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School Soccer Playoff Rankings: LSU, USC inch as much as key spots in new high 25 as Tennessee falls to No. 10

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With the highest 4 groups in final week’s School Soccer Playoff Rankings all holding serve after rising victorious final week, the fourth version of the CFP high 25 launched Tuesday night time was largely uneventful. Reigning nationwide champion Georgia held onto the No. 1 spot with Ohio State remaining at No. 2. Michigan and TCU rounded out what the highest 4, utilizing walk-off area targets final Saturday to stave off upsets and stay undefeated getting into Rivalry Week.

USC, with its lone blemish a single-point defeat at Utah on Oct. 15, picked up the largest victory amongst CFP contenders with a 48-45 win at UCLA. The Trojans’ rise to No. 6 was aided by a stunning upset suffered by Tennessee, which was routed 63-38 at South Carolina.

Regardless of its improved rating, USC nonetheless sits behind two-loss No. 5 LSU. Each groups will compete of their respective convention championship video games in two weeks, however the Trojans may doubtlessly soar the Tigers within the penultimate rankings subsequent week given the groups’ upcoming opponents. (Extra beneath.)

With the Volunteers now principally eradicated from the playoff, they may turn into simply the second workforce ranked No. 1 in a season’s preliminary CFP Rankings that can fail to achieve the four-team area (Mississippi State, 2014). In the meantime, the Tigers nonetheless have an opportunity to turn into the primary two-loss workforce to earn a CFP bid within the occasion’s historical past.

Consecutive victories of 25+ factors have given one-loss Clemson new life, although it is hanging behind a pair of two-loss SEC groups (LSU, Alabama) and one-loss USC. Clemson’s potential energy of schedule took a success this week, however it nonetheless has a path to a seventh CFP look within the final eight seasons. Ought to it in the end make the sphere, it could be the lowest-ranked workforce at this juncture to take action.

Let’s check out your entire CFP Rankings high 25 with extra evaluation from bowls skilled Jerry Palm beneath.

School Soccer Playoff Rankings, Nov. 22

  1. Georgia (11-0)
  2. Ohio State (11-0)
  3. Michigan (11-0)
  4. TCU (11-0)
  5. LSU (9-2)
  6. USC (10-1)
  7. Alabama (9-2)
  8. Clemson (10-1)
  9. Oregon (9-2)
  10. Tennessee (9-2)
  11. Penn State (9-2)
  12. Kansas State (8-3)
  13. Washington (9-2)
  14. Utah (8-3)
  15. Notre Dame (8-3)
  16. Florida State (8-3)
  17. North Carolina (9-2)
  18. UCLA (8-3)
  19. Tulane (9-2)
  20. Ole Miss (8-3)
  21. Oregon State (8-3)
  22. UCF (8-3)
  23. Texas (7-4)
  24. Cincinnati (9-2)
  25. Louisville (7-4)

Evaluation by bowls skilled Jerry Palm

One motive why USC stays behind LSU is the Trojans picked up their first win over a ranked workforce this season after they beat the Bruins. That positioning could also be non permanent so long as USC continues profitable. The truth is, USC is more likely to soar LSU subsequent week if the Trojans beat No. 15 Notre Dame, whereas the Tigers tame unranked Texas A&M. A high quality ranked win could also be sufficient for the CFP Choice Committee to make the swap. The Trojans additionally a neater path to the playoff given they do not should undergo the top-ranked Bulldogs.

Clemson feels caught given it doesn’t have a possible huge win left on their schedule with No. 17 North Carolina struggling a second loss forward of their scheduled ACC Championship Recreation assembly. Clemson has to get previous South Carolina and UNC to complete 12-1, however it doesn’t really feel like that’s going to maneuver the needle sufficient by itself to place the Tigers within the CFP dialog. Clemson notably suffers compared with USC if each are 12-1 because the Trojans can have defeated the Combating Irish, which handed the Tigers their lone loss.

This week’s rankings are set as much as put 4 SEC groups within the New Yr’s Six. Assuming no upsets within the high 10 between now and Choice Sunday, Georgia is within the CFP because the No. 1 seed. LSU or Alabama, which ever is ranked increased, would go to the Sugar Bowl because the SEC consultant. The opposite workforce would face the ACC champion within the Orange Bowl because the highest-ranked workforce remaining from the Large Ten, SEC or Notre Dame. Lastly, Tennessee would get the final spot within the Cotton Bowl because the highest-rated workforce not already in a New Yr’s Six sport.

Penn State is ready within the wings, however it can not appear to get previous the place it’s now resulting from a scarcity of high quality wins. The Nittany Lions solely have two losses, which got here to No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan, however their finest win of the season continues to be their Week 1 victory at Purdue.

And we are able to now verify, barring a loss by No. 22 UCF at South Florida this week, the AAC champion will characterize the Group of 5 within the Cotton Bowl.

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