NCAA Soccer Week 2 winners and losers: Who’s nonetheless standing after Blood Week?


Blood Week (Bləd Wēk):

As outlined by the Shutdown Fullcast, Blood Week is when the hierarchy of the school soccer world is modified on one Saturday afternoon. Often it consists of a number of ranked groups being upset by unranked opponents, more often than not consisting of high ten groups shedding in such trend.

Boy, did we’ve got a Blood Week in faculty soccer on Saturday. Three top-10 groups misplaced, two of stated top-10 groups misplaced AT HOME to unranked opponents, and the No. 1 workforce was nearly upset in what was Fox’s most streamed soccer sport. EVER. Like, within the historical past of Fox Sports activities. Extra individuals tuned in to see euphoric Alabama gamers instantly yelled at with the wrath of a thousand indignant gods by Nick Saban, who might or might not have tried to crush his soccer workforce at Monday observe (extra on that later).

The faculty soccer world was turned the other way up earlier than Halloween, and whereas it consisted of the craziest occasions occurring, it certain was enjoyable. Let’s get into some winners and losers.

Winners: Arkansas’ run sport

Enable me to introduce y’all to whompin’. Whompin’ is extra a lifestyle, mowing down no matter is in your manner with a noticeable lack of grace however an distinctive quantity of violence.

Arkansas, our creator and savior of whompin’, delivered probably the most scrumptious of ass-kickings to South Carolina on Saturday, beating the Gamecocks 44-30 in a sport that was at one level 35-16 however Arkansas being the fashionable kings they’re allowed South Carolina again into the sport by merely selecting to keep away from enjoying protection in opposition to the go.

Arkansas ran for 295 yards on South Carolina, who’s an SEC opponent by the best way, at a 4.5 YARDS PER CARRY RATE. They actually ran them over with a steamroller after which put it in reverse to ensure they bought every part. Offensive coordinator Kendal Briles does an important job of placing them in advantageous positions, however typically it doesn’t matter. Their offensive line creates such a surge on the level of assault and their ability place gamers make it in order that for those who hit them, you’ll really feel most of that ache.

Quarterback KJ Jefferson and RB Rocket Sanders are each mammoth human beings (mixed they’re the heaviest beginning QB-RB duo within the nation), and so they ran for 223 yards on Saturday. It wasn’t like they have been grind it out, 3 yard per carry runs both. Rocket Sanders is 227 kilos and remains to be doing this:

To not be outdone, KJ Jefferson is a 240-pound QB who runs just like the bullet powerup in Mario Kart, individuals simply bouncing off of him. He solely ran for 67 yards however each single a type of yards was superb:

Behold our superb whompin’ kings.

Loser: Texas A&M’s offense

Let’s play a sport: have a look at these stats and inform me which considered one of these groups was ranked because the sixth-best workforce within the nation and projected by many to play in a New Years Six bowl?

I wouldn’t blame you for guessing the workforce on the left, however you’ll be mistaken. Texas A&M entered Saturday because the sixth ranked workforce in soccer, however made three crucial errors:

  1. Scheduling Appalachian State. The Mountaineers are just like the shinobi from feudal Japan, mendacity in look ahead to the following workforce they’ll derail. As an alternative of fast strikes with kunai, nevertheless, they only sit on you for 3 hours and make it actually uncomfortable.
  2. Scheduling App State AT HOME. This was prime upset materials within the making. Do you now know the monitor report of this wild Mountaineers? Have you ever not learn the sacred texts? App State was created to win video games like they did on Saturday.
  3. This midnight yell. It speaks for itself

Dropping to App State at residence whereas solely producing 186 yards of offense and solely crossing midfield twice must be particularly damning for Jimbo Fisher, who now has nearly an an identical report as his predecessor Kevin Sumlin, together with bowl wins. The offense is stale and overcomplicated, and doesn’t permit for the very best athletes to be on the sphere, as a result of the offense is like attempting to resolve the which means of life. However hey, these boats aren’t going to pay for themselves!

Winner: Texas’ physicality

No, Texas is just not again … but.

The Longhorns misplaced to No. 1 ranked Alabama in Austin in what was an intense, backwards and forwards sport crammed with moments that may undoubtedly not have Longhorn followers blaming the refs or Alabama’s cope with the Satan Saban signed when he took the job (the verify remains to be cashing although).

