faculty football Rankings: B/R's accurate 25 After Week 1 - Bleacher document

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Ohio State's C.J. Stroud led the Buckeyes to victory over Notre Dame (AP photograph/David Dermer)

it be best Week 1 of the 2022 faculty soccer season, however the Pac-12 is unluckily already in midseason form, at once playing its means out of the school soccer Playoff conversation.

smartly, now not thoroughly. AP No. 14 USC did put a 66-14 hurting on Rice with help from not one, now not two, but three pick sixes. but No. 11 Oregon received destroyed via No. three Georgia, and No. 7 Utah went into the Gainesville swamp and got here away with an L towards an unranked Florida.

quickly unranked, it really is.

After knocking off Utah in Billy Napier's debut as head train, the Gators are going to skyrocket into the AP poll, maybe the entire manner into the appropriate 10. Anthony Richardson become every bit as electric powered as we remembered from when he became suit early closing season, and they are as a minimum a appropriate 10 crew now as far as Bleacher document's school soccer consultants—David Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Morgan Moriarty and Brad Shepard—are involved.

while that upset became going down on Saturday night, AP No. 2 Ohio State regularly asserted its will for a 21-10 victory over No. 5 Notre Dame within the opening weekend's main adventure.

It was contact and go there for a while with the fighting Irish gaining 54 yards (69 if you count number the 15 yard roughing the passer penalty) on the very first snap of the video game, adopted through the Buckeyes dropping Jaxon Smith-Njigba to a leg damage (fingers crossed that it's not the rest serious) midway throughout the first quarter. but Ohio State simply had too plenty ability, too a lot sturdiness and too tons Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson to be denied a marquee victory.

we can replace these rankings on Monday night if Clemson struggles or even loses to Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A kickoff, but while we stay up for that last game of Week 1, here is what our consensus top 25 feels like heading into Week 2:

1. Alabama (previous Rank: 1)2. Georgia (3)3. Ohio State (2)4. Clemson (four)5. Michigan (eight)6. Texas A&M (7)7. Florida (NR)eight. Oklahoma (15)9. USC (eleven)10. Notre Dame (5)11. Arkansas (sixteen)12. Michigan State (12)13. Miami (17)14 (tie). Baylor (14)14 (tie). BYU (23)14 (tie). Wisconsin (18)17. Oklahoma State (9)18. Utah (6)19. Tennessee (NR)20. Pittsburgh (25)21. Penn State (19t)22. Kentucky (24)23. Houston (19t)24. Texas (22)25. NC State (10)

also Receiving Votes: Ole miss, Wake forest, Mississippi State

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Georgia's Stetson Bennett (Todd Kirkland/Getty photographs)

After breaking via and successful the 2019 national championship, LSU had 14 players taken within the NFL draft... and consequently crashed and burned.

but if you have been involved that reigning countrywide champion Georgia could undergo an analogous destiny after having 15 avid gamers (together with 5 first-rounders) taken within the 2022 NFL draft, Saturday's 49-three annihilation of No. 11 Oregon should have quelled those irrational fears.

The passing attack changed into darn close flawless. Stetson Bennett did most of the work, however Carson Beck also contributed to the 439 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The Bulldogs averaged practically 12 yards per pass attempt towards what became imagined to be an outstanding Oregon defense under new head educate (and former UGA DC) Dan Lanning.

simultaneously, it was Georgia's defense that dominated the day, picking off Bo Nix twice within the video game's first 20 minutes and limiting the ducks to only 1 box goal. prior to a meaningless prolonged pressure in the remaining 10 minutes, Oregon had a modest 221 yards of complete offense.

The Dawgs did not get any sacks in this one, so it wasn't quite the equal "Holy cow, how is any one going to rating in opposition t this defense?!" class of statement that they made in final year's season opener against Clemson. nevertheless, it became a dominant performance, as a minimum on par with what they used to do to Nix when he changed into the quarterback at Auburn for the past three years.

If even Oregon could not remotely challenge this Georgia group, it legitimately may now not face a stiff verify except the projected SEC championship showdown with Alabama. The Bulldogs most effective have one different video game on the agenda against a ranked opponent, and that online game at AP No. 20 Kentucky is 2-and-a-half months away.

Get used to seeing these guys at or near the suitable of the rankings.

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NC State's Devin Leary (supply Halverson/Getty photos)

The respectable news is NC State failed to basically lose its season opener at East Carolina.

The dangerous news is the No. 10 team in our preseason rankings could not have perhaps impressed less self assurance in its 21-20 victory over the Pirates.

