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By FRANCO PANIZO
If there was one weekend with matches most resembling what we could see in the tournament in December, it could be this weekend.
There are several mouthwatering battles between teams in Fox Soccer/SBI's Top 25 list on tap, including Friday's night headliner between No. 4 Creighton and second-ranked Maryland. The Bluejays are perfect through eight games and have yet to allow a goal this season. But Terps senior forward Casey Townsend, who has 10 goals on the year, will look to change that as he leads Maryland's attack.
Another of the weekend's top matches will be when top-ranked UConn travels to play No. 8 Louisville. The Huskies are perfect on the season at 9-0, but senior midfielder Tony Cascio will need to aid the visitors in setting the tone against a Louisville team looking to bounce back from a narrow loss to Notre Dame.
Currently ranked at No. 7, the Fighting Irish are also involved in a marquee match-up, as they hit the road to play 10th-ranked St John's. Notre Dame is on a four-game winning streak, and junior midfielder Dillon Powers is likely to play a big role in helping it extend that to five.
Here's a look at who the top 25 teams face this weekend:
(4) Creighton at Maryland (2)
Duke at North Carolina (3)
(9) Boston College at NC State
California at UCLA (14)
(16) Washington at Oregon State
(1) UConn at Louisville (8)
(5) Akron at Western Michigan
(7) Notre Dame at St John's (10)
Providence at South Florida (11)
(12) New Mexico at UNLV
(13) Central Florida at SMU (21)
(22) UC-Irvine at at UCSB (15)
Buffalo at Northern Illinois (17)
(18) Furman at UNC Greensboro
Michigan at Penn State (19)
(25) Bradley at Massachusetts
(6) Indiana at Wisconsin
Stanford at UCLA (14)
Lipscomb at East Tennessee State (20)
Liberty at Coastal Carolina (24)
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Which matches are you most looking forward to? Expecting Creighton to keep Townsend and Maryland off the scoresheet? Do you see UConn staying undefeated against Louisville? Who will win between Notre Dame and St John's?
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