For your complete sport, Texas had Bama on the ropes. Wunderkind QB Quinn Ewers was enjoying fantastically earlier than he bought injured, however the greatest takeaway was how bodily the Longhorns have been. All of us bear in mind this second from final yr proper?

Being referred to as out for not being bodily sufficient in soccer is sort of a chef being informed his meals sucks. On Saturday, Texas cooked up a gameplan up entrance that nearly took out Alabama. Utilizing slants up entrance of the defensive position (shoutout to defensive assistant Gary Patterson), a stable tackling efficiency throughout, and an offensive efficiency up entrance that silenced a great Alabama defensive entrance.

Texas nonetheless isn’t again but, however they’re bodily, and that’s a great first step.

Loser: Notre Dame’s passing offense

Oh man, Notre Dame. Dropping to Marshall 26-21 after all the preseason hype that the Irish bought is…not nice! Notre Dame dedicated three turnovers within the ultimate minutes, together with a decide six which sealed the victory for the Thundering Herd. I may write so many phrases about what occurred in that sport, nevertheless it’s clear the Combating Irish offense lacks juice, particularly within the passing offense.

The Irish got here into the season needing a receiver to step up after accidents knocked out the depth on the roster, however the offense feels congested outdoors of star TE Michael Mayer. Notre Dame’s QBs threw for 221 complete yards. If you happen to take out Mayer’s receiving totals they threw for 118 yards. When you get previous Mayer and Lorenzo Types’ eight and 7 receptions, no different goal had greater than two catches. The Combating Irish are in determined want of a passing sport that may generate explosives, and it’s put their season on life assist already in Week 3.

Winner: Jordan Addison’s draft inventory

You possibly can go forward and write Jordan Addison’s title in Sharpie for the primary spherical of the NFL Draft. The previous Biletnikoff Award winner transferred to USC within the spring, and with coach Lincoln Riley calling performs and Oklahoma switch Caleb Williams throwing him the ball, he may win it once more.

In opposition to Stanford, Addison exploded for 172 receiving yards on seven catches, a cool 24.6 yards per catch. Stanford opted to social distance from Addison, and he made them pay. Riley is discovering any approach to get him the ball, whether or not it’s on screens, the place he velocity and agility are on show:

Or they let him unfastened downfield, the place his ball monitoring is clear.

Regardless of having a smaller body (listed at 6’0, 175), Addison has all of the traits of a high tier NFL broad receiver. His capacity to create separation plus breakaway velocity put him on NFL scouts’ radars final yr, and at USC he ought to entrench himself within the first spherical of the NFL Draft.

Loser: The Large Ten West

Journey with me to a land forsaken by God himself, the place soccer goes to die. Sure, the Large Ten West. The division had a tough week 2, the place all of their offensive ineptitude was on show like a streaker at a nude seashore.

Wisconsin was ranked within the high 20, however have been knocked off by Washington State 17-14. It’s uncommon that you simply see a Washington State win that isn’t one bazillion factors to 1 million factors, however Wisconsin avoids any offensive competency as a result of, properly, it’s the Large Ten West. There was a stretch on this sport the place Wisconsin turned it over, solely to get better the fumble on the interception return, which led to a fumble mere performs later that might seal the sport. Soccer is gorgeous people.

Northwestern misplaced for the THIRD STRAIGHT TIME to Duke. In soccer. Sure, Duke is now a soccer faculty. It’s not solely the loss that hurts, nevertheless it’s the best way the Wildcats misplaced that hurts me, as a Wildcat alum. Drink this in, whereas I drink away the sorrows.

Nebraska fired Scott Frost after shedding 45-42 to Georgia Southern at residence. Nebraska’s custom of falling aside extra typically than a shonen anime fundamental character was on full show, because the Cornhuskers did not cease the Georgia Southern offense in any manner. By the best way, Georgia Southern was operating the triple choice final yr, and is now throwing for 409 yards. Nebraska is gonna want greater than the Corn child to avoid wasting them.

Lastly: BEHOLD, EL ASSICO:

The Large Ten West, everybody.




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