The third edition of the College Soccer Rankings was released Tuesday night with Georgia, Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State remaining the top four for a second straight week. Not only that, but the first seven teams in the top 25 were unchanged as all wins in a week saw only one significant game.
That came as Baylor beat Oklahoma’s previously unbeaten run and placed eighth, a result that saw the Sooners drop five places to 13th, while the Bears rose two places to 11th. The CFP Selection Committee made clear. clearly focused on the leader. -The head-to-head result is higher than the overall record because Baylor lost one match to Oklahoma. However, the top Big 12 team is also not the highest ranked team as Oklahoma State holds that distinction in 9th place ahead of Bedlam’s meeting with OU in two weeks.
Cincinnati, 10-0 with two Power Five wins, held onto fifth place after a clean sheet win over South Florida. The Bearcats are still the highest-ranked Group of Five show in the history of the CFP Leaderboard, but as of now, that’s only good enough for a New Year’s bid as they fall outside the top four. However, Cincinnati received some good news from the committee as it ultimately ranked Houston. CBS Sports bowl expert Jerry Palm details that below.
In the history of CFP, no team that finished outside the top 7 at the end of this season has been moved to the group of 4 after the championship games. Team 7 has twice made it to the top 4: Oklahoma in 2017, Georgia in 2019.
Take a look at the full CFP Top 25 Ranking. Keep reading for Palm expert analysis.
College Playoff Rankings, November 16
- Georgia (10-0)
- Alabama (9-1)
- Oregon (9-1)
- Ohio State (9-1)
- Cincinnati (10-0)
- Michigan (9-1)
- the state of Michigan (9-1)
- Notre Dame (9-1)
- Oklahoma State (9-1)
- Wake Forest (9-1)
- Baylor (8-2)
- Ole Miss (8-2)
- Oklahoma (9-1)
- BYU (8-2)
- Wisconsin (7-3)
- Texas A&M (7-3)
- Iowa (8-2)
- Pittsburgh (8-2)
- State of San Diego (9-1)
- NC State (7-3)
- Arkansas (7-3)
- UTSA (10-0)
- Utah (7-3)
- Houston (9-1)
- Mississippi State (6-4)
Previously Unrated: Houston, Mississippi
Analysis by dish expert Jerry Palm
While it will be difficult for Oklahoma to climb back into the playoffs after falling to 13th this week, it’s not impossible. The Sooners have at least one game against Oklahoma State No. 9, and they can rematch in the Big 12 Championship Game. The supporting problem is that the three Big Ten teams against Oklahoma are all unable to win.
Keep in mind that these CFP Leaderboards don’t function like the top 25 polls, where teams keep their positions just by winning. A potential 12-1 Big 12 champion, whether it’s Oklahoma State or Oklahoma, will still have a chance to climb into the top 4 regardless of where it sits right now.
Houston climbs to the bottom of the CFP Leaderboard this week, which is helpful for Cincinnati’s fixture strength. If the Cougars can go on to win to stay in the leaderboard, winning the Bearcats AAC Championship Game will help raise Cincinnati’s profile with the committee.
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Speaking of Cincinnati, there’s been some speculation in various places that Notre Dame at 11-1 could overtake the undefeated Bearcats for a playoff spot. That belief was based on the fact that the Fighting Irish had a much stronger schedule and the committee skipped a confrontation once this season by placing Michigan ahead of Michigan State. Let me make this as clear as possible: While Notre Dame is one place closer in the rankings this week, it’s unlikely the Irish will end up against an undefeated Bearcats team.
This situation is different from the situation between Michigan and Michigan State. The Spartans didn’t fall behind the werewolves until MSU lost and each show had a loss. When Michigan State remained unbeaten, it was ahead of Michigan. In this case against Cincinnati and Notre Dame, the Bearcats will be 1.5 games ahead of the Irish and will beat Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. No force of schedule difference can overcome that.
I have suggested that Michigan may jump Cincinnati at some point because of its schedule power. The werewolves were unchallenged with a head-to-head defeat. However, even if Michigan does do that at some point, it will have to win to stay there. Based on the current standings, it’s unlikely that more than one Big Ten team would finish against an undefeated Cincinnati.
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