USA TODAY Sports activities’ Paul Myerberg previews the 2 upcoming School Soccer Playoff matchups and explains why Oklahoma was once awarded the overall spot.
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This 12 months’s School Soccer Playoff box will function 3 issues previous and something new.
Alabama and Clemson are the highest two seeds after finishing unbeaten common seasons. The Pink Tide now have made the sector in all 5 seasons of the present machine that makes a decision the school soccer championship. After lacking out at the inaugural ultimate 4, that is the fourth consecutive berth for the Tigers.
What is new to the playoff this 12 months is Notre Dame. After an unbeaten run of their 12 video games, the Irish are making their first look. They’re the 3rd seed and can meet Clemson within the Cotton Bowl.
The drama from the committee got here with the fourth selection. There have been 3 chances: Giant 12 champion Oklahoma, Giant Ten champion Ohio State and Georgia.
Each and every had exceptional seasons. The Sooners and Buckeyes went 12-1. The Bulldogs went 11-2, however narrowly fell to Alabama within the SEC championship sport.
In any case, it was once Oklahoma that were given the spot and a date with the Pink Tide within the Orange Bowl.
The collection of the Sooners manner the playoff box contains 3 of the 4 groups from ultimate 12 months. Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma have additionally accounted for 12 of the 20 berths within the 5 years of the machine.
Oklahoma was once 5th ultimate week avenged its handiest lack of the season by way of beating Texas within the Giant 12 identify sport. The Sooners are the No. 1 offense in school soccer and can take a look at the Pink Tide. A maligned protection performed higher in opposition to the Longhorns. Alabama’s offense must supply a harder take a look at.
It was once the second one consecutive 12 months Ohio State was once not noted after profitable the Giant Ten. Whilst the Buckeyes swept the the East Department, a 29-point loss to Purdue and a number of other closer-than-expected video games in opposition to lesser festival weighed them down.
Georgia merely could not conquer the 2 losses on its time table. The vintage SEC identify sport proved they are one off the highest groups, however the Bulldogs additionally misplaced to LSU by way of 20 issues in October. They ended 5th within the ultimate rating with Ohio State in 6th.
The semifinals will each happen on Saturday, Dec. 29. The winners will advance to the School Soccer Playoff championship sport on Monday, Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.
The committee later introduced the pairings for the New 12 months’s Six Bowls.
Fiesta Bowl: Central Florida vs. LSU
Peach Bowl: Florida vs. Michigan
Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Washington
Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas
School Soccer Playoff committee most sensible 25
1. Alabama (13-Zero)
2. Clemson (13-Zero)
Three. Notre Dame (12-Zero)
Four. Oklahoma (12-1)
Five. Georgia (11-2)
6. Ohio State (12-1)
7. Michigan (10-2)
Eight. Central Florida (12-Zero)
Nine. Washington (10-Three)
10. Florida (Nine-Three)
11. LSU (Nine-Three)
12. Penn State (Nine-Three)
13. Washington State (10-2)
14. Kentucky (Nine-Three)
15. Texas (Nine-Four)
16. West Virginia (Eight-Three)
17. Utah (Nine-Four)
18. Mississippi State (Eight-Four)
19. Texas A&M (Eight-Four)
20. Syracuse (Nine-Three)
21. Fresno State (11-2)
22. Northwestern (Eight-Five)
23. Missouri (Eight-Four)
24. Iowa State (Eight-Four)
25. Boise State (10-Three)