Week 7 of the school soccer season supplied followers with extra readability on the prime of the game and extra turnover on the backside of the AP Prime 25 ballot. The most recent AP ballot was launched Sunday afternoon and it includes a totally different group at No. 3 by means of No. 9 in comparison with final week, plus three new names within the 20s.
This is every little thing you want to know in regards to the newest AP ballot.
A brand new-look prime 5
Week 7 of the school soccer season was certain to deliver modifications close to the highest of the AP ballot with arguably the most important sport of the season up to now: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Georgia. The Crimson Tide gained going away, 41-24, however the Bulldogs fell only one spot to No. 4.
A end result that school 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 24-0 lead within the first half. So the Tar Heels, too, fell within the AP ballot for Week 8. They’re now at No. 14 – a nine-spot drop that was the most important of any group within the Week 8 AP ballot.
With Georgia and North Carolina each taking a tumble, albeit to totally different levels, Notre Dame climbed to No. 3 and Ohio State, which is able to play its first sport of the season on Saturday, Oct. 24, moved as much as No. 5.
On this younger 2020 school soccer season, Florida and North Carolina have climbed into the highest 5 of the AP ballot, solely to fall quickly thereafter.
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However the prime two groups solidified their standing
As has turn into customary throughout a lot of the School 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 powerful win over then-No. 3 Georgia.
Clemson retained its Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback from final season, Trevor Lawrence (24-of-32, 404 yards, 5 touchdowns on Saturday), whereas Alabama’s new starter, Mac Jones, is enjoying like he may very well 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 acquired 54 of a attainable 62 first-place votes with Alabama receiving the remainder. For reference, the hole between the variety of votes No. 2 Alabama acquired and No. 3 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 5-0 after beating Houston 43-26 on Friday. On Sunday, they had 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 5-0 document, and if colleges proceed to fail to carry onto their top-10 rankings, BYU may slowly however steadily climb within the ballot. A highway journey to Boise State in November is the sport that can 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 8, BYU enjoying, and profitable, soccer video games has been one of many few constant components of the 2020 season.
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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 8, 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 subsequent day.
After Week 8, there’ll not be a (0-0) document subsequent to the names of Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and the remainder of the convention. A 1-0 document will start to validate their rankings, and an 0-1 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 8: 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 4-0 after profitable a complete of 13 video games of their final three seasons.
The Thundering Herd is ranked for the primary time for the reason that 2014 season, behind Marshall’s 4-0 begin in 2020.
In the meantime, NC State improved to 4-1 with a 31-20 win over Duke on Saturday.
What to look at in Week 8
School soccer followers will expertise an excellent downside in Week 8, answering the query “What’s the very best sport 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 significant defeat to Kentucky in Week 7.
No. 4 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.
May No. 9 Cincinnati at No. 16 SMU have potential School 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 recognized to topple some mighty opponents, pull off one other huge win, this time at residence in opposition to No. 3 Notre Dame? Can Indiana catch No. 8 Penn State in Bloomington?
Week 8 will mark essentially the most video games in a school soccer weekend to date this season, and there is no scarcity of compelling matchups to alternate between in your TV this Saturday.