AP Prime 25 faculty soccer ballot response

The AP Prime 25 faculty soccer ballot is out, and after a wild weekend of video games, there’s some motion excessive within the rankings. This is what’s subsequent for every ranked crew:

Earlier rating: 1

Via 10 quarters this season, Alabama appeared borderline invincible, dominating Miami, Mercer and Florida for a half. However then the Gators got here to life within the second half on Saturday and put the scare of a lifetime into the Crimson Tide. Out of the blue, the offensive line wasn’t nice, the protection could not cease the run and a usually disciplined crew dedicated a slew of penalties. The offensive line simply could not deal with the noise contained in the Swamp, and that might be a problem shifting ahead with journeys to Texas A&M and Auburn sooner or later. — Alex Scarborough

Earlier rating: 2

Via three video games, good luck find a greater protection than Georgia’s. The Dawgs will certainly face extra explosive offenses, however they’ve given up simply two touchdowns thus far — each coming throughout rubbish time — capped by a 40-13 beatdown of South Carolina on Saturday. Georgia’s entrance seven has smothered opponents’ operating video games and compelled them to go, which would be the Dawgs’ strategy going ahead. Georgia subsequent travels to Vanderbilt earlier than getting stunning Arkansas at house after which going again on the highway in opposition to Auburn. If the Dawgs proceed to develop on offense, their protection has championship materials written throughout it. — Chris Low

Earlier rating: 4

The Geese are nonetheless driving excessive after their win two weeks in the past in opposition to Ohio State and head into the Pac-12 opener in opposition to Arizona as the one undefeated crew within the convention. If the Geese have bother with the Wildcats, then the primary few weeks of the season can have been a mirage. They’re the clear favourite in Pac-12, and preseason discuss of a possible Faculty Soccer Playoff run has been validated, to date. — Kyle Bonagura

Earlier rating: 3

After OU held off an upset-minded Nebraska crew searching for to revive its glory years when the Sooners and Huskers battled for nationwide titles, the Sooners get West Virginia at house on Saturday. The Sooners are 8-Zero in opposition to the Mountaineers since they joined the Massive 12, together with a 52-14 win in Norman the final time they performed in 2019. Riley promised after the Nebraska sport that the OU offense is near returning to the dynamic assault he has delivered previously. The Mountaineers may simply supply a treatment: The Sooners have averaged 52 factors per sport of their previous 5 conferences. — Dave Wilson

Earlier rating: 5

Yet one more potential tuneup, after which the actual work begins. Iowa moved to 3-0 — and stretched its profitable streak to 9 video games — with a straightforward 30-7 win over Kent State on Saturday. It now prepares to face Colorado State. The bodily Rams are coming off of their most spectacular efficiency of the season (a 22-6 win over the Toledo crew that just about beat Notre Dame), however few groups out-physical Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes. After CSU comes a visit to 3-Zero Maryland, adopted by a go to to Penn State. Iowa is rolling, however there are many checks on the horizon. — Invoice Connelly

Earlier rating: 10

After a taxing stretch to open the season, Penn State should keep away from a letdown in opposition to a strong FCS opponent in Villanova, which is 3-Zero and already has 11 takeaways. Quarterback Sean Clifford has clearly improved in coordinator Mike Yurcich’s offense and should proceed to look downfield for large receivers Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington, in addition to a gifted assortment of tight ends whom coach James Franklin desires to function each week. A veteran protection hasn’t all the time been dominant within the crimson zone, but it surely has been robust and should proceed to develop as Massive Ten play resumes the next week with Indiana visiting Beaver Stadium. — Adam Rittenberg



Noah Cain reaches the top zone to attain a 3-yard landing to push the Penn State result in 28-20 over Auburn.

