Forty names, video games, groups and trivialities making information in faculty soccer (“Interim Coaches Rule” T-shirts bought individually in Faculty Park and Columbus):


You hated it when the Southeastern Convention (1) gained seven nationwide titles in a row, and bragged about them collectively, as if Kentucky and Mississippi had something to do with it. You detested it when Alabama performed LSU for the nationwide title to finish the 2011 season, and much more when Alabama and Georgia performed for all of it final yr.

For a lot of the nation, SEC fatigue was actual. And never spectacular.

And now one week into the 2018 season, the place do we discover ourselves?

Again on Planet Finebaum.

You possibly can, in the mean time, make an argument for rating SEC groups Nos. 1 via Four proper now. Simply give ’em the whole playoff. The Sprint isn’t able to go that far (see beneath), however it was a robust opening assertion from the league.

So for those who’re rating the conferences off of Labor Day weekend, we choose again up the place we left off.

The SEC brand is proven outdoors of the Hyatt Regency lodge for the NCAA faculty soccer Southeastern Convention’s annual media gathering, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Picture/Butch Dill)

The SEC went 13-1, most of them blowouts, and racked up 4 victories over Energy 5 convention opponents. That equals the full for the opposite 4 P5 conferences mixed (two for the Massive Ten, one for the Massive 12 and one for the Pac-12).

Sure, they have been all on impartial fields, and three of the 4 places geographically favored the SEC staff. It’s a part of the league’s genius scheduling rip-off to play fewer true street video games than anybody else.

However you realize what? Once they lined up towards comparable opponents over the weekend, they took care of enterprise. Alabama pounded Louisville, absolutely showcasing what appears like the most effective quarterback of Nick Saban’s reign of terror. LSU suffocated Miami, trying higher than the Tigers did at any level final season (although nonetheless removed from excellent within the passing sport). Auburn gained a tense battle with a superb Washington staff. Mississippi boat-raced favored Texas Tech.

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Solely Tennessee had a Energy 5 pratfall, dropping handily to West Virginia in Charlotte. And that was anticipated — seems the fan coaching-search jihad of 2017 didn’t instantly reverse the fortunes of an more and more irrelevant program.

For a league that hasn’t been the prettiest offensively, there have been hopeful indicators elsewhere as effectively. For the primary time since Tim Tebow, Florida seems to have a passing sport. South Carolina had its greatest sport throwing the ball in 5 seasons. Texas A&M set a college document for complete yardage. Arkansas has the No. 2-rated passer within the nation — and he was the backup within the opener. Mississippi State suspended its beginning quarterback, and nonetheless put 618 yards within the books. Missouri’s Drew Lock received his darkish horse Heisman Trophy marketing campaign off to a superb begin.

All that, and we haven’t even talked about Georgia. The replace from between the hedges: Bulldogs nonetheless good.

So hunker down, remainder of America. The capital of school soccer stays in Dixie as soon as once more.


Right here’s how the remainder of the conferences rank behind the SEC after week one:

Massive Ten (2). General non-conference document: 10-1. Document towards Energy 5 opponents: 2-1. Greatest win: Maryland’s beautiful victory over Texas, beneath interim coach Matt Canada, and after a traumatic offseason. Worst loss: Michigan’s dud at Notre Dame. The fallout from that efficiency included Wolverines star receiver and Massive Ten Community analyst Braylon Edwards ripping a few Michigan gamers and taking a shot at Jim Harbaugh in a few caustic tweets that he then deleted — however not quick sufficient to keep away from a BTN suspension. (The entire thing felt somewhat just like the fragging Kevin Sumlin took from a trustee at Texas A&M final yr after dropping the season opener to UCLA.)

There additionally have been sketchy wins by Penn State (in extra time towards Appalachian State) and Michigan State (rallying late to beat Utah State). The Massive Ten East didn’t present up with anticipated clout.

Main non-conference video games this week: Duke at Northwestern; Colorado at Nebraska; Iowa State at Iowa; Virginia at Indiana; Fresno State at Minnesota; Penn State at Pittsburgh; Michigan State at Arizona State.

