Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State will enter championship weekend in place to make the School Soccer Playoff with little or no drama.
Actually, the place the semifinals will probably be performed is perhaps extra unsure than who will play in them.
The highest 5 groups have been locked into their locations Tuesday night time for the fourth straight week, with the Crimson Tide (10-0) main the way in which because it prepares to play Florida for the Southeastern Convention championship.
The Combating Irish (10-0) are second and Clemson is third going into their Atlantic Coast Convention championship recreation.
Ohio State (5-0) is fourth going into the Large Ten title recreation in opposition to Northwestern, and Texas A&M is on deck at No. 5. The Aggies play at Tennessee of their final regular-season recreation Saturday.
If all of the favorites win – that features Clemson (9-1) within the rematch with Notre Dame – the present prime 4 probably can be reordered a bit and positioned within the semifinals.
If the Irish beat the Tigers for the second time this season, the choice committee’s job turns into just a little trickier.
After Texas A&M (7-1), Iowa State (8-2) is sixth heading into the Large 12 title recreation in opposition to No. 10 Oklahoma. No group with two losses has ever made the playoff.
Florida (8-2) dropped just one spot to seventh after dropping as a giant favourite to LSU. Georgia (7-2) is eighth and Cincinnati (8-0) is ninth after not enjoying for 2 weeks due to COVID-19 points.
The unbeaten Bearcats host Tulsa, which is twenty third, within the American Athletic Convention title recreation.
The semifinals are scheduled to be performed Jan. 1 on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
The present COVID-19 restrictions in California will prohibit the Rose Bowl from having any followers in attendance, together with relations of the gamers.
That has turn out to be some extent of dialogue among the many 10 FBS convention commissioners who make up the playoff administration committee. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick can be part of the administration committee.
CFP govt director Invoice Hancock stated the Rose Bowl stays the positioning of the sport.
”As we transfer ahead with our planning, we proceed to hope that the Rose Bowl’s enchantment to authorities officers to permit the households of student-athletes to attend will probably be permitted, simply as student-athlete households will probably be welcomed on the Sugar Bowl, the opposite New Years’ Six video games and the Championship recreation in Miami,” Hancock stated in a press release.
Throughout a convention name with reporters Tuesday night time, Hancock declined to say if the sport can be moved out of California if the restriction was not lifted.
”Given the realities of 2020, we all the time reserve the fitting to make selections as late as doable,” he stated.
Recreation organizers with the Match of Roses proceed to plan to host a semifinal.
”Underneath present California state pointers, we’re unable to permit for spectators of any sort on the recreation, nevertheless, a second enchantment has been made on the state degree to permit for a particular exemption for participant and coach friends,” the Match of Roses stated in a press release. ”We proceed to work with the School Soccer Playoff and native well being officers to offer the most secure doable atmosphere at our recreation.”
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