This Week in the Top 25: 8 Head to Head Matches, Two Top 10 Affairs

  0 Wendy Mayer | November 21st, 2017 | ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Missouri Valley Conference, Mountain West, News, Pac 12, SEC, WCC

The final week of the regular season is not at a shortage for big matches, especially in the Big Ten, where the league title is still up for grabs and in the Pac-12 where teams are jockeying for positioning behind conference champ No. 3 Stanford.

There are 41 matches on the slate involving VolleyMob Top 25 teams or those receiving votes with the potential for a few more depending on results in both the Big East and Missouri Valley Tournaments, which feature No. 13 Creighton and No. 25 Missouri State and vote-getter Northern Iowa.

Of those 41, eight are head to head meetings between Top 25 teams and another three include a ranked team and a vote getter or two votegetters. Two matches feature a pair of Top 10 squads.

Wednesday’s slate brings four key matchups, including three in the Pac-12. No. 19 UCLA heads to votegetter Oregon State, No. 12 USC is set to face No. 22 Oregon and No. 16 Utah takes on No. 3 Stanford. In the Big Ten, No. 17 Purdue has its chance for payback against vote getter Michigan in Match 2 of a rare back-t0-back series.

Purdue wraps up its regular season against No. 11 Michigan State on Friday. No. 1 Penn State plays the first of two head-to-head Top 25 matches with huge title race implications, hitting the road to face No. 18 Wisconsin.

Also on Friday’s schedule are two more Pac-12 duels with No. 22 Oregon facing rival Oregon State and No. 16 Utah battling No. 21 Colorado.

The top-ranked Nittany Lions wrap up the week at No. 7 Minnesota on Saturday, while No. 4 Texas closes out the Big 12 slate at No. 9 Baylor. A Pac-12 showdown in Los Angeles finishes the regular season Top 25 schedule as No. 19 UCLA heads to No. 12 USC.

Date Time Visitor Home
Nov. 21 9 p.m. Loyola Marymount #10 BYU
9 p.m. Pepperdine #14 San Diego
Nov. 22 2 p.m. #24 Wichita State Memphis
4 p.m. #19 UCLA Oregon State (RV)
5 p.m. #12 USC #22 Oregon
6 p.m. #21 Colorado California
7 p.m. Auburn #2 Florida
7 p.m. Arizona #8 Washington
7 p.m. Michigan (RV) #17 Purdue
7:30 p.m. Louisville (RV) Boston College
8 p.m. Oklahoma #4 Texas
8 p.m. #6 Kentucky Arkansas
8 p.m. #5 Nebraska Northwestern
8 p.m. Iowa Illinois (RV)
9 p.m. #16 Utah #3 Stanford
Nov. 24 1 p.m. Louisville (RV) Syracuse
1:30 p.m. Villanova #13 Creighton
2 p.m. Memphis #24 Wichita State
3:30 p.m. Butler Marquette (RV)
4 p.m. Pittsburgh (RV) Virginia Tech
5 p.m. Drake/Indiana State #25 Missouri State
7 p.m. #11 Michigan State #17 Purdue
7:30 p.m. Indiana State/Valparaiso Northern Iowa (RV)
8 p.m. #1 Penn State #18 Wisconsin
8 p.m. Rutgers #7 Minnesota
5 p.m. #6 Kentucky Georgia
10 p.m. #22 Oregon Oregon State (RV)
10 p.m. #16 Utah #21 Colorado
11 p.m. Washington State #8 Washington
Nov. 25 2 p.m. West Virginia #15 Kansas
2 p.m. UC Davis Colorado State (RV)
2:30 p.m. #2 Florida Missouri
3 p.m. #4 Texas #9 Baylor
3 p.m. Texas Tech #20 Iowa State
4 p.m. Pittsburgh (RV) Virginia
7 p.m. #11 Michigan State Indiana
7 p.m. #1 Penn State #7 Minnesota
7 p.m. Illinois (RV) Ohio State
8 p.m. Rutgers #18 Wisconsin
8 p.m. Iowa #5 Nebraska
10 p.m. #3 Stanford California
10 p.m. #19 UCLA #12 USC

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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