Washington moves to No. 4, jumping Florida State

There was motion within the high 5 of the School Soccer Playoff rankings for a second straight week.

Final week we noticed Georgia bounce as much as No. 1 within the CFP choice committee’s Prime 25. This week, Washington moved previous Florida State within the rankings. UW moved up one spot to No. 4 following its 22-20 street win over Oregon State (which fell 5 spots to No. 16), whereas FSU dropped all the way down to No. 5.

The Huskies and Seminoles are two of the 5 remaining undefeated groups from Energy 5 conferences and slotted in behind No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan, whose rankings didn’t change. Washington picked up its fourth ranked win within the final six weeks whereas FSU took care of enterprise at house vs. North Alabama however misplaced star quarterback Jordan Travis to a season-ending leg damage within the course of.

Ohio State and Michigan will meet this Saturday in Ann Arbor, so the loser of that recreation will fall within the rankings and permit Washington and Florida State to maneuver up so long as they win their rivalry video games vs. Washington State and Florida, respectively.

Elsewhere, No. 6 Oregon, No. 7 Texas and No. 8 Alabama — all now 10-1 — remained on the identical spot within the rankings, however Louisville (additionally 10-1) stayed at No. 10 even after a street win over Miami. Missouri wanted a last-second discipline purpose to beat Florida at house, however stayed at No. 9 even with two losses.

Every of these one-loss groups can maintain their CFP hopes alive with wins this weekend. Oregon, if it beats Oregon State, will clinch a spot within the Pac-12 title recreation vs. Washington. Texas will advance to the Massive 12 title recreation with a win over Texas Tech and Alabama must keep away from an upset by the hands of Auburn within the Iron Bowl earlier than going through Georgia within the SEC championship recreation.

Louisville has already clinched a spot within the ACC title recreation, the place it’s going to meet Florida State. To maintain their playoff hopes alive, the Cardinals have to beat rival Kentucky this weekend.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) dodges Oregon State linebacker Easton Mascarenas-Arnold (5) throughout the first half of an NCAA school soccer recreation Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photograph/Mark Ylen) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Different takeaways from CFP rankings

Liberty, the one different undefeated crew within the FBS, made its debut within the Prime 25 at No. 25.

Beforehand an impartial program, Liberty is now a member of a new-look Convention USA. Due to their poor power of schedule, the Flames hadn’t appeared within the rankings till now regardless of being undefeated. Now they are going to be within the combine to be the Group of 5 consultant within the New Yr’s Six bowl video games so long as they beat UTEP this weekend after which deal with New Mexico State within the Convention USA title recreation.

To get to a New Yr’s Six bowl recreation, Liberty additionally wants some assist from the American Athletic Convention. Tulane is the highest-ranked Group of 5 crew at No. 23. The Inexperienced Wave will host UTSA this weekend for a spot within the AAC title recreation. The winner will doubtless face SMU. If Tulane loses, the AAC champion could have not less than two losses, which may very well be a lift for Liberty.

Elsewhere, Arizona continued its climb and is now No. 15 after a blowout win over Utah on Saturday. The Wildcats can nonetheless get to Pac-12 title recreation in the event that they beat Arizona State and Oregon is upset by Oregon State this weekend.

Different notable rankings included No. 19 Kansas State being one spot forward of No. 20 Oklahoma State regardless of their head-to-head outcome — a 29-21 Oklahoma State win.

Tennessee, regardless of dropping in blowout trend for the second straight week, solely fell three spots to No. 21. And Clemson, which has quietly three video games in a row, is ranked No. 24. Notably, Clemson’s presence within the rankings provides one other ranked victory to Florida State’s resume.

Full School Soccer Playoff rankings

  1. Georgia (11-0)

  2. Ohio State (11-0)

  3. Michigan (11-0)

  4. Washington (11-0)

  5. Florida State (11-0)

  6. Oregon (10-1)

  7. Texas (10-1)

  8. Alabama (10-1)

  9. Missouri (9-2)

  10. Louisville (10-1)

  11. Penn State (9-2)

  12. Ole Miss (9-2)

  13. Oklahoma (9-2)

  14. LSU (8-3)

  15. Arizona (8-3)

  16. Oregon State (8-3)

  17. Iowa (9-2)

  18. Notre Dame (8-3)

  19. Kansas State (8-3)

  20. Oklahoma State (8-3)

  21. Tennessee (7-4)

  22. NC State (8-3)

  23. Tulane (10-1)

  24. Clemson (7-4)

  25. Liberty (11-0)

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