COLUMBUS, Ohio — Welcome to Week Eight of Clemson-Alabama Watch on the highway to the Faculty Soccer Playoff.
Ohio State soccer appears to be on monitor to play its rival Michigan to shut out the common season and add to an eight-game profitable streak within the rivalry.
The Buckeyes are one of the best workforce within the Large Ten by a large margin, whereas the Wolverines have struggled on their technique to a 2-4 file. This can be Michigan’s first dropping season of the Jim Harbaugh period.
Ohio State has dominated this rivalry for the previous 20 years, and Saturday’s contest is predicted to be no completely different because it opened as a 30-point favourite. A win of that margin would comply with within the footsteps of the opposite prime packages within the nation who’ve breezed via their schedule — when their quarterbacks had been accessible — and closed out their common seasons in convincing trend.
Alabama vs. Auburn and LSU
The explanation there are two video games included for the Crimson Tide is as a result of one is definitely their rival in Auburn, whereas the opposite serves as their equal to what Penn State is for the Buckeyes in LSU.
The Tigers knocked off Alabama en path to a Nationwide Championship final season and have been rightfully residing off that historic season since. In the meantime, Alabama has been holding onto a grudge and patiently waited for Saturday’s night time recreation to make issues proper, and so they had no drawback ensuring the world knew that.
The end result was a 55-17 highway win that made present, future and former gamers proud.
“They beat us final yr and possibly have some confidence that they will play nicely towards Alabama,” head coach Nick Saban stated earlier than the sport. “So we’re going to have to vary the way in which they assume with regards to that as nicely.”
That win adopted a 42-13 win over Auburn. Sometimes that rivalry recreation is performed on the finish of the season, on Thanksgiving weekend.
As soon as once more, Alabama was 2-0 towards its most hated opponents within the SEC West and did it in a dominating course of. The following step is placing up an identical efficiency towards the Razorbacks, then get able to face Florida within the SEC Championship Sport.
Clemson and the Notre Dame rematch
The Tigers’ prime rival is South Carolina, however Energy 5 groups aren’t taking part in any Energy 5 groups from different conferences this yr, in order that that recreation gained’t be performed for the primary time in its 123-year historical past. That leaves their ACC rivals Florida State and Georgia Tech.
Clemson made mild work of the Yellow Jackets with a 73-7 highway win. The Seminole recreation was postponed then later taken off the schedule, making certain the Tigers and Notre Dame had been at full energy for Spherical Two within the ACC Championship Sport subsequent week. That was extra necessary since that recreation has Faculty Soccer Playoff implications.
Notre Dame — a member of the ACC for one season — gained the primary assembly at dwelling in time beyond regulation, however Clemson was lacking Trevor Lawrence and three defensive starters. In idea, the Tigers have the identical motivation to do to the Irish what Alabama did to LSU.
That recreation will not be solely about moving into the playoff but in addition proving a degree that the outcomes of the primary recreation had been solely due to circumstance.
Ohio State vs. Michigan and Penn State
Penn State was speculated to be Ohio State’s early-season prime 10 matchup and be one other chapter in what’s been a aggressive sequence underneath James Franklin. As an alternative, Ohio State’s offense did no matter it needed and was one other instance of what’s been a disappointing season for the Nittany Lions.
That leaves Michigan, which the Buckeyes have additionally had their manner with offensively for the reason that arrival of Ryan Day. Ohio State doesn’t have the motivation of avenging a loss as Alabama or Clemson do. Its motivation is constant to validate the attention check that has it sitting at No. 4 within the Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings. Plus, stories this summer time stated that Day supposedly advised Harbaugh throughout a convention name that he plans to place up 100 points in that game this season.
Michigan is predicted to return to some mild soccer actions as we speak as coaches and gamers meet with the media. That’s greater than what the Buckeyes had been doing at this level final week, and so they had been able to play Michigan State per week after an outbreak.
This has been a one-sided rivalry for 20 years, and Ohio State will get the prospect so as to add to that on Saturday.
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