School soccer picks, Week 12: Syracuse appears like final actual hurdle for Notre Dame | NCAA Soccer


It is Week 12 of the school soccer season, which most of the time serves because the calm earlier than the storm for School Soccer Playoff contenders as they head into Rivalry Week and their respective convention championship video games.

Not so for No. Three Notre Dame. The Irish are set to tackle No. 12 Syracuse in a neutral-site matchup in Yankee Stadium. It is a recreation that, on paper not less than, appears like their final roadblock to an undefeated common season.

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Aside from that, we even have two video games between ranked opponents in No. 18 Iowa State at No. 13 Texas, a recreation that would very effectively have Massive 12 championship recreation implications. The final recreation between ranked groups is No. 19 Cincinnati at No. 11 UCF, which couldn’t solely have an effect on the AAC, but additionally which Group of 5 group will get a bid to a New 12 months’s Day Six bowl.

Sporting Information is 64-24 in our picks this 12 months after going 7-1 in Week 11. That mentioned, listed here are our picks for this week’s slate of video games (all traces replicate Consensus picks from as of Monday): 

No. 24 Northwestern (-2.5) at Minnesota

The Wildcats have already gained the Massive Ten West, so this quantities to not rather more than a tune up for Northwestern because it will get prepared for the winner of the Michigan-Ohio State recreation in Indianapolis. Northwestern has performed effectively since beginning the season 1-3, successful 5 of its final six video games (the lone loss to Notre Dame). Minnesota is on the alternative observe, shedding two of its final seven. Search for the Wildcats to make the most of the Gophers’ porous protection. Northwestern 31, Minnesota 14

No. 9 Ohio State (-17) at Maryland

Ohio State ought to are available and care for enterprise, although nothing is assured after the Buckeyes put collectively lower than full efforts in opposition to Nebraska and Michigan State in every of the final two weeks. City Meyer will most definitely attempt to get operating backs Mike Weber and J.Okay. Dobbins going after the Buckeyes’ relative struggles dashing the ball the final two weeks (averaging 174.5 yards per recreation the final two weeks). Maryland, with its 64th-ranked rush protection (161.four yards surrendered per recreation), is the group to do it in opposition to. Ohio State 38, Maryland 20

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Arizona at No. eight Washington State (-10)

Can Wazzu hold its Playoff hopes — and the Pac-12’s — alive? The following take a look at is Arizona, winner of its final two in opposition to Oregon and Colorado. That begins with Khalil Tate, who put up 539 passing yards and eight touchdowns to only two interceptions in opposition to the Geese and Buffaloes — and who final season led an upset in opposition to No. 15 Washington State by passing for 275 yards and a landing and dashing for 146 yards and one other rating. So long as he’s on the sphere, the Wildcats can have an opportunity — however the Cougars have extra to play for this time round, and can discover a approach to win behind the arm of Gardner Minshew. Washington State 35, Arizona 30

No. 22 Boston School (-2) at Florida State

Florida State’s 36-year bowl is in critical harmful heading right into a matchup in opposition to Boston School. The Seminoles must win each this and the following recreation in opposition to rival Florida to increase the streak to 37 years. Boston School could possibly be with out beginning quarterback Anthony Brown, who was harm in opposition to Clemson on Saturday, however the Eagles nonetheless have the ACC’s third-leading rusher to lean on in AJ Dillon. That’s a relative power for the Seminoles, who rank within the prime 40 in rush protection this season. It’ll be shut, however we’ll decide FSU to maintain its bowl hopes alive for another week. Florida State 21, Boston School 17

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No. 7 West Virginia (-5.5) at Oklahoma State

One other Massive 12 recreation that guarantees to characteristic offensive prowess and never a lot in the best way of protection. The Mountaineers simply glassed TCU in a 47-10 beatdown, whereas Oklahoma State misplaced a heartbreaker in Bedlam off a botched 2-point conversion. We all know each groups can rating, and we all know each are led by gifted quarterbacks in WVU’s Will Grier and Oklahoma State’s Taylor Cornelius. However we expect Grier is best, and we expect the Cowboys can have an emotional letdown recreation after shedding to rival Oklahoma. West Virginia 48, Oklahoma State 38

No. 19 Cincinnati at No. 11 UCF (-7.5)

Cincinnati represents what ought to be the Knight’s greatest take a look at thus far this season. The 9-1 Bearcats nonetheless have a shot to win the AAC East Division, however they would want to beat UCF and hope Temple loses to South Florida or UConn within the final two weeks of the common season. Luke Fickell has this group taking part in nice soccer in simply his second season, however will that be sufficient to beat McKenzie Milton, UCF and their 22-game win streak? The Bearcats come shut, however not barely miss in the long run. UCF 31, Cincinnati 28

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No. 18 Iowa State at No. 13 Texas (-3)

A must-win Massive 12 elimination recreation for each groups, who can nonetheless make the Massive 12 championship recreation relying on the final two weeks of the common season (severely). The Longhorns have proven they will rating with the perfect of the Massive 12 however have struggled on the defensive aspect of the ball, giving up a mean of 34.7 factors per recreation in its final three outings. Iowa State, coming off a four-game win streak that features Oklahoma State and West Virginia, isn’t fairly as explosive different Massive 12 groups, and shall be with out operating again David Montgomery for the primary half after he brawled with a Baylor participant. It may be an excessive amount of to ask Iowa State to get the upset with out him taking part in a full recreation. Texas 34, Iowa State 27

No. Three Notre Dame (-9) vs. No. 12 Syracuse

This recreation, on paper, appears like Notre Dame’s final actual roadblock to an undefeated common season. Irish quarterback Ian Ebook (ribs) is prone to play, however Notre Dame noticed Brandon Wimbush was greater than able to approaching to start out in opposition to Florida State. Whoever begins at quarterback, plus operating again Dexter Williams, shouldn’t have any downside gashing an Orange protection that ranks 98th nationally by giving up 430 yards a recreation. However how will Notre Dame deal with an offense led by quarterback Eric Dungey that has averaged 46.5 factors per recreation in its final three outings, all wins? The Irish rank 15th nationally in factors allowed per recreation, with 18.7. This one has the makings of a fantastic recreation, however we expect Notre Dame’s expertise helps the Irish draw back within the second half. Notre Dame 31, Syracuse 21

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