Is the Pac-12 too good to break its playoff drought?

The Pac-12 may very well be too good to get a staff within the School Soccer Playoff in 2023.

Severely.

The ultimate 12 months of the Pac-12 as we all know it has produced what might be the perfect convention in faculty soccer. However that depth on the prime may come on the value of extending the league’s School Soccer Playoff drought.

No Pac-12 staff has made the four-team playoff since Washington on the finish of the 2016 season and the Huskies look to be the highest staff within the convention this season. No. 5 Washington is 6-0 after beating No. 9 Oregon in Week 7 and boasts the Heisman favourite in QB Michael Penix Jr.

However the Pac-12 is a gauntlet this season, particularly for the Huskies. 5 groups are presently ranked within the prime 18 of the AP Prime 25 and Washington faces three of the opposite 4 in that group over a frightening November stretch. After video games towards Arizona State and Stanford, Washington ends the season at No. 18 USC, vs. No. 14 Utah, at No. 12 Oregon State and towards Washington State.

Can both Washington or Oregon make the School Soccer Playoff? (Photograph by Steph Chambers/Getty Photos) (Steph Chambers through Getty Photos)

No Pac-12 frontrunner has what you’ll be able to think about to be a simple schedule, both. USC faces Utah on Saturday and in addition performs No. 9 Oregon and No. 25 UCLA. Oregon nonetheless has Utah, USC and Oregon State.

It’s a setup for catastrophe for the convention’s playoff hopes. One of the best-case state of affairs, after all, is that two groups emerge over the second half of the season with only one regular-season loss and meet within the Pac-12 title recreation for the fitting to advance to the playoff. The extra sensible scenario could also be a number of 10-2 and 9-3 groups. Or, in true Pac-12 style, a matchup between an 11-1 staff and a 10-2 staff within the convention title recreation with the two-loss staff rising because the victor.

And keep in mind, no two-loss staff has ever made the four-team School Soccer Playoff.

The Pac-12’s excellence on the prime is why we don’t have Washington, Oregon or anybody else within the playoff in our first set of bowl projections. Fairly frankly, we hope that modifications by the tip of the season. The Pac-12 deserves to finish the streak earlier than it disperses. However we’re hedging our bets for the time being.

Right here’s our first have a look at what the bowl lineup may appear to be on the finish of the season. These projections shall be up to date weekly and James Madison (6-0) is included in our first set of predictions as a result of we’re unsure there shall be sufficient 6-6 groups to fill out the bowl slate.

New 12 months’s Six Bowls

Cotton Bowl (Dec. 29)

Texas vs. Washington

Peach Bowl (Dec. 30)

Penn State vs. Alabama

Orange Bowl (Dec. 30)

North Carolina vs. Ohio State

Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1)

Air Drive vs. Oregon

Rose Bowl [CFP semifinal] (Jan. 1)

Michigan vs. Florida State

Sugar Bowl [CFP semifinal] (Jan. 1)

Georgia vs. Oklahoma

Different Bowls

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 16)

Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan

New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 16)

Liberty vs. Troy

Remedy Bowl (Dec. 16)

Colorado State vs. Appalachian State

New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 16)

New Mexico State vs. Utah State

LA Bowl (Dec. 16)

Fresno State vs. Washington State

Independence Bowl (Dec. 16)

West Virginia vs. Arizona

Myrtle Seashore Bowl (Dec. 18)

Marshall vs. UTSA

Frisco Bowl (Dec. 19)

Houston vs. Texas State

Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 21)

Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern

Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 22)

Mississippi State vs. James Madison

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 23)

Auburn vs. Navy

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 23)

Miami (Ohio) vs. Georgia State

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 23)

SMU vs. Texas Tech

Potato Bowl (Dec. 23)

Toledo vs. Wyoming

68 Ventures Bowl (Dec. 23)

Ohio vs. South Alabama

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 23)

Utah vs. Wisconsin

Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 23)

Boise State vs. Memphis

Fast Lane Bowl (Dec. 26)

Minnesota vs. Northern Illinois

First Responder Bowl (Dec. 26)

BYU vs. San Diego State

Assured Charge Bowl (Dec. 26)

TCU vs. Nebraska

Army Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tulane vs. Louisville

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (Dec. 27)

Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky

Vacation Bowl (Dec. 27)

Miami vs. UCLA

Texas Bowl (Dec. 27)

Kansas vs. Texas A&M

Fenway Bowl (Dec. 28)

Virginia Tech vs. South Florida

Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28)

Syracuse vs. Rutgers

Pop-Tarts Bowl (Dec. 28)

Duke vs. Oklahoma State

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28)

Kansas State vs. USC

Gator Bowl (Dec. 29)

Clemson vs. Florida

Solar Bowl (Dec. 29)

NC State vs. Oregon State

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 29)

Iowa State vs. Tennessee

Music Metropolis Bowl (Dec. 30)

Maryland vs. Missouri

Arizona Bowl (Dec. 30)

Jap Michigan vs. UNLV

ReliaQuest Bowl (Jan. 1)

Notre Dame vs. LSU

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)

Iowa vs. Ole Miss

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