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Faculty soccer Week 9: Picks and previews


We’re yet another recreation weekend out of the primary Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings. A number of of the key gamers for the top-four spots are in motion this week. 

Listed below are our previews and predictions (level spreads courtesy of DraftKings, present on the time of publication and topic to alter) for video games that includes groups in The Related Press High 25 and different attention-grabbing matchups all through the nation.

All instances Japanese. Statistics in parentheses are from the 2022 season until in any other case famous. 


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Virginia Tech (2-5, 1-3 in ACC) at No. 24 North Carolina State (5-2, 1-2 in ACC), 7:30 p.m., Thursday, ESPN

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N.C. State has endured two losses in its final three video games however returns from an off week nonetheless ranked within the High 25. The ultimate push seemingly will not be simple with out injured quarterback Devin Leary, contemplating the Wolfpack have totaled 48 factors within the final three video games. To not point out, N.C. State has dropped 5 in a row versus Virginia Tech. Nonetheless, the Hokies have been outscored 139-63 throughout their present four-game dropping streak.

Prediction: North Carolina State (-13 1/2)


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No. 14 Utah (5-2, 3-1 in Pac-12) at Washington State (4-3, 1-3 in Pac-12), 10 p.m., Thursday, FS1

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If there’s a concern for the Utes, it is that they allowed 42 factors in every of the final two video games whereas splitting the season sequence with UCLA and USC. In the meantime, Washington State simply totaled 24 factors in back-to-back street losses to the Trojans and Oregon State, nevertheless it’s averaging 32.8 factors whereas going 3-1 at residence. Utah has gained the final three conferences on this sequence — all got here at residence. Nonetheless, the Cougars gained the newest matchup in Pullman in 2018.

Prediction: Utah (-7)


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No. 2 Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 in Massive Ten) at No. 13 Penn State (6-1, 3-1 in Massive Ten), Midday, Saturday, Fox

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That is simply the second ranked group Ohio State will face in 2022. The Buckeyes sit fifth within the nation, permitting 14.9 factors. In the meantime, Penn State is giving up 18.9 per contest general and 48 complete whereas going 4-0 at residence. After all, the Nittany Lions haven’t seen an offense the caliber of Ohio State, and that features the Michigan group that beat them 41-17. The Buckeyes have gained 5 straight within the sequence since they had been ranked No. 2 and fell 24-21 at Joyful Valley in 2016.

Prediction: Ohio State (-16)


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No. 7 TCU (7-0, 4-0 in Massive 12) at West Virginia (3-4, 1-3 in Massive 12), Midday, Saturday, ESPN

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The final time TCU went 8-0 was 2015, and it beat West Virginia for the eighth victory. Since that triumph, nonetheless, the Horned Frogs are 1-5 in opposition to the Mountaineers. TCU has additionally been outscored 105-26 throughout its three-game dropping streak at West Virginia. Then once more, the Mountaineers have allowed 88 factors and 408 dashing yards of their final two video games this month. In the meantime, TCU’s Kendre Miller has averaged 124.6 dashing yards and scored eight of his 10 touchdowns on the bottom within the final 5 contests.

Prediction: West Virginia (+7 1/2)


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Notre Dame (4-3) at No. 16 Syracuse (6-1), Midday, Saturday, ABC

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Syracuse has misplaced 4 straight in opposition to the Irish by a mean margin of twenty-two.5 factors. However, they enter this newest installment of the sequence as the higher group and are internet hosting the competition for the primary time since 2003 — which Syracuse gained 38-12. To not point out, the Orange practically knocked off Clemson on the street final week. Notre Dame will host Clemson subsequent week and will use some momentum getting into that matchup. The Irish have totaled 38 factors in splitting its two video games in opposition to ranked groups — Ohio State and BYU — this season.

