For the primary time all season, No. 8 Oklahoma felt the sting of faculty soccer chaos, dropping 27-14 on the street to No. 13 Baylor. With the loss, the Massive 12 has no groups remaining among the many ranks of the undefeated, a major blow to the convention’s Faculty Soccer Playoff hopes.
Simply one other week on this topsy-turvy 2021 faculty soccer season.
The Sooners will face rapid repercussions — doubtlessly insurmountable ones, contemplating how little the choice committee has considered this group by two units of rankings. That mentioned, the Sooners are nonetheless squarely in competition for the Massive 12 championship recreation and a possible berth within the playoff. However Saturday’s loss, one by which the Sooners put up a paltry 260 yards of whole offense, complicates issues.
The Sooners’ saving grace for a very good portion of the season was their quarterback play by freshman Caleb Williams. However he accomplished 10 of 19 passes for 177 yards and two interceptions, including 10 rushes for 17 yards and a rating. Coach Lincoln Riley tried to create a spark by subbing in preseason starter Spencer Rattler for 2 collection, however he fared no higher in a 4-of-6 passing day for simply 36 yards.
Baylor (8-2, 4-2 in Massive 12 play) ought to get pleasure from a pleasant bump within the rankings however, because of its two losses to Oklahoma State and TCU, is probably going already out of competition for the playoff. The identical may very well be true of Oklahoma, relying on how the remainder of the school soccer season performs out. It isn’t outdoors the realm of risk the CFP choice committee may must drop two of the next groups after convention championship weekend:
- 12-1 SEC champion Alabama
- 12-1 Georgia
- 12-1 Massive 12 champion Oklahoma/Oklahoma State
- 12-1 Pac-12 champion Oregon
- 12-1 Massive Ten champion
- 13-0 AAC champion Cincinnati
Sporting Information breaks down what groups stand to maneuver up and down the highest 25 forward of the third set of CFP rankings after the Sooners’ loss:
Rankings replicate Week 11 College Football Playoff top 25
Earlier rank: 3
You would argue no group outdoors of No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama controls its personal future at this level of the season. However Oregon is in nice place as the present No. 3 group within the newest rankings. The Geese have to complete the job in opposition to Washington State on Saturday (they need to stay at No. 3 within the polls), then No. 24 Utah and Oregon State to complete the common season. The Pac-12 championship recreation awaits after that. It might be arduous to maintain Mario Cristobal’s group out of the operating if it received out, however the Geese can do themselves a favor by profitable convincingly from right here on out. Regardless, they’d relatively take care of a one-loss Sooners group than an undefeated one.
Ohio State (9-1)
Earlier rank: 4
Ohio State is a spot behind the Geese, and has a significantly more durable schedule to the top its season — a double-edged sword if there ever was one. The Buckeyes have a more durable path to profitable out, but when they obtain the feat in opposition to No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State and the Massive Ten West division champion, there’s nearly zero probability the committee retains them out. Like Oregon, Ohio State ought to be cheering Oklahoma’s loss, which places the groups in equal standings the place data are involved. It should stay No. 4 in Tuesday’s rankings after it beat the Boilermakers 59-31.
Earlier rank: 5
Oklahoma’s loss was a victory for Cincy, however not as massive because it was for different groups in competition for the playoff. The Bearcats may very properly be certainly one of solely two undefeated groups on the finish of the season, nevertheless it probably won’t be enough except their competitors loses one other recreation. Meaning two-loss Energy 5 champions out of the Massive Ten, Pac-12 and Massive 12. Cincy ought to stay within the prime 5 once more come Tuesday, however the Bearcats want extra assist than every other group to make a CFP berth within the final three weeks of the season.
Earlier rank: 6
Michigan is one other massive fan of Saturday’s end result, particularly after outlasting a 6-4 Penn State team — one which was remarkably absent from earlier top-25 rankings — in a 21-17 defensive slugfest. The Wolverines are squarely in competition for the Massive Ten championship, however want Ohio State to beat Michigan State earlier than beating the Buckeyes themselves. They’d then must win the Massive Ten title recreation. That seemingly is sufficient to get Jim Harbaugh and Co. into the playoff, however nothing is ready in stone at this level of the season. Both means, Michigan ought to stay at No. 6, one spot forward of No. 7 Michigan State, within the newest rankings.
Michigan State (9-1)
Earlier rank: 7
One other massive winner from Oklahoma’s loss. The Spartans have been a stunning choose on the No. 7 spot within the newest rankings, one position lower than a group they beat the earlier week. However they management their very own future within the Massive Ten, and nonetheless have Ohio State and Penn State on the schedule. The Spartans will stay No. 7 within the CFP prime 25 after beating Maryland 40-21 on Saturday. Extra importantly, they’re nonetheless in competition for a playoff berth.
Notre Dame (9-1)
Earlier rank: 9
The Preventing Irish stay quietly on the perimeter of the Playoff image, although the Irish — just like the Bearcats — need assistance to get in and not using a convention championship recreation to depend on. Notre Dame beat Virginia handily on Saturday, profitable 28-3. It is attainable that is adequate to maneuver up a spot, nevertheless it’s attainable the Preventing Irish are jumped by the Cowboys within the subsequent set of rankings.
Oklahoma State (9-1)
Earlier rank: 10
Nobody is happier than Oklahoma State at Oklahoma’s loss. The Cowboys not solely acquired to observe their archrivals lose, however now declare a victory over a standard opponent (they beat the Bears 24-14 in Week 5). The Cowboys can put themselves within the driver’s seat by beating Texas Tech in Week 12 earlier than Bedlam. Contemplating how badly they beat TCU — 63-17 — it is attainable the Cowboys leap Notre Dame within the rankings on Tuesday.
This is the most effective half for Oklahoma State: It is in place to knock the Sooners out of the Massive 12 championship recreation on the finish of the season. If Oklahoma State and Baylor win out, the Bears’ victory over Oklahoma in Week 11 would knock Oklahoma out of competition.
Earlier rank: 8
Oklahoma positioned itself in an unenviable predicament on Saturday. The Sooners now not management their very own future as a possible undefeated Energy 5 convention champion. Even when Riley’s group wins out, it can doubtlessly need to stack its resume in opposition to undefeated Cincinnati, one-loss Massive Ten champion, one-loss Oregon and one-loss Alabama. Contemplating how little the committee considered them within the first two units of rankings, it is attainable Saturday’s loss may very well be thought of insurmountable.
One of the best factor the Sooners can hope for is to win out. Secondly, it wants Oklahoma State to drop its recreation to Texas Tech. Then it wants Baylor to win out. That may give Oklahoma a rematch vs. the Bears — the one group to beat it within the common season — within the convention title recreation. It additionally wants the Massive Ten East to cannibalize itself in the previous few weeks. A Penn State victory over Michigan would have helped on Saturday, however the Wolverines nonetheless should face Ohio State to finish the season. The Buckeyes and Spartans nonetheless should play as properly.
The Sooners would additionally like somewhat additional insurance coverage with a Geese loss, plus an undefeated Georgia to knock Alabama out of competition, to maintain hope for a playoff berth. That is not inconceivable by any stretch of the creativeness, however the Sooners would a lot relatively have managed their future in the previous few weeks than not.