School soccer’s “Week 0” is likely one of the quirkiest elements of a particularly quirky sport. The official begin to the season is over Labor Day weekend, when virtually each soccer staff performs its so-called “Week 1” sport (the primary of a 12-contest common season). However the NCAA’s scheduling guidelines have a humorous exception: Any staff that has a sport scheduled that season in Hawaii is allowed to begin per week earlier and, if they like, play a thirteenth regular-season sport. These groups’ first opponents are additionally allowed to begin per week earlier, leading to an additional day of video games.
The rule helps the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors entice non-conference opponents to make the lengthy journey to the islands. It additionally makes it attainable for school soccer to have regular-season video games earlier than Week 1. The 2021 season’s Week 0 video games run all day on Saturday, Aug. 28.
To information your viewing, we’ve ranked all 5 video games involving Soccer Bowl Subdivision groups by how enjoyable they’ll be to look at. School soccer is again; time to make some room on the sofa.
1. 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN: Hawaii at UCLA
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The most effective sport of the day takes place on the most iconic venue in faculty soccer: the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. UCLA went 3–4 within the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, nevertheless it was not less than an fascinating 3–4, with near-victories over the 2 finest groups within the convention, Oregon and USC, and a win towards a reasonably strong Arizona State.
The Bruins will provide a preview of whether or not or not QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson has improved. If he has, possibly they’ll not solely win this sport, but additionally give LSU a run for its cash subsequent weekend when the Tigers go to. Hawaii will most likely not be nice this 12 months, however QB Chevin Cordeiro can chuck the ball round, and coach Todd Graham’s unfold passing assault is normally enjoyable to look at (if not at all times efficient).
2. 1 p.m. (EDT) on FOX: Nebraska at Illinois
The Huskers and Illini will each take up residence within the center or backside finish of the Huge Ten West this 12 months, however this sport ought to not less than give us hints at how their seasons will unfold. Will Nebraska present indicators of life after three mediocre seasons in a row with head coach Scott Frost? And can Illinois look any totally different beneath new head man Bret Bielema? Bielema not less than has Huge Ten West expertise, having coached Wisconsin from 2006 to 2012. He then left to take a training job at Arkansas—an tour that didn’t go nicely. Now, after a stint as an NFL assistant, he’s again within the convention.
3. 2 p.m. (EDT) on CBS Sports activities Community: UConn at Fresno State
UConn shall be horrendous this 12 months. Nonetheless, the Huskies are price watching a few times as a enjoyable experiment: Simply how unhealthy can one of many worst groups within the FBS look in its season opener after not enjoying in any respect in 2020? (Most likely fairly unhealthy.)
Fresno State must also be entertaining, though for various causes. With QB Jake Haener, operating again Ronnie Rivers, and receiver Jalen Cropper, the Bulldogs have three of the best (and thrilling) ability place gamers within the Mountain West.
4. 10 p.m. (EDT) on CBS Sports activities Community: Southern Utah at San Jose State
Southern Utah is normally a awful FCS staff, and the defending Mountain West champ Spartans shouldn’t have any downside cruising to a win. However the lack of formidable competitors gained’t make SJSU any much less enjoyable to look at. QB Nick Starkel, now at his third FBS college after stops at Texas A&M and Arkansas, has developed into a reasonably environment friendly passer and an necessary chief within the Bay Space. As well as, control Spartan receiver Isaiah Hamilton, who could possibly be the most effective receivers within the Group of 5 conferences this 12 months.
5. 9:30 p.m. (EDT) on FloFootball: UTEP at New Mexico State
Effectively, it’s a soccer sport. There’s a motive it is going to be broadcast solely on regional TV (with a streaming possibility by way of FloFootball): The motion shall be decidedly underwhelming.
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