There hasn’t been any drama – not but.
With No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. three Notre Dame undefeated, the 13 members of the School Soccer Playoff choice committee had it pretty simple on the prime this week, as No. four Michigan quietly joined the highest 4 Tuesday as many had anticipated.
SEC East champion Georgia is now on the bubble, whereas No. 6 Oklahoma stays the Huge 12’s highest-ranked group, adopted by No. 7 LSU, which suffered its second lack of the season Saturday to Alabama however dropped solely 4 spots.
For all the discuss how weak the ACC is that this season, the Atlantic Division has 4 groups ranked, as No. 13 Syracuse, No. 14 NC State and No. 17 Boston School all joined Clemson. The choice committee clearly values Clemson’s energy of schedule, and the Tigers have one other alternative Saturday to punctuate their résumé by clinching the division with a victory over BC.
It was even Groundhog Day for No. eight Washington State, which stays the Pac-12’s solely one-loss and highest-ranked group, and UCF, which remained established order at No. 12.
Here is how the bracket would look at present:
No. 1 Alabama would face No. four Michigan within the School Soccer Playoff Semifinal on the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Traditional, as a result of the committee will not put the No. 1 seed at any geographic drawback, and whereas marginal, Arlington, Texas, is barely nearer to Tuscaloosa than Miami, the place No. 2 Clemson would face No. three Notre Dame within the School Soccer Playoff Semifinal on the Capital One Orange Bowl.
The Rose Bowl Recreation Offered by Northwestern Mutual is a contract bowl and traditionally ensures the Huge Ten champ in opposition to the Pac-12 champ. Since No. four Michigan is the projected convention champion and already in a semifinal, the subsequent highest-ranked Huge Ten group can be No. 10 Ohio State. The Buckeyes would face No. eight Washington State, the projected Pac-12 champ.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl can be a contract bowl, assured the Huge 12 champ and the SEC champ. For the reason that SEC champion, on this case No. 1 Alabama, is in a semifinal, the Sugar Bowl would get the next-highest-ranked SEC group, which is No. 5 Georgia. The Bulldogs would play No. 6 Oklahoma, which is the projected Huge 12 champion on this rating.
No. 12 UCF would possible head to the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl because the highest-ranked champion from a Group of 5 convention, which is assured a spot in a New Yr’s Six Bowl, as a substitute of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the place it performed final season. The Knights would face No. 7 LSU, based mostly on fan curiosity and matchup.
The Peach Bowl would then have No. 9 West Virginia and No. 11 Kentucky, as they’re the highest-ranked remaining groups and would even be chosen based mostly on fan curiosity, geography and matchup.
Saturday, Dec. 29
Midday ET: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 11 Kentucky vs. No. 9 West Virginia (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta)
four p.m. ET: School Soccer Playoff Semifinal on the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Traditional: No. four Michigan vs. No. 1 Alabama (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)
eight p.m. ET: School Soccer Playoff Semifinal on the Capital One Orange Bowl: No. three Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Clemson (Laborious Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida)
Tuesday, Jan. 1
1 p.m. ET: PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 12 UCF vs. No. 7 LSU (State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona)
5 p.m. ET: Rose Bowl Recreation Offered by Northwestern Mutual: No. eight Washington State vs. No. 10 Ohio State (Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California)
eight:45 p.m. ET: Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Georgia (Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans)