Typically, school soccer Saturdays look higher on paper than they wind up being in truth, and this previous Saturday definitely matches that description. Three match-ups between prime ten groups had each school soccer fan salivating over the “de facto playoff elimination” implications and the probability of three on the spot classics.
Nicely, the playoff implications performed out, and we’ll talk about these in a second, however there was nearly no drama in any of the three aforementioned clashes. Prime-ranked Georgia obtained smoked at tenth-ranked Auburn by a rating of forty-17, seventh-ranked Miami trounced third-ranked Notre Dame to the tune of forty one-eight, and fifth ranked Oklahoma scored 38 factors within the first half on sixth-ranked TCU to cruise to a 38-20 win.
Three actually necessary video games, all gained by the house groups by a mean victory margin of about 25 factors. I assume the brilliant aspect is that you possibly can drink casually on Saturday night time with out having to sweat the ultimate end result of any of those video games.
So now there are two weeks left within the common season earlier than Championship Saturday decides all the convention champions (together with the Massive XII this yr, as they’ve reprised their convention title recreation). The playoff rankings will probably be launched tonight, and in contrast to final week, when the identical 4 playoff groups appeared because the prior week, there will probably be large shake up this week, assured.
This is how I feel it’s going to go (NOTE: Every staff’s rating under is their AP rating as of Sunday morning):
The First 4
1. ALABAMA (10-zero, vs Mercer, at Auburn)
2. MIAMI, FL (9-zero, vs UVA, at Pitt)
three. OKLAHOMA (9-1, at Kansas, vs West Virginia)
four. CLEMSON (9-1, vs The Citadel, at South Carolina)
I informed you it was going to look totally different! Alabama strikes into the No. 1 spot, and doubtless appropriately so, contemplating that is the spot the place a lot of the nation’s eyeballs had them positioned anyway, even when Georgia was ranked No. 1. Miami, on the power of pounding a Notre Dame group that had handily crushed all of its opponents (besides of their one level loss to Georgia), strikes as much as No. 2. Oklahoma’s loss to Iowa State does not look almost as catastrophic because it did on the time, they usually boast double digit wins over the eighth, tenth, and eleventh ranked groups, two of them on the street, ok for the third spot. Lastly, Clemson will probably be No. four, which means there are two ACC groups within the playoff combine proper now. One shall be eradicated of their convention title recreation, once they doubtless face one another (if not earlier than… do not sleep on South Carolina, Tiger followers!)
The Subsequent Two
5. WISCONSIN (10-zero, vs Michigan, at Minnesota)
6. AUBURN (eight-2, vs ULM, vs Alabama)
Yeah, Badger Fan, you are still sitting outdoors the highest 4, despite the fact that you smoked the Iowa group that beat Ohio State by 29 final week. Worry not, since Miami and Clemson will face off down the street, a spot will open up, and relaxation assured an undefeated Huge Ten champ will make the playoff. So simply win and also you’re in, Badger. Oddly sufficient, the identical goes for…