College soccer rankings: Big Ten stays the course, Pac-12 hit with turmoil

Ohio State took aside Indiana with out two of its greatest gamers on the sphere in operating again TreVeyon Henderson and wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba. 

The Buckeyes performed just a little greater than a complete half of soccer with only one scholarship operating again after Miyan Williams was pressured to go away the sport. The Buckeyes protection, nonetheless, notched almost as many sacks of Indiana quarterbacks (5) as factors allowed within the third quarter (seven). 

In the meantime, the Michigan Wolverines have labored onerous to persuade everybody exterior of Columbus, Ohio, that they’ll repeat as Big Ten champions. Blake Corum put collectively one other monster day with 28 rushes for 168 yards and a TD, whereas the Michigan protection allowed simply three factors in a win in opposition to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. 

Now, all eyes are on Ohio State and Michigan, as each keep on the right track to satisfy as unbeatens for the primary time in 16 years on Nov. 26.

Over within the Pac-12, in the meantime, issues had been solid into turmoil Saturday as two groups with inside tracks to the convention championship sport — Oregon and UCLA — each misplaced at residence. 

No. 2 Ohio State picks up dominant victory

No. 2 Ohio State picks up dominant victory

RJ Younger reacts to C.J. Stroud and Ohio State’s spectacular victory over the Indiana Hoosiers, with an eye fixed forward towards the Big Sport vs. Michigan.

1. Georgia (10-0)

Defeated Mississippi State, 45-19

The defending nationwide champions performed prefer it. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett outdueled one of the vital prolific passers in league historical past in Will Rogers, finishing 25 of 37 for 289 yards and three TDs, with two INTs. Rogers accomplished 29 of 51 for 261 with a TD.

2. Ohio State (10-0)

Defeated Indiana, 56-14

The Buckeyes comported themselves like a CFP crew. Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for 297 yards with 5 TDs in a win the place TreVeyon Henderson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba had been unavailable, and operating again Miyan Williams was carted off with a first-half damage.

Williams rushed for 147 yards and TD on simply 15 carries. The Buckeyes at full energy would show a handful for the Wolverines.

3. Michigan (10-0)

Defeated Nebraska, 34-3

With the win, the Wolverines moved one week nearer to an undefeated showdown in opposition to the Buckeyes for Big Ten East supremacy. If the Buckeyes and Wolverines stay good by Week 12, it will likely be the primary time since 2006 that they’ve each entered their matchup undefeated.

4. TCU (10-0)

Defeated Texas, 17-10

The Horned Frogs responded to being a seven-point underdog to the Longhorns by holding the UT offense with no TD and irritating former No. 1 total recruit and Ohio State quarterback switch Quinn Ewers. Ewers completed simply 17 of 39 for 171 yards, whereas 1,000-yard operating again Bijan Robinson ran the ball simply 12 occasions for 29 yards.

The Horned Frogs clinched a spot within the Big 12 title sport and are three wins away from taking part in within the CFP.

No. 4 TCU stays undefeated

No. 4 TCU stays undefeated

RJ Younger reacts to No. 4 TCU’s win over Texas, and explains why this sport was so very important for TCU to win.

5. Tennessee (9-1)

Defeated Missouri, 66-24

On Senior Day, the Volunteers shook off their loss to the defending nationwide champions with a school-record 724 yards in a dismantling of the Tigers.

6. USC (9-1)

Defeated Colorado, 55-17

The win got here at the price of operating again Travis Dye, who had been the Trojans’ most constant offensive performer not named Caleb Williams. His decrease leg damage will power him to overlook the rest of the season and vault Stanford switch Austin Jones into the characteristic again place forward of a Pac-12 showdown in opposition to the UCLA Bruins. 

7. LSU (8-2)

Defeated Arkansas, 13-10

Behind among the finest defensive performances by any participant this season, Harold Perkins (4 sacks, two pressured fumbles, one cross breakup) and the Bayou Bengals moved one step nearer to securing the SEC West title in Brian Kelly’s first season in Baton Rouge.

8. Alabama (8-2)

Defeated Ole Miss, 30-24

The Tide fought again from a double-digit deficit — twice — to prevail over Ole Miss. Alabama demonstrates the energy of the SEC as it’s simply the fourth-best crew within the convention however among the many prime 10 on this rating.

9. North Carolina (9-1)

Defeated Wake Forest, 36-34

The win secures UNC’s spot within the ACC Championship Sport with a New Yr’s Six bowl look on the road. Drake Maye continued his hunt for a Heisman ceremony invitation with one other excellent efficiency.

Maye accounted for 519 yards — 448 by the air — and 4 whole TDs within the win.

10. Oregon (8-2)

Misplaced to Washington, 37-34

Dan Lanning made the curious choice to go for it on fourth-and-1 with 1:34 left to play on the Oregon 34-yard line in a 34-34 sport — and together with his backup quarterback behind heart. Operating again Noah Whittington slipped and fell within the backfield, and that gave the Washington Huskies the prospect to kick the game-winning subject purpose, ruining the Geese’ CFP possibilities.

