Week 7 of the school soccer season supplied followers with extra readability on the high of the game and extra turnover on the backside of the AP Prime 25 ballot. The latest AP poll was released Sunday afternoon and it encompasses a completely different group at No. three by No. 9 in comparison with final week, plus three new names within the 20s.
This is every part you’ll want to know in regards to the newest AP ballot.
A brand new-look high 5
Week 7 of the school soccer season was certain to deliver modifications close to the highest of the AP Prime 25 ballot with arguably the most important recreation of the season to this point: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. three Georgia. The Crimson Tide gained going away, 41-24, however the Bulldogs fell only one spot to No. Four.
A outcome that faculty soccer followers could not have seen coming was unranked Florida State’s 31-28 win over No. 5 North Carolina, wherein the Seminoles jumped out to a 24-Zero lead within the first half. So the Tar Heels, too, fell within the AP ballot for Week eight. They’re now at No. 14 – a nine-spot drop that was the most important of any group within the Week eight AP ballot.
With Georgia and North Carolina each taking a tumble, albeit to completely different levels, Notre Dame climbed to No. three and Ohio State, which is able to play its first recreation of the season on Saturday, Oct. 24, moved as much as No. 5.
On this younger 2020 faculty soccer season, Florida and North Carolina have climbed into the highest 5 of the AP ballot, solely to fall quickly thereafter.
However the high two groups solidified their standing
As has change into commonplace throughout a lot of the Faculty Soccer Playoff period, Clemson and Alabama are No. 1 and No. 2 within the sport – in some order. After a monstrous 73-7 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, the Tigers held onto the No. 1 rating regardless of the Crimson Tide additionally having a formidable win over then-No. three Georgia.
Clemson retained its Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback from final season, Trevor Lawrence (24-of-32, 404 yards, 5 TD on Saturday), whereas Alabama’s new starter, Mac Jones, is enjoying like he could possibly be in that dialog, too. Jones was additionally 24-of-32 passing, for 417 yards and 4 touchdowns in opposition to Georgia’s vaunted protection.
Clemson obtained 54 of a potential 62 first-place votes with Alabama receiving the remainder. For reference, the hole between the variety of votes No. 2 Alabama obtained and No. three Notre Dame (157 votes), is roughly the identical hole that separates No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 11 Miami (FL) within the newest ballot.
BYU’s climb continues
The Cougars are 5-Zero after beating Houston 43-26 on Saturday. On Sunday, they have been rewarded with a two-spot enchancment to No. 12 within the AP ballot.
No. 1 Clemson, No. 16 SMU and fellow unbiased Liberty are the one different colleges within the nation that may declare a 5-Zero report, and if colleges proceed to fail to carry onto their top-10 rankings, BYU might slowly however steadily climb within the ballot. A highway journey to Boise State in November is the sport that may decide simply how excessive the Cougars can soar within the ballot, however as they’ve improved from unranked within the preseason to No. 12 in Week eight, BYU enjoying, and profitable, soccer video games has been one of many few constant elements of the 2020 season.
The Large Ten is again
Is Ohio State the No. 5 group within the nation? How shut are the Nittany Lions to the Buckeyes?
Will Wisconsin or Minnesota problem for the Large Ten Championship out of the Large Ten West?
Beginning in Week eight, we’ll begin to have solutions to those questions in the end. The Large Ten formally kicks off its season on Friday, Oct. 23, when No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Illinois. The remainder of the groups within the convention are scheduled to kick off their seasons the following day.
After Week eight, there’ll not be a (Zero-Zero) report subsequent to the names of Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and the remainder of the convention. A 1-Zero report will start to validate their rankings, and an Zero-1 mark would change how AP ballot voters perceived these Large Ten frontrunners coming into the season.
Welcome to the membership Marshall, NC State and Coastal Carolina
Three new groups joined the AP ballot in Week eight: No. 22 Marshall, No. 23 NC State and No. 25 Coastal Carolina. It’s Coastal Carolina’s first time being ranked since becoming a member of the FBS ranks within the 2017 season because the Chanticleers are Four-Zero after profitable a complete of 13 video games of their final three seasons.
The Thundering Herd is ranked for the primary time because the 2014 season, behind Marshall’s Four-Zero begin in 2020.
In the meantime, NC State improved to Four-1 with a 31-20 win over Duke on Saturday.
What to observe in Week eight
Faculty soccer followers will expertise downside in Week eight, answering the query “What’s one of the best recreation of the week?”
No. 2 Alabama will go to now-unranked Tennessee, which fell from No. 18, because the Volunteers look to get proper after a serious defeat to Kentucky in Week 7.
No. Four Georgia will attempt to rebound on the highway in opposition to the aforementioned Wildcats.
No. 6 Oklahoma State will host No. 17 Iowa State within the Large 12’s solely ranked-on-ranked matchup of the week.
Might No. 9 Cincinnati at No. 16 SMU have potential Faculty Soccer Playoff implications?
No. 18 Michigan and No. 21 Minnesota will meet in the one ranked matchup within the Large Ten’s return.
Can Pitt, which has been identified to topple some mighty opponents, pull off one other huge win, this time at residence in opposition to No. three Notre Dame? Can Indiana catch No. eight Penn State in Bloomington?
Week eight will mark essentially the most video games in a school soccer weekend thus far this season, and there is no scarcity of compelling matchups to alternate between in your TV on Saturday.