Faculty soccer rankings: Michigan, Tennessee on the rise

Published:Mar 8, 202423:08
Faculty soccer rankings: Michigan, Tennessee on the rise

By RJ Younger
FOX Sports activities Faculty Soccer Author

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — With the Ohio State Buckeyes on a bye week, there was no query the place the most important and most essential sport north of the Mason-Dixon Line was performed on Saturday.

At kickoff, Michigan Stadium was bathed in maize and swaddled by blustery wind and chilly that's signature to Massive Ten soccer, and the Wolverines placed on a classic efficiency.

After permitting Penn State to beat a 13-0 deficit, and even trailing 17-16 within the third quarter, Jim Harbaugh tapped his tailbacks — Blake "The Nice" Corum and Donovan "Do-Every thing" Edwards — to push, punish and maul among the finest run defenses within the land.

Michigan blows out Penn State

Michigan blows out Penn State

RJ Younger analyzes Michigan's win and explains why Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards are unstoppable.

The agency of Corum and Edwards rushed for 339 yards and 4 TDs behind the reigning Joe Moore Award-winning offensive line. The Wolverines scored 25 unanswered factors to stamp a efficiency ok for me to toss out their smooth non-conference schedule and name them what the Michigan trustworthy have known as all of them alongside — a championship-caliber soccer staff.

1. Ohio State (6-0)


The Buckeyes return to motion in opposition to an Iowa staff that hasn't appeared aggressive all month.

2. Georgia (7-0)

Defeated Vanderbilt, 55-0

UGA beat Vanderbilt prefer it stole one thing — placing up a 50-burger and surrendering not a single factor.

3. Michigan (7-0)

Defeated Penn State, 41-17

The Wolverines rushed for 396 yards in opposition to the No. 5 dashing protection within the nation. A press release was made, and the defending league champs made sure the Buckeyes heard it. 

4. Tennessee (6-0)

Defeated Alabama, 52-49

The Volunteers snapped their 15-year shedding streak to the Tide, and Josh Heupel did what did no different Tennessee head coach had performed — beat Nick Saban's Alabama.

With the win, the Vols picked up one of the best win of the season, planted Hendon Hooker amongst those that will probably be invited to the Heisman ceremony and earned Heupel the form of love and admiration that solely come from a coach making good for a fan base starved for excellence.

Tennessee, Hendon Hooker deserve respect

Tennessee, Hendon Hooker deserve respect

RJ Younger reacts to Tennessee's upset of Alabama and breaks down the spectacular performances of Hendon Hooker and Jalin Hyatt.

5. Clemson (7-0)

Defeated Florida State, 34-28

Will Shipley rushed for 121 yards because the Tigers held off a sport FSU squad to remain unbeaten. 

6. Alabama (6-1)

Misplaced to Tennessee, 52-49

The Tide fought again from an 18-point deficit to take a late seven-point lead. However the Vols made a kick after Alabama missed its alternative — ballgame.

7. TCU (6-0)

Defeated Oklahoma State, 43-40, 2OT

The Horned Frogs are the final remaining undefeated staff within the Massive 12 heading into Week 8.

8. Mississippi (7-0)

Defeated Auburn, 48-34

The Rebels loved three 100-yard rushers of their double-digit win in opposition to an Auburn program that's 0-3 in October and 1-4 in SEC play.

9. Oklahoma State (5-1)

Misplaced to TCU, 43-30, 2OT

The Cowboys let a double-digit lead slip away in Fort Value for his or her first lack of the season.

10. Oregon (5-1)


The Geese face undefeated UCLA in Eugene subsequent week for what may be a spot within the Pac-12 Championship Recreation.

11. UCLA (6-0)


The Bruins wish to enhance to 7-0 with a win in opposition to Oregon. The final time UCLA started the season 7-0 was 2005, and the Bruins completed that season 10-2.

12. USC (6-1)

Misplaced to Utah, 43-42

There isn't a disgrace in shedding to the defending Pac-12 champs in Salt Lake Metropolis. However the Trojans may need to shore up that protection.

Cameron Rising's 2-point conversion seals win

Cameron Rising's 2-point conversion seals win

Cameron Rising transformed on the two-point dialog to assist the Utah Utes beat the USC Trojans.

13. Penn State (5-1)

Misplaced to Michigan, 41-17

After seeing their run protection torn aside, the Nittany Lions will spend additional time this week making ready for Minnesota and among the finest tailbacks within the league in Mohamed Ibrahim.

14. Kentucky (5-2)

Defeated Mississippi State, 27-17

Chris Rodriguez floor out 197 yards and two touchdowns on the bottom to hold the Wildcats.

15. Utah (5-2)

Defeated USC, 43-42

The Utes wanted this one. Now they get a bye week as a reward.

16. Kansas State (5-1)


The Wildcats return to motion in opposition to TCU of their bid to remain undefeated in convention play.

17. Syracuse (6-0)

Defeated N.C. State, 24-9

The Orangemen are 6-0 as they get their shot at true ACC supremacy with a top-25 matchup in opposition to Clemson in Demise Valley subsequent week.

18. Wake Forest (5-1)


19. Illinois (6-1)

Defeated Minnesota, 26-14

Chase Brown entered the dialog as among the finest tailbacks within the nation with a classic Massive Ten working again efficiency — 41 carries for 180 yards.

Illinois controls Minnesota

Illinois controls Minnesota

RJ Younger reacts to the Preventing Illini's spectacular win over the Gophers.

20. Texas (5-2)

Defeated Iowa State, 24-21

The Longhorns survived a rock combat in opposition to a Cyclones staff that has misplaced its final 4 convention video games by a mixed 14 factors.

21. North Carolina (6-1)

Defeated Duke, 38-35

Drake Maye's landing go with 16 seconds left rescued the Heels in a wild end.

22. Kansas (5-2)

Misplaced to Oklahoma, 52-42

Jason Bean is strong, however the Jayhawks aren't the identical with out Jalon Daniels on the sphere.

23. Mississippi State (5-2)

Misplaced to Kentucky, 27-17

Will Rogers was held to 203 yards and just one landing — together with an interception — within the loss.

24. Cincinnati (5-1)


The Bearcats have quietly received 5 in a row since their opening-week loss to Arkansas. They give the impression of being to defend their undefeated begin to convention play with a win in opposition to Southern Methodist subsequent week.

25. Oklahoma (4-3)

Defeated Kansas, 52-42

When the Sooners have Dillon Gabriel beneath heart, they seem like a top-25 staff.

Oklahoma rebounds in opposition to No. 19 Kansas

Oklahoma rebounds against No. 19 Kansas

RJ Younger breaks down Oklahoma's victory, and the efficiency of Dillon Gabriel.

Learn extra:

RJ Younger is a nationwide school soccer author and analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the podcast "The Quantity One Faculty Soccer Present." Observe him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to "The RJ Younger Present" on YouTube.

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