AP Prime 25 School Soccer Ballot Response: What's Subsequent for Every Leaderboard?


The AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and with the Big Ten now playing there had to be some movement. Here's what's next for each team in the leaderboard.

No. 1 Clemson (6-0)

Enough has been made that Clemson "only" defeated Syracuse by 26 points. The Tigers remain elite and well on their way to one more college football playoff appearance, but there was one point that both Dabo Swinney and Trevor Lawrence highlighted. With the schedule tightening, Clemson can't afford the mistakes he's made across the board. His offensive line must produce a better push in the current game. Special teams have to be better. In particular, make sure that next week the offense is working on rhythm and precision against a much improved team at Boston College. – Andrea Adelson

No. 2 Alabama (5-0)

A 5-0 start is great but Alabama is hurting after losing Jaylen Waddle to an ankle injury at the end of the season. Waddle was one of the best playmakers in the country, whether at the receiver or in the return leg. And you can't make up for that with just one player. The good news is that Alabama and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian have several parts to work with. One is John Metchie III, who was already on his way to a breakout season, with three touchdowns this season. Another is Slade Bolden, who is an all-purpose threat himself and can play Receiver, Wildcat QB, and Return Kicks. – Alex Scarborough

No. 3 Ohio State (1-0)

Coach Ryan Day was pleased with his team's opening performance, particularly with the defensive adjustments that limited Nebraska to three points in the second half. The running game will be a focus towards Penn State as the state of Ohio aims to better defend it (Nebraska averages 5.8 yards per carry) and diversify more on the offense as quarterback Justin Fields has the team in both carry ( 15) as well as in yards (54). The Buckeyes won't see the whiteout and a full Beaver Stadium this week, but they need Fields and a dynamic reception corps led by Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson to play big games against a PSU defense lacking superstar linebacker Micah Parsons close. – Adam Rittenberg

No. 4 Notre Dame (5-0)

The Irish know Clemson is coming in just two weeks. Coach Brian Kelly last week urged his team to "improve our level of competition". That meant a fearless approach and bigger games, especially in the passing game. Wideouts Ben Skowronek and Javon McKinley were among the five players who recorded receptions of 20 yards or more against Pitt. Defensive coordinator Clark Lea's defense is improving every week, but Kelly knows that Notre Dame won't fight for championships without a more even, dynamic offense. "We had to get this football team to understand that they are really good," he said. – Adam Rittenberg

No. 5 Georgia (3-1)

Goodbye week came at the right time after Georgia was banned from Alabama a week ago in the second half. It was clear that changes needed to be made from this game, but the question on the way to a difficult road trip in Kentucky is how drastic those changes will be. Coach Kirby Smart said he plans to stay with quarterback Stetson Bennett after throwing three interceptions against Alabama, but how long will he stay on the leash? Smart stated that JT Daniels, the talented USC transfer, is coming. Daniels gets work in the practice every day and his mobility improves. – Alex Scarborough

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No. 6 Oklahoma State (4-0)

The Cowboys weren't perfect, but they were solid, and their win over Iowa State on Saturday was their best yet. Your defense remains excellent (12 points allowed per game); It was one of the underrated storylines of the season, especially considering how much attention the offensive trio of Spencer Sanders, Chuba Hubbard, and Tylan Wallace received last season. The upcoming three-game stretch for the Pokes (against Texas at K-State, Oklahoma) is huge. – Sam Khan Jr.

