Do not look now, however the School Soccer Playoff is simply over 4 months away. Meaning you’ve got solely obtained thirteen weeks of the common season, some convention championships and a slew of bowl video games earlier than the 4-group playoff caps the yr and we’re again within the chilly, darkish offseason.
In an ideal world, you’d get to take pleasure in each bit of school soccer’s pageantry and keenness, however as an instance you are in only a barely much less good world and may solely get to a recreation every week. What’s the most effective path to take to benefit from the season?
Pack up your imaginary RV, hearth up the grill and comply with alongside for the last word school soccer street journey. These aren’t essentially the most important video games of every week — although many will have an effect on convention races and playoff positioning — however they’re a few of the greatest stadiums to see and prime traditions to expertise.
Week 1, Sept. 2 – Alabama vs. Florida State (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta)
Is it a nationwide championship preview in Week 1? Coming off of a runner-up end, the No. 1 Crimson Tide will face the No. three Seminoles within the first marquee recreation of the yr and the primary main soccer recreation hosted by Atlanta’s new state-of-artwork stadium. In the event you want extra of a soccer repair — it has been months, in any case — Tennessee and Georgia Tech will conflict on the identical subject Monday night time. Do not care concerning the video games? Simply marvel on the stadium’s halo-formed “largest video board on the planet.”
Week 2, Sept. 9 – Pitt at Penn State (Beaver Stadium, State School, Pa.)
This historic rivalry does not have the panache it as soon as carried. It has been many years because it carried nationwide championship implications, and the groups took an extended hiatus earlier than lastly assembly in a wild Pitt win final yr. Pitt has been mediocre for years, and Penn State’s fame has been dragged via the mud, however there probably will not be a extra fiercely contested recreation in Week 2. A rowdy crowd of one hundred,000-plus Pennsylvanians might be backed by a scholar part that could be the nation’s greatest. Native culinary tip: Order some Grilled Stickies at Ye Olde School Diner. You will get them with or with no scoop of ice cream, however both means you are going to need extra.
Week three, Sept. sixteen – LSU at Mississippi State (Davis Wade…