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Faculty soccer Week 6 preview: Crimson River Rivalry takes heart stage

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It’s been 5 weeks of continuous protection of Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes because the eyes of the school soccer world have been absolutely targeted on Boulder. 

And rightfully so after Sanders acquired his revamped roster off to a 3-0 begin. 

Head coach Deion Sanders of the Colorado Buffaloes walks off the sector at halftime of a recreation in opposition to the USC Trojans at Folsom Subject Sept. 30, 2023, in Boulder, Colo. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Photographs)

Colorado defeated TCU, Nebraska and Colorado State to triple its win complete from 2022, when the Buffaloes went 1-11. 

However whereas Colorado is clearly a vastly improved workforce, actuality for the first-year head coach has lastly hit. 

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The Buffs had been blown out by Oregon in Week 4 earlier than falling to USC final Saturday regardless of a livid second-half rally. 

Colorado heads to Tempe to tackle unranked Arizona State, and the school soccer world might be targeted elsewhere. 

So, let’s check out the place the eyes ought to be as Week 6 of the school soccer season kicks off. 

No. 3 Texas vs. No. 12 Oklahoma – Midday ET

It’s the ultimate version of the Crimson River Showdown with each colleges as members of the Large 12 convention

Each Texas and Oklahoma will depart the convention for the SEC on the conclusion subsequent season. It’s the primary time each colleges have squared off undefeated since 2011. 

The Texas Longhorns have arguably a extra spectacular report than each Georgia and Michigan, the 2 groups forward of the Longhorns within the standings, after beating Alabama on the street in Week 2 and taking down a Prime 25 workforce in Kansas in Week 5. 

The Texas band before playing Oklahoma

The Texas band performs earlier than a recreation in opposition to Oklahoma on the Cotton Bowl Oct. 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photograph/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)

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The Longhorns have gotten it accomplished with protection via the primary 5 weeks of the season, holding groups to only 290.8 yards and 12.8 factors per recreation. 

Head coach Steve Sarkisian credited the depth on protection for Texas’s early season success. 

“I believe it has been large,” Sarkisian mentioned this week of the protection, in response to ESPN. “We have gone via first halves of video games the place we performed upwards of 30 guys. Typically you do not really feel the impact of that rotation within the first half. However, naturally, you have a look at a few of these fourth quarters we have been having now. … I believe we’re extra recent bodily. We’re extra recent mentally.”

Sarkisian’s protection might want to proceed to be dominant in opposition to an Oklahoma offense that’s ranked third within the nation in factors per recreation (47.4). 

Led by senior quarterback Dillon Gabriel, the Sooners’ passing assault is seventh within the nation in yards per recreation via the air (352.4). 

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Dillon Gabriel scores against Iowa State

Oklahoma Sooners QB Dillon Gabriel (8) will get into the tip zone for a rating throughout a recreation in opposition to the Iowa State Cyclones at Gaylord Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Sept. 30, 2023.  (David Stacy/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

Texas destroyed Oklahoma in 2022, beating the Sooners 49-0. OU had received the earlier 4 matchups. 

“Our imaginative and prescient, if we’re lucky sufficient to win the sport, we’ll be 6–0 going right into a bye week with the again half of a season to go and nonetheless have lots of work to do,” Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables mentioned Tuesday, in response to Sports activities Illustrated. “If for some purpose it doesn’t work out the way in which we wish it to, we’ll nonetheless return to a bye week and nonetheless have the again half of the season to assault and attempt to get higher.” 

Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Alabama – 3:30 p.m. ET

This midseason matchup will play a significant function in who has the leg up within the SEC West. 

Each Texas A&M and Alabama are 2-0 within the SEC and each have received three straight since losses in Week 2. 

The Aggies boast the highest protection within the SEC (253.8 yards allowed per recreation) whereas Alabama’s offense is eleventh within the convention with 363.2 yards per recreation. 

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Jalen Milroe plays against Mississippi State

Jalen Milroe of the Alabama Crimson Tide throughout a recreation in opposition to the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium Sept. 30, 2023, in Starkville, Miss.  (Justin Ford/Getty Photographs)

Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe has performed higher within the Tide’s final two wins, throwing for 389 yards, one landing and one interception over the previous two weeks. Milroe additionally has rushed for 97 yards and two scores mixed within the two wins. 

Milroe earned the primary begin of his profession final 12 months in opposition to Texas A&M when he stuffed in for an injured Bryce Younger, and the Crimson Tide received 24-20. 

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“Milroe is getting higher and higher. Not solely that, I imply, he’s scrambling, holding his head up, making performs on the scramble,” Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher mentioned, in response to AL.com. “When he does take off, man, it’s a special degree. He’s nearly as good an athlete on their soccer workforce. That’s not knocking anyone else. The man is phenomenal.”

Since permitting 34 factors to Texas, the Alabama protection has stymied groups, giving up a mixed 30 factors within the final three weeks. 

Aggies quarterback Max Johnson has taken over for Conner Weigman after Weigman suffered a foot harm in opposition to Auburn in Week 4. 

Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher shake hands after a Texas A&M win

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide, left, meets with head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Subject Oct. 9, 2021, in Faculty Station, Texas.  (Bob Levey/Getty Photographs)

“He’s an excellent participant. He’s acquired lots of expertise, he’s good, he makes good choices, he’s been within the system with Jimbo for a very long time,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban mentioned of Johnson Wednesday, per On3. “He’s a veteran participant. The quarterback [Weigman] that acquired harm was an excellent participant, however [Johnson is a] very, excellent participant. He’s performed effectively in opposition to us prior to now.

