Each week all through the season we’ll offer you a university soccer viewing information by highlighting the 5 greatest video games of the approaching weekend. We are going to choose these 5 video games towards the unfold and spotlight another matchups that caught our eye from a betting perspective.
Week 10 of the school soccer season was stuffed with marquee video games, highlighted by Notre Dame’s large upset over No. 1 Clemson. Week 11 seems to be so much completely different.
As of this writing, eight video games have both been postponed or outright canceled, together with 4 from the SEC, attributable to COVID-19 circumstances. 5 of these video games function a ranked staff, together with No. 1 Alabama’s journey to LSU and No. 3 Ohio State’s recreation at Maryland.
On paper, the weekend’s slate seems to be a bit of underwhelming. However that’s what’s so nice about school soccer. As a rule, once you assume a boring weekend is on the best way a bunch of upsets emerge out of nowhere.
Let’s hope Week 11 comes by way of with some surprises.
(Notice: All instances ET, level spreads/totals from BetMGM)
No. 9 Miami at Virginia Tech
Time: Midday | TV: ESPN2 | Line: Virginia Tech -2.5 | Whole: 66.5
Although it misplaced to Clemson, Miami remains to be in competition to achieve the ACC title recreation. The Hurricanes have been lacking some key gamers, however have been capable of enhance to 6-1 with a 44-41 victory over NC State final Friday. D’Eriq King carried a heavy load, ending the sport with 430 yards and 5 touchdowns passing together with 105 yards speeding. Miami doesn’t have Notre Dame on its schedule, so it can want Clemson to lose one other recreation (or Notre Dame to lose two) with a view to slide into the No. 2 spot within the convention. After all, Miami has to win its personal video games, too.
Virginia Tech has had an up-and-down yr. The Hokies opened the season with two wins and have alternated — loss, win, loss, win, loss — ever since. Final week’s loss, a last-second defeat to Liberty, was the second time this yr the Hokies have misplaced outright whereas favored by greater than 10 factors. The sport had a wild end that featured a blocked subject objective returned for a landing getting taken off the board due to an ill-timed Justin Fuente timeout. How will the Hokies reply?
Sam Cooper: Miami +2.5, Nick Bromberg: Miami +2.5
Different midday video games to observe: No. 10 Indiana at Michigan State (ABC), Penn State at Nebraska (FS1), TCU at West Virginia (FOX)
No. 2 Notre Dame at Boston School
Time: 3:30 p.m. | TV: ABC | Line: Notre Dame -13.5 | Whole: 49.5
Notre Dame is coming off its first win over a top-ranked opponent since 1993 and can be seeking to keep away from a letdown on the highway towards Boston School. The Irish led many of the approach towards Clemson, however wanted a landing within the ultimate minute to pressure time beyond regulation. Ian E-book performed arguably the most effective recreation of his profession, and Kyren Williams completed the evening with 140 yards and three touchdowns. Now ranked No. 2 and sitting with a 7-0 file, the trail to the ACC championship and School Soccer Playoff is obvious. The Irish simply has to keep away from an everyday season slip-up with a rematch with Clemson presumably on the horizon within the ACC title recreation.
Boston School, in its first yr underneath Jeff Hafley, has been one of many ACC’s shock groups. Many projected the Eagles as a staff that will end towards the underside of the convention standings. As a substitute, Boston School sits at 5-3 with two of its losses coming by only one possession. A kind of losses was the Oct. 31 journey to Clemson. It was a near-upset, however the Tigers stormed again and ultimately received 34-28. After such an in depth recreation, BC was a bit sluggish in a 16-13 win over Syracuse final week. With one other likelihood for an enormous upset, it’s exhausting to examine BC popping out sluggish this week.
Sam: Notre Dame -13.5, Nick: Boston School +13.5
Different afternoon video games to observe: No. 20 USC at Arizona (FOX), Colorado at Stanford (ESPN2)
No. 22 Northwestern at Purdue
Time: 5 p.m. | TV: BTN | Line: Northwestern -2.5 | Whole: 50.5
Northwestern had a depressing 2019 season however is off to a powerful 3-0 begin in 2020. With a brand new offensive coordinator (Mike Bajakian) and new quarterback (Indiana switch Peyton Ramsey), the Wildcats are wanting much more competent on offense. It’s not essentially the most explosive unit within the Massive Ten, nevertheless it has moved the ball effectively sufficient to win its first three video games and sit in first place within the Massive Ten West.
Behind Northwestern within the standings is Purdue, which is 2-0. The Boilermakers opened the yr with wins over Iowa and Illinois behind large performances from sophomore receiver David Bell, who has 22 catches for 243 yards and 4 TDs. Final week’s recreation vs. Wisconsin was canceled attributable to UW’s COVID points. With UW now off of its schedule, Purdue has an actual shot to make a run on the division title. And if Rondale Moore returns from his mysterious absence, the Purdue offense might put up some large numbers.
