College soccer rankings: Georgia tops RJ Young’s prime 25

By RJ Younger
FOX Sports activities College Soccer Author

Following an entertaining Week 1 in school soccer, the query I most need answered is that this: Who’s going to beat this Georgia group? 

On Saturday, the defending champs opened their season by throttling the Oregon Geese, a group that is not solely ranked No. 11 within the AP prime 25, however which is led by former Bulldogs defensive coordinator Dan Lanning. Not solely that, the Dawgs made it look simple.

Maybe 2022 will not look that dissimilar from 2021 in spite of everything.

1. Georgia (1-0)

Defeated Oregon, 49-3

The Bulldogs took this second to remind us all that they are the defending nationwide champs, notching probably the most lopsided win by one ranked opponent over one other all weekend. Whereas the main focus for a Kirby Sensible group is often on the protection, quarterback Stetson Bennett was the star, finishing 25 of 31 makes an attempt for 368 passing yards and accounting for 4 complete TDs earlier than getting the hook late within the third quarter.

2. Alabama (1-0)

Defeated Utah State, 55-0

Reigning Heisman winner Bryce Younger recorded 5 TDs within the first half in opposition to the Mountain West champion Aggies, and Pete Golding’s protection gave up completely nothing. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide would possibly effectively be heading in the right direction for an additional SEC and nationwide title tilt in opposition to UGA.

3. Ohio State (1-0)

Defeated Notre Dame, 21-10

The Buckeyes confirmed large coronary heart getting back from a 10-7 halftime deficit to win on the Shoe in opposition to a top-10 Notre Dame. With out star wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba for many of the recreation, quarterback CJ Stroud fashioned a partnership with Emeka Egbuka that allowed the Buckeyes to maneuver to 1-0.

No. 2 Ohio State outlasts No. 5 Notre Dame

No. 2 Ohio State outlasts No. 5 Notre Dame

RJ Younger breaks down Ohio State’s 21-10 victory over Notre Dame. C.J. Stroud was big for the Buckeyes, finishing 24 of 34 passes for 223 yards.

4. Texas A&M (1-0)

Defeated FCS Sam Houston State, 31-0

The Aggies appear to be they’re going to be conserving tempo with Alabama within the SEC West with a 31-0 win in opposition to a Sam Houston State program in transition. After beating out quarterback Max Johnson for the beginning job, Haynes King accomplished 20 of 31 makes an attempt for 364 yards, with three TDs and two INTs.

5. Notre Dame (0-1)

Misplaced to Ohio State, 21-10

I believe Ohio State may find yourself taking part in within the College Soccer Playoff — if not the nationwide title recreation — and Notre Dame had the Buckeyes on the ropes within the third quarter. The Irish gave up two TDs and have been held scoreless within the second half, however lined the unfold (17 factors) and threatened the Buckeyes each offensively and defensively.

6. Michigan State (1-0)

Defeated Western Michigan, 35-13

With Kenneth Walker III within the NFL, Spartans coach Mel Tucker wanted to discover a new bell-cow again within the offseason. He discovered two. Wisconsin switch Jalen Berger and Colorado switch Jarek Broussard mixed for 174 dashing yards on 26 carries.

7. Baylor (1-0)

Defeated FCS Albany, 69-10

Bears quarterback Blake Shapen stays scarily environment friendly. He hit 17 of 20 passes for 214 yards and a TD, whereas the Bear dashing assault gained 259 yards of their season-opener.

8. Arkansas (1-0)

Defeated Cincinnati, 31-24

The Razorbacks earned their first Week 1 win in opposition to a ranked opponent since 1975. Quarterback KJ Jefferson posted 285 complete yards and 4 TDs within the win.

9. Utah (0-1)

Misplaced to Florida, 29-26

The Utes got here up simply quick in a recreation that was tight the entire method on the highway in opposition to the second-best group within the SEC East. The Utes gave up 15 factors within the fourth quarter after main 19-14 to begin the interval.

Florida upsets No. 7 Utah

Florida upsets No. 7 Utah

RJ Younger breaks down the Florida Gators’ upset victory over No. 7 Utah, discussing the all-around nice efficiency by QB Anthony Richardson.

10. Clemson

The Tigers are a 22.5-point favourite in opposition to Georgia Tech of their season-opener on Labor Day.

11. Oklahoma (1-0)

Defeated College of Texas El-Paso, 45-13

With Lincoln Riley at USC, many requested if Brent Venables may put collectively a workers that might rating factors. Not solely did the Sooners put up 45 in Venables’ debut, additionally they did so with out turning the ball over whereas limiting the Miners to only 316 complete yards.

