7:00 pm EST SECN Missouri @ LSU
7:30 pm EST ESPNU Florida @ Alabama
8:30 pm EST SECN Arkansas @ Auburn
5:00 pm EST PAC12 UCLA @ Washington
7:00 pm EST BTN Michigan @ Michigan State
8:00 pm EST ESPN Utah @ Oklahoma
Some big meets this weekend.
LSU vs Missouri will be intense, as LSU is without Kiya Johnson, it will be interesting to see what happens to LSU at home.
Florida vs Alabama will also be intense. Alabama is off to a slow start in the last two meets and won’t be happy with 11th ranking. Trinity 10.0 watch in effect, will she get her 6th straight 10.0 on floor?
Michigan vs Michigan State will be a great one. Michigan will try to hold onto #1 ranking. Michigan State is much better than #14 and will look to move up a few spots.
The marquee meet of the week IMO is Utah vs Oklahoma at OU. Oklahoma struggled against LSU so it will be interesting to see if they rebound against Utah. LSU had its struggles against Oklahoma, and had it been another team that team could have beaten Oklahoma. So Utah will for sure put up a big fight against them. Jordan Bowers should be the key to Oklahoma, she was nearly flawless against LSU.
that mizzou at LSU meet will be fun to watch. Mizzou has talked about being the one to walk through the door, and not having the door opened for them because of another teams failure (coaches words). This is the type of meet to prove that.
I know its early but Florida has to start making a move to fix their vault rotation, its probably their only achilles heel that makes them weak
I love that the meets are spread over the weekend! And sunday will be great with that OU v Utah meet. Definitely that marquee meet.
Huge upset! Michigan struggled tonight and had a poor beam rotation to end the meet at Michigan State. MSU pulled through for the win and broke 197 doing it. Michigan goes under 197.
I watched it and what a fantastic competition from the Spartans. They will definitely be contenders to make it pretty far at regionals.
Michigan had a big floor rotation but was off on their vault landings and had lots of built in deductions on their bars dismounts. They didn’t get into the 9.9s on bars, meanwhile MSU opened with a 49.400 on vault to get their momentum going.
Watched both Michigan/MSU and Utah/Oklahoma. MSU has a really talented group of underclassmen, it will be interesting to see them in two years and where they are. I was struck how senior laden Michigan is, I know a few of them can take their covid year, but there are going to be some big holes for them next year. I think this is their last shot in this cycle to score another title.
Utah and Oklahoma was a bit of a downer. Utah really seemed rattled and unfocused. A lot of mistakes. Oklahoma, what can you say? They are in the middle of a dynastic run. Even when they have some mistakes and look a bit off they still score a 49.4 rotation. I am not sure any team will catch them, and that goes for the next 2-3 years.
I watched both meets and I was a bit underwhelmed. Even Oklahoma looked a little off last night.
Heck, Bart Connor was off his commentating game! Ava Siegfeldt did not go to World Olympic, she went to World Class, Bart. Kathy, however, remains a treasure and far and away the best gymnastics commentator out there. Meanwhile, Olivia Karas on the Michigan-Michigan State coverage made me want to tear my hair out.
Yes to the Mich/MSU commentary, ugh it was so painful to listen to, Olivia was so-so, definitely improved from when she started (does she just do this ad-hoc for B10?), but her male counterpart was just horrible.
16 Oregon State
24 Arizona State
Others in the top 25
20 NC State (EAGL)
21 Southern Utah (MRGC)
The conference meets will be exciting come March,
SEC is going to be intense, Pac 12 will be a nail biter, but Big Ten will be probably the most wide open meet.
Michigan is clearly the favorite, but MSU already took them out, Ohio State is having one of their best seasons ever, Iowa is right there, Minnesota and Illinois can’t be counted out and then the rest of the Big 10 is ranked in the top 36.
I enjoy Olivia Karas because she knows the technical aspect of the sport and knows the elements. She could tone back a bit on some of the “sappy” stuff. Like constantly talking about how the Big Ten is just as good as any other conference (we all know this), and other little snipets we could use without. But overall I do like her.
Karas is usually at Big Ten, with Sloan, Miles, Sacramone at SEC, and Peszek and Honest at Pac 12.
But, IIRC, Karas did some work at Nationals for the beam broadcast on ESPN.
I think she did beam with Sacramone doing vault, Sloan doing bars, and Roethlisberger commentating floor.
She is doing just fine, it may not show in her scores, but it is obvious she is having fun and loves being around the team. Given her injuries and recovery time its incredible that she is very close to nailing her floor and has been able to compete bars and beam. She is only a freshman and I think she will be contributing by the end of the year.