Earlier rating: 7

The Aggies stumbled in opposition to Colorado in its second sport, down late within the fourth quarter, however finally scored the go-ahead landing for the 10-7 win. The crew bounced again convincingly in opposition to New Mexico. Texas A&M wanted a powerful win earlier than taking over an Arkansas crew that simply beat Texas 40-21 in Week 2. That sport will begin a tricky stretch of convention video games with Alabama two weeks later, so any little bit of confidence will assist. The Aggies are attempting to push ahead to a different stage, and these subsequent few video games will gauge the place they at present stand. — Tom VanHaaren

Earlier rating: 8

Cincinnati made loads of errors in its win in opposition to Indiana and it was the second sport in a row wherein it began gradual within the first half. The Bearcats got here again within the second half to beat the Hoosiers and keep undefeated. This was a great take a look at for Cincinnati earlier than the bye week to assist put together for Notre Dame the next week. As a top-10 crew, Cincinnati goes to be scrutinized heavier than regular, so a win in opposition to Notre Dame will both present some respiration room and momentum going ahead, or carry on criticism. — Tom VanHaaren

Earlier rating: 6

Clemson’s offense has scored a mixed 17 factors in opposition to two FBS defenses this yr. Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei has but to generate a passer ranking over 125, even together with Week 2’s sport in opposition to FCS foe South Carolina State. Now the Tigers have to go to an NC State crew that has allowed simply 31 complete factors in three video games. Clemson’s personal protection has but to permit a landing which explains the Tigers stay the favourite to win the ACC. However following a slim win over Georgia Tech, the checks will solely get stiffer till Clemson’s offense finds its bearings. — Invoice Connelly

Earlier rating: 9

The Buckeyes misplaced to Oregon in Week 2, then got here out flat in opposition to Tulsa and ended up in a canine struggle with a crew that was 0-2 coming into the sport. There have been errors throughout the board for Ohio State with penalties and points in protection on protection, plus quarterback C.J. Stroud did not play his finest. The crew has Akron, Rutgers, Maryland and Indiana earlier than dealing with Penn State in Columbus. This did not appear like a top-10 crew in opposition to Tulsa, and the workers has lots to work on in the event that they need to end the season with none extra losses. — Tom VanHaaren

Earlier rating: 11

The Gators face rival Tennessee at house, a sport wherein Florida hopes to construct off the positives from its loss to Alabama. Emory Jones performed a much more constant sport, and the bottom sport was highly effective, with nice play from the offensive line and difficult operating from backs Malik Davis, Nay’Quan Wright and Dameon Pierce. Florida additionally confirmed some toughness defensively, however the Gators have to scrub up the penalties — notably go interference. Coach Dan Mullen additionally hopes Anthony Richardson can be accessible after lacking the Alabama sport with a hamstring harm. Florida is aware of how essential every sport is on the league schedule. To get a doable rematch with Alabama, the Gators have to win — beginning Saturday. — Andrea Adelson

Earlier rating: 12

Whereas the Irish offense continued to start out and sputter in opposition to Purdue on Saturday, the protection was a lot better after giving up too many massive performs within the first two video games. The Boilermakers discovered the top zone solely as soon as and had been restricted to simply 4-for-16 on third downs. The Irish had three sacks and intercepted two passes. Purdue averaged simply 2.Three yards per carry and 5.Four yards per go. It was an enormous enchancment in comparison with Notre Dame’s defensive performances in opposition to Florida State and Toledo. The Boilermakers aren’t precisely Alabama, however they averaged 39.5 factors of their first two video games. Clearly, the Irish are a piece in progress and should get higher on each side of the ball. An upcoming four-game stretch in opposition to No. 18 Wisconsin, No. Eight Cincinnati, No. 15 Virginia Tech and rival USC will most likely outline the Irish’s season. — Mark Schlabach

