The Backside 10 welcomes the ACC (and former pal Maryland)

Backside 10 inspirational considered the week:

Summer time has come and handed
The harmless can by no means final
As my reminiscence rests
However by no means forgets what I misplaced
Wake me up when September ends

— “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” Inexperienced Day

Right here at Backside 10 Headquarters, situated in a forgotten U-Haul rig that broke off the Faculty GameDay bus trailer hitch in 2004, we empathize with the sentiments of so many school soccer groups. This new season arrived with a lot hope, however after solely three weeks of video games, these desires have dashed like a case of Natty Mild by accident dropped onto the blacktop of the package deal retailer parking zone. Certain, at first it was humorous to see your pal hopping round after these tumbling tall boys landed on his foot, however in the long run you are left with damaged bottles and damaged desires. And, oh yeah, your bud has a damaged toe.

Maybe October will make issues higher. Maybe the altering leaves and cooler temperatures will even change your favourite staff’s outlook and switch down the warmth on the seat of your favourite head coach. Alas, October remains to be eight quarters of soccer away. The exit out of this chilly September downpour may look oh so shut, however the actuality is that you’ve an extended technique to go earlier than you get there.

What occurs in Vegas crashes in Vegas.

— Soiled Mo Media (@DirtyMoMedia) September 16, 2019

With apologies to Billie Joe Armstrong and Steve Harvey, this is this week’s Backside 10.

The Minutemen have surrendered 48, 45 and 52 factors of their three losses this season to Rutgers, Southern Illinois and final week in opposition to the Charlotte 2-and-1ers. This weekend they proceed their Style of the Carolinas Tour, welcoming Coastal Carolina, which implies that style might be funnel cake. However that ’tis merely an appetizer for what awaits us on Sept. 28 …

That is when Akron Zips its means as much as Amherst in what appears to be our first true Pillow Battle of the Week of the 12 months of the Century (PFOWYOC) of 2019. When ESPN Stats & Data researchers entered this recreation into the mysterious and magical FPI machine, they mentioned that Akron is the early favourite with a 60.9% likelihood to win. They ran these calculations solely after we blasted their workplace with UMass-style Revolutionary Conflict fife and drum music and refused to cease till they crunched the numbers. That math took longer than it ought to have as a result of they did it utilizing Akron’s Takeaway Pencil.

“I informed [my wife] to seek out me the largest No. 2 pencil she may discover. And he or she had it made. It is an actual No. 2 pencil. It is manufactured from wooden, you may write with it. I used to be blown away.”

The origin story of the Takeaway Pencil.

— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) September 12, 2019

The Huskies: Jap Division had the weekend off however nonetheless did not cowl the unfold in opposition to the Fightin’ Byes of Open Date College. This week they journey to Bloomington, Indiana, for the Rattling Do not You Want This Was A Basketball Sport Basic. When reached for remark, Randy Edsall placed on a sweater vest, grabbed a chair and threw it at a referee.

New Mexico State misplaced to San Diego State two weeks after dropping to Washington State and two weeks earlier than dealing with Fresno State. Two weeks in the past, the Aggies most likely wished that as an alternative of Alabama they’d performed Alabama State and this weekend they might face New Mexico for bragging rights inside their state. Then they’re going to begin October with the entrance finish of their in-season home-and-home with Liberty. And who is aware of what sort of state Hugh Freeze might be in by then. Or what sort of contraption he’ll be teaching from.

5. #goacc

Wanting again, we should always have seen this coming when the convention’s Week Three opener was contested by UNC and Wake Forest, two ACC groups enjoying in what did not rely as an precise ACC recreation. From there, it was like 24 hours of watching Howard’s Rock roll down The Hill towards a bushel of crushed Oranges. BC grew to become the primary Energy 5 staff to lose a house recreation to Kansas in additional than a decade. Florida State misplaced to Virginia for under the fourth time in 18 matchups. The Citadel used the identical too-antiquated triple choice playbook that primarily pushed Paul Johnson out at Georgia Tech… to beat Georgia Tech. In the meantime, NC State and Pitt misplaced out-of-conference video games that had been precise out-of-conference video games, whereas Virginia Tech ought to have misplaced to Furman. The ACC anchor weighed so heavy that No. 21 Maryland was upset by Temple, and the Terps left the convention six years in the past.

Closing rating from Houston: Texas 48, Rice 13. President Kennedy, y’all. He wasn’t mendacity.

Certain, most Pac-12 aficionados will inform you that Utah-USC, Wazzu-Utah and Oregon-Washington would be the video games to look at within the coming weeks. No matter, dudes. We’re already packing our luggage for Ore-gone State at UCLA on Oct. 5. It may be the sloppiest present on the Rose Bowl since they tried to run Monster Jam throughout an El Nino.

The Golden Flashes misplaced a nail-biter at Auburn, 55-16. This weekend they host the Pillow Battle of the Week as Boiling Inexperienced, additionally 1-2, involves city. Two weeks later, after a check-endorsement ceremony at Wisconsin, Kent hosts second-ranked Akron, which might be coming off its historic journey to UMess. There are six groups within the MACtion East. 5 of them are 1-2. Akron is Zero-Three. Extra like LACKtion Least, amirite?!

9. North Texas El Paso State-San Antonio

There is a Texas-sized wad of 4 mid-major groups within the Lone Star State that’s changing into an increasing number of indistinguishable. The excellent news is that a lot of them go head-to-head over the approaching weeks, and that ought to type this out. The higher information is that they’re all at present higher than Rice. Until you’re Rice. Then that is not higher information in any respect.

Their scaring of No-braska is not as spectacular because it was again in Week 1, and the Jaguars simply misplaced a catfight to the Memphis Tigers, 42-6. Now South Alabama will journey north to face Alabama-Birmingham, which is not actually north in any respect, however it’s definitely farther north than South Alabama, which nonetheless feels repetitious each time I sort it. South Alabama is like Sahara Desert, which interprets to Deserts Desert.

Ready Record: South (Not Central) Florida (1-2), In-A-Rut-Gers (1-1), EC-Yew (1-2), Ore-gone State (Zero-2), FA(not I)U (1-2), FI(not A)U (1-2), Liberty Medical Companies Inc. (1-2), UNLV Tumblin’ Tarks (1-2), Rocky Slop (1-2). Van-duh-bilt (Zero-2), kicking it once you most likely ought to haven’t been kicking it, “our unhealthy” Sunday statements from convention places of work on officiating.

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