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?