- Mechelle Voepel, espnW.com
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Considering the free-for-all conference swapping that appears in full swing now in college athletics, talking about actual game results seems almost quaint. But even though the money-grabbing, loyalty-free, allegiance-shifting gambits continue to overshadow the actual competitions this fall, the sports themselves go on.
The way it's looking, Maryland and UConn may end up in the same league, with the Huskies apparently eager to jump from the Big East into one of the ACC's invitation-only lifeboats.
But right now, those two schools are still leading their respective conference's men's soccer standings, and they're ranked 1-2 in the nation. Right behind them is No. 3 Creighton, which also is undefeated and untied, but has another distinction -- unscored upon.
The Bluejays have won all six of their games by shutout, including Saturday's 3-0 victory against Providence on a rainy night in Omaha, Neb. The Bluejays have outscored their opponents 14-0 and have a 90-44 advantage on shot attempts.
This week, Creighton faces Kentucky -- the Wildcats, along with South Carolina, play men's soccer in Conference USA -- and St. Mary's. Then on Friday, Sept. 30, the Bluejays have a showdown with No. 1 Maryland in College Park, Md.
• Last week we gave the Big West some much-deserved attention, but the weekend wasn't kind to the league.
No. 5 UC Irvine suffered its first loss of the season 2-0 Sunday at No. 17 South Florida. Also losing for the first time this season were No. 6 UC Santa Barbara, which fell 3-2 at UCLA on Friday, and Cal Fullerton, which lost 3-2 at George Mason on Sunday.
But it was nearly a very big weekend for Cal Poly. The Mustangs defeated Syracuse 2-1 on Friday, then had quite a battle with defending national champion Akron on Sunday. The No. 4 Zips won 1-0 on Scott Caldwell's penalty kick in the 83rd minute. Caldwell, incidentally, had the winning goal in Akron's NCAA title-game victory over Louisville last December. The Zips were without striker Darren Mattocks on Sunday because of the red card he picked up Friday during a 1-1 tie with New Mexico.
The Big West's UC Davis also came close to an upset Sunday, but fell 1-0 in overtime at No. 13 Northern Illinois.
There will be a new No. 1 team in field hockey this week. Old Dominion, currently No. 2, had a big weekend on Tobacco Road. Friday, the Monarchs beat No. 1 North Carolina 3-1, giving the host Tar Heels their first loss of the season. Then ODU had a scare at No. 6 Duke on Sunday, but won 3-2 in overtime.
ODU is 4-0 against ACC opponents this fall, and also has defeated future ACC member (might as well get used to it) Syracuse.
The Monarchs still have rematches in October with defending national champion Maryland, Duke and North Carolina.
• Oklahoma State's women's soccer team, ranked No. 2, is still undefeated and untied. The Cowgirls, 11-0, beat BYU on Thursday and Utah State on Sunday. The Cowgirls start the Big 12 season (the last one?) Friday against visiting Kansas.
• No. 1 Cal's volleyball team moved to 13-0 this past weekend with wins over Colorado and Utah.
Cal and USC met in the Final Four last year, and the Bears won that national semifinal. The two Pac-12 powers meet for the first time this season on Friday, as the Bears travel to Los Angeles to face USC. Then Cal plays UCLA on Saturday.
Mechelle Voepel is a columnist for ESPN.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rounding up the weekend's NCAA action, including Creighton staying unbeaten -- and unscored upon -- and Old Dominion field hockey's takedown of No. 1.