With aid from a blocked punt recovered for a landing, the Wolfpack carried a 21-7 lead into the intermission. but what we notion can be one of the crucial strong offensive attacks in the nation this season was held without some extent from that aspect ahead.

It wasn't for lack of chance. On one force, the Wolfpack marched seventy four yards down the box before fumbling on the ecu 1. And on their subsequent possession, they had 1st and intention on the eu 1 earlier than Demie Sumo-Karngbaye got stuffed at the intention line on four consecutive carries.

That was the beginning of a stretch of more than 12 minutes by which the Wolfpack offense ran 10 performs for minus-4 yards with an interception and a turnover on downs.

in the meantime, ecu received what appeared like the online game-tying landing until Owen Daffer missed the extra element. He obtained a chance at redemption when an NC State three-and-out left the Pirates with a lot of time to get into container-goal range. sadly, Daffer pushed the would-be online game-winning forty two-yard attempt extensive appropriate, enabling the Wolfpack to break out by means of the hair on its chinny chin chin.

All due recognize to european—which did win seven video games remaining season and which has one of the most experienced quarterbacks within the nation in Holten Ahlers—but this game would not have come down to the wire. since it did, we're left to significantly query if NC State is basically a precise candidate to dethrone Clemson in the ACC.

The Wolfpack plummet in our rankings from No. 10 to No. 25.

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Cincinnati's Ben Bryant (Wesley Hitt/Getty images)

well, the dream of No. 23 Cincinnati going to lower back-to-lower back school football Playoffs is already useless.

Had the Bearcats gained their season opener at No. 19 Arkansas, the "Undefeated Season Watch" would were formally underway. street games towards SMU and UCF in late October won't be easy, but they definitely may still win every of their final 11 video games if they're even 85 p.c pretty much as good as they have got been during the last few years.

alas, Cincinnati bought out to a painfully gradual birth in the first half in Fayetteville and couldn't thoroughly get better, falling to the Hogs with the aid of a closing ranking of 31-24.

On Cincinnati's opening power of the season, Ben Bryant led the Bearcats all the way down to just backyard the red zone before Arkansas DB Dwight McGlothern jumped an out route for an interception and back 51 yards to flip the field.

Cincinnati had two other lengthy first-half drives that resulted in overlooked box goals.

however despite digging themselves an early 14-0 gap on the road, they did essentially claw the entire approach returned.

On three consecutive possessions in the 2d half, they bought the ball into Arkansas territory, wanting a touchdown to tie the video game. as an alternative, they came away with a container intention from a drive that began on the Arkansas 3, a punt on a drive that obtained as deep as the Arkansas 21 and a again-breaking strip-sack after an astounding Tre Tucker punt return.

Cincinnati did not look bad, racking up 438 total yards towards an SEC defense. This may also well still be the group of five's representative in the New year's Six for a 3rd consecutive 12 months. It effectively shot itself within the foot a few too repeatedly on this afternoon and suffered its first loss outside of bowl season considering the fact that the 2019 AAC championship in opposition t Memphis.

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Texas' Steve Sarkisian and Bijan Robinson (Tim Warner/Getty pictures)

First and top of the line on the Week 2 slate is the noon ET showdown between AP No. 1 Alabama and unranked Texas. it's the first time in over a decade that the Crimson Tide have performed a real highway video game towards a power 5 nonconference opponent, and it comes towards Nick Saban's former assistant, Steve Sarkisian.

should still be a fit weight-reduction plan of rat poison over the next seven days.

The lone matchup between teams from the preseason AP poll is the nightcap (10:15 p.m. ET) of No. 25 BYU hosting No. 10 Baylor. The Cougars have overwhelmed at the least one ranked opponent in every of the past 4 seasons, but they lost to the Bears in Waco in closing 12 months's assembly. a bit revenge in Provo would get BYU into the style-too-early college football Playoff dialog.

Tennessee at No. 17 Pittsburgh (3:30 p.m. ET) should also be a battle between ranked groups when the brand new AP poll comes out in a couple of days. The Panthers seem to construct on a chaotic Week 1 win over West Virginia in the reanimated yard Brawl while the may still-be-ranked Volunteers get capable for a big look at various after making brief work of Ball State on Thursday.

after which there is a trio of primary conference showdowns, and not using a. 19 Arkansas hosting South Carolina (noon ET), No. 20 Kentucky at Florida (7 p.m. ET) and No. 14 USC at Stanford (7:30 p.m. ET).

whereas there is nothing rather on the level of Oregon-Georgia or Notre Dame-Ohio State, Week 2 should still be every bit as wonderful as Week 1 has been—albeit contained virtually entirely to in the future instead of spaced out over a a hundred-hour window.

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