Prediction: Notre Dame (+2 1/2)


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No. 8 Oregon (6-1, 4-0 in Pac-12) at California (3-4, 1-3 in Pac-12), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, FS1

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The revival of Bo Nix (1,809 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, three interceptions; 382 dashing yards, eight dashing TDs) will get loads of pub at Oregon, however how about Minnesota switch working again Bucky Irving? The sophomore has rushed for 523 yards and averaged 7.1 per carry throughout the Geese’ six-game profitable streak. Cal permits a serviceable 117.4 dashing yards per recreation, nevertheless it’s additionally dropped three in a row, principally as a result of the Golden Bears have totaled 43 factors within the final three contests.

Prediction: Oregon (-17 1/2)


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Florida (4-3, 1-3 in SEC) vs. No. 1 Georgia (7-0, 4-0 in SEC) at Jacksonville, Fla., 3:30 p.m., Saturday, CBS

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It is “Cocktail Get together” time, and the Bulldogs have gained 4 of the final 5 installments of this rivalry. Each groups have had two weeks to organize for this annual soccer enjoyable fest. That does not bode properly for the Gators, who might be ready to the hilt, however Georgia — outscoring opponents 292-64 — is simply too good at this second to be upset. Particularly in a recreation that’s simple to get pumped as much as play. This will likely be simply the second time this season that Florida has performed a recreation outdoors The Swamp.

Prediction: Georgia (-22 1/2)


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No. 9 Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1 in Massive 12) at No. 22 Kansas State (5-2, 3-1 in Massive 12), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Fox

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After injuring his knee early in Kansas State’s 38-28 loss at TCU final weekend, quarterback Adrian Martinez (907 passing yards, 565 dashing yards) is thought of a game-time choice for this one . Nonetheless, veteran backup Will Howard (13-for-20, 225 yards, two touchdowns, one interception; one dashing TD vs. TCU) held his personal in aid and appears able to main this group. Regardless, the Wildcats, who’ve misplaced three straight within the sequence, should cease Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders (2,030 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 4 interceptions; 352 dashing yards, eight dashing TDs).

Prediction: Kansas State -1 1/2


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No. 10 Wake Forest (6-1, 2-1 in ACC) at Louisville (4-3, 2-3 in ACC), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ACC Community

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For pure leisure functions, if this yr’s matchup between the Demon Deacons and Cardinals is as thrilling as final yr, followers are in for one more deal with. Wake wanted a subject objective with 22 seconds remaining in regulation to win 37-34 at residence. Two of the ACC’s finest quarterbacks had been every worthy of reward in that contest, with Wake’s Sam Hartman throwing for 324 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and dashing 35 instances with a rating. In the meantime, Louisville star Malik Cunningham totaled 309 via the air and 46 on the bottom, and 4 general touchdowns. The Cardinals are banged up however 3-1 at residence within the sequence since 2014.

Prediction: Wake Forest (-3 1/2)


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No. 17 Illinois (6-1, 3-1 in Massive Ten) at Nebraska (3-4, 2-2 in Massive Ten), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

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For these not conscious, Illinois ranks No. 1 within the nation in scoring protection (common 8.9 factors allowed) and common scrimmage yards allowed (221.1), and boasts the nation’s high rusher in Chase Brown (1,059 dashing yards) getting into this week’s motion. Additionally, the Massive Ten West is there to lose for the Illini, whose five-game profitable streak is their longest since a six-game run in 2011. They will even be on the lookout for a 3rd consecutive victory over Nebraska, which is 2-2 since firing Scot Frost. The Cornhuskers have misplaced 19 straight in opposition to High 25 groups.

Prediction: Illinois (-8)


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No. 20 Cincinnati (6-1, 3-0 in AAC) at UCF (5-2, 2-1 in AAC), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

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Tulane and Cincinnati are the lone undefeated groups in American Athletic Convention play, however Central Florida is true behind and gained its final three residence video games by a mean margin of 32 factors. The Bearcats, in the meantime, are undefeated since opening with that seven-point loss at Arkansas. Nonetheless, they’ve gained the final two — in opposition to USF and SMU — by a mixed six factors. So, Cincinnati, which has gained three straight on this sequence, is aware of methods to win tight video games, and this might be one other one.