“We’ve got lots of respect for him. I don’t actually see lots of a distinction of their capacity to be productive and use their weapons that they should run the ball successfully in addition to do an excellent job of passing it.”

Saban is 5-1 all time in opposition to Fisher, his former assistant coach. 

No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 20 Kentucky – 7 p.m. ET

The AP voters have notified Georgia its grip on the highest spot is slipping. 

Whereas the Bulldogs have received 22 video games in a row, Saturday’s victory over Auburn was rather a lot nearer than most anticipated. 

After Week 4, Georgia acquired 55 of 62 attainable first-place votes. On Sunday, Georgia’s first-place votes had been all the way down to 35, whereas Michigan acquired 12. The Texas Longhorns acquired 10 first-place votes. 

Kirby Smart after beating Auburn

Head coach Kirby Sensible of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after a 27-20 win over the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium Sept. 30, 2023, in Auburn, Ala.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Photographs)

The Bulldogs are breaking in a brand new quarterback and offensive coordinator after back-to-back nationwide championships, so a slight dip was to be anticipated. 

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However undefeated Kentucky arrives at Sanford Stadium Saturday 5-0 for the third time underneath head coach Mark Stoops as the largest take a look at for the Bulldogs this season. 

The Wildcats are coming off a powerful win over No. 22 Florida and might be on the lookout for their first win in opposition to Georgia since 2009. 

“You’d should be a moron to not respect what they do. They’re fairly spectacular,” Stoops mentioned of Georgia Monday, in response to On3. “They work exhausting, they usually do an excellent job of recruiting and evaluating expertise. They develop their expertise, they usually coach them rather well. So, you place these issues collectively — it’s a fairly good mixture.”

Ray Davis rushes against Florida

Kentucky Wildcats working again Ray Davis (1) battles Florida Gators security Miguel Mitchell (10) Sept. 30, 2023, at Kroger Subject in Lexington, Ky.  (Jeff Moreland/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

Wildcats working again Ray Davis ran wild in opposition to the Gators, ending the night time with 280 yards and three touchdowns. 

Kirby Sensible had excessive reward for Davis this week, evaluating him to former Georgia standout and present NFL working again D’Andre Swift. 

“He’s aggressive in the way in which he runs. He jogs my memory of [D’Andre] Swift. He’s just a bit greater,” Sensible mentioned, per On3. “However he has lots of the identical cuts, one-cut runner. They usually do an incredible job now of blocking for him, so it’s not all him. I imply he has a run recreation,” Sensible mentioned.

No. 9 USC vs. Arizona – 10:30 p.m. ET

Many will really feel that No. 10 Notre Dame visiting No. 25 Louisville ought to be the final recreation highlighted on the Week 6 slate. 

However a Pac-12 matchup after darkish is all the time intriguing, particularly contemplating the previous a number of video games between these two colleges. 

Whereas the Trojans have received the final 10 matchups in opposition to Arizona, the Wildcats have performed the Trojans shut the previous three years, shedding by one rating in every recreation. 

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The Trojans are coming off a win over Colorado that did little to finish the questions on their protection, whereas Arizona managed to not less than dangle with No. 7 Washington in Tucson. 

Caleb Williams warms up

Quarterback Caleb Williams (13) of the USC Trojans warms up earlier than a third-quarter possession in opposition to the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Subject Sept. 30, 2023, in Boulder, Colo.  (Dustin Bradford/Getty Photographs)

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Wiliams hasn’t skipped a beat, throwing for 1,603 yards, 21 touchdowns and only one interception. Williams’ 21 touchdowns lead the nation, 5 greater than the QB in second place.

Towards Colorado, Williams was spectacular, finishing 30 of 40 passes for 403 yards and tying a career-high with six touchdowns.

However as USC’s offense hums alongside, Lincoln Riley’s protection is as soon as once more a query mark. 

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Within the second half in opposition to Colorado, the Buffaloes’ offense scored 27 factors and gained 323 yards, getting Sanders’ squad inside one rating late within the recreation. USC’s protection allowed 564 yards within the recreation. 

“As gamers, we’re letting him down,” USC security Bryson Shaw mentioned of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, per ESPN. “He is placing us in the precise spot. We’re not making performs. We’re lacking tackles. We’re not doing our job.”

The Wildcats are of their robust stretch of the schedule — 4 straight video games in opposition to ranked opponents — and are coping with an harm on the quarterback place. 

Jedd Fisch talks to Jayden de Laura

Arizona Wildcats head coach Jedd Fisch talks to injured Arizona Wildcats quarterback Jayden de Laura (7) previous to a recreation in opposition to the Washington Huskies Sept. 30, 2023, at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.  (Christopher Hook/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

Beginning quarterback Jayden de Laura missed the sport in opposition to Washington after struggling an ankle harm in Week 4. Redshirt freshman Noah Fifita performed effectively in his absence, throwing for 232 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in opposition to the Huskies. 

“For a man that was thrown right into a recreation that was in entrance of a sellout crowd, in opposition to a Prime 10 workforce … and accomplished a really excessive proportion of passes, he did a pleasant job of shifting the ball and threw three landing passes,” Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch mentioned of Fifita, in response to the Arizona Every day Star. “I’m certain he would need the interception again, however I believed he performed a really excessive degree.

“It’s very robust to win in these circumstances, however Noah gave us an opportunity to do this,” he added. “I’m enthusiastic about if Noah is taking part in this coming week, that he’ll give us an awesome probability to win. … If he performs this week, then he’ll be much more skilled.”

Fisch mentioned de Laura would get the beginning in opposition to USC if he’s wholesome sufficient to apply this week. 

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