The Balance Beam Situation

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Intrasquad Week Schedule

Over the next week or so, NCAA teams will be conducting their various public scrimmages and preseason showcases, and we will all use every morsel of them to make wildly sweeping conclusions about the upcoming season. Yay, December!

While a few stellar programs are going to stream their previews, seeing the action from most of these intrasquads will require being there in person (and who would ever want to go anywhere?) Still, we can anticipate post-showcase videos regardless, and that’s really what we’re looking for. Here’s the rundown.

Friday, December 6th
7:00pm PT – Oregon State Orange and Black Exhibition

Saturday, December 7th
4:00pm CT – Oklahoma Preseason Intrasquad

Sunday, December 8th
2:00pm ET – Michigan Exhibition v. Central Michigan (Live video)
2:00pm CT – Illinois Orange and Blue Exhibition
2:00pm PT – UCLA Meet the Bruins Pawliday Party (this name . . .)

Tuesday, December 10th
6:00pm ET – Kentucky Blue/White Intrasquad

Thursday, December 12th
7:00pm ET – Penn State Blue/White Showcase
7:00pm ET – Maryland Red vs. Black Preview

Friday, December 13th
7:00 MT – Utah Red Rocks Preview (Live video will be available)

Saturday, December 14th 
10:00am ET – Georgia Sneak Peek
6:00pm MT – Denver Intrasquad

Sunday, December 15th
2:00pm PT – Stanford Scrimmage v. Sacramento State

You’ll note some teams aren’t here, but we do have videos.

Alabama has been releasing a steady stream of videos from practice. Here’s one of Kaitlyn Clark yelling (seriously . . . indoor voices):

And Florida already conducted its annual Orange and Blue Intrasquad. With IDs in the videos! Well done, Gators. Although, a note: it’s an intrasquad, not an intersquad. Intra means “within” (as in, within one squad), while inter means “between” (as in, between multiple squads).

Vault and bars

The usual suspects look stellar on vault. There’s a big gap in distance and amplitude between them and the contenders, but there shouldn’t be much shortage of depth there. On bars, there are some tremendous routines that will barely see the light of day. The quality of DLOs looks like it will be the primary deciding factor in those early bars places.

Beam and floor 1

Bridget Sloan’s floor has been making the rounds this week. For the record, I’m a fan. And a nice ASac inner thigh caress before the second pass.

Beam and floor 2

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