Prediction: Cincinnati (-1)


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Missouri (3-4, 1-3 in SEC) at No. 25 South Carolina (5-2, 2-2 in SEC), 4 p.m., Saturday, SEC Community

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One ought to really feel good for South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler, who, whereas placing up pedestrian numbers (1,466 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, eight interceptions), is as soon as once more enjoying for a ranked group. The Gamecocks have gained 4 in a row, due to a protection that is allowed a mean of 17.0 factors throughout the profitable streak. Missouri has gained three straight on this sequence however dropped 5 consecutive street contests and 14 of the final 17 away from residence relationship to the beginning of the 2019 season.

Prediction: South Carolina (-4)


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No. 10 USC (6-1, 4-1 in Pac-12) at Arizona (3-4, 1-3 in Pac-12), 7 p.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Community

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USC has had two weeks to regroup and relaxation up from that wild one-point loss at then-No. 20 Utah. That is one other street check for the Trojans, however Arizona has misplaced two in a row, allowed 49 factors in three of its final 4 video games, and dropped 9 straight on this sequence, relationship to a 39-36 residence victory in 2012. This all units up for a doubtlessly huge evening from USC Heisman Trophy candidate Caleb Williams (1,971 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, one interception; 235 dashing yards, three dashing TDs).

Prediction: USC (-15)


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No. 19 Kentucky (5-2, 2-2 in SEC) at No. 3 Tennessee (7-0, 3-0 in SEC), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

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In response to The Athletic , that is the primary time since 1951 that these rivals are each ranked for his or her matchup. Plus, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (2,093 passing yards, 18 yards, one interception; 315 dashing yards, three dashing TDs) is a critical Heisman Trophy contender, and Jalin Hyatt has caught 13 passes for 381 yards and 7 TDs within the final two video games. In the meantime, Kentucky is permitting simply 16.4 factors and is 2-1 in opposition to High 25 groups this season. And the Wildcats gained the newest assembly in Knoxville, 34-7, in 2020.

Prediction: Kentucky (+12 1/2)


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Michigan State (3-4, 1-3 in Massive Ten) at No. 4 Michigan (7-0, 4-0 in Massive Ten), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

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The Wolverines are three-touchdown favorites in opposition to their in-state rival, however they’ve additionally misplaced the final two conferences. The truth is, the Spartans have gained 5 of the final seven performed on the Massive Home. Now, Michigan is rolling and has gained 12 consecutive regular-season contests since falling 37-33 at Michigan State a yr in the past. In the meantime, the Spartans ought to have some momentum after ending their four-game skid with the double-overtime win in opposition to Wisconsin from two weeks in the past. Even with that triumph and historical past on its aspect, Michigan State nonetheless faces a tall order in upsetting the Wolverines once more.

Prediction: Michigan State (+22 1/2)


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No. 15 Mississippi (7-1, 3-1 in SEC) at Texas A&M (3-4, 1-3 in SEC), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, SEC Community

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Ole Miss must bounce again from that 25-point loss at LSU, and a go to to disjointed Texas A&M may present the best alternative to get it accomplished. The Rebels gained final yr’s assembly, and these Aggies seem in disarray whereas amid a three-game dropping streak, coping with varied personnel points and questioning if Jimbo Fisher actually is the appropriate man for the job. Then once more, after we least count on it, Texas A&M may lastly come to play and present just a little delight to drag off this delicate upset.

Prediction: Texas A&M (+2 1/2)


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Pittsburgh (4-3, 1-2 in ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (6-1, 3-0 in ACC), 8 p.m., Saturday, ACC Community

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It is North Carolina that sits high of the ACC Coastal Division, not Pittsburgh. The Tar Heels have gained three in a row, however the final two — at Miami, Fla., and Duke — by three factors every. Although Pitt has dropped two of its final three after scoring 10 factors at Louisville final week, we nonetheless count on this one to be shut. And doubtlessly excessive scoring. Two of the ACC’s finest will likely be on show in Carolina quarterback Drake Maye, who ranks among the many nationwide leaders in passing yards (2,283), touchdowns (24) and passer ranking (184.8). And Panthers working again Israel Abanikanda is fourth within the nation with 959 yards and a 137.0 common per contest.

