School soccer bowl projections: Appalachian State’s surge continues, Kansas makes long-awaited return

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It was a straightforward week for the groups on the high of the school soccer rankings — and for many of the high 25 generally. The best-ranked workforce to get a problem this week was Arkansas, which wanted a late rally to place away former Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino’s Missouri State workforce.

Due to this, there isn’t a change to the School Soccer Playoff projection, however there may be one for the New Yr’s Six. Nearly as good as final week was for the Solar Belt, the convention slid backwards this week. Marshall got here out flat after the win at Notre Dame, shedding to Bowling Inexperienced in additional time. Louisiana additionally misplaced at Rice, and Appalachian State wanted a tip drill Hail Mary to beat Troy at residence.

A win is a win, although, and App State replaces Marshall because the Group of 5 consultant within the Cotton Bowl.

So far as high 25 groups that misplaced this week, BYU and Miami every misplaced to lower-ranked opponents on the street, whereas Michigan State fell at soon-to-be-ranked Washington. BYU loss to Oregon principally eliminates the Cougars’ probabilities for a CFP bid. They nonetheless have a schedule that provides them a possibility to play their manner into the New Yr’s Six; nonetheless, as an unbiased, BYU can’t qualify for the Group of 5 spot, which fits to the highest-ranked convention champion amongst these leagues.

BYU’s solely path to the New Yr’s Six is as an at-large workforce, which is similar for each unbiased. As famous in earlier columns, the one at-large spot within the New Yr’s Six this season is within the Cotton Bowl. in opposition to the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion.

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School Soccer Playoff

Jan. 9

Nationwide Championship
Inglewood, Calif.

Title recreation Semifinal winners

Dec. 31

Peach Bowl
Atlanta

Semifinal

(1) Georgia vs. (4) Oklahoma

Dec. 31

Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, Ariz.

Semifinal

(2) Ohio State vs. (3) Alabama

New Yr’s Six bowl video games

There’s a new title on this week’s bowl projections that has not been right here for fairly a while. Kansas finds itself within the discipline after not having performed in a bowl recreation since 2008 when the Jayhawks completed 8-5 and located a spot within the Perception Bowl. In actual fact, the final time KU gained greater than three video games was the next yr when the Jayhawks completed 5-7 in Mark Mangino’s closing season.

This yr’s Kansas workforce already has three wins and appears to have sufficient offense to get just a few extra. The Jayhawks are fifth within the nation in scoring offense at 51 factors per recreation. Their final two wins have come at West Virginia and Houston. (The Cougars had been considered one of many favorites within the AAC this season.)

Kansas has an vital stretch arising of their schedule. It has residence video games in opposition to Duke, Iowa State and TCU. The Jayhawks may qualify for a bowl with wins in these three video games. They might want all three as a result of the schedule will get a lot much less favorable over the second half of the season.

Due to some upsets in Week 3, there is just one bowl workforce on this week’s projection that’s anticipated to complete 5-7. That workforce is South Carolina, which has the very best APR of the projected 5-7 groups.

Northwestern was beforehand within the operating for a kind of spots, however a loss at residence to Southern Illinois places them out of the image for now. The Wildcats are the primary Energy 5 workforce to lose to an FCS opponent this season.

Do not see your workforce? Try the remainder of Jerry Palm’s bowl projections after Week 3.

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