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Faculty soccer’s Backside 10 — Has UConn misplaced its grip on the No. 1 spot?

[Editor’s note: A trio of Power 5 programs join our list of Bottom 10 regulars, all setting up this week’s colossal showdown between UConn and Vanderbilt.]

Inspirational considered the week:

There’ve been instances in my life
I have been questioning why
Nonetheless, in some way I believed we would all the time survive
Now, I am not so certain
You are ready right here, one good purpose to strive
However what extra can I say? What’s left to supply?
Are you gonna look forward to an indication, your miracle?
Get up and struggle

That is it!
Make no mistake the place you might be
That is it!
Your again’s to the nook
That is it!
Do not be a idiot anymore
That is it!

— “This Is It,” Kenny Loggins

Right here at Backside 10 Headquarters, situated in an deserted house above the Implausible Sams the place the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers get their mullets trimmed and bleached, we, like all residing mammals, dwell our lives by the clock and the calendar, always counting all the way down to the following monumental milestone reminiscence by which we mark the progress of our lives.

Weddings. Funerals. The beginning of our kids. UConn visiting Vanderbilt.

The remainder of the school soccer world spent the summer time taking a look at preseason faculty soccer magazines and began utilizing a highlighter pen to mark the likes of Clemson-Georgia and Oregon-Ohio State. However we had already circled this date with a thick, black everlasting marker and a pad stuffed with these yellow and purple “SIGN HERE” arrows that we pulled off all of the cease-and-desist letters we have acquired over the previous decade from Randy Edsall’s attorneys.

The time is right here. The time is nigh. The Huskies are lastly flying to Music Metropolis. Somebody let the supervisor at Tootsie’s know that Broadway is about to listen to some blues sung the likes of which have not been crooned since Hank Williams Sr. died.

With apologies to Anthony Sherman, Jay Cutler and Steve Harvey, here is the 2021 Week Four rankings.

1. UMess (0-4)

Wait … are we actually going to do this complete lengthy, elaborate intro about UConn after which substitute it within the high backside spot? Sure, we’re, and our reasoning for doing so is as sound because the sounds of anguish that emanated from the shores of South Carolina on Saturday night time. That is the place the Minutemen had been squashed like a chunk of gum on the Myrtle Seaside Boardwalk, edged out by Coastal Carolina 53-3. What’s extra, this weekend they face the Toledo Bottle Rockets, who had been within the Backside 10 final week, and two weeks from now journey to Florida State, which is within the Backside 10 once more this week. In between, the Minutemen host the crew they only displaced on this spot, however we do not have to go far to seek out them …

2. U-Cannot (0-5)

The Huskies snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, holding a six-point lead over undefeated Wyoming late into the fourth quarter … then falling behind by eight … then scoring with 4 seconds to go to path by two … then failing on the two-point conversion and dropping 24-22. Randy Edsall scheduled a postgame information convention to debate the loss, but it surely was canceled after the man from “Imply Ladies” shouted from the gang, “He does not even go right here!”

3. Florida State Semi-No’s (0-4)

After trailing Louisville by 24 and rallying to lose 31-23, coach Mike Norvell used his Monday media availability to make an impassioned speech in regards to the first FSU crew to start out 0-Four since 1974, two seasons earlier than Bobby Bowden was employed. In the meantime, Miami coach Manny Diaz was giving a nearly simultaneous talk from his podium in Coral Gables, the place the Canes are actually 2-2. When FSU and Miami meet Nov. 13, the sport will probably be referred to as the Dude Ingesting Espresso In Entrance Of The Hearth Gif Bowl.

4. By The Time I Get To Arizona (0-4)

We pulled out the Backside 10 Media Information to seek out the final time two Energy 5 groups had been ranked within the Backside 5, however somebody spilled grape Fanta throughout it, and we could not get the pages unstuck. Additionally, if you’re a Energy 5 crew that’s within the Backside 10, ought to we pull the plug in your use of the phrase Energy? Would that make you a Cower 5 crew? A Bitter 5 crew? A Dour 5 crew?

5. Clempson (2-2)

The Tigers land within the Coveted Fifth Spot after dropping to NC State, an extended, bitter rivalry between two of probably the most passionate soccer packages within the seven-decade historical past of the ACC. They name it the Textile Bowl. Over the following three weeks, Clemson performs Huge East defectors Boston Faculty, Syracuse and Pitt. In Upstate South Carolina, they name these the Carpetbagger Bowls.

6. unLv (0-4)

The Fightin’ Tarks caught Fresno State in the course of a heavy, post-UCLA-win hangover and practically pulled off the upset, main midway by the fourth quarter, earlier than lastly falling 38-30. That loss simply prevented Fresno State from overlaying the 30-point unfold. Maybe that is why when the crew aircraft landed again in Las Vegas later that night time, the bus was being pushed by a man named Tony Two Toes, who stated he wished to have a phrase.

7. Ohio Not State (0-4)

The Bobcats confronted Backside 10 Ready Checklist resident Northworstern, which squeaked out a 35-6 win. Regardless of that, the mysteriously mystical magic FPI computer systems say that Ohio is a 63% favourite on this week’s Pillow Combat Undercard matchup with Backside 10 Ready Lister Akron-monious, which is 1-Three with a lone win over Bryant Air Conditioning, er, College, and simply misplaced to Ohio State Not Ohio in a 59-7 nail-biter. In associated information, our Backside 10 pc says that Akron is favored in that sport, however then once more, our pc is a Commodore 64 that we discovered at a storage sale.

8. Vanderbilt Commode Doorways (1-3)

Van-duh-built’s loss to Georgia was such a ship-sinking that the headline accompanying our story on the sport was, “The field rating does not present how badly Georgia Bulldogs beat Vanderbilt Commodores.” The sport towards UConn this week will probably be televised on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. ET and can re-air on Screambox, the all-horror film streaming service, till the tip of time.

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Auburn comes again late to stop the upset towards the Georgia State Panthers.

9. Georgia Southern Not State (1-3)

The Eagles fell to 1-Three after a loss to Louisiana, fired coach Chad Lunsford after which suspended a senior nostril sort out after video surfaced of him standing atop the crew bus because it drove to that third straight loss, throughout which he caught a beer tossed to him from the gang and shotgunned it. In associated information, subsequent week is the 93rd anniversary of the discharge of the legendary file “Statesboro Blues” by Blind Willie McTell, as in “Hey, Willie, please McTell us in regards to the time that man from Statesboro bus-surfed his technique to a 28-20 loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns.”

10. Whew Mexico State (1-3)

The then-Backside 10 Wait Listed Different Aggies hosted the then-10th-ranked How? Why? Yuh Warriors in 2021 Pillow Combat of the Week IV and misplaced by 20 factors. However they get a rematch at Hawaii one month from now as a part of a uncommon in-season home-and-home sequence. They are saying that revenge is a dish greatest served chilly, however even when you do not get the revenge, you would possibly as nicely have it served to you from a Honolulu seashore barbecue pit.

Ready checklist: #MACtion East (plus Baller State), Kansas Nayhawks, Warshington State, Sick-ugh-noise, Muddled Tennessee State, Ar-can’t-saw State, The Yew, FI(not A)U, Previous Duh-minions, Minute Rice, Southern Missed, North Texas Armadillos, Colora-duh State, Georgia State Not Southern, COVID-19.

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