Ohio State is No. 5 in second-to-last CFP rankings behind USC

Ohio State is No. 5 in second-to-last CFP rankings behind USC

Ohio State was No. 5 on Tuesday night time within the second-to-last Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings, positioned to presumably take benefit if one of many prime 4 slips up on championship weekend.

Georgia (12-0) was No. 1 once more. No. 2 Michigan (12-0) and No. 3 TCU (12-0) each moved up a spot, and Southern California (11-1) climbed two spots into the fourth slot.

The Buckeyes (11-1) dropped three spots after shedding 45-23 to the rival Wolverines on Saturday at dwelling. That recreation was 24-20 heading into the fourth quarter and 31-23 with 7:23 to go earlier than Michigan blew it open.

“It was talked about within the committee room that going into, actually early within the fourth quarter, the sport was nonetheless shut,” stated choice committee chairman Boo Corrigan, who’s North Carolina State’s athletic director. “That being stated, you’ll be able to’t utterly dismiss the way in which the fourth quarter ended with Michigan type of taking on the sport there late.”

Alabama (10-2) moved up a spot to No. 6 and was adopted by Southeastern Convention rival Tennessee, which beat the Crimson Tide in October.

Ohio State quarterback C.J StroudUSA TODAY Sports activities

The ultimate rankings and the four-team discipline for the Faculty Soccer Playoff will likely be set Sunday. The semifinals will likely be performed Dec. 31 within the Peach Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

The highest 4 play of their convention championships recreation this weekend. The undefeated groups may not must win this weekend to lock up a spot.

Georgia performs LSU (9-3), which fell 9 spots to 14th, within the SEC title recreation. Michigan performs Purdue (8-4) for the Huge Ten championship. TCU faces Kansas State, which is tenth within the newest rankings and has already misplaced to the stunning Horned Frogs.

USC and Heisman Trophy frontrunner Caleb Williams face Utah, No. 11 within the rankings, on Friday night time in Las Vegas for the Pac-12 championship.

If the Trojans slip up, that might give Ohio State a second likelihood.

For the reason that faculty soccer playoff began in 2014, just one workforce has moved from outdoors the highest 4 to inside and was chosen to play within the semifinals with out taking part in on championship weekend.

Alabama in 2017 was 11-1 and No. 5, however had misplaced to Auburn and completed second within the SEC West.

The Tigers then misplaced to Georgia within the SEC championship, which vaulted the Bulldogs from fifth to 3rd.

Wisconsin was unbeaten and No. 4 heading into Huge Ten championship recreation however was overwhelmed by Ohio State, which had already misplaced twice and was No. 8.

That left the committee with a gap at No. 4 and it elevated Alabama as an alternative of Ohio State, which completed No. 6 because the Huge Ten champion with an 11-2 file.

New 12 months’s six possibilties

Most of those eventualities contain the highest 4 successful out and/or remaining the identical after this weekend’s video games.

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Alabama being forward of Tennessee would imply the Crimson Tide would go to the Sugar Bowl, which is contractually sure to get both the SEC champ or the highest-ranked SEC workforce out there after the playoff has been crammed.

That may put Tennessee within the Orange Bowl or the Cotton Bowl, relying on what the Rose Bowl does.

If Ohio State doesn’t make it into the playoff, the Buckeyes may go to the Rose Bowl for the second straight season. However with Penn State shifting as much as No. 8 this week, that opens up the chance the Rose Bowl may choose Penn State, leaving Ohio State to go to the Orange Bowl because the highest-ranked out there Huge Ten or SEC workforce.

If Ohio State results in the Rose Bowl, Penn State is an effective wager for the Cotton.

The Buckeyes within the Orange Bowl towards the winner of the Atlantic Coast Convention title recreation between Clemson and North Carolina bumps Tennessee to the Cotton towards the highest-ranked champion from a Group of 5 convention.

The most recent rankings just about assured that would be the winner of the American Athletic Convention championship between Tulane, ranked 18th, and No. 22 UCF.

No different workforce from a non-Energy 5 convention is ranked.

Kansas State is locked into the Sugar Bowl regardless of the results of its recreation towards TCU as both the Huge 12 champion or runner-up rather than the Huge 12 champ making the playoff.

Washington at No. 12 behind Utah places the Huskies in nice form to make the Rose Bowl because the Pac-12’s consultant if USC beats Utah and the Trojans make the playoff.

If Utah wins a second straight Pac-12 title, the Rose Bowl would once more have some leeway to take one other extremely ranked workforce (Washington) as an alternative of getting a return journey to Pasadena, California, by the Utes.

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