dying for the handfuls in attendance.
OK, sure dying is perhaps placing it too strongly. However dozens in attendance is 100% correct.
November is when the lads are separated from the boys, the wheat is separated from the chaff and the Backside 10 is separated from itself.
OK, that is senseless. And now it dawns on me that I’ve written myself right into a nook. Not a metaphorical nook, an precise nook. I have been dictating this intro into my telephone whereas pacing round, and I don’t know the place I’m proper now.
So … my level is, November is hard. There are solely two weekends remaining to find out a Backside 10 champion. And, critically, I don’t know the place I’m proper now. Ship assist.
With apologies to Derek “Mr. November” Jeter and Steve Harvey, here is this week’s Backside 10.
Akron does not consider in losing our time, and we recognize that. Final week, the Rubber Kings misplaced to Japanese Michigan throughout that earlier-than-planned Tuesday night time and have become 2019’s first 10-loss staff. This week they kick off at My Hammy of Ohio on Wednesday, and subsequent week it is again to Tuesday night time, probably clinching the Backside 10 title days earlier than their competitors begins taking part in. Plus, the soccer staff must wrap it up and get out of the way in which as a result of the Zips’ eSports staff is celebrating a nationwide championship of its personal in Rocket League, a “vehicular soccer sport during which three gamers management rocket-powered vehicles to hit a ball into an opponent’s aim to attain factors.” Perhaps head soccer coach Tom Arth can spherical up a few of these soccer rockets in time for Wednesday’s kickoff.
Because the Week 12 Pillow Struggle of the Week kicked off, our Backside 10 Chalk Insider, Uncle Ray, known as on his GrandPad from the prime rib buffet on the Flamingo to tell us that the ultimate line was 39.5 in favor of one-win North by Northwestern. That line appeared dicier than the au jus on the buffet because the Minutemen led the primary 15 minutes of the sport by a 3-Zero rating and had been on the verge of extending that lead … earlier than a subject aim try was blocked and returned 85 yards for a Wildcats TD. With 1:37 remaining within the sport, UMass stopped Northwestern 1 yard in need of a primary down throughout a would-be scoring drive in Minutemen territory. Closing rating: NU 45, UMass 6. I am not nice a math, however that is fairly near 39.5, is not it?
Poor UTEP. Simply once they thought their last two video games can be the right matchups to catapult them previous UMass and Akron and into the highest backside spot, these opponents — Rice and New Mexico State — each had the audacity to win their Week 12 video games. This have to be how Georgia and Oregon really feel each time South Carolina and Auburn lose.
In the meantime, the Monarchs probably noticed Rice’s victory, and it gave them not despair however hope. The Owls upset Center Tennessee, and subsequent ODU travels to MTSU. We known as Uncle Ray to see how a lot the road on that sport has moved because the Rice upset, however some unusual man answered Ray’s telephone and mentioned he wasn’t out there as a result of he was in a non-public assembly within the kitchen at Piero’s. We expect the man mentioned one thing a few disagreement over a Chuck-a-Luck payout on the El Cortez, however it was onerous to listen to him. There was loads of screaming about horse heads and sleeping fishes within the background earlier than we had been disconnected.
Purpose No. 3,512 for Baylor to begin scheduling midway first rate nonconference video games: Maybe you would be higher mentally ready to guard a 21-point second-half lead at house in November if you happen to performed any September video games that did not contain strictly Texas faculties named after individuals nobody outdoors of Texas has ever heard of. No offense, Stephen F. Austin and Lamar.
As we informed you earlier, the Different Aggies picked up their first win of the season. However that victory got here versus Incarnate Phrase, so sure, NMSU remains to be ranked, and they’ll nonetheless host No. Three UTEP within the Pillow Struggle of the Week However Not Fairly of the 12 months. You’ve got most likely by no means heard of Incarnate Phrase, so you will not be shocked that on Sept. 19, 2020, they’re scheduled to play at Baylor.
Give the Jaguars credit score. They pushed the Solar Belt West’s first-place staff, Louisiana, in a 37-27 loss. Their solely win of the season stays a Week 2 victory over Jackson State Not Jacksonville State. Now they’ll end the season towards Georgia State Not Southern and Arkansas State Thank God We Aren’t Arkansas.
Talking of the Hogs, they spent their first weekend with out Chad Morris on the helm failing to cowl the unfold vs. the Fightin’ Byes of Open Date College. Now they’ll spend their second weekend with out Morris touring to LSU. The Tigers’ offense ranks second within the nation with 556 yards per sport. The Arkansas protection is ranked 109th within the nation, permitting 447 yards per sport. Fast query, are visiting groups allowed to go over to Bourbon Avenue earlier than video games as a preemptive measure?
UConn received its season opener vs. Wagner after which misplaced the subsequent six video games that led into its Week 10 win over UMass 56-35. The Huskies misplaced these six video games by a mean of 25.5 factors. Within the two video games because the UMass victory, UConn has misplaced by a mixed rating of 104-13. We did a lot investigation into this weird Backside 10 anomaly, and when the reply offered itself, we had been offended at ourselves for the way apparent the reason was. That UMass sport was on Oct. 26, which implies that Randy Edsall was on the peak of his darkish power drawn from Halloween.
The Scarlet Knights additionally began their season with a win (over UMass) after which additionally misplaced their subsequent six in blowouts after which additionally received a sport simply after which additionally misplaced their subsequent two by giant margins. So it was onerous in charge the Rutgers cheerleader who grew to become web well-known on Saturday for being confused when he noticed somebody scoring a landing and clapped for the flawed staff. However props to John Gonzabay, the brand new captain of the Backside 10 Cheer Squad, for proudly owning it.
Hello yea that was me. They had been each pink so I used to be somewhat confused till I noticed the rutgers scholar part not cheering. Oops https://t.co/12GDkxO6ax
— johnny g (@GonzabayJohn) November 17, 2019
Ready Listing: Minute Rice (1-9), (Not) New Mexico (State However Shut) (2-8), UNLV (2-8), the Vanderbilt staff who misplaced to UNLV (2-8), North by Northwestern (2-8), Georgia Rambling Tech (2-8), Twitter hip specialists, fan bases that complain about not getting School GameDay after which complain about getting School GameDay