Both Arkansas and Alabama are coming off weak scores of 195.875 and 196.000, respectively, which saw them fall from the 3rd and 2nd spots to the 5th and 6th. The loser of this dual meet may be on downward spiral watch. The last time Alabama competed at home they put up an enormous score, and we can probably expect the same thing this week when away 9.775s become home 9.850s. The vault judges at Alabama are 2/2 for giving out 10s, do I hear a third? I’m betting on Gutierrez this week.
Arkansas struggled last week because Grable struggled. That was a test of whether their depth could make up for a weak meet from one of the stars, and they didn’t really pass. There are a lot of missed handstands and low landings in the early lineups, so keep an eye on how those routines are progressing. I finally got the chance to catch up and watch the Arkansas/Florida meet from forever ago, and I was not wholly impressed by Arkansas. I need to see something more in the third and fourth positions.
I’ll also be following the scores for the UCLA @ Oregon State (with Cal) meet, watching specifically for Oregon State’s vault and floor scores because I still wonder about their amplitude and landing position and for UCLA’s bar scores (and lineup decisions). Also, it will be interesting to see how much Zamarripa does. They’re praying that ankle issue is just a minor annoyance.
Georgia, Alabama, and Oregon State are the major teams competing at home, so they look the most likely candidates for the highest score of the week, especially with Utah visiting Michigan. I’ll go with Alabama because I think they have the highest scoring potential of the three, but I don’t feel completely certain about that.
Top 25 Schedule:
Friday – 2/17/12
6:00 ET / 3:00 PT –  Utah @  Michigan
7:00 ET / 4:00 PT – New Hampshire @  NC State
7:30 ET / 4:30 PT –  Oklahoma @  Missouri
8:00 ET / 5:00 PT –  Florida @  Auburn
8:00 ET / 5:00 PT – Michigan State @  Illinois
8:00 ET / 5:00 PT – Iowa State @  Iowa
8:30 ET / 5:30 PT –  Arkansas @  Alabama
9:00 ET / 6:00 PT – San Jose State @  Boise State
9:00 ET / 6:00 PT – BYU @  Arizona
10:00 ET / 7:00 PT –  UCLA, Cal @  Oregon State
10:00 ET / 7:00 PT –  LSU, Seattle Pacific @  Washington
Saturday – 2/18/12
4:00 ET / 1:00 PT – Kentucky @  Georgia
4:00 ET / 1:00 PT –  Denver @  Ohio State
7:00 ET / 4:00 PT –  Nebraska @ Minnesota
7:00 ET / 4:00 PT – Brockport @  Penn State
7:00 ET / 4:00 PT –  West Virginia, Rutgers, William & Mary @ Maryland
7:30 ET / 4:30 PT – Metroplex Challenge ( Stanford, Brown, Bridgeport)
Sunday – 2/19/12
4:00 ET / 1:00 PT –  Illinois @  Arizona State