We’ve now reached Week 5 of the 2023 school soccer schedule.
My goodness it flies by.
However this additionally means we’re deep into the center of convention schedules, which makes for some fascinating video games to trace this weekend. Whereas the Week 5 slate doesn’t provide as many video games between ranked opponents as we noticed every week in the past, there are a selection of video games you have to have in your radar.
Together with a matchup that helps kick off the weekend on Friday night time.
5. USC (8) at Colorado
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET
This recreation ends both of two methods, each most likely in a USC win:
- Do not forget that 54-51 Chiefs-Rams recreation a number of years again? Yeah that however in school. Shedeur Sanders and Caleb Williams mild up the scoreboard and slice via suspect at greatest defenses en route to love a 70-56 recreation.
- Colorado can’t face up to the bodily strain of USC’s entrance and Caleb Williams takes benefit of a Travis Hunter-less secondary and USC torches Colorado
Both method, that is going to be a enjoyable recreation with numerous future NFL prospects on the offensive facet of the ball. Protection lovers, avert your eyes.
4. LSU (13) at Mississippi (20)
Saturday, 6:00 p.m. ET
The Magnolia Bowl is a must-watch yearly. However this season, it has grow to be what some are contemplating a “defining second” for Lane Kiffin.
After final week’s loss to Alabama, the place Mississippi scored solely ten factors (the fewest in an SEC recreation since he took the job) Kiffin is now 5-7 towards ranked opponents throughout his time at Mississippi. Whenever you embody his time at Tennessee, Kiffin is now 8-22 in his teaching profession towards ranked opponents.
He, and Mississippi, badly want a win. A victory Saturday would hold them alive within the SEC West. A loss, nevertheless, possible ends these desires and opens the door to questions on his ceiling at Mississippi.
3. Utah (10) at Oregon State (19)
Friday, 9:00 p.m. ET
You probably have been following alongside this yr, you realize full nicely that the scriptwriters saved the very best for the ultimate season of the Pac-12. Six groups are at the moment ranked within the High 25 with two — Colorado and UCLA — having fallen out of the rankings after losses every week in the past.
One other Pac-12 group that misplaced final week, Oregon State, will get to attempt their hand at a bounce-back efficiency on Friday night time towards visiting Utah. The Utes knocked UCLA from the rankings with final week’s victory, however Friday touches off the hardest stretch of their season. Over their subsequent six video games, 4 come towards ranked opponents, beginning Friday night time and culminating with a visit to Washington to play the Huskies. In addition they play at USC and at dwelling towards Oregon throughout that stretch.
The Utes have large desires this season, and now could be the time to make these desires come true.
Oregon State would love nothing greater than to show these desires into nightmares.
2. Notre Dame at Duke
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
That may be a process simpler mentioned than accomplished given who they face this weekend.
Duke is an excellent soccer group, and the Blue Devils are 4-0 and have an opportunity to enhance to 5-0 for the primary time for the reason that first Invoice Clinton administration. Whereas it’s true that wins over Lafayette, Northwestern, and Connecticut are usually not fairly resume builders, after what we noticed final week, Duke’s Week 1 win over Clemson does certainly seem like such a victory.
Plus, the Blue Devils have Riley Leonard on the helm, one of many extra intriguing QB prospects in all of faculty soccer. That makes this a enjoyable QB battle as nicely, between Leonard and Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman.
1. Kansas vs. Texas
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
That is the second yr in a row that Kansas has began 4-0, and as soon as once more they run into the Texas Longhorns. This recreation must be a matchup of enjoyable offenses, though each get it accomplished very in a different way. Kansas throws every thing at you; from 2-QB units to full home pistol formations, they power defenses to account for everybody on the sector, and QB Jalon Daniels is arguably the very best QB within the convention. Texas is lots stronger up entrance this yr, and may grind groups down earlier than hitting them with play motion downfield with WRs Xavier Worthy and AD Mitchell. QB Quinn Ewers must be on his A-game to beat this Kansas group, as a result of the Jayhawks gained’t go away quietly.