FOX Sports activities Nationwide Faculty Soccer Analyst
Oklahoma beat Texas – interval. That may be a reality as irrefutable as gravity.
Let’s begin there.
When the Faculty Soccer Playoff choice committee introduced its first High 25 on Tuesday evening, it did not take lengthy for a eager eye to begin asking questions — particularly concerning the rankings from No. 7 to No. 9.
The committee ranked Texas at No. 7, Alabama at No. 8 and Oklahoma at No. 9. All three groups are 7-1, however what ought to alarm followers is that the CFP committee would not appear to love the win or the gamers who make it to respect. successful doable.
Oklahoma defeated Texas 34-30 on a impartial courtroom, simply weeks after Texas defeated Alabama 34-24 in Tuscaloosa. In every recreation, the Longhorns had their full complement of star gamers, together with quarterback Quinn Ewers. Ewers suffered a shoulder damage that pressured him to overlook Texas’ recreation in opposition to BYU and can drive him to overlook Saturday’s Massive 12 showdown in opposition to Kansas State — a workforce ranked No. 23 by this committee.
In truth, the committee ranked not solely Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas State, but in addition Kansas at No. 21 and Oklahoma State at No. 22. KU earned this rating after incomes its first win in opposition to Oklahoma since 1997 and its first win in opposition to a prime participant. 10 opponent since 2008. I discover it fascinating that the identical committee ranked Oklahoma State the week the Cowboys host Oklahoma for what looks like the final time for the foreseeable future.
Oklahoma ranked behind Texas and Alabama within the CFP rankings
At first look, the committee would not suppose the scoreboard issues. It would not suppose successful issues. It would not suppose the gamers who received these video games matter, and CFP Committee Chairman Boo Corrigan did not do a lot to dissuade me from that perception when requested concerning the committee’s reasoning for selecting Texas and Alabama over Oklahoma.
“Return to, we need to get this proper as we take a look at it,” Corrigan mentioned after the fee’s prime 25 rankings had been launched. “A ravishing win by Oklahoma, a final second win to win this recreation. Should you take into consideration a Kansas workforce with two losses final weekend, the win over Oklahoma, Kansas with the 2 losses in opposition to Texas and Oklahoma State, whereas they proceed to enhance and play higher, physique of labor, if you’ll, when you take a look at this, Texas over Alabama “I received there in Tuscaloosa, much like Texas-Oklahoma, however add the issue that Oklahoma misplaced that recreation to Kansas and an in depth recreation with UCF. However particularly the loss in opposition to Kansas.”
A final-second win – emphasis on to win. That is why we play the game: to win. What’s extra troubling right here is that the committee cares extra about who you misplaced to than who you defeated. It emphasizes not dropping, however discovering the means to win.
RJ Younger previews No. 23 Kansas State vs. No. 7 Texas
However greater than that? The concept that Texas may by some means beat Alabama or Oklahoma with out Ewers at quarterback is as a lot an insult to Alabama and OU as it’s to the followers who watch this sport.
Should you really feel duped by the committee, it is as a result of that is precisely what it did on Tuesday evening: making an attempt to govern you into doubting your personal expertise and understanding of occasions that occurred previously.
That does not imply it is best to depart them.
Washington defeated Oregon – interval. And that, too, needs to be extra essential than how good Oregon has seemed since then, or how dangerous Washington has seemed since then. And on this case, that is what occurred, with the Huskies at No. 5 and the Geese at No. 6. But Corrigan trotted out the identical lame committee logic to clarify why Washington won’t be up 8-0.
“So far as Washington goes,” Corrigan mentioned, “an enormous win over Oregon, who now we have at No. 6, however once we take a look at that, the newest recreation, two most up-to-date video games at house in opposition to Arizona State and on the highway at Stanford from the committee’s place we gave us some pause and positioned them at quantity 5.’
Ohio State is ABOVE Georgia within the preliminary CFP rankings
Did you give them a break? This isn’t a daytime drama. Did you win or not? That needs to be the primary merchandise thought of and the final merchandise thought of when deciding whether or not one workforce is best than one other.
However even when that was a part of the standards for figuring out their rankings, UW is 8-0 and Oregon is 7-1. Profitable mattered right here – because it at all times and without end needs to be. It is the rationale I held my nostril and ranked Florida State at quantity 4, similar to the committee did, as a substitute of pegging them, as a result of my eye take a look at says they are not even nearly as good as Penn State, which the committee ranked ranked No. 11, even after an in depth battle loss to the workforce ranked No. 1: Ohio State.
In that respect, Ohio State is the best number one. I additionally wrote that on Monday. The Buckeyes have the most effective resume of any workforce in sports activities. Undefeated. Two top-25 wins – one in opposition to Notre Dame on the highway.
It is nearly as if successful mattered greater than how shut you received or who you misplaced to. What a terrific world it will be if the CFP committee selected to rank groups based mostly on these parameters at the beginning.
Extra concerning the Faculty Soccer Playoffs rankings
Tuesday’s unveiling units in movement a five-week seek for December 3 Choice Sunday.
The highest 4 groups will compete within the CFP semifinals, which will likely be held Jan. 1 on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The nationwide championship recreation will likely be held on January 8 in Houston.
Under you’ll find the whole High 25.
The Faculty Soccer Playoffs rankings
- State of Ohio
- State of Florida
- Be madam
- Penn State
- Our woman
- State of Oregon
- State of Oklahoma
- State of Kansas
- Air Power
Faculty Soccer Rankings remaining 2023 schedule
- Tuesday, November 7: 7:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, November 14: 9:00 PM ET (approximate time)
- Tuesday, November 21: 7:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, November 28: 7:00 PM ET
- Sunday, December 3: 12:00 PM ET (Choice Sunday)
RJ Younger is a Nationwide Faculty Soccer author and analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the podcast “The primary faculty soccer present.Comply with him on Twitter at @RJ_Young And subscribe to “The RJ Younger Present” on YouTube.
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