In immediately’s Reality or Fiction nationwide columnist Mike Farrell seems to be at three large latest matters in school soccer and decides whether or not every assertion is certainly FACT or if it’s FICTION.
FICTION. ESPN’s Heather Dinich made a splash this previous week on the Paul Finebaum Present by saying that the SEC East is likely one of the weakest divisions in school soccer and that she doesn’t have Florida in her High 25.
Whereas the Gators are changing a ton of expertise on offense, their protection must be sufficient to make them a High 25 group and Georgia needs to be thought-about a favourite for the nationwide title. And what Dinich is lacking, in my view, is how good Kentucky and Missouri may be. I’d take the SEC East over the Pac-12 South and possibly the ACC Coastal as there isn’t a dominant surefire playoff group in both.
FACT. It got here out final week that some North Carolina gamers didn’t need the School Soccer Playoff to increase to 12 groups and most popular six to eight. However with the Tar Heels removed from beating Clemson due to their porous protection, maybe they should rethink issues. With Sam Howell at quarterback and extra younger expertise added to the protection from an awesome 2021 recruiting class, North Carolina has an opportunity to win its division this 12 months. Nonetheless, the Heels will doubtless slam head first into Clemson within the ACC title sport and be eradicated from the four-team playoff in the event that they already aren’t based mostly on wins and losses.
We might see this situation play out many instances over the subsequent many seasons. However a loss to Clemson, as occurred in 2015, might nonetheless imply life for the Heels in a 12-team playoff format. Think about if that 2015 group, which misplaced 45-37 within the ACC title sport, had one other shot as maybe a No. 9 or 10 seed? They’d have been harmful. Sure, they misplaced a high-scoring bowl sport to Baylor however you by no means know with playoff matchups.
Don’t flip your heads away from any playoff probability, fellas.
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FACT. Have a look at Kayvon Thibodeaux and the deal he already struck with the Nike founder and Oregon booster for an NFT that’s value greater than six figures to the long run first-rounder. That’s solely the start. One of many issues the NCAA has left large open is the willpower of “pay for play” as the rules are past obscure.
Phil Knight, a large and well-known booster, can companion with any Oregon gamers for comparable offers and it is going to be an enormous draw for the soccer group particularly. It’s not as simple as Mario Cristobal makes it look to lure gamers to the Pacific Northwest but it surely might get simpler now.
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