After every week the place a lot of the backside half of the top-25 misplaced, there was an opportunity to get new blood into the faculty soccer rankings.
And boy did they ever. 5 groups now are among the many top-25 that weren’t initially ranked, together with the Kansas Jayhawks, who’re ranked for the primary time since 2008 (extra on the Jayhawks later). As well as, there appears to be extra parity on the backside of the polls. Right here’s the most recent prime 25:
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ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK
Dread it, run from it, Kansas all the time arrives.
The Jayhawks are lastly ranked after a 14-11 victory over Iowa State, that greater than something confirmed that the Jayhawks aren’t only a good story-they would possibly simply be good. Good groups win ugly video games, and Kansas received an unsightly sport towards the Cyclones that included 4 missed discipline targets. The Jayhawk protection held Iowa State to 16 yards on the bottom, and made sufficient performs to win the sport.
Kansas is now ranked for the primary time since I used to be in third grade, and the longest unranked streak goes to Illinois. Faculty Gameday might be in Lawrence subsequent week for (/checks notes) unbeaten Kansas vs unbeaten TCU.
Welcome to 2022.
UCLA is quietly looming
What number of of you’ll guess that UCLA is ranked? At No. 18 nonetheless!
In case you solely knew the Bruins for nearly dropping to South Alabama on a pretend discipline purpose earlier within the yr, I wouldn’t blame you, however the Bruins are legitimately a strong workforce with a number of momentum after beating Washington 40-32 on Friday night time. The Bruins placed on an offensive present, with RB Zach Charbonnet working for 124 yards and a landing, and QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for a landing that’ll make TikTok reels the world over:
The Bruins are additionally led by a harmful line of defense with Washington switch Laiatu Latu that harassed Washington QB Michael Penix all night time. The Bruins have a large sport towards quantity 11 ranked Utah subsequent week, that in the event that they handle to drag off the upset, may put them within the drivers seat within the Pac-12—and arrange a large crosstown showdown with USC on the finish of the yr.
There’s a sizable hole between the highest 3 groups and everybody else
The one factor all faculty soccer followers have realized this season is regardless of the highest three groups within the nation all exhibiting flaws, they appear to be the three greatest groups within the nation with none problem.
The hole in factors between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan (140) is bigger than the gaps between quantity Michigan and no. 5 Clemson and the hole between Clemson and no. 6 USC mixed (115). Whereas every workforce within the prime three has had points—Georgia virtually misplaced to Missouri—there’s far more that’s recognized about these groups.
Contemplate Michigan. Offensively they haven’t been extraordinarily spectacular exterior of taking part in Colorado State, Hawaii and UConn. Michigan probably received’t be examined till they play Ohio State on the finish of the yr, so we’re really going off of the speculation of Michigan.
Clemson has rounded into type offensively, and the protection stays probably the greatest within the nation. Nevertheless, we’ve seen the lows from Clemson’s offense and buddy they’re LOW. How constant can the Tigers be?
USC has the identical drawback as Michigan in that they really have solely been examined by a feisty Oregon State workforce. Defensively, they haven’t been as much as snuff; they’re 57th in whole yards allowed per sport and thirty first in factors allowed per sport. Ultimately, they’ll run into a reliable offense who may give them issues.
The voters appear to have extra religion in these prime three groups given they don’t come across the best way to the Faculty Soccer Playoff. The fourth workforce? We nonetheless don’t know.