Washington upsets Oregon

Washington upsets Oregon

RJ Younger reacts to Washington’s 37-34 victory over Oregon and discusses why the Huskies should not be neglected.

11. Clemson (9-1)

Defeated Louisville, 31-16

Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei received again on the nice foot with 217 whole yards and two whole TDs of their quest to maintain tempo with North Carolina as the 2 greatest groups within the ACC. Just like the Tar Heels, the Tigers have clinched a spot within the convention title sport.

12. UCLA (8-2)

Misplaced to Arizona, 34-28

Zach Charbonnet’s large sport — 23 carries for 182 yards and three touchdowns — was all for naught because the Bruins could not decelerate the Wildcats.

13. Penn State (8-2)

Defeated Maryland, 30-0

With the win, Penn State stored its Rose Bowl hopes alive. Freshman phenom Nick Singleton rushed for 122 yards with two TDs, however the spotlight of the sport was Nittany Lions coach James Franklin pumping out 15 push-ups on the sideline after he picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

14. Ole Miss (8-2)

Misplaced to Alabama, 30-24

The Rebels have misplaced simply two video games this season. This one marked the double: the SEC West champion in 2021 and 2022 are the one groups to beat the Rebels this season.

Alabama escapes vs. Ole Miss

Alabama escapes vs. Ole Miss

RJ Younger discusses how Alabama’s protection rose to the event in a victory over Ole Miss.

15. Utah (8-2)

Defeated Stanford, 42-7

Do not look now, however the Utes have received 4 straight, permitting simply 44 factors throughout their final three video games.

16. Washington (8-2)

Defeated Oregon, 37-34

After giving up almost 600 yards of offense and over 300 yards dashing to Oregon, the Husky protection got here up massive on fourth-and-1 with a cease on the UO 34-yard line. Peyton Henry kicked the game-winner from 43 yards out to earn the win.

17. Central Florida (8-2)

Defeated Tulane, 38-31

UCF used the chance to vault into place to earn the at-large spot for a New Yr’s Six bowl look within the Cotton Bowl — offered the Knights can win the American Athletic Convention title.

18. Notre Dame (7-3)

Defeated Navy, 35-32

Drew Pyne accomplished 17 of 21 passes for 269 cross yards with 5 whole TDs within the win, however the play of the sport got here on an underthrown cross from Pyne that wideout Braden Lenzy pinned to a Navy DB’s again to finish a exceptional catch.

19. Kansas State (7-3)

Defeated Baylor, 31-3

The Wildcats held BU scoreless within the second half. Tremendous-sub Will Howard got here off the bench once more — finishing 19 of 27 passes for 196 yards and three TDs —  to steer Ok-State into sole possession of second place in a congested race for the final spot within the Big 12 Championship Sport.

20. Duke (7-3)

Defeated Virginia Tech, 24-7

Mike Elko may win ACC Coach of the Yr for what he’s been capable of do at Duke in Yr 1 — seven wins two weeks earlier than Thanksgiving at a program that hasn’t received seven in a season since 2018 and will nonetheless earn simply its second 10-win season at school historical past.

21. Florida State (7-3)

Defeated Syracuse, 38-3

FSU quarterback Jordan Travis and operating again Trey Benson powered the Noles previous the Orangemen. For Benson, he recorded his third 100-yard dashing efficiency in a row and fourth of the season whereas Travis threw three TD passes.

22. Minnesota (7-3)

Defeated Northwestern, 31-3

The Gophers rode operating again Mohamed Ibrahim but once more to a decisive win. Ibrahim had 178 dashing yards and three TDs on 36 carries in opposition to the Wildcats. He’s amassed 1,083 rush yards this season. Ibrahim has rushed for not less than 100 yards in each sport he’s performed since Oct. 24, 2020 — an 18-game streak.

Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim strides into the top zone

Minnesota's Mohamed Ibrahim strides into the end zone

Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim scored his third landing of the sport in opposition to Northwestern on Saturday.

23. Coastal Carolina (9-1)

Defeated Southern Miss, 26-23

Taking part in with out star quarterback Grayson McCall, the Chanticleers managed a gutsy win in opposition to Golden Eagles to clinch the Solar Belt East Division title and hold themselves within the hunt for that coveted Group of 5 at-large bid to the Cotton Bowl.

24. Tulane (8-2)

Misplaced to UCF, 38-31

The loss is a setback for the Inexperienced Wave’s NY6 bowl aspirations and means Tulane fell right into a three-way tie for first place within the American with Cincinnati and UCF. And UCF holds the tiebreaker over Cincy and Tulane. 

Nonetheless, Tulane and Cincy end the common season in opposition to one another and the winner of that sport will get a second likelihood to defeat UCF.

25. Troy (8-2)

Defeated Military, 10-9

The Trojans have received seven in a row, struggling losses to Appalachian State — who beat Texas A&M on the street — and a top-25 Ole Miss squad. With two video games to play, they’ll clinch the Solar Belt West Division with a win in opposition to Louisiana-Monroe subsequent Saturday to arrange a scrumptious Solar Belt title sport in opposition to the Chants in December.

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RJ Younger is a nationwide school soccer author and analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the podcast “The Number One College Football Show.” Observe him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.


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