Inspirational considered the week:
It is the game of kings,
Higher than diamond rings
That is why we’re right here to sing …
— “Soccer Rap” LL Cool J
Right here at Backside 10 Headquarters, positioned in a Boone, North Carolina, infirmary subsequent to the eyewash station getting used to rid Appalachian State students of pink eye after two consecutive weekends of diving into the campus duck pond, we spent the weekend watching school soccer … after which spent Monday watching Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral … after which spent Tuesday enthusiastic about the royals and the royal sport that we love and so they loved.
It is true. On Oct. 19, 1957, Her Royal Majesty’s motorcade rolled into the College of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium, like proper onto the sector, the place she greeted the captains of the Terrapins previous to their sport in opposition to closely favored and 14th-ranked North Carolina. The Tar Heels had been upset 21-7 and later pointed to the queen’s late arrival and thus the hourlong delay of the kickoff as one of many causes they did not play their greatest.
Almost 20 years to the day, on Oct. 22, 1977, then-Prince Charles additionally rolled right into a sport late, however the of us in Athens, Georgia, did not watch for him. He arrived simply as James Brown was wrapping up his halftime present and walked the size of the sector to fulfill UGA coach Vince Dooley and Kentucky’s Frank Curci. Dooley gave Charles a signed “1976 SEC Champs” soccer. Curci provided the long run King of England a stick of gum. When Charles realized the Dawgs had been down 10-0 to the Cats, he mentioned to Dooley, “Then I suppose I will have to tug for you within the second half.” Kentucky received in a shocking rout 33-0. The headline within the Atlanta Journal-Structure mentioned of the inheritor to the throne of the UK: “Prince Charles Watches UK Dismantle Georgia.”
“It wasn’t an upset as a result of they had been a top-10 staff and we weren’t,” Dooley recalled of the go to when requested about it in 2019. “However I had a couple of folks say, no extra royalty at video games. Simply in case.”
Always remember that Queen Elizabeth II attended a UNC-Maryland sport at School Park in 1957 or that King Charles III (then Prince Charles) frolicked with Vince Dooley between the hedges previous to Kentucky-UGA in 1977. pic.twitter.com/cYVn6GQAKQ
— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) September 19, 2022
With apologies to Darrell Royal, App State operating again Anderson Castle, Princeton Corridor of Famer Phillip King and Steve Harvey, listed below are the post-Week 3 Backside 10 rankings.
Talking of huge occasions which are positive to seize the hearts and eyes of billions around the globe, when the Different Aggies acquired slapped with a badger tail, shedding 66-7 at Wisconsin, they did not merely turn out to be the nation’s first four-loss staff. New Mexico State additionally set the stage for the primary Pillow Battle of the Yr of the Century, occurring this weekend after they host …
The excellent news? Timmy Chang’s Warriors lastly discovered a win on the finish of the Rainbow. The unhealthy information? It was in opposition to a 1-3 FCS staff in Duquesne, which is pronounced “Due-cane.” As in, “I am unable to consider we simply misplaced to freaking Hawai’i. We’re DUE to discover a subject and gnaw away our sorrows on some sugar CANE.”
The Rams have misplaced 9 straight, the longest winless streak in FBS soccer. By no means a great signal: When the hometown newspaper follows up your 38-7 loss at Washington State with a narrative titled “Gauging the panic scale on Colorado State’s winless begin.”
Additionally by no means a great signal: When your athletic director follows up your 49-7 loss at Minnesota with a press release that begins with “Like all of you, I’ve been disenchanted to look at our soccer staff wrestle this fall …” and proper on the level within the press launch the place a head coach hopes that the message takes an inspiring upturn, it as a substitute says: “I need you to know that I hear you. I acknowledge and perceive your disappointment and frustration and maybe, even anger.”
I like Bryan Harsin. I genuinely do. However I used to be in Auburn final weekend and once I mentioned those self same two sentences at a WDE tailgate, immediately an orange-clad grandma reflexively tried to hit me within the face together with her tiger-striped purse. So, a Plains previous soar into the Coveted Fifth Spot it’s.
Massachusetts defeated Stony Brook 20-3 within the greatest retreat-ending victory for a bunch of Minutemen for the reason that North Bridge. However that win was merely an appetizer of pease porridge, or no matter they used to have for appetizers in colonial occasions, whetting New England’s urge for food for what comes subsequent …
That is proper, it is a super-rare Pillow Battle of the Week of the Century Doubled-header, as in doubled over in ache. The Temple Bowels fell to 1-2 after a loss to Rutgers, a Scarlet Knights victory that coincidentally made Greg Schiano the winningest coach in class historical past. He surpassed Frank Burns, who coached Rutgers to its first bowl look and a pair of Center Three Convention championships. In associated information, Temple followers, Philadelphians all, spend most video games with their center three fingers prolonged, at all times on the able to unload the center one and remind guests that they’re No. 1 … or to indicate you what number of wins they’ve.
The Huskies misplaced a squeaker at Michigan 59-0. The Wolverines closed out their season-opening three-game Backside 10 gauntlet in opposition to Colorado State, Hawai’i and UConn by going 3-0 by way of a mixed rating of 166-17. Now Michigan performs Maryland, who’s 3-0 however with two wins over Backside 10 regulars Buffalo and Charlotte. In the meantime, UConn strikes on to play at Twelfth-ranked NC State. Who put these schedules collectively, a kind of monsters from the Upside Down?
The #MACtion East Division has six groups and 5 of these groups have a file of 1-2. The Bulls are the one exception, sitting at 0-3. However hey, look on the brilliant aspect, Buffalo followers. You are not even the worst Buffalo on this week’s rankings! Amarite, Ralphie?
This spot was going to No-braska, however then Arizona State did what the Huskers did one week in the past and fired its coach. In response to Backside 10 guidelines, when a staff fires its head coach in September, it mechanically strikes into the rankings, although we doubt Herm Edwards is conscious of this as a result of he would not appear to spend so much of time bothering with pesky rulebooks.
Ready listing: No-braska, ULM (pronounced “ulm”), Georgia State Not Southern, Everybody within the MAC besides Japanese Michigan and Toledo, UTEP Minors, Charlotte 1-and-3’ers, FI(not A)U, North by Northwestern, Wrambling Reck, Houston we now have an issue … with two of your receivers fighting on the sideline.