Sam: Northwestern -2.5, Nick: Purdue +2.5
Arkansas at No. 6 Florida
Time: 7 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Line: Florida -17.5 | Whole: 62.5
Arkansas has been one of many tales of the season. The Razorbacks received a mixed 4 video games over the previous two seasons and entered the yr on a 20-game SEC dropping streak. In Sam Pittman’s first yr, the Razorbacks are off to a powerful 3-3 begin. Pittman, although, received’t be on the sideline Saturday after testing optimistic for COVID-19. A key to Arkansas’ resurgence has been QB Feleipe Franks, a Florida switch. In an Arkansas uniform, Franks has thrown for 1,428 yards and 14 TDs with simply three interceptions. He’s additionally accomplished 67.2% of his throws, simply behind the person who changed him as UF’s starter, Kyle Trask (68.7%).
Trask and the Florida offense are coming off a monster efficiency final week towards Georgia. In a 44-28 win that put the Gators in first place within the SEC East, Trask threw for 474 yards and 4 touchdowns. In all, UF amassed 571 yards of offense within the win. With a path to the SEC East title and a berth within the SEC championship recreation laid out, Dan Mullen’s activity can be to maintain his staff locked in. It was an enormous deal that UF snapped its four-game dropping streak to the rival Bulldogs. Like Notre Dame, Florida now has to keep away from a letdown.
Sam: Florida -17.5, Nick: Arkansas +17.5
No. 13 Wisconsin at Michigan
Time: 7:30 p.m. | TV: ABC | Line: Wisconsin -4.5 | Whole: 53.5
Wisconsin’s season received off to a scorching begin, after which it got here to a crashing halt. The Badgers blew out Illinois 45-7 behind a stellar five-touchdown efficiency from quarterback Graham Mertz in his first profession begin. Just a few days later, rumblings of a COVID-19 outbreak emerged. At one level, the Badgers had 27 lively circumstances in this system, together with coach Paul Chryst. UW’s subsequent two video games have been canceled, however the staff is on monitor to make the journey to Ann Arbor on Saturday. What gamers UW can have out there stays to be seen.
In the meantime, Michigan is off to a tough begin to its 2020 season. The Wolverines blew out Minnesota to open the yr, however have since misplaced back-to-back video games to Michigan State and Indiana. The protection has been a significant disappointment and the lack to run the ball has doomed Joe Milton and the offense in current weeks. Jim Harbaugh’s future is turning into a much bigger and greater storyline. Maybe Harbaugh’s Wolverines can get again heading in the right direction towards what may very well be a depleted Badgers staff.
Sam: Wisconsin -4.5, Nick: Wisconsin -4.5
Different evening video games to observe: No. 11 Oregon at Washington State (FOX), No. 19 SMU at Tulsa (ESPN2), Utah at UCLA (FOX)
Head-to-head ATS: Sam: 22-22, Nick: 18-26
Week 11’s greatest bets
Nick Bromberg (Final week: 3-0, Total: 16-9-1)
Vanderbilt at Kentucky: Vanderbilt has been greater than a two-touchdown underdog in each recreation to date this yr and the Commodores are 2-3 towards the unfold. I believe it strikes to 3-3 this weekend. The Kentucky offense has struggled over the previous two video games with a mixed 13 factors in losses to Missouri and Georgia. The Wildcats win, however not by greater than 14. Decide: Vanderbilt +17.5
Military at Tulane: The Black Knights enter this recreation on a four-game win streak however haven’t performed since a 49-3 win over Mercer. Which means it’s been virtually a month since Military final performed an FBS staff. Even with the lengthy layoff I believe it’s loopy that Military is coming into this recreation as an underdog, so I’m taking the staff with the higher file and the factors. Decide: Military +5.5
Baylor at Texas Tech: The Crimson Raiders are simply 2-4 towards the unfold this yr. Tech has solely lined at dwelling towards Texas and at dwelling towards West Virginia. I believe this line is artificially deflated consequently. Baylor will be the worst staff not named Kansas within the Massive 12 and the Crimson Raiders ought to win this recreation by a landing. Decide: Texas Tech -1.5
Sam Cooper (Final week: 1-0, Total: 17-13)
Iowa at Minnesota: Iowa misplaced its first two video games by a mixed 5 factors earlier than destroying Michigan State final week, 49-7. Minnesota allowed a mixed 94 factors in losses to Michigan and Maryland earlier than rebounding with a 41-14 win over an Illinois staff enjoying its fourth-string QB. Although it held Illinois underneath 300 yards, that is nonetheless the identical Minnesota protection that gave up 481 yards to Michigan and 675 yards to Maryland. There’s additionally a pattern I like: Iowa is 14-5-1 ATS in its final 20 video games as a single-digit highway favourite. Decide: Iowa -3.5
No. 20 USC at Arizona: Though USC had 556 yards of offense final week, I believe this whole is simply too excessive. Within the Clay Helton period, the underneath is 8-17 in video games the place USC is favored by a minimum of seven factors, together with a 6-1 mark on the highway. Throughout Kevin Sumlin’s two-year tenure at Arizona, the underneath is 6-2 in video games the place Arizona is an underdog of a minimum of seven factors. Decide: Underneath 67.5
Southern Mississippi at Western Kentucky: WKU has one of many worst offenses within the nation, averaging solely 15.3 factors and 272.8 yards per recreation. Southern Miss is a staff on its third head coach of the season and is coping with accidents on the quarterback place. I’d be shocked if this wasn’t a really, very low-scoring recreation. Decide: Underneath 49.5
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