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After a chaotic second week stuffed with upsets, the third week of the 2022 school soccer season was considerably milder. Nonetheless, there was loads of motion close to the underside of the ballot, with a number of groups rising due to robust wins on the highway.
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Penn State was the largest riser in our ballot this week after the Nittany Lions crushed Auburn in a hostile highway surroundings down in Alabama. That’s two huge wins away from State Faculty in three weeks for Penn State, which opened the season with a victory over Purdue in West Lafayette. These are outcomes worthy of leaping from unranked to top-15 in our ballot this week.
Right here is NJ Advance Media’s full AP Top 25 poll for Week 3 of the school soccer season, together with the adjustments from our earlier ballot alongside every group’s file, together with some takeaways under it (the total AP Ballot is launched at midday; we’ll replace this put up when it’s out):
1) Georgia (3-0)
2) Alabama (3-0)
3) Ohio State (3-0)
4) Michigan (3-0)
5) Clemson (3-0)
6) Oklahoma (3-0)
7) USC (3-0)
8) Oklahoma State (3-0)
9) Kentucky (3-0)
10) Arkansas (3-0) (+1)
11) North Carolina State (2-0) (+2)
12) Penn State (3-0) (beforehand unranked)
13) Wake Forest (3-0) (+5)
14) Ole Miss (3-0) (+5)
15) Oregon (2-1) (beforehand unranked)
16) BYU (2-1) (-6)
17) Florida (2-1) (-4)
18) Utah (1-1) (-3)
19) Texas (1-1) (-2)
20) Baylor (1-1) (-4)
21) Miami (2-1) (-9)
22) Kansas (3-0) (beforehand unranked)
23) Syracuse (3-0) (beforehand unranked)
24) Tennessee (3-0) (-4)
25) Minnesota (3-0) (beforehand unranked)
Additionally thought-about (in alphabetical order): Cincinnati, Florida State, Texas A&M, Washington.
Dropped out: Michigan State (21), Kansas State (22), Mississippi State (23), Texas Tech (24), Florida State (25)
Largest risers: Penn State (unranked to No. 12), Oregon (unranked to No. 15), Kansas (unranked to No. 22), Syracuse (unranked to No. 23).
Rewarding high-quality wins: We had Penn State unranked final week, however the Nittany Lions are 3-0 with highway wins over Purdue and Auburn, the latter of which an emphatic one. They should be above the one-loss groups within the ballot, even when these losses got here to elite competitors.
Syracuse jumped into the highest 20 after beating the Boilermakers in a thriller (poor Purdue) this weekend to go together with a season-opening win over Louisville. Kansas, who beat West Virginia and Houston on the highway, obtained the same bump.
Georgia Tech will not be good, however Ole Miss’ 42-0 thumping of the Yellow Jackets on the highway stays mighty spectacular.
The two-1 terminal: There’s a block of six 2-1 groups who all have respectable losses. We organized them utilizing the power of the opponent they misplaced to and the 2 opponents they beat. We didn’t really feel any of the 3-0 groups under them had robust sufficient wins to surpass them.
Robust day for backside of final week’s ballot: Of the 4 groups we launched on the backside of my ballot final week, three of them misplaced: Kansas State was shocked by Tulane, Mississippi State misplaced to LSU and Texas Tech fell to NC State. The trio was dropped from the ballot together with Michigan State, who we had ranked twenty first, after the Spartans bought spanked in Seattle by Washington.
We by no means purchased the hype on the Spartans, so whereas the rating towards the Huskies was stunning, the top end result was not. That performs a component in why Washington didn’t obtain a vote in our ballot this week.
Florida State remained undefeated, however we felt different groups (Syracuse, Kansas, Minnesota) leapfrogged them within the pecking order.
Last item: Oregon kicking BYU’s butt negates among the butt-kicking it obtained from Georgia, elevating it above the opposite 2-1 groups within the combine … Minnesota has now outscored opponents 149-17 after it steamrolled Colorado; the Gophers are legit Large Ten West contenders … We’re increased on Wake Forest than most, and we’re banking our excessive rating of the Demon Deacons on an upset of Clemson this weekend … North Carolina State beat Texas Tech handily, proving additional that the Wolfpack is nicely previous its Week 1 scare towards East Carolina.
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