Earlier rating: 17

It is a sport that may’t get right here quickly sufficient: Ole Miss vs. Alabama. Lane Kiffin vs. Nick Saban. The Rebels will get every week off after shifting to 3-Zero on Saturday night time with a 61-21 thrashing of Tulane. The journey to Alabama the primary weekend in October will present a clearer image of simply how a lot Ole Miss has improved on protection. The Rebels have averaged 52.7 factors of their first three video games, however they’ve additionally appeared considerably higher on protection after ending 117th nationally in scoring protection and 126th in complete protection final season. Ole Miss rolled up 647 yards in complete offense a yr in the past within the 63-48 loss to Alabama but additionally gave up 723 yards. Sure, these are online game numbers, which suggests we might be in for lots of enjoyable come Oct. 2. — Chris Low



Matt Corral throws three landing passes and rushes in 4 occasions in a 61-21 Ole Miss win vs. Tulane.

Earlier rating: 14

The Cyclones start Massive 12 play on Saturday at Baylor with the identical expectations they did when the season began: to be within the combine for the convention title. Final week’s loss to Iowa was disappointing, however this crew continues to be gifted sufficient to problem Oklahoma. That mentioned, there are few gimmes, both, and a loss in Waco is inside cause. There wasn’t a lot to study from the blowout loss in opposition to UNLV, but it surely was encouraging to see how straightforward quarterback Brock Purdy made issues look. — Kyle Bonagura

Earlier rating: 23

The Cougars host South Florida subsequent week, ending a three-game stretch of wins in opposition to Pac-12 groups to open the yr. That is the time of yr when BYU can actually sit up for its Massive 12 membership. As the remainder of the nation begins convention play, the stakes do not elevate for BYU. Nonetheless, there’s an intriguing slate of video games approaching with video games at Utah State, house in opposition to Boise State and at Baylor over the subsequent three weeks. — Kyle Bonagura

Earlier rating: 20

The final time Arkansas was ranked and 3-0, the Razorbacks went to Jerry World and misplaced to a top-10 Texas A&M crew, triggering a run of six losses of their ultimate 10 video games. That was 5 years in the past. Now, they get an opportunity to proper outdated wrongs. They’re as soon as once more 3-0, they usually’ll as soon as once more head to Arlington to face an A&M crew that steadied itself with a straightforward 34-Zero win over New Mexico in Zach Calzada‘s first begin. Arkansas has already taken down one outdated SWC (and future SEC) rival in Texas; if the Hogs can do it a second time and finest the Aggies, they might transfer into the AP high 15 for the primary time in additional than 9 years. Big sport. — Invoice Connelly

Earlier rating: 16

With back-to-back house video games looming in opposition to UMass and Louisiana-Monroe, plus a winnable Thursday night time sport at Arkansas State, the Chanticleers needs to be undefeated heading into their Oct. 20 sport at Appalachian State. It is essentially the most troublesome sport remaining on the regular-season schedule, and ESPN’s FPI provides Coastal solely a 37.3% likelihood to win. It can assist Coastal Carolina that its offense was examined on the highway at Buffalo, but when the Chanticleers are going to enter the New Yr’s Six bowl dialog, they must win with some fashion factors. None of their opponents is ranked, and their remaining power of schedule ranks 111th. — Heather Dinich

Earlier rating: 18

The Jack Coan reunion awaits the Badgers, who will face the quarterback who began 18 video games in Cardinal and White earlier than transferring to Notre Dame. Coan left Wisconsin following the emergence of Graham Mertz, whom the Badgers have to step up after he struggled in a gap loss to Penn State. Mertz, who has but to throw a landing go this season, faces a Notre Dame protection that has been weak early this season. There’s actual urgency for Wisconsin, which hosts Michigan the next week and may’t afford three losses earlier than Massive Ten West play even will get began. A win at Soldier Discipline is crucial. — Adam Rittenberg