12. USC (1-0)

Defeated Rice, 66-14

The Riley period started with loads of factors on offense, and a protection that proved itself to be simply as succesful. Alex Grinch’s D took three INTs again for TDs in opposition to the Owls, together with one by Alabama switch and linebacker Shane Lee.

Quarterback Caleb Williams accounted for 317 complete yards and two TDs in his debut on the Coliseum.

13. Oklahoma State (1-0)

Defeated Central Michigan, 58-44

The Cowboys opened the season with 44 factors within the first half in opposition to Central Michigan, however gave up 44 factors to the Chippewas at residence. Pokes defensive coordinator Derek Mason must shore up his unit’s tackling earlier than the convention slate kicks off, or it could possibly be an extended season. 

14. Brigham Younger (1-0)

Defeated South Florida, 50-21

BYU led 35-0 with 7:19 left within the second quarter. That is who the Cougars have grow to be, and it is a cause to be cautious in the event that they’re in your group’s schedule this season.

15. Minnesota (1-0)

Defeated New Mexico State, 38-0

Mo Ibrahim stepped again onto the sphere for the primary time since Week 1 of 2021 and picked up the place he left off, notching his tenth consecutive 100-yard dashing efficiency. The Gophers can go.

16. Florida (1-0)

Defeated Utah, 29-26

Led by quarterback Anthony Richardson, the Gators rushed for 283 yards in opposition to the Utes in Billy Napier’s debut as head coach — giving him his first win in opposition to a top-10 opponent as an SEC head coach.

17. Michigan (1-0)

Defeated Colorado State, 51-7

This was Michigan’s largest season-opening win since 2016. Whereas the jury remains to be out on who the beginning quarterback might be, Wolverines defensive coordinator Jesse Minter answered the query of who will fill the void left by EDGE gamers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo with former five-star Eyabi Anoma and Mike Morris displaying up in an enormous method on Saturday.

Anoma formally joined the group simply three weeks earlier than the season started and recorded his first sack as a Wolverine on Saturday. In the meantime, Morris is so athletic at 6-foot-6, 292 kilos, that Minter had him in a stand-up, foot-nine-technique — an out of doors linebacker place — at occasions throughout the recreation.

Michigan, Oklahoma roll in Week 1

Michigan, Oklahoma roll in Week 1

RJ Younger discusses Brent Venables profitable in his Oklahoma Sooners’ debut, in addition to Michigan’s Week 1 romp.

18. Iowa (1-0)

Defeated FCS South Dakota State, 7-3

Iowa has by no means suffered from an id disaster, and its season-opener in opposition to the No. 3-ranked group within the FCS was no totally different. The Hawkeyes turned the primary group since at the very least 2000 to win 7-3 with out scoring a TD — two safeties and a area purpose is all Kirk Ferentz’s group wanted.

If you happen to’re gonna beat Iowa this yr, pack a lunch and convey a rock to struggle with.

19. Mississippi (1-0)

Defeated Troy, 28-10

The Jaxson Dart period was a bit underwhelming with the USC switch finishing simply 18 of 27 passes for 154 yards with one TD and an INT. Nonetheless, Lane Kiffin will definitely take the win to open the weekend.

20. North Carolina State (1-0)

Defeated East Carolina, 21-20

After leaping out to a 21-7 lead at half, the Wolfpack narrowly held off a double-digit comeback try from ECU after kicker Owen Daffer missed a game-tying additional level after which a possible game-winning area purpose. N.C. State coach Dave Doeren will hope this recreation is an aberration and never an indication of what is to return.

The Wolfpack is 29-0 when main by 14 or extra since 2015.

21. Miami (1-0)

Defeated FCS Bethune-Cookman, 70-13

The Hurricanes scored at the very least 14 factors in each quarter — together with 28 within the second — of their win. Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke accomplished 13 of 16 passes for 193 yards with two TDs earlier than calling it a day.

22. Houston (1-0)

Defeated the College of Texas-San Antonio, 37-35 in 3OT

The Cougars scored 17 factors within the fourth quarter to pressure additional time. Quarterback Clayton Tune completed with 257 complete yards and 4 complete TDs within the thriller.

23. Texas (1-0)

Defeated Louisiana-Monroe, 52-10

Quarterback Quinn Ewers’ debut featured him finishing 16 of 24 passes for 225 yards with two TDs and one foolish INT.

24. Wisconsin (1-0)

Defeated Illinois State, 38-0

Braelon Allen remains to be a dude. He rushed for 148 yards with two TDs on simply 14 carries.

25. Tennessee (1-0)

Defeated Ball State, 59-10

The Vols led 52-3 after three quarters. Quarterback Hendon Hooker accomplished 18 of 25 passes for 221 yards with two TDs.

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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