Massive 12 (3). General non-conference document: 6-3. Document towards Energy 5 opponents: 1-2. Greatest win: Oklahoma obliterating Florida Atlantic and serving discover that life after Baker shall be simply superb. Worst loss: Texas flopping towards Maryland. Dishonorable point out to Kansas for its loss to FCS college Nicholls. Texas Tech was no prize towards Ole Miss, both.

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Main non-conference video games this week: Mississippi State at Kansas State; UCLA at Oklahoma; Iowa State at Iowa.

Pac-12 (4). General non-conference document: 8-4. Document towards Energy 5 opponents: 1-2. Greatest win: California over North Carolina, because the Golden Bears sweep the two-year, home-and-home collection with the Tar Heels. Worst loss: Arizona dropping the debut of Kevin Sumlin at house towards BYU, severely damaging quarterback Kahlil Tate’s Heisman Trophy marketing campaign within the course of. Dishonorable point out to UCLA for dropping the Chip Kelly debut at house to Cincinnati.

Main non-conference video games this week: UCLA at Oklahoma; Colorado at Nebraska; Cal at BYU; Michigan State at Arizona State.

Jake Browning (3) and the Washington Huskies had a chance for a marquee opening-weekend win, however Auburn scored late to ice a 21-16 win. (AP)

Atlantic Coast (5). General non-conference document: 9-3. Document towards Energy 5 opponents: 0-3. And never simply 0-3, however non-competitive. Louisville, North Carolina and Miami by no means led for a minute of their respective video games. Mixed halftime rating of the three: 72-3. Greatest win: Duke thumping Military by 20. Worst loss: Miami being manhandled by LSU.

Main non-conference video games this week: Duke at Northwestern; Georgia Tech at South Florida; Clemson at Texas A&M; Virginia at Indiana; Penn State at Pittsburgh.


The worst Energy 5 staff was, is and shall be Kansas (6), the place issues are actually so unhealthy {that a} KU legislation professor is calling for the school to drop football. However don’t sleep on Oregon State, which gave up 77 factors to Ohio State in Jonathan Smith’s debut and has now misplaced 12 of its final 13. (The final Beavers win over a FBS college was November 2016.) Illinois flirted onerous with becoming a member of consideration for this honor, trailing Kent State — the weakest program within the Mid-American Convention — for about half the sport earlier than pulling out a seven-point victory.

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We’re beginning the season with this declaration: You must play any individual to make the bracket. In case your staff performed an FCS opponent within the season opener (Georgia), it gained’t make this mock playoff. Identical factor in case your staff performed a decrease FBS opponent (Oklahoma). When your Energy 5 staff performs one other Energy 5 staff, then we are able to discuss. Not earlier than.

So wipe the slate, decrease preconceptions based mostly on preseason rankings, and use the outcomes as they arrive in. If the Faculty Soccer Playoff began immediately — it doesn’t, so chill — this could be The Sprint’s bracket:

No. 1 seed Alabama (7) vs. No. Four seed Virginia Tech (8) within the Orange Bowl. Crimson Tide perpetrated the annual neutral-site beatdown to begin the season — however this time, as talked about above, with much more offensive weaponry. The Sprint suspects Nick Saban actually does simply poop out star gamers.

So that you perceive why ‘Bama is within the subject, however what about Virginia Tech, you ask? Nicely, solely two Energy 5 groups beat one other Energy 5 staff in a real street sport the primary week — one was Northwestern taking down Purdue final Thursday, and the opposite was the Hokies pulling a significant shock at Florida State. At a time of yr when few groups are difficult themselves in a real street setting, that win resonates.

No. 2 seed Auburn (9) vs. No. Three seed Notre Dame (10) within the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers hung powerful towards Washington in Atlanta, repeatedly arising with massive stops after which ending the one drive they needed to have within the fourth quarter to win. The Huskies are in all probability the most effective staff that got here out of the primary weekend with a loss, which speaks to the standard of Auburn.

Notre Dame will get a slim nod over LSU, which ran roughshod over Miami in Arlington. In Michigan, the Preventing Irish in all probability beat a greater staff than the Hurricanes — and the sport was not as shut because the rating. Notre Dame led for 58½ of the 60 minutes, and the one time it was a one-possession sport within the final three quarters was on Michigan’s ultimate possession — which didn’t final lengthy.

Additionally thought-about: LSU, Mississippi, Ohio State, Maryland, West Virginia, California and Northwestern.

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