Kentucky, Tennessee debut in Joel Klatt's newest high 10 rankings

Published:Mar 8, 202422:50

Is the SEC underrated? The emergence of Kentucky and Tennessee suggests so. 

Each colleges have earned their highest rankings in additional than a decade (many years, because it pertains to Kentucky). Accordingly, they've catapulted into Joel Klatt's weekly high 10. His newest top-10 ballot pushed out future SEC members Oklahoma and Texas, whereas North Carolina State, Utah and Washington narrowly missed the minimize. 

Klatt's high 4 groups stay unchanged for the third consecutive week.

FOX's lead faculty soccer analyst will elaborate on his rankings within the subsequent episode of "The Joel Klatt Show," which options three episodes per week and provides distinctive takes and evaluation of the most important video games and storylines all through the faculty soccer universe.

Here's a take a look at Klatt’s up to date high 10 rankings following Week 4 of the faculty soccer season.

1. Georgia (Earlier rating: 1)

Week 4 outcome: Defeated Kent State, 39-22

Why they're ranked right here: It is not simply the protection. The Bulldogs have been six of six within the purple zone versus Kent State and have now scored on 25 of their 26 red-zone possessions. Their 25 red-zone scores are probably the most within the nation. 

Key stat: Because the begin of the 2021 season, Georgia has allowed greater than 20 factors simply two occasions. That is the fewest within the FBS over that span and half as many as runner-up Minnesota (4).

What's subsequent? The Dawgs (4-0) play at Missouri (2-2) in Week 5 (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET).

2. Ohio State (Earlier rating: 2)

Week 3 outcome: Defeated Wisconsin, 52-21

Why they're ranked right here: One other 50 burger. Because the begin of the 2021 season, Ohio State has scored 50-plus factors in eight video games, probably the most within the nation and two greater than Alabama for second most.

Key stat: C.J. Stroud turned the third Ohio State QB to register 60 profession passing touchdowns, becoming a member of J.T. Barrett and Justin Fields.

What's subsequent? The Buckeyes (4-0) are up towards Rutgers (3-1) in Week 5 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET).

Ohio State powers previous Wisconsin

Ohio State powers past Wisconsin

FOX School Soccer analyst RJ Younger discusses No. 3 Ohio State dominating fellow Large Ten foe Wisconsin 52-21.

3. Alabama (Earlier rating: 3)

Week 3 outcome: Defeated Vanderbilt, 55-3

Why they're ranked right here: Its offense has awoken. After mustering simply 20 factors in a slender Week 2 win over Texas, the Crimson Tide have tallied 118 factors over the previous two video games. Their 499-yard differential in complete offense versus Vandy was the fifth-largest at school historical past.

Key stat: Head coach Nick Saban improved to 19-2 in SEC residence openers, which features a 15-1 mark at Alabama.

What's subsequent? Alabama (4-0) goes to Arkansas (3-1) in Week 5 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET).

4. Michigan (Earlier rating: 4)

Week 3 outcome: Defeated Maryland, 34-27

Why they're ranked right here: It begins with the operating recreation. Blake Corum’s 30 makes an attempt and 243 dashing yards versus the Terrapins have been profession highs. His complete was additionally probably the most for a Michigan participant since Denard Robinson had 258 at Notre Dame in 2010.

Key stat: The Wolverines improved to 36-1 underneath Jim Harbaugh after they have a 100-plus yard rusher.

What's subsequent? The Wolverines (4-0) play at Iowa (3-1) in Week 5 (Saturday, midday ET, FOX).

Michigan vs. Maryland highlights

Michigan vs. Maryland highlights

Blake Corum rushed 30 occasions for 243 yards and two touchdowns, as Michigan moved to 4-0 on the season and can tackle Iowa subsequent week on FOX.

5. Clemson (Earlier rating: 6)

Week 3 outcome: Defeated Wake Forest, 51-45

Why they're ranked right here: They do not blow massive leads. The Tigers, who jumped out to a 14-0 lead within the first quarter, improved to 141-2 underneath Dabo Swinney when main by 14-plus factors at any level in a recreation.

Key stat: Swinney is 14-0 vs Wake Forest in his profession as head coach at Clemson.

What's subsequent? The Tigers (4-0) host North Carolina State (4-0) in Week 5 (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET).

6. Kentucky (Earlier rating: N/A)

Week 3 outcome: Defeated Northern Illinois, 31-23

Why they're ranked right here: Contemplate the go protection. UK allowed 199 passing yards versus NIU. The Wildcats have surrendered fewer than 200 go yards in all 4 video games this season, marking the primary time they've pulled off that feat since 1989.

Key stat: Kentucky prolonged its school-record nonconference win streak to 19 video games, the longest energetic streak within the nation.

What's subsequent? The Wildcats (4-0) head to Ole Miss (4-0) in Week 5 (Saturday, midday ET).

7. Oklahoma State (Earlier rating: 8)

Week 4 outcome: Bye

Why they're ranked right here: The Cowboys have been off final week, however they continue to be one of many stronger groups. Oklahoma State has received every of its 4 video games by a mean margin of 29 factors, tops within the Large 12 and ninth within the FBS.

Key stat: Oklahoma State is considered one of simply six Energy 5 groups to attain 28 factors within the opening quarter of a recreation this season.

What's subsequent? Anticipate fireworks when Oklahoma State (3-0) takes on Baylor (3-1) in Week 5 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX).

8. USC (Earlier rating: 7)

Week 3 outcome: Defeated Oregon State, 17-14

Why they're ranked right here: They do not giveth they usually taketh away. The Trojans are the one crew remaining within the FBS to not have dedicated a turnover this season, they usually additionally lead the FBS with 14 takeaways (tied with Coastal Carolina).

Key stat: USC received regardless of not scoring a TD till the fourth quarter. The truth is, Week 4 marked simply the fifth time since Lincoln Riley turned offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2015 that his crew has failed to attain a TD within the first half. It was solely the second incidence for Riley since 2017.

What's subsequent? The Trojans (4-0) return residence to tackle Arizona State (1-3) in Week 5 (Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET).

9. Penn State (Earlier rating: 9)

Week 3 outcome: Defeated Central Michigan, 33-14

Why they're ranked right here: They're successful the turnover battle. The Nittany Lions have a plus-8 turnover margin, tied for the fourth-best mark within the FBS and second to USC amongst Energy 5 groups.

Key stat: Penn State has now received 21-straight non-conference residence video games after their defeat of Central Michigan.

What's subsequent? The Nittany Lions (4-0) host Northwestern (1-3) in Week 5 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET)

10. Tennessee (Earlier rating: N/A)

Week 3 outcome: Defeated Florida, 38-33

Why they're ranked right here: The Volunteers are explosive. They snapped a five-game shedding streak to Florida with a high-powered offense that's at present tied for the FBS lead with 11 performs of 40-plus yards.

Key stat: Tennessee is considered one of simply two groups to attain on each red-zone journey (20 journeys minimal).

What's subsequent? The Volunteers (4-0) head to LSU (3-1) in Week 6 (Oct. 8, TBD)

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