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The weekend College sports roundup


The GIST: While college basketball was celebrating its opening weekend, the playoff pieces were falling into place for field hockey, football and soccer.

November 15, 2021

🏑Field hockey: With three-time defending champs North Carolina eliminated in the first round, we’ll have a new NCAA champion for the first time since 2018. It’s all down to Liberty, Maryland, Northwestern and Harvard, and semifinal action is set for Friday. Reaching a fever pitch.

🏈Football: The season of upsets continued on Saturday. Most notably, previously ranked No. 4 Oklahoma lost for the first time this season, falling 27–14 to previously ranked No. 18 Baylor and subsequently falling to No. 12 in the new AP Top 25 poll. Paging Tom Petty.

⚽️Soccer: Upsets were the name of the game in fútbol too, as perennial women’s soccer powerhouses North Carolina and UCLA lost their opening round matchups. Thirty-two teams remain and the single-elimination hunt for the College Cup continues on Friday.

🏀Basketball: Not to be outdone by fall playoff action, Gonzaga men's star Drew Timme netted a career-high 37 points in the No. 1 ’Zags 86–74 victory over No. 5 Texas. You mess with the Bull(dogs), you get the ’stache.

  • But the women held it down for Texas yesterday, as the No. 25 Longhorns upset defending champs No. 3 Stanford 61–56.