The penultimate version of the 2022 Faculty Soccer Playoff Rankings had been launched on Tuesday, and the intrigue heading into convention championship weekend has been cranked up in an enormous manner as a number of groups are in rivalry to occupy the ultimate spot within the four-team discipline.
Georgia held tight on the No. 1 spot, Michigan jumped to No. 2 after topping Ohio State final weekend and TCU chimed in at No. 3 after ending the common season 12-0. One-loss USC slid into the No. 4 spot, however the Trojans are in a dangerous place realizing they cannot slip up within the Pac-12 Championship Sport. Ought to USC fall to No. 11 Utah, it will get jumped by both the fifth-ranked Buckeyes or No. 6 Alabama.
The chatter can be heated between now and Choice Sunday.
Let’s check out who’s overrated and underrated within the penultimate version of the rankings.
Why on Earth is Tennessee ranked beneath No. 6 Alabama? As a result of it has an unpleasant loss to No. 19 South Carolina? That appears manner higher now than it did two weeks in the past when the world thought that South Carolina was a middling SEC East crew with no upside. Conversely, Alabama’s loss to No. 14 LSU — a crew Tennessee throttled in Baton Rouge — appears worse after the Tigers misplaced to Texas A&M final weekend.
Oh, and there is that pesky little head-to-head matchup on Oct. 15 when the Volunteers topped the Crimson Tide 52-49. That ought to matter, however apparently it does not. Why? Is it as a result of star Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker tore his ACL towards South Carolina and Joe Milton is now on the helm? That’s thought-about by the committee, but it surely is not almost sufficient to persuade me.
Tennessee has a signature win over Alabama and a highway win over LSU. What’s Alabama’s signature win? A Week 2 win at No. 20 Texas? A late-October house win over No. 24 Mississippi State? Tennessee is being unjustly punished as a result of it is not a conventional energy. It proved it deserves to be in line for a CFP spot if chaos ensues and, on the very least, earn the SEC’s Sugar Bowl spot if it is overlooked.
Overrated: No. 14 LSU
LSU evaluation is baked into the evaluation of Tennessee and Alabama above, but it surely actually should not be that massive of a speaking level. There isn’t any manner that the Tigers must be ranked No. 14 after that debacle in Faculty Station, Texas, final weekend. They obtained smoked 38-23 by an Aggies crew that hadn’t scored greater than 31 factors towards any opponent this 12 months, was decimated by accidents and hadn’t seemed to be motivated down the stretch throughout their 6-game dropping streak. If Texas A&M can torch LSU’s protection, what would No. 15 Oregon State, No. 16 Oregon or No. 17 UCLA do? It could get very, very ugly.
A nine-win common season in coach Brian Kelly’s first 12 months is an incredible accomplishment, and one thing that only a few individuals outdoors of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, noticed coming. However it struggled towards Arkansas after which misplaced to Texas A&M when the goal on its again grew. That has to matter.
It looks as if there is a knee-jerk response to imagine that every one Pac-12 groups are overrated and do not deserve nationwide recognition, and Washington’s rating at No. 12 proves it. The Huskies have the nation’s high passer in Michael Penix Jr., a top-10 receiver in Rome Odunze, a top-five scoring offense (40.8 factors per sport) and the Pac-12’s second-best protection by way of yards per play (5.52).
The loss to No. 17 UCLA is comprehensible, however the loss the next week to Arizona State is what’s holding them again. However Utah — which is one spot forward of Washington — has three losses, one among which was to a Florida crew that went 6-6. Kansas State has three fairly stable losses (No. 18 Tulane, No. 3 TCU and No. 20 Texas), however they’re nonetheless three losses. An argument might even be made that Washington’s resume with wins over No. 15 Oregon State and No. 16 Oregon are extra spectacular than Clemson’s signature win over No. 13 Florida State.
Washington deserves to be within the high 10.