Earlier rating: 25

Michigan’s offense appeared extra balanced in opposition to Northern Illinois than it did within the first two video games of the season. Quarterback Cade McNamara had 191 yards passing within the first half, which was extra passing yards than he had mixed within the first two video games of the season. Working again Blake Corum continues to rack up the yards, going over 100 in his third straight sport to assist the Wolverines’ floor sport acquire 1,076 on the season. The protection continues to enhance, however the Wolverines can have a great take a look at subsequent week in opposition to Rutgers earlier than taking over Wisconsin in Madison for his or her stiffest problem of the yr. — Tom VanHaaren

Earlier rating: unranked

Michigan State is 3-Zero to start out the season for the primary time since 2015, recent off a convincing win in opposition to Miami on the highway. The revamped Spartans, whose offense has put up 35 factors or extra in all three video games, is taking over a 2-2 Nebraska crew at house. If Michigan State’s offense continues to place up factors the best way it has within the first three video games, it’ll be powerful for the Huskers to maintain up. With a win over Nebraska, the Spartans have a great likelihood to enter their house sport vs. Michigan with a 7-Zero file. — Tom VanHaaren

Earlier rating: 21

Each crew within the ACC Coastal Division has at the least one loss, and the one crew within the division with a 1-Zero convention file is Virginia Tech. In brief, North Carolina nonetheless has a chance to play its means again into the ACC championship sport image regardless of its season-opening loss to the Hokies. The Tar Heels gained a wild 59-39 affair over Virginia on Saturday, however they must play with extra consistency to remain within the Coastal race. Their subsequent 4 video games are in opposition to ACC foes, beginning with a sport in opposition to Georgia Tech on Saturday in Mercedes Benz Stadium. — Chris Low

Earlier week: unranked

Fresno State saved it shut in opposition to Oregon in Week 2 and defeated a top-15 UCLA crew in thrilling trend in Week 4. The Mountain West has gotten off to a powerful begin this yr — San Diego State, Utah State and Wyoming are all 3-0. The Bulldogs face UNLV and Hawai’i, who’re a mixed 1-6, in back-to-back weeks earlier than a highway take a look at in opposition to Wyoming on Oct. 16.



Jake Haener connects with Jalen Cropper for the game-winning landing as Fresno State upsets UCLA 40-37.

Earlier rating: 22

Regardless of the loss at Penn State, the Tigers confirmed they’ll deal with a tricky highway setting, which ought to assist as journeys stay to LSU (Oct. 2), Arkansas (Oct. 16) and Texas A&M (Nov. 6). Auburn wants to completely decide to Tank Bigsby, Jarquez Hunter and the run sport — behind an improved offensive line — because the passing sport stays too spotty and unreliable at occasions. The Tigers recorded 11 tackles for loss in opposition to Penn State however no sacks, so they need to reestablish a go rush this week in opposition to Georgia State earlier than starting a brutal SEC stretch (LSU, Georgia, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M). — Adam Rittenberg

Earlier rating: 13

If there’s a silver lining for UCLA popping out of its 40-37 loss to Fresno State, it is that it was a nonconference sport. This crew nonetheless needs to be within the combine to win the Pac-12 because the convention wilts round Oregon. That path begins Saturday at Stanford, which has appeared good the previous two weeks after a tough opening loss to Kansas State. UCLA’s go protection, which has allowed 785 yards passing the previous two video games, is a priority going in opposition to Stanford QB Tanner McKee. — Kyle Bonagura

Earlier week: unranked

A giant cause for Kansas State’s 3-Zero begin: operating again Deuce Vaughn. The 5-foot-6, 172-pound Vaughn has topped 120 speeding yards in every of the Wildcats’ three video games, together with a 127-yard efficiency in opposition to Nevada. There are 5 Massive 12 groups with 3-Zero information, and Kansas State faces 4 of them in 4 straight video games: at Oklahoma State (Saturday), vs. Oklahoma (Oct. 2), vs. Iowa State (Oct. 16), at Texas Tech (Oct. 23).

Dropped out: Virginia Tech (15), Arizona State (19), Miami (24)

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