Prediction: North Carolina (-3)


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Stanford (3-4, 1-4 in Pac-12) at No. 12 UCLA (6-1, 3-1 in Pac-12), 10:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

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UCLA has an opportunity to indicate its mettle whereas attempting to rebound from that tough 15-point loss at Oregon final weekend. And the Bruins get to take action at residence, the place they’ve gained seven in a row relationship to final season. That mentioned, UCLA has no cause to sleep on Stanford, which adopted a three-game dropping streak by profitable at Notre Dame and versus Arizona State — by a complete of three factors. The Cardinal additionally allowed 14 factors in every of these contests, so that is the problem for a UCLA squad averaging 39.9 factors.

Prediction: Stanford (+16 1/2)


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Arkansas (4-3, 1-3 in SEC) at Auburn (3-4, 1-3 in SEC), Midday, Saturday, SEC Community

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Is disappointing the suitable time period to explain the standing of each groups? Certain, Auburn was not anticipated to be a significant participant throughout the SEC this season, nevertheless it’s in peril of dropping 4 straight video games for a second consecutive season, in addition to three video games at residence. Now, the Tigers have gained six in a row over Arkansas, which is seeking to keep away from a fourth consecutive SEC defeat. The Razorbacks, a High 25 staple earlier this season, misplaced their final two league video games — versus Alabama and Mississippi State — by 23 factors every.

Prediction: Auburn (+3 1/2)


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Oklahoma (4-3, 1-3 in Massive 12) at Iowa State (3-4, 0-4 in Massive 12), Midday, Saturday, FS1

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The Sooners halted a three-game skid with their 52-42 win over Kansas on Oct. 15 however are giving up 48.8 factors per recreation in convention play. Iowa State, in the meantime, has totaled simply 65 factors whereas off to its worst league begin since going 0-6 in 2016. Nonetheless, the Cyclones are yielding simply 15.1 factors per contest — they usually gained 37-30 when the groups final met in Ames throughout the 2020 season. Courting to final season, Oklahoma has misplaced three straight Massive 12 street video games for the primary time since dropping 4 in a row spanning the 2009 and ’10 campaigns.

Prediction: Oklahoma (-1)


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Northwestern (1-6, 1-3 in Massive Ten) at Iowa (3-4, 1-3 in Massive Ten), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2

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Baylor (4-3, 2-2 in Massive 12) at Texas Tech (4-3, 2-2 in Massive 12), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2

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It is a matchup of groups proper in the course of the Massive 12 standings. For Baylor, that is not the place it was anticipated to be. It has not helped that the Bears are 1-2 on the street this season. They’ve additionally misplaced 10 in a row at Texas Tech, relationship to a 21-15 victory there in 1990. On the flip aspect, the Pink Raiders are 4-0 this season at residence, the place they’ve already knocked off then-ranked groups in Houston and Texas.

Prediction: Texas Tech (-2 1/2)


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San Diego State (4-3, 2-1 in Mountain West) at Fresno State (3-4, 2-1 in Mountain West), 10:30 p.m., Saturday, FS1

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This matchup options two of the three groups tied for the lead within the West Division of the Mountain West. Every group enters on the lookout for a 3rd consecutive victory. The Aztecs have allowed 21 factors in back-to-back wins over Hawaii and Nevada after giving up 35 in a loss at Boise State. Nonetheless, they’re averaging simply 19.1 factors on the season. In the meantime, Fresno has yielded simply 19 factors in beating San Jose State and New Mexico over the previous two weeks. The Bulldogs have gained three of the final 4 versus SDSU.

Prediction: San Diego State (+8 1/2)

Jeff Mezydlo has written about sports activities and leisure on-line and for print for greater than 25 years. He grew up within the far south suburbs of Chicago, 20 minutes from the Mascot Corridor of Fame in Whiting, Ind. He’s additionally the proud father of 11-year-old Matthew, aka “Bobby Bruin,” mascot of St. Robert Bellarmine Faculty in Chicago. You’ll be able to observe Jeff at @jeffm401.


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