We knew there wouldn’t be a lot drama getting into Championship Week, at the very least because it pertained to the 4 groups that will in the end take part within the School Soccer Playoff. It was merely a matter of which group would wind up within the No. 4 spot, USC or Ohio State.
Properly, Utah beat USC for the second time this season, 47-24 within the 2022 Pac-12 Championship Recreation, to knock the Trojans out of playoff competition. In actual fact, USC will more than likely be ranked behind Utah when the ultimate CFP Rankings come out Sunday afternoon.
Ohio State will subsequently again into the School Soccer Playoff for the third time within the final 4 seasons, more than likely because the No. 4 seed. That can make the Massive Ten simply the second convention in CFP historical past to place two groups in a singular four-team subject, becoming a member of the SEC.
The Buckeyes’ positioning solely comes into some query as a result of Kansas State handed TCU its first defeat of the season within the Massive 12 Championship Recreation with the Wildcats avenging their regular-season loss to the Horned Frogs in time beyond regulation.
I consider TCU will stay forward of Ohio State within the CFP, however even when it doesn’t, overlook any notion of Alabama transferring up together with Ohio State and supplanting TCU. That may be utterly unwarranted. If TCU’s jerseys learn “Oklahoma” or Alabama’s stated “Ole Miss,” nobody would even entertain this dialogue level.
Filling out the highest of the four-team subject, Georgia locked up the primary seed within the playoff and its first SEC Championship Recreation victory since 2017 in a rout of No. 14 LSU, and Michigan clinched the second seed by successful its second straight Massive Ten Championship Recreation, this season over Purdue.
School Soccer Playoff
Title recreation Semifinal winners
(1) Georgia vs. (4) Ohio State
(2) Michigan vs. (3) TCU
The Rose Bowl will characteristic Pac-12 champion Utah, which is making a repeat look within the Granddaddy of Them All after successful a second straight league crown. Penn State will characterize the Massive Ten rather than league champion Michigan because the highest-ranked Massive Ten group not taking part in within the CFP.
USC ought to keep excessive sufficient within the CFP Rankings to earn a spot within the Cotton Bowl. That risk arises as a result of the Massive Ten put a second group within the CFP. Ohio State being out of the at-large pool for the New 12 months’s Six opens the door for the Trojans.
Like Kansas State earlier within the day, Tulane additionally avenged a regular-season loss within the AAC Championship Recreation. The Inexperienced Wave throttled UCF 45-28 to win the league crown and advance to their first main bowl recreation since 1939 when undefeated Tulane confronted equally undefeated Texas A&M within the 1940 Sugar Bowl. Tulane will characterize the Group of 5 on this yr’s Cotton Bowl in opposition to USC.
Talking of the Wildcats, their Massive 12 championship clinches a berth within the Sugar Bowl. Kansas State will face Alabama, the alternative for SEC champion Georgia.
The Orange Bowl will get ACC champion Clemson, which dealt with North Carolina 39-10 within the ACC Championship Recreation. Tennessee would be the opponent for Clemson because the highest-ranked group remaining from the SEC, Massive Ten or Notre Dame. A Clemson-Tennessee matchup appears acceptable for an Orange Bowl.
New 12 months’s Six bowl video games
Buffalo and New Mexico State had been the final groups to turn out to be bowl eligible this week, albeit in numerous methods. Buffalo beat Akron 23-22 to choose up its sixth win and earn a bowl berth. NMSU obtained a waiver from the NCAA to take part as a five-win group.
New Mexico State went out and picked up a sixth win anyway over FCS Valparaiso in a recreation added late this weekend, nevertheless it doesn’t rely towards the six wanted the Aggies wanted as a result of just one FCS opponent will be counted and NMSU beat Lamar earlier this season. The waiver put the Aggies in a bowl anyway.
With the remainder of the sphere set, solely Rice will take part as a 5-7 group this season. Which may be simply in addition to given subsequent group in line, UNLV, fired its coach this week and was contemplating declining a bowl bid if supplied.
Do not see your group? Take a look at Jerry Palm’s up to date bowl projections in addition to the CBS Sports activities bowl eligibility tracker with all 82 spots now stuffed for the 2022-23 bowl video games.