by Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
FORMER champion University of the Visayas (UV) will fight for its survival when it takes on defending champion University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi) collegiate football at the University of san Carlos (USC)-Technological Center field.
UV, which won the title in 2005, sits at the bottom of the standings with one point after drawing USC, 2-2, last Sept. 12.
The University of Southern Philipines Foundation (USPF), which got routed in its first game against USC last Sept. 5, is now the surprise leader with six points.
After losing its first game, USPF beat USJ-R and the University of Cebu (UC).
USC is second with four points, while USJ-R and UC both have three points but USJ-R is third on goal difference.
With only one point in three matches, UV has to win against USJ-R to make the final four and overtake UC in the standings.
The game against USJ-R is UV’s final assignment in the elimination round, while the four other teams will have another game on Oct. 3, giving them more chance to move up the ranking.
On Oct. 3, UC will take on USPF, while USJ-R will face USC.
If UV loses this Sunday, it will be eliminated and the two Oct. 3 games will only be for positioning for the semifinal round.
The No. 1 team will take on the No. 4, while the No. 2 and No. 3 will square off.