Five Top-12 Matchups Spearhead This Week in Top 25 Action; Sep. 5-10

  0 Derek Johnson | September 05th, 2017 | ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, Pac 12, SEC, WCC

Week 3 of the 2017 season got going on Labor Day Monday as the #9 Kansas Jayhawks took down the #14 Kentucky Wildcats in straight sets. That should set up a strong week ahead as there are 12 ranked matchups on the slate for the end of the week including two top-five meetings and several top-20 matches coming just from Lawrence at the Kansas Invitational that features host-Kansas (#9), Creighton (#7) and Purdue (#19).

On Thursday September 7, six matches feature a top-10 team, although none pair up against another ranked opponent as Oregon comes the closest with a meeting against receiving votes Cal Poly.

The following day, Friday September 8, features an explosion of top 25 teams clashing as eight top-25 matchups occur with two other ranked vs. receiving votes matches being played. The most notable of the group features #11 UCLA playing at #12 Nebraska, #19 Purdue facing two top-10 teams in Creighton and Kansas on the same day and a top-five meeting between #3 Minnesota and #4 Texas.

If Friday doesn’t create enough big matchups, Saturday should suffice as beyond the plethora of top-25 teams in action, eight face each other in four matches. That number may seem small compared to Friday, but what Saturday has going for it is the three top-12 matchups that all offer plenty of intrigue and potentially revenge. Not only are UCLA and Nebraska ranked in the top-12, but they will face other for the second time in as many days with the loser looking to counteract the first result. Speaking of rematches, #9 Kansas hosts #7 Creighton in a rematch of last year’s memorable second round five-setter that went the BlueJays way. And how could we forget a top-five matchup between #2 Penn State and #5 Stanford after Penn State upset the then top-ranked Cardinal last week.

Sunday won’t have quite the volume, but it should be a nice finish to the weekend as Marquette looks to score its second ranked victory of the season against #14 Kentucky.

Date Time (ET) Visitor Home Neutral Site TV
Sept. 7 11 a.m. Denver #3 Minnesota Austin, Texas Longhorn Network
1 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi #4 Texas Longhorn Network
6 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi #3 Minnesota Austin, Texas Longhorn Network
8 p.m. Denver #4 Texas Longhorn Network
8 p.m. Lipscomb #6 Wisconsin Big Ten 2 Go
9 p.m. Cal Poly (RV) #10 Oregon Pac-12 Oregon
10:45 p.m. Nevada Baylor (RV)
Sept. 8 1 a.m. #13 BYU Hawaii (RV) BigWest.TV
10 a.m. American #18 Michigan State Gainesville, Fla.
11 a.m. #19 Purdue #7 Creighton Lawrence, Kan.
11:30 a.m. Northern Iowa (RV) Rutgers Kansas City, Mo.
Noon UNC Greensboro #1 Florida ESPN3
Noon #17 Michigan Idaho State Fort Collins, Colo.
Noon Washington State (RV) New Hampshire Fairfield, Conn.
1 p.m. #23 Missouri State #8 Washington Malibu, Calif.
1 p.m. Belmont #9 Kansas ESPN3
2 p.m. Duquesne Wichita State (RV) Eugene, Ore.
2 p.m. Ball State #20 Colorado State
3:30 p.m. Arkansas #16 USC Santa Barbara, Calif.
5 p.m. #18 Michigan State UNC-Greensboro Gainesville, Fla.
5 p.m. Florida International #24 Ohio State Conway, S.C.
5:30 p.m. #2 Penn State Colorado Champaign, Ill.
5:30 p.m. South Dakota Northern Iowa (RV) Kansas City, Mo.
6 p.m. Belmont #7 Creighton Lawrence, Kan.
6 p.m. Tennessee #21 Florida State
7 p.m. American #1 Florida ESPN3 
7 p.m. Washington State (RV) Fairfield
7 p.m. Duke TCU (RV) FrogVision
7 p.m. South Alabama Auburn (RV)
8 p.m. #19 Purdue #9 Kansas ESPN3
8 p.m. #5 Stanford #25 Illinois
8 p.m. #17 Michigan #20 Colorado State
8 p.m. Wyoming #23 Missouri State Malibu, Calif.
8 p.m. Iowa State (RV) Iowa Big Ten 2 Go
8 p.m. Loyola Marquette (RV) Marquette Tube
9 p.m. #3 Minnesota #4 Texas Longhorn Network 
9 p.m. Cal Poly (RV) Duquesne Eugene, Ore.
9 p.m. #11 UCLA #12 Nebraska Big Ten 2 Go
9 p.m. #22 San Diego #15 Utah
10 p.m. #8 Washington Pepperdine
10 p.m. #16 USC UC Santa Barbara
10:45 p.m. Nevada #13 BYU Honolulu
11 p.m. Wichita State (RV) #10 Oregon Pac-12 Oregon
Sept. 9 1 a.m. Baylor (RV) Hawaii (RV) BigWest.TV
Noon Ball State #17 Michigan Fort Collins, Colo.
Noon Missouri #22 San Diego Salt Lake City, Utah
Noon Notre Dame #24 Ohio State Conway, S.C.
1 p.m. Belmont #19 Purdue Lawrence, Kan.
1:30 p.m. Northern Iowa (RV) UMKC
2 p.m. Idaho State #20 Colorado State
2 p.m. Green Bay #15 Utah
2 p.m. Iowa State (RV) Northern Illinois Iowa City, Iowa
2:30 p.m. Lehigh TCU (RV) FrogVision
3:30 p.m. Colorado #25 Illinois Watch Illini
4:30 p.m. #18 Michigan State #1 Florida ESPN3 
4:30 p.m. Arizona #21 Florida State
5 p.m. Wyoming #8 Washington Malibu, Calif.
5 p.m. Wichita State (RV) Cal Poly (RV) Eugene, Ore.
6 p.m. #2 Penn State #5 Stanford Champaign, Ill.
7 p.m. Yale #16 USC Santa Barbara, Calif.
7 p.m. Green Bay #22 San Diego Salt Lake City, Utah
7 p.m. Washington State (RV) Fairfield
7 p.m. Clemson Auburn (RV)
7:30 p.m. #23 Missouri State Pepperdine
7:30 p.m. #24 Ohio State Coastal Carolina
8 p.m. Texas A&M #6 Wisconsin
8 p.m. #11 UCLA #12 Nebraska Big Ten 2 Go
8 p.m. #14 Kentucky Loyola Chicago Milwaukee, Wis.
8 p.m. Utah Valley TCU (RV) Frog Vision
8:30 p.m. #7 Creighton #9 Kansas ESPN3
9 p.m. #13 BYU Baylor (RV) Honolulu
9 p.m. Missouri #15 Utah
10 p.m. Duquesne #10 Oregon Pac-12 Oregon
Sept. 10 1 a.m. Nevada Hawaii (RV) BigWest.TV
2 p.m. #14 Kentucky Marquette (RV) Marquette Tube

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