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Weekend Preview: Week 10

Vincent Cervino        
Photo: Landon Sims (Mississippi State Athletics)
Week 10 rolls around and there’s still a lot of competitiveness in the major conferences as there are ranked matchups abound. The college crop of draft prospects have begun to separate themselves, as are some of the college teams, as the upper-echelon has been rock-solid for the majority of the season. Let’s dive in to what this weekend’s slate of games has in store for us. 

Rank Team Opponent Location
1 Arkansas at No. 8 South Carolina Columbia, S.C.
2 Texas at No. 24 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla.
3 Louisville TBD TBD
4 Mississippi State at No. 6 Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn.
5 East Carolina vs. UCF Greenville, N.C.
6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Mississippi State Nashville, Tenn.
7 Texas Tech vs. Baylor Lubbock, Texas
8 South Carolina vs. No. 1 Arkansas Columbia, S.C.
9 Notre Dame vs. Boston College Notre Dame, Ind.
10 Tennessee at Texas A&M College Station, Texas
11 TCU vs. Kansas Fort Worth, Texas
12 Arizona vs. Southern California Tucson, Ariz.
13 Oregon vs. UCLA Eugene, Ore.
14 Florida at Auburn Auburn, Ala.
15 Ole Miss vs. LSU Oxford, Miss.
16 Stanford TBD TBD
17 Georgia Tech vs. No. 20 Florida State Atlanta, Ga.
18 Michigan vs. Rutgers Ann Arbor, Mich.
19 Indiana State at Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas
20 Florida State at No. 17 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga.
21 Louisiana Tech vs. Marshall Ruston, La.
22 Nebraska at Michigan State East Lansing, Mich.
23 Indiana vs. Minnesota Bloomington, Ind.
24 Oklahoma State vs. No. 2 Texas Stillwater, Okla.
25 Virginia Tech at North Carolina State Raleigh, N.C.


Two Top-10 SEC Matchups
No. 1 Arkansas hits the road to take on No. 8 South Carolina while No. 4 Mississippi State will head to Nashville to take on No. 6 Vanderbilt. Arkansas has been the most complete team from the start of the season to the finish and the Razorbacks look locked-and-loaded with one of the deeper lineups and pitching staffs in the nation. The Razorbacks took game one on Thursday night as Robert Moore went deep twice, and the length of that Arkansas lineup can really cause some problems. Vanderbilt looks to be back on track after a series victory on the road against Tennessee, while the Bulldogs are another team that can lay claim to one of the most complete in the country. These major teams will be taking shots at each other all weekend and it’s going to be must-watch television. 

Series Postponements  
Two teams in the Top 25 don’t currently have opponents as No. 3 Louisville and No. 16 Stanford have had to postpone their series. Louisville is looking for an opponent, but Stanford will not play until next week due to COVID-19 issues on their team. Louisville will obviously be looking to schedule an opponent for the weekend but Stanford unfortunately will be out at least a week it seems. It’s never fun to see stuff like this happen but hopefully both teams will be able to hit the field soon and we’ll be back to watching high-level baseball. 

Texas Begins Three-Week Gauntlet
No. 2 Texas hits the road to head to Stillwater and take on No. 24 Oklahoma State in what will be three straight weekends of the Longhorns having ranked opponents. After this weekend, the Longhorns will be home for No. 7 Texas Tech and be on the road for No. 11 TCU. Texas has done an excellent job at rebounding following their opening weekend performance, but this is when they’ll truly be tested. The pitching has been excellent all season as they have a true ace in Ty Madden, while fellow starter Tristan Stevens has been similarly impressive on Saturdays. A pair of thumpers in the middle of the lineup have set the pace as Ivan Melendez and senior Zach Zubia have been on fire, while the emergence of true freshman Mitchell Daly has been a shot in the arm. They’d like to get guys like Mike Antico and Trey Faltine going from an offensive perspective but we’ll have a very clear idea of who the Longhorns are in a couple weeks.

Massive Missouri Valley Matchup
No. 19 Indiana State has, likely, their toughest test on the year as they’ll head down to Texas to take on Dallas Baptist. The Patriots are first on their side of the conference with a 4-0 record, to the Sycamores’ 7-1 record, and have a very talented squad. Dallas Baptist’s Dom Hamel against Indiana State’s Geremy Guerrero will be must-watch television on Friday night, but the big challenge will be how DBU’s bats match up with the Sycamores’ arms. There are five hitters in the Patriots offense hitting at least at a .330 clip, which will give Indiana State’s ace all they can handle. This has massive national implications as well as the obvious ones for who will finish atop the Missouri Valley Conference at the end of the season, and be sure to grab the popcorn when you watch.
 
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