School soccer rankings: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State a reduce above

Published:Mar 8, 202422:46

By RJ Younger
FOX Sports activities School Soccer Author

It took Texas — a workforce I've thought extremely of for 9 months — to take Nick Saban’s Alabama workforce to the brink of its first loss for the reason that nationwide title sport to indicate us simply how massive the chasm between Georgia and the remainder of the game is.

After Week 2, although, there is no such thing as a doubt that UGA is the category of the game for the second week in a row. What nonetheless stays to be seen is simply how the groups following Bama and Ohio State shake out over the course of this season.

Is Alabama overrated?

Is Alabama overrated?

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1. Georgia (2-0)

Defeated Samford, 33-0

Whereas Stetson Bennett’s 24-for-34-for-300-yards stat line deserves point out, it is best to be aware the Dawgs allowed simply 19 rush yards, 128 whole yards and simply considered one of 13 third-down conversion makes an attempt in opposition to their FCS opponent.

2. Alabama (2-0)

Defeated Texas, 20-19

Alabama trailed Texas with 1:29 left to play and wanted Bryce Younger to make a Houdini act to keep away from an embarrassing loss to the Longhorns.

3. Ohio State (2-0)

Defeated Arkansas State, 45-12

Final season, Ryan Day let Kyle McCord have a begin to let C.J. Stroud heal after a bodily sport in opposition to Minnesota. Day is the one coach I've seen do this, and it is sensible. There is not any must play stars in these video games in the event that they're banged up. So he sat Julian Fleming and Heisman candidate Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and nonetheless beat the Crimson Wolves by greater than 5 TDs.

After Notre Dame was surprised by Marshall 26-21 in South Bend, the Buckeyes' season-opening win has misplaced its luster. The Irish paid the Thundering Herd $1.25 million to get handed an L in our first version of Cash within the Bag this season on The Quantity One School Soccer Present. 

Marvin Harrison Jr. snags a landing cross from C.J. Stroud

Marvin Harrison Jr. snags a touchdown pass from C.J. Stroud

Marvin Harrison Jr. caught seven passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns Saturday.

4. Kentucky (2-0)

Defeated Florida, 26-16

Mark Stoops moved forward of Paul "Bear" Bryant for essentially the most wins as head coach at UK in class historical past by doubling up Florida for the primary time since 1976 and 1977 in consecutive seasons. The Wildcats at the moment are the challenger to a dominant UGA workforce for the SEC East title.

5. Michigan (2-0)

Defeated Hawaii, 56-10

It’s tough to guage how good Michigan is in opposition to an opponent it was favored to beat by 52 and led 42-0 at halftime. However the Wolverines are a win away from going 3-0 of their non-conference schedule and appear like a workforce able to defending their Massive Ten title.

Even higher, it seems that Jim Harbaugh has settled on a quarterback — J.J. McCarthy. 

J.J. McCarthy finds Roman Wilson

J.J. McCarthy finds Roman Wilson

The Michigan Wolverines took a 7-0 lead over Hawaii when J.J. McCarthy discovered Roman Wilson on a 42-yard TD cross.

6. Arkansas (2-0)

Defeated South Carolina, 44-30

Arkansas hammered the Gamecocks on the bottom for 295 rush yards with 5 speeding TDs.

The Razorbacks appear like the workforce more than likely to problem the Crimson Tide for the SEC West crown, and that’s no small feat. The Pit Boss, Sam Pittman, has Arkansas buzzing proper alongside and looking out like a workforce able to competing for an SEC Championship.

7. Michigan State (2-0)

Defeated Akron, 52-0

The Spartans beat Akron by a margin they hadn’t crushed an opponent by for the reason that Eisenhower Administration.

Jalen Berger is changing into the sort of tailback I assumed he was able to when he first arrived at Wisconsin. Towards Akron, the switch carried the rock 17 occasions for 107 yards. He’s averaging 7.5 yards per carry via two video games for the Spartans and looking out like a worthy successor to former Spartan nice Kenneth Walker III.

8. Clemson (2-0)

Defeated Furman, 35-12

With wins in opposition to Georgia Tech and Furman, it’s exhausting to know simply how good Dabo Swinney’s Tigers are, however being 2-0 is definitely going to assist their trigger. The Tigers' first actual problem doesn’t come till they play North Carolina State on Oct. 1.

9. Oklahoma (2-0)

Defeated Kent State, 33-3

The Sooners have but to be examined and certain will not be till Sept. 24 once they face a Kansas State workforce that dismantled Missouri on Saturday. Nonetheless, the Sooners have allowed simply 16 factors via two video games and gave up at the least 16 factors in 10 of their 13 video games in 2021.

The Sooners gave up 35 in final yr's season-opener alone — to Tulane.

10. USC (2-0)

Defeated Stanford, 41-28

USC dismantled their first Pac-12 opponent of the Lincoln Riley period. Now 2-0, the Trojans are proving they are going to be within the hunt for the league crown after successful simply 4 video games final season.

Quarterback Caleb Williams accomplished 20 of 27 passes for 341 yards for 4 TDs in his first Pac-12 sport. 

