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School Soccer Playoff Rankings reactions: Alabama overrated, USC underrated in newest prime 25

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The school soccer motion in Week 12 featured a wild slate with every of the highest 4 groups within the nation struggling to select up wins. Did that shake up this week’s version of the School Soccer Playoff Rankings? Not likely. The highest 4 remained the identical with Georgia at No. 1, Ohio State at No. 2, Michigan at No. 3 and TCU in at No. 4 after its walk-off win over Baylor.

There was a shakeup behind the groups ranked within the prime 4, nevertheless. Among the many most notable motion was Tennessee falling from No. 5 to No. 10 after a blowout loss to unranked South Carolina and North Carolina dropping from 13 to No. 17 after dropping to Georgia Tech.

So which groups within the up to date School Soccer Playoff Rankings are overrated and underrated as we enter the ultimate weekend of the common season? Let’s take a look.

The 2-loss Crimson Tide chimed in at No. 7, one spot forward of one-loss Clemson and three spots forward of a Tennessee group with the identical file that it misplaced to in October. Why? Due to recency bias and the truth that Tennessee simply obtained smoked by unranked South Carolina? That is not an inexpensive excuse.

Alabama struggled to beat Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss. That is along with “good losses” to No. 5 LSU and No. 10 Tennessee, which CFP choice committee chair Boo Corrigan referenced on the published. “Recreation management” is a metric that’s usually cited by the committee, and Alabama has struggled to regulate a number of video games this yr even in wins. The Crimson Tide are No. 7 due to model recognition — nothing extra and nothing much less.

Underrated: USC

The Trojans have wins at No. 21 Oregon State and at No. 18 UCLA, the latter of which got here in Week 12. Its one loss was a wild one-point defeat on the highway to No. 14 Utah. Why, precisely, is it behind two-loss LSU? It looks as if it is both extra of a nod to the SEC or, conversely, a penalty to the Pac-12.

The Tigers have two losses: a Week 1 loss to No. 16 Florida State and a blowout loss at dwelling to No. 10 Tennessee. Their signature wins are over No. 7 Alabama and No. 20 Ole Miss. These are stable victories, however are they that a lot better than what USC has posted? No. USC must be rewarded for its 10 wins, not penalized resulting from convention notion regardless of having a greater resume than a group above it.

The 2-loss Geese had been ranked at No. 9 after a 20-17 win over Utah, which, do not get me flawed, is a improbable win. Nevertheless, they’re two weeks faraway from a house loss to No. 13 Washington that broke a 23-game dwelling successful streak at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon is getting the good thing about the doubt as a result of it has a “good” loss to top-ranked Georgia in Week 1, though it was a 49-3 blowout through which the Dawgs might have put up 70 in the event that they needed. The purpose differential is meant to matter … at the least slightly bit. It looks as if Oregon is being rewarded for merely enjoying Georgia in Atlanta relatively than what it really did on the sphere in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Underrated: Washington

The Thirteenth-ranked Huskies within the “underrated” part goes hand-in-hand with Oregon being listed as “overrated.” Washington defeated Oregon on the highway and has a win over No. 21 Oregon State. That has to matter. The passing assault led by quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is among the most dynamic within the nation, and coach Kalen DeBoer has resurrected a once-proud program right into a contender in only one season.

Washington misplaced at UCLA, a group that Oregon defeated. It additionally has an inexplicable loss to Arizona State, which clearly resonated inside the confines of the assembly room greater than the head-to-head win the Huskies have over the Geese. If all issues are equal, or at the least near equal, the head-to-head end result has to matter. Washington is shut sufficient from a resume standpoint to deserve a better rating than Oregon.

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