We’re already six weeks through the college football season and we have already seen a large number of surprises. LSU looks like they may have the nation’s most lethal passing attacks while Michigan’s “new” passing attack has looked pedestrian basically every week. Auburn lost for the first time this season to Florida giving them a thin line on how much they can afford to mess up the rest of the way.
Let’s countdown this week’s top 25.
1. LSU Tigers (5-0)
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0)
3. Clemson Tigers (5-0)
4. Georgia Bulldogs (5-0)
5. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0)
6. Oklahoma Sooners (5-0)
7. Wisconsin Badgers (5-0)
8. Florida Gators (6-0)
9. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0)
10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-0)
11. Texas Longhorns (4-1)
12. Oregon Ducks (4-1)
13. Michigan Wolverines (4-1)
14. Auburn Tigers (5-1)
15. Boise State Broncos (5-0)
16. Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1)
17. SMU Mustangs (6-0)
18. Wake Forest (5-0)
19. Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1)
20. Utah Utes (4-1)
21. Virginia Cavaliers (4-1)
22. Washington Huskies (3-2)
23. Memphis Tigers (5-0)
24. Baylor Bears (5-0)
25. Cincinnati Bearcats (4-1)
The Boston Celtics just swept the Indiana Pacers handily in a series the Pacers were overmatched in from the start. Indiana was missing star guard Victor Oladipo throughout the series as he’s battling back from a ruptured tendon which he suffered in January. The loss loomed large as the Pacers were forced to turn to Bojan Bogdanovic to provide a spark on offense throughout the series.
The Celtics pushed any chatter of an early playoff exit out of the door as their core of Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford along with their deep bench are all peaking at the right time. It’s been a long road for this Boston team that entered the season with expectations higher than almost any team in the NBA. Remember now, this is the same Celtics team that was a Game 7 victory away from knocking off LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals a year ago.. without Irving or Gordon Hayward. Now LeBron’s in the Western conference
The Sweet Sixteen is here and this year’s matchups figure to be some of the best in the past few years. Big matchups such as Kentucky-Houston and Duke-Virginia Tech highlight this year’s round of games but don’t sleep on the other games.. or the teams that are featured in them.
Let’s take a look at the underdogs with the best chances to pull of upsets come Thursday and Friday:
1. Auburn Tigers
The Auburn Tigers have proved to be one of toughest squads to beat all year with two impressive victories over Tennessee who is also in the Sweet Sixteen along with their most recent victory, a 14 point win over Kansas. Can the resilient bunch put it together once again and will they way to victory against Roy Williams and his #1 seeded North Carolina squad? We’ll see.
2. Virginia Tech Hokies
The Hokies have a great chance at defeating Duke for two reasons. For one, they beat the Blue Devils before (yea Zion Williamson was out but a win is a win) and for two, Duke was a missed put back away from losing against UCF. The Hokies of Virginia Tech must capitalize on the Blue Devil’s vulnerability if they want to win this matchup.
3. Florida State Seminoles
Let me be honest.. Florida State shouldn’t be listed as an underdog. Although they’ve endured seven losses on the season they’ve managed huge wins against LSU, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Virginia, all whom are also in the Sweet Sixteen with the Seminoles. The fact that Gonzaga is a #1 seed helped to categorize the Seminoles as an underdog for their matchup, however don’t be surprised if Mfiondu Kabengele and company are able to beat the Bulldogs.
Zion Williamson is arguably the best player in college basketball. Not many are going to argue against that fact as Williamson returned to the court today from a knee injury to deliver a masterpiece of a game. The Freshman sensation notched 29 points (13/13 FG, 100%) and 14 rebounds en route to leading Duke to victory over Syracuse.
The game will surely be a signature point of Zion’s freshman’s season when it’s all set and done. His injury against North Carolina on Feb. 20 was a huge blow to Duke at the moment as they lost that game and then went on to lose to the Tar Heels again on March 9th. With Duke/UNC III for the season coming up on Friday there’s way more at stake than just annual bragging rights. The #1 seed in the NCAA tournament is hanging in the balance and Zion’s presence in this game will surely be felt in this one. He’s been on the court against North Carolina for all of 30 seconds all season so they don’t really have a plan to minimize him.