11. Brigham Younger (2-0)

Defeated Baylor, 26-20 in 2OT  

After slugging it out with a tricky Baylor squad, the Cougars subsequent head to Eugene to tackle the Oregon Geese.

12. Baylor (1-1)

Misplaced to. BYU, 26-20 in 2OT

Baylor missed a discipline aim and an additional level, was outgained 366-282 and did not drive any turnovers — and nonetheless virtually pulled out a tricky highway win.

13. Oklahoma State (2-0)

Defeated Arizona State, 34-17

The Pokes put up 197 rush yards with Dominic Richardson gaining 130 of it on 27 carries. Quarterback Spencer Sanders threw for 268 yards, however accomplished simply 21 of 38 passes.

14. Tennessee (2-0)

Defeated Pittsburgh, 34-27

This was an incredible win on the highway for the Vols within the Johnny Main Basic. Quarterback Hendon Hooker and broad receiver Cedric Tillman are a formidable duo.

Massive win for Tennessee

Big win for Tennessee

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15. Minnesota (2-0)

Defeated Western Illinois, 62-10

Minnesota’s non-conference schedule feels as aggressive as a person on a bicycle racing in opposition to a inventory automobile at Kansas Speedway. However the Gophers have an identification and appear like the category of the Massive Tent West after each Wisconsin and Iowa suffered losses in opposition to non-conference foes Saturday.

16. Florida (1-1)

Misplaced to Kentucky, 26-16

Anthony Richardson confirmed he nonetheless has room for progress, however the Gators didn’t look out of the sport till late within the fourth quarter. It was a formidable opponent they performed on Saturday evening. Florida is the one Energy 5 workforce to open with two ranked opponents this season. How's that for power of schedule?

17. Utah (1-1)

Defeated Southern Utah, 73-7

The Utes scored 38 within the second quarter in opposition to their FCS opponent. There’s nonetheless a highway to the School Soccer Playoff for them, however they’re going to need to be good the remainder of the way in which and hope to play an undefeated opponent within the Pac-12 title sport.

18. Mississippi (2-0)

Defeated Central Arkansas, 59-3

Ole Miss managed this lopsided win and not using a 200-yard passer, only one 100-yard rusher, and created 4 turnovers. Whereas it performs its first Energy 5 opponent of the season subsequent week, it is Georgia Tech.

We cannot know a lot about Ole Miss till it performs Kentucky on Oct. 1.

19. North Carolina State (2-0)

Defeated Charleston Southern, 55-3

After being scared to dying by East Carolina, the Wolfpack appear to have discovered their footing in opposition to an FCS opponent.

20. Miami (2-0)

Defeated Southern Miss, 30-7

Tyler Van Dyke is trying an increasing number of like the person many thought he’d be in 2022. He accomplished 21 of 30 passes for 263 cross yards and a TD within the win.

21. Texas (1-1)

Misplaced to Alabama, 20-19

Texas is a rattling good soccer workforce. Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers was 9-for-12 for 134 yards earlier than being knocked out of the sport. It’s a critical query as as to if Texas would’ve accomplished the upset had Ewers completed the sport wholesome.

Highlights: Alabama edges Texas

Highlights: Alabama edges Texas

Take a look at the highlights from Alabama's thrilling 20-19 victory over Texas.

22. Texas A&M (1-1)

Misplaced to Appalachian State, 17-14

For the second consecutive week, the Aggies did not run the ball successfully. They didn’t run a 3rd play in Appalachian State territory till nicely into the fourth quarter and couldn’t throw the ball convincingly in any respect in opposition to a workforce that gave up greater than 60 to North Carolina final week. 

It may be time to sound the alarm in School Station.

23. Wake Forest (2-0)

Defeated Vanderbilt, 45-25 

Sure, it's Vandy, however these Commodores had been solely a landing underdog on this sport at kickoff.

With the triumphant return of Sam Hartman, the Demon Deacons appear like a workforce that may contend for the ACC title alongside North Carolina State, Miami and Clemson. Hartman accomplished 18 of 27 passes for 300 yards with 4 TDs.

24. Texas Tech (2-0)

Defeated Houston, 33-30 in OT

With starter Tyler Shough out, first-year head coach Joey McGuire handed the keys to quarterback Donovan Smith, and the person didn't disappoint Crimson Raider followers.

Smith accomplished 36 of 57 passes for 351 cross yards and a TD to steer the Crimson Raiders to their first win in opposition to a ranked opponent within the McGuire period. Look out for the Crimson Raiders as a result of they, like Kansas(!), are going to be an issue within the Massive 12.

Tech followers rush the sector to have a good time upset

Tech fans rush the field to celebrate upset

Donovan Smith's speeding TD in OT sealed Texas Tech's 33-30 victory in opposition to No. 25 Houston.

25. North Carolina (3-0)

Defeated Georgia State, 35-28

The Tar Heels are 3-0, a type of wins having come in opposition to an Appalachian State workforce that beat Texas A&M on Saturday 

RJ Younger is a nationwide faculty soccer author and analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the podcast "The Number One College Football Show." Comply with him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to "The RJ Young Show" on YouTube.

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