Because the 2021 school soccer season hits its stride, previous basic Backside 10 groups like UConn and Akron are tripping, as are a pack of all-time time greats resembling Florida State and Ohio State within the Coveted Fifth Spot.
Inspirational considered the week:
The day you left, I swore I would not let it get me down
However everyone is aware of I’ve bought the bluest coronary heart on the town.
Selecting up the items was the toughest a part of all
However I can not seem to cease these massive ol’ Texas tears that fall
— “Texas Tears,” Candee Inexperienced
Right here at Backside 10 Headquarters, situated within the decrease bowl of Exhausting Rock Stadium ready on a daredevil cat to fall into our arms, we sometimes wish to make use of a phrase we realized within the NASCAR storage: “Save your tires.” Translation: Tempo your self. When you expend your footwear within the first few laps of the race, you may don’t have anything left for the tip however shredded rubber and find yourself within the wall lengthy earlier than the checkered flag is even in sight.
That mantra applies to your bodily being, your psychological state and your emotional stability. When you enable any of these to get out of whack too rapidly, one’s return to normalcy turns into much less of a stroll and extra of a climb. If all three of these get worn right down to the threads, that climb turns into Everest, particularly if you end up there on the finish of Week 2, barely half of a month into a university soccer season.
It is scary. It is daunting. It is a onerous actuality. It is trying into the mirror in mid-September and saying to your self, “Oh rattling, am I actually Backside 10 materials?”
It is the look I noticed on the faces of the Texas followers Saturday night time, the identical look that had been so stuffed with hope after they had me surrounded that morning on the doorstep of Razorback Stadium. It is the look we noticed on doomed USC head coach Clay Helton’s face when he stepped to the rostrum after dropping to Stanford.
And it is the identical look all of us noticed that very same night time from Tallahassee.
Glad Week 2, y’all. pic.twitter.com/GGMNbGxtzr
— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) September 12, 2021
With apologies to Edward Munch’s “The Scream” and Steve Harvey, this is the 2021 Week 2 Backside 10.
1. U-Cannot (0-3)
As I watched UConn in its second-ever first post-Randy Edsall period recreation, a 49-0 squeaker win by Purdue that was UConn’s most lopsided shutout loss since 1931, I saved my eyes locked on interim head coach Lou Spanos. All I might consider was The Starvation Video games, when Katniss Everdeen bravely shouted, “I volunteer as tribute!” Solely within the UConn model, within the first struggle scene, her bow would have damaged; she would have died and the film would have instantly ended.
2. Akron-monious (0-2)
The Zips bought zapped within the Pillow Battle of the Week: Episode I, leaping out to a 14-0 lead over then-seventh-ranked Backside 10 workforce Temple, however in the end dropping 45-24 throughout the bouncy confines of the Rubber Bowl. There are solely 18 groups within the nation with an 0-2 file, and 4 of them dwell within the #MACtion East division. Akron is scheduled to play the opposite three — Ohio Not State, Boiling Inexperienced and My Hammy of Ohio — over the primary three weekends of October. Halloween comes early!
3. UMess (0-2)
On paper, the Minutemen appear like they gave Boston Faculty a struggle, dropping 45-28 and masking the 39-point unfold. However on paper, all of us appear like a variety of issues. My first résumé mentioned that I graduated with honors, when in actuality I graduated sitting in between a few individuals who had been graduating with honors.
4. Colora-duh State (0-2)
The Rams’ newest loss seems unhealthy on paper, TV, social media and even in a petroglyph in Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients, falling at residence to then-sixth-ranked Vanderbilt on a last-second subject aim that gave the Commode Doorways their first win in a dozen video games.
Oregon goes into Columbus and upsets Ohio State after a back-and-forth 2nd half.
This week’s Coveted Fifth Spot will get into Marty McFly’s DeLorean and goes again 23 years, when the ultimate AP Prime 25 rankings had been topped by the next 4 groups: Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida State and Arizona. Over the weekend they went a mixed 0-4, all losses at residence to groups that again in ’98 they might have run over like pace bumps within the Twin Pines Mall car parking zone. Now these Titans of ’98 are a mixed 2-6 headed into Week 3 of ’21. Nice Scott!
6. unLv (0-2)
The Fightin’ Tarks traveled to face Arizona State so the Las Vegas Raiders might put together for his or her first residence recreation at Allegiant Stadium, the power shared by the 2 groups. That is handy as a result of it makes it simpler to wash up after a 37-10 street loss while you’re coming residence to a stadium that appears like an enormous Roomba.
7. Georgia State Not Southern (0-2)
The Panthers misplaced their first two video games by a mixed rating of 102-17 and now return residence to Hey Did not This Used To Be Turner Subject Stadium to host the Charlotte 2-and-0’ers. It is a essential recreation for GS (not simply GS) U, because the upcoming weekends convey a visit to Auburn and a go to from Appalachian State earlier than a possible Backside 10 blockbuster journey to…
8. Ohio Not State (0-2)
When the Bobcats misplaced badly to Syracuse in Week 1, it was straightforward to motive your manner round opening weekend rustiness and probably not understanding who the Orange actually are, and so forth. However dropping at residence on a failed would-be game-tying two-pointer to Duquesne? With visits to Louisiana and Northwestern upcoming, the next Oct. 2 go to to Akron is a blip that’s starting to loom massive on the Backside 10 radar (although which may really be a blob of grape jelly).
9. ULM (pronounced “uhlm”) (0-1)
The, ulm, Warhawks adopted up their, ulm, Week 1 blowout loss at Kentucky with a matchup versus, ulm, the Fightin’ Byes of Open Date U. And, ulm, nonetheless didn’t cowl the unfold.
10. Kansas Nayhawks (1-1)
KU went manner east to the teal turf of Coastal Carolina and seemed good early on however ran out of steam within the second half and misplaced 49-22. That should not have been a shock contemplating the Nayhawks had been seemingly nonetheless hungover from all of the excessive fructose corn syrup they guzzled after beating South Dakota.
Ready checklist: The Clay Helton Period, Texas being again, Minute Rice, Whew Mexico State, EC-Yew, US(not C)F, Boiling Inexperienced, Vanderbilt Commode Doorways, Temple Bowels, Huh-why-yuh, all of the sudden performing just like the groups that your convention did not need at the moment are the best groups ever, COVID-19.
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