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Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings present FSU soccer’s Orange Bowl path – Tampa Bay Occasions

The Faculty Soccer Playoff’s newest rankings reveal a slim however possible path for Florida State to make it to the Orange Bowl.

By coming in sixteenth within the rankings launched Tuesday by the choice committee, FSU moved one notch forward of North Carolina to turn into the second-best ACC workforce, creating a possible approach for the Seminoles to earn their first journey to a prestigious New Yr’s Six bowl recreation since 2016.

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To get there, FSU wants just a few issues to occur, beginning with a house win over the Gators on Friday. Subsequent, the Seminoles want Clemson to make it to the Faculty Soccer Playoff so FSU turns into the subsequent obtainable ACC workforce for the Orange Bowl.

For that to occur, Clemson — up one spot to eighth — should beat South Carolina on Saturday and North Carolina the subsequent week for the ACC title. Then the Tigers and FSU want some assist.

No less than one different convention frontrunner should drop a recreation or two, both this week or subsequent. The best resolution is for No. 6 USC to lose to No. 15 Notre Dame (which thumped Clemson earlier this month). That might drop the Pac-12 out of the ultimate 4 and liberate one playoff spot. The opposite choice is for No. 4 TCU to slide up towards Iowa State this weekend and/or within the Huge 12 championship recreation (in all probability towards No. 12 Kansas State).

No. 2 Ohio State then must beat No. 3 Michigan — ideally soundly. The Wolverines’ non-conference schedule was weak, and an ACC champion Clemson workforce may have a professional case to get in over Michigan. That may not be true towards a one-loss Ohio State workforce, which beat Notre Dame in Week 1.

Lastly, Clemson wants No. 1 Georgia to beat No. 5 LSU in subsequent week’s SEC championship. An LSU victory would in all probability give the SEC two playoff bids, taking one potential berth away from Clemson.

The trail isn’t straightforward, however it’s not as daunting because it sounds. And if it really works out, the Tigers may have a critical shot on the playoff — and FSU may very well be headed to a top-tier bowl recreation.

CFP rankings

1. Georgia (11-0)

2. Ohio State (11-0)

3. Michigan (11-0)

4. TCU (11-0)

5. LSU (9-2)

6. USC (10-1)

7. Alabama (9-2)

8. Clemson (10-1)

9. Oregon (9-2)

10. Tennessee (9-2)

11. Penn State (9-2)

12. Kansas State (8-3)

13. Washington (9-2)

14. Utah (8-3)

15. Notre Dame (8-3)

16. Florida State (8-3)

17. North Carolina (9-2)

18. UCLA (8-3)

19. Tulane (9-2)

20. Ole Miss (8-3)

21. Oregon State (8-3)

22. UCF (8-3)

23. Texas (7-4)

24. Cincinnati (9-2)

25. Louisville (7-4)

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