College: We'll keep on fighting till the end
College Sports Quick Hits: November 19th, 2021
🏑Field hockey: Four’s a party, and we’re so ready to celebrate with a Final Four field hockey doubleheader beginning today at 12 p.m. ET. First, No. 5 Maryland and No. 9 Liberty will duke it out in a battle of the DMV, then No. 7 Northwestern faces No. 12 Harvard at 3 p.m. ET. Winners advance to Sunday’s 2 p.m. ET championship game. No pressure.
⚽️Soccer: In other single-elimination playoff news, the second round of the women’s College Cup tourney is underway, with most second-round games set for later today and trips to
my super the Sweet Sixteen on the line. Here's the full bracket.
🏐Volleyball: Meanwhile, the 64-team women’s playoff volleyball picture will be much clearer after this weekend’s conference championships. Thirty-two squads will automatically qualify over the next two weeks before the selection committee serves up the remaining 32 spots on November 28th.
🏈Football: The regular season may be winding down, but the competition is just heating up, with three pivotal ranked matchups tomorrow: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Ohio State at 12 p.m. ET, No. 21 Arkansas vs. No. 2 Alabama at 3:30 p.m. ET and No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 24 Utah at 7:30 p.m. ET.
- What’s at stake? Oh, just each squad’s chances to make the four-team College Football Playoff. NBD.
The weekend College sports roundup
🏑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.
College Sports Quick Hits: November 8th, 2021
🏑Field hockey: The 18-team single-elimination championship bracket is set, with Rutgers grabbing the No. 1 seed. Elsewhere, UNC begins the hunt for an unprecedented fourth consecutive national title. The journey begins Wednesday — fock on.
🏈Football: With seven ranked teams losing in Week 10, there was some movement in the newly released Top 25 poll, but we can’t stop thinking about unranked Arizona, who snapped a 20-game, 763-day losing streak on Saturday and celebrated by storming the field. Live it up, Wildcats.
🏐Volleyball: Down goes No. 1! In a spicy intrastate matchup, No. 10 Baylor handed No. 1 Texas their first loss of the season on Saturday. No. 2 Louisville is now the lone undefeated team with just under three weeks until the championship selection show. We’re set for a thrilling finish.
⚽️Soccer: With conference championship Sunday behind us, the women’s soccer selection show is set for today at 4:30 p.m. ET.
- After winning the West Coast Conference title, defending champs Santa Clara are one of 31 automatic qualifiers. Tune in to see which lucky 33 teams earn an at-large bid.