Last week was filled with upsets! The polls changed so much that only 2 teams remained in the same spot as the previous week. This week is no different. We will be featuring two matches that have huge implications on conference standings and the AVCA polls: North Carolina @ Florida State and Nebraska @ Penn State. In the ACC, Florida State and North Carolina are both 11-1 in conference play and each have three losses overall. Nebraska is first in the Big 10, while Penn State is third, but a loss from either team will have a big impact on the overall standings. Let’s see how each team matches up:
Earlier this season, Florida State lost to North Carolina 3-0, but our predictions show a different outcome this time around. Aside from serving, where Florida State has the advantage, both teams compare well, but the home court advantage will be big for Florida State. It is important to note that Florida State’s three losses have come from top 10 ranked schools (Minnesota, Florida, North Carolina), while North Carolina has lost to two unranked opponents, one of which came last week. Our predictions show Florida State with a winning chance of 58.36-41.64.
The other matchup will take place on Penn State’s home court, where the Nittany Lions are 10-1. Although Penn State is on a 3 game losing streak, we predict they will bounce back and upset the #1 team in the country. Both teams have the exact same overall rating, but Penn State has the slight advantage in attacking and blocking. Our predictions have Penn State defeating Nebraska with a winning percentage of 57.74-42.26.
Watch these games this week and see how our predictions turn out:
Nebraska @ Penn State, Friday 11/4
North Carolina @ Florida State, Sunday 11/6