faculty soccer Picks: How bad can it get for A&M, ND, OU?

on occasion it will also be intricate to appear far from the wreckage.

At this aspect in a school soccer season there are a variety of compelling matchups involving teams with championship aspirations.

There are additionally teams that have been huge disappointments, and seeing how deep they sink into the mire may also be truly attractive, principally to folks that don't seem to be enthusiasts of these groups.

Schadenfreude is likely one of the most powerful emotions in college soccer and there are a lot of lovers having fun with how the seasons of Oklahoma (4-3), Texas A&M (3-four), Notre Dame (four-3) and Miami (3-4) have careened into a ditch.

All 4 started the season enormously ranked. reaching six victories and bowl eligibility is no certain issue for any of that neighborhood.

The theme of this week's most exciting video games is: How bad can it get?

No. 15 Mississippi at Texas A&M

Jimbo Fisher's Aggies are on a 3-online game skid and have not scored more than 24 in their remaining 9 games in opposition t FBS opponents. That has sparked lots of dialogue about added lengthy-term, guaranteed contracts for coaches. The Rebels' protection was very accommodating in a loss at LSU final week. might be it's the tonic A&M wants?

LINE: Ole miss by way of 2 1/2. opt for: Texas A&M 27-24.

Oklahoma at Iowa State

The Sooners snapped a three-game dropping streak before final week's open date to calm things down in Brent Venables' first season as head coach. Iowa State is having an beneath-the-radar disappointing season. The Cyclones shed the massive 12 cellar-dweller title in fresh seasons under Matt Campbell, but are 0-4 within the convention and in danger of their first typical losing record due to the fact 2016. Angst on both sides right here.

LINE: Oklahoma by way of 1 1/2. pick: Oklahoma 31-27.

Miami at Virginia

Mario Cristobal appears like a train who wants to strip the U. down the studs at this element, so might be 12 months 1 is just a throwaway. however ultimate week the Hurricanes misplaced to Duke, an extra program led with the aid of a first-12 months train that seemed to be in a ways worst shape closing season than Miami. Now the 'Canes get a further first-year team of workers on the different sideline in Tony Elliott's Virginia.

LINE: Miami via 2. choose: Miami 23-19.

Notre Dame at No. sixteen Syracuse

The fighting Irish nonetheless have games in opposition t No. 5 Clemson and No. 10 Southern California, with Navy and Boston college in between. Lose in the dome to the Orange and 6-6 feels like the most excellent-case state of affairs for Marcus Freeman's first season as coach.

LINE: Syracuse through three. select: Notre Dame 23-20.

No. 19 Kentucky at No. 3 Tennessee

good enough, one definitely big video game. The Volunteers haven't any. 1 Georgia on the horizon, but the Wildcats don't figure to be a pushover for QB Hendon Hooker and the excessive-scoring Vols. it's a huge stage for Kentucky QB Will Levis to show he's price the NFL-prospect hype.

LINE: Tennessee by 12 1/2. select: Tennessee 35-27.

different games matching ranked groups towards FBS opponents with strains via FanDuel Sportsbook.

THURSDAY

No. 14 Utah (minus 7) at Washington State

Utes have gained the closing three conferences, all by double-digits ... UTAH 35-24.

Virginia Tech at No. 24 North Carolina State (minus 13 1/2)

Hokies have the worst offense in the ACC (four.sixty three yards per play) and the Wolfpack are fiddling with a again-up QB. ... N.C. STATE 24-7.

SATURDAY

No. 1 Georgia (minus 22 1/2) vs. Florida at Jacksonville, Fla.

Gators will want a Superman efficiency from talented but inconsistent QB Anthony Richardson ... GEORGIA forty two-17.

No. 2 Ohio State at No. 13 Penn State (plus 15 1/2)

Buckeyes have gained five straight against the Nittany Lions, but none by using greater than 13 features ... OHIO STATE 31-20.

Michigan State at No. four Michigan (minus 22 1/2)

Spartans coach Mel Tucker is 2-0 during this competition ... MICHIGAN forty two-17.

No. 7 TCU at West Virginia (plus 7 1/2)

Unbeaten Horned Frogs are coming off a string of 4 straight games in opposition t ranked teams ... TCU 34-28.

No. eight Oregon (minus 17 1/2) at California

WR Troy Franklin has become a force for the geese with 561 yards receiving and five touchdowns ... OREGON 38-17.

No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 22 Kansas State (minus 1 1/2)

QBs Adrian Martinez and will Howard left remaining week's online game with accidents and both are unclear to head this week ... KANSAS STATE 28-24.

No. 10 Wake wooded area (minus three 1/2) at Louisville

Deacs QB Sam Hartman is two TD passes in the back of former N.C. State megastar Philip Rivers for 2nd in ACC history with ninety five ... WAKE woodland 35-28.

No. 10 Southern California (minus 15 1/2) at Arizona

Trojans may well be with out WR Jordan Addison (right leg), but it surely mustn't depend much in opposition t the Pac-12's worst protection ... USC 49-31.

Stanford at No. 12 UCLA (minus sixteen 1/2)

Bruins going for consecutive wins against Stanford for the primary time considering the fact that 2008 ... UCLA forty two-23.

No. 17 Illinois at Nebraska (plus 7 1/2)

Illini try for his or her first three-online game winning streak in opposition t the Huskers ... ILLINOIS 23-17.

No. 20 Cincinnati at UCF (minus 1/2)

Bearcats have received three straight conferences ... UCF 27-23.

Pittsburgh (plus 3 1/2) at No. 21 North Carolina

Pitt RB Israel Abanikanda, the ACC's leading rusher, meets the ACC's worst run defense ... NORTH CAROLINA 38-36.

Missouri at No. 25 South Carolina (minus 3 1/2)

Gamecocks have not gained a video game as a ranked team considering the fact that September 2014 and have lost three straight to the Tigers. ... SOUTH CAROLINA 23-17.

TWITTER REQUESTS

Northwestern (plus 10 1/2) at Iowa (@MrOH1O) — Three tv networks simply agreed to pay a whole bunch of a millions of bucks for the appropriate to broadcast matchups like this. ... IOWA sixteen-10.

Arkansas at Auburn (plus 3 1/2) (@BZSEC) — Tigers have gained six straight conferences ... ARKANSAS 33-31.

Baylor (plus 3) at Texas Tech (@ryancachegibbs) — closing three conferences had been determined by way of seven facets, two received by means of the Bears ... BAYLOR 35-31.

New Mexico State (minus 2 1/2) at Massachusetts (@Brett—McMurphy) — it's an enormous school soccer online game ... NEW MEXICO STATE 27-21.

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record

final week: Straight-up — 9-10; against spread — 8-11.

Season: 118-51; 87-ninety one.

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