The ultimate few weeks of the school soccer season are loaded with conditions that might present added worth for bettors.
Coaches are on the new seat or already gone. Players are attempting to get observed by scouts and enhance their draft stock. There are rivalry video games and different components to contemplate. Here are some video games on Saturday’s slate which are attention-grabbing from a situational standpoint.
Texas Tech at Baylor (-14.5, 52)
This sport is what I’d name sneakily fascinating. Let’s run by way of the shifting components. Texas Tech was shut out final week for the primary time since 1997, an embarrassing efficiency for the Red Raiders, and one from which they’d prefer to bounce again.
New Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire was truly Dave Aranda’s affiliate head coach and out of doors linebackers coach at Baylor till he took the Texas Tech job in November. Interim Sonny Cumbie will nonetheless lead the Red Raiders by way of their bowl sport, however McGuire is definitely concerned.
McGuire is alleged to be an impressive recruiter and had a hand in getting a whole lot of the present Baylor gamers to the college. He’s additionally within the technique of seeking to poach assistants to fill out his teaching employees, in order that provides intrigue.
Also on the teaching entrance, Aranda is a highly regarded title, presumably to return to LSU, the place he was the defensive coordinator and affiliate head coach from 2016-19. Baylor has to play by way of that distraction. The Bears even have a shot to get to the Big 12 Championship sport. They want a win and an Oklahoma loss to Oklahoma State. The Texas Tech-Baylor sport is at midday EST and Bedlam is at 7:30 p.m., so the Bears can have loads to consider because the day goes alongside.
Oh, and to prime all of it off, Baylor quarterback Gerry Bohanon is questionable with a hamstring damage he suffered final week.
I truly like this spot for Texas Tech and suppose McGuire will find yourself with a ton of enter in opposition to a roster he is aware of in and out.
Houston (-32.5, 56) at Connecticut
Can something assist UConn at this level? Probably not, however you already know Houston is totally trying previous the Huskies upfront of subsequent week’s enormous AAC Championship sport in opposition to Cincinnati. (And we may argue the Bearcats are doing the identical in opposition to East Carolina.)
Connecticut appears content material to have one win, over Yale. The final three video games, in opposition to Middle Tennessee, Clemson and Central Florida, resulted in losses by 31, 37 and 32 factors. Houston may sleepwalk by way of this sport and doubtless win by a considerable margin. It nonetheless deserves a point out, nevertheless, as a result of this gained’t be the one look-ahead spot of the week. It is simply one of the crucial apparent, particularly as a result of this isn’t a rivalry sport to remain targeted.
Oregon State at Oregon (-7, 61)
Oregon had its College Football Playoff hopes ended by Utah final week. Mario Cristobal’s staff can be tasked with making an attempt to bounce again in what was once often known as the Civil War rivalry sport in opposition to Oregon State.
This is a revenge spot for the Ducks, who lost to the Beavers in 2020, for simply the second time since 2007. We even have some messy tiebreakers right here for a spot in opposition to Utah within the Pac-12 Championship sport Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. With a win, Oregon could be in and could be within the final revenge spot in opposition to the Utes. An Oregon State win would imply Washington State would go if the Cougars beat Washington within the Apple Cup. Oregon State wants a win and a Washington State loss to go to Sin City.
The Beavers have some unusual losses this season however have performed extraordinarily effectively the previous two weeks. You would suppose the spot favors them, however Oregon may circle the wagons and set free some frustration given final week’s loss and final year’s defeat by the hands of Oregon State. The bubble-burst idea will not be as efficient in rivalry video games.
Clemson (-11.5, 43) at South Carolina
Clemson has gained six Palmetto Bowls in a row, and 5 haven’t been shut. The groups didn’t play final season, for the primary time since 1908. The reinvigorated South Carolina program nonetheless lacks the expertise of Clemson’s well-established juggernaut, however the Gamecocks play extraordinarily arduous for Shane Beamer, who has had a really profitable first season.
Last week, South Carolina, which was 2-8 in 2020, achieved bowl eligibility for the primary time in three seasons. Beamer and the gamers had been very emotional after the sport. Usually I’d be very involved a couple of spot like that, however this system appears a lot totally different below Beamer.
A Clemson victory would tie for the longest successful streak within the sequence, which belonged to the Tigers from 1934-40, a mark they undoubtedly would have tied final season had the sport been performed. It hasn’t been an important season for Clemson, however an announcement win would ease the blow.
I count on a whale of an effort from each groups, and typically having each groups on equal footing is a situational spot in and of itself.