ATHENS — Georgia has taken the drama out of the Faculty Soccer Playoff’s prime spot for now, however there’s loads of controversy in regards to the remaining three positions.
Most take into account the winner of the Michigan-Ohio State sport on Nov. 26 a lock for one of many prime two spots — supplied it wins a Massive Ten Championship Recreation it is going to be closely favored in — however many surprise if the Wolverines or Buckeyes may nonetheless be capable of slip in with one loss.
There are a number of situations, in fact, together with a number of that might allow the SEC or the Massive Ten — or possibly each — to get two groups into the four-team CFP subject that can be revealed on Dec. 4.
TCU and USC are groups that seem in command of their very own future, as effectively, whereas Tennessee seemingly solely wants both the Horned Frogs or the Trojans to lose one sport.
This is a have a look at when and the place the remaining CFP contenders are taking part in on Saturday:
GAMES TO WATCH
No. 4 TCU at Baylor (Midday, Fox)
The Horned Frogs are three wins away from a first-ever CFP look, so why is TCU solely a 3-point favourite over a Bears program it has overwhelmed 6 of the previous 7 years that’s at present 6-4 and coming off a 31- 3 loss to Kansas State? There’s some intrigue constructing in Waco, Texas.
No. 7 USC at UCLA (8 p.m. Fox)
It is Lincoln Riley vs. Chip Kelly. The Trojans try to turn into the primary Pac-12 staff to make the CFP since Washington in 2016, however they’ve a mountain to climb beginning with a sport in opposition to rival UCLA in a sold-out Rose Bowl.
No. 5 Tennessee at South Carolina (7 p.m. ESPN)
The Vols punched a TD into the top zone within the ultimate minute of a 66-24 blowout win over Missouri, simply to provide you an thought of Josh Heupel’s mindset. UT is greater than a three-touchdown favourite to beat the Gamecocks in Columbia in a sequence they lead 9-8 courting again to 2005 when Steve Spurrier led South Carolina to its first-ever win in Knoxville.
No. 9 Clemson vs. Miami, Fla. (3:30 p.m., ESPN)
The Tigers must win out, and achieve this impressively, to provide themselves an opportunity of creating the four-team CFP subject. Clemson has gained the previous three conferences with Miami decisively — (42-17, 38-3 and 58-0). Do not rely Dabo Swinney out but, as Clemson might get in with losses by TCU, USC and Michigan.
No. 2 Ohio State at Maryland (3:30 p.m. ABC)
The Buckeyes have gained all 7 of their assembly with the Terrapins and are a 27.5-point in Faculty Park. Ohio State have a propensity to maintain including factors to the scoreboard as it’s simply 8 factors behind Tennessee within the race to steer the nation in scoring. May a one-loss Buckeyes staff ace out a one-loss Vols’ staff as prime at-large?
No. 1 Georgia at Kentucky (3:30 p.m., CBS)
The Bulldogs have gained 12 straight in opposition to the Wildcats and are greater than a three-touchdown favourite to make it 13 in a row. Georgia can be favored by double digits at dwelling in opposition to Georgia Tech subsequent Saturday and within the SEC Championship Recreation in opposition to LSU, too.
No. 3 Michigan vs. Illinois (Midday, ABC)
It is Senior Day within the Massive Home, and the Wolverines can be on the lookout for their sixth straight win on this lopsided sequence. Michigan’s non-conference schedule is so dangerous, there’s little probability Michigan makes it as a one-loss at-large.
No. 6 LSU vs. UAB (9 pm ESPN2)
It is Senior Tribute day for the SEC West Division Bayou Bengals, and it is beneath the lights in opposition to UAB, a staff that one way or the other beat Nick Saban in his first season teaching LSU in 2000. LSU can turn into the primary 2-loss staff to make the CFP, however it’ll want some assist. Margin of victory is not an element, nevertheless.
(Mike Griffith prediction on 11-18-22)
Forecasting the sector:
(CFP subject can be launched on 12-4-22)
2. Ohio State
How the sector will get settled:
1. Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and Clemson win out
2. USC and TCU endure a loss
3. ACC Convention Champion Recreation winner Clemson will get chosen over one-loss Michigan and one-loss TCU.