On Tuesday, it was reported by CBS Sports activities that an enlargement for the School Soccer Playoff was not solely on its manner, but it surely might embody greater than eight groups, the variety of groups which have floated round as a chance for any enlargement to the playoff.
Now, it seems that rumor may even have wheels and the enlargement is nearly actually going to happen. That will turn out to be among the best benefits the Florida Gators would have, particularly contemplating the convention it performs for within the SEC.
“A 12-team discipline would presumably permit for six computerized bids — Energy 5 convention champions and the top-ranked Group of 5 workforce — together with six at-large bids,” Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports activities wrote yesterday.
The SEC, in line with Dodd’s supply, is without doubt one of the conferences pushing for the 12 groups because of its model. This could successfully permit at the very least three SEC groups to compete in a playoff, one thing that will work completely in Florida’s favor if they continue to be aggressive throughout the season.
Final season, Florida was among the best groups within the FBS, significantly on offense. With Heisman finalist quarterback Kyle Trask main the way in which, Florida was in a position to safe a bid within the SEC Championship recreation after successful the SEC East. The workforce would go on to play Alabama, in the end dropping 52-46 and successfully ending any shot at a playoff bid.
Whereas final 12 months’s workforce would have had issue incomes placement as an 8-3 workforce heading into bowl season, they might have had an argument. Heading into the workforce’s Cotton Bowl towards Oklahoma, Florida ranked No. 7 behind simply two SEC groups in Alabama (No. 1) and Texas A&M (No. 5).
The workforce would have doubtless been in a position to compete within the playoff contemplating the competitors beneath them with a brand new mannequin increasing from 4 groups to a staggering 12 groups.
Fairly frankly, the Gators needs to be ecstatic a few potential enlargement. Not solely will it permit the workforce to enter the fray with its finest gamers, however a loss to Georgia or a few losses towards different top-tier SEC faculties additionally would not essentially mark the top of its season.
This should not be taken as a slant, both. The SEC is maybe one of the crucial extremely aggressive conferences in school soccer, boasting a number of top-tier faculties, together with Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU and Kentucky. Competing within the convention has confirmed tough 12 months after 12 months.
Over the previous three seasons below head coach Dan Mullen, Florida has competed with one of the best of one of the best, ending first or second within the SEC East, and making it to three-straight New Years Six Bowl video games. The School Soccer Playoff has alluded the workforce since its inception.
Now, with an enlargement on the desk for the NCAA, it will likely be attainable for a lot of deserving groups, together with Florida, to place their hat within the ring to determine who will probably be crowed in one of the best workforce in school soccer.
Oftentimes, a chance is all that is wanted, and contemplating the entire obstacles of their manner, the Gators could also be one of the crucial deserving of a chance, particularly if it continues to enhance because it did final season.