No. 7 Cincinnati (4-0)

After abandoning the SMU, the Bearcats are the clear favorite, emerging from the group of 5 and playing in a New Year's Six Bowl. At some point, it might be worth discussing whether an undefeated Cincinnati team deserves a place in college soccer playoffs. First of all, the Bearcats have an interesting test at home against Memphis. – Kyle Bonagura

No. 8 Texas A&M (3-1)

Any game that is still on the Aggies' schedule looks like a win-win game. The question is, can they be consistent enough to actually run the table? Your next test isn't actually a cake; Sam Pittman's roster in Arkansas is a missed spike call from 3-1. Texas A&M has not lost to the Razorbacks since joining the SEC. In contrast to the last six meetings, however, this one will be at home and not in the neutral AT&T stadium. Great week ahead of Jimbo Fisher's team. – Khan

No. 9 Wisconsin (1-0)

Quarterback Graham Mertz has been incredible for Wisconsin, and the Badgers have a legitimate passing threat with Mertz and Jake Ferguson. However, the running game needs to be improved. We're so used to seeing the Badgers hit the ball and hit the ground, but it wasn't as impressive as usual. This team may not be one-dimensional in the future when it comes to fighting for the conference championship and trying to make it into to make the college football playoffs. Given his previous success in this position, this shouldn't be a problem. – Tom VanHaaren

No. 10 Florida (2-1)

The Gators plan to resume training on Monday, but how many players will be available remains a big question. Sporting director Scott Stricklin announced the entire team has been in quarantine since a coronavirus outbreak following the Texas A&M game. With more than 20 players testing positive, in addition to Dan Mullen and at least two other coaches, nobody knows what to expect when they can resume training. But no matter what shape the squad is in as the team prepares for Missouri, the priority must be to fix the porous defenses. – Andrea Adelson

No. 11 BYU (6-0)

The Cougars have not finished a season in the top 10 since 1996. Is this the year that changes? With four games left, the Cougars are well on their way to a New Year's Six Bowl and will be in talks with the college football playoffs as long as they have a zero in the losing column. It's easy to ask how this team would have looked against the challenging schedule it was supposed to have, but that shouldn't deter how good BYU was. – Bonagura

# 12 Miami (5-1)

While it is clear that this team is good in Miami, after the past three weeks it's hard to tell that this is a top 10 team. But 5-1 is 5-1, and considering Clemson lost, Miami is in as good a position as one would have realistically hoped. The lack of consistent running play for standout quarterback D & # 39; Eriq King is an issue facing NC State this week. – Bonagura

No. 13 Michigan (1-0)

The Wolverines were as confident on the street offensive as they had been for a long time. Quarterback Joe Milton's debut was a success, and the Wolverines scored a huge inaugural win on the road against Minnesota. This was the start Michigan needed, and now the team has a difficult Michigan State team to play before facing Indiana and Wisconsin. Getting off to a good start was crucial in setting the tone for this season. It might help give some confidence to all of the new faces in offense and defense once they hit the teeth on that schedule. – Tom VanHaaren

No. 14 Oregon (0-0)

The ducks are looking forward to another weekend at home and had to cancel training on Saturday after five players tested positive for COVID-19. Oregon remains the de facto favorite in the Pac-12, but it could be until mid-November and there still might not be good read on the ducks. – Bonagura

No. 15 North Carolina (4-1)

It's hard to imagine what could have been if the Tar Heels had played a better first half against Florida State a few weeks ago. Even so, North Carolina remains looking for a spot in the ACC championship game thanks to its underrated running game and the unannounced duo of Javonte Williams and Michael Carter. But the defense was great too, forcing four turnovers and stopping the NC State running game. This defensive improvement must continue into the second half of the season, starting Saturday against Virginia. – Andrea Adelson

No. 16 Kansas State (4-1)

After winning the first three Big 12 games with a total of 20 points, K-State was able to stretch his blowout legs in an easy win over Kansas. Freshman quarterback Will Howard regained form after a tough game against the TCU, and Deuce Vaughn turned out to be one of the best Swiss Army Knives in college football (he now has 309 rushing yards and 360 receiving yards). Now the tests in rapid fire begin – three of the first four KSU wins were against the three bottom teams in the conference, but the next three opponents are currently second, third and fourth. – Bill Connelly

No. 17 Indiana (1-0)

When it looked like there might not be a Big Ten season that summer, no one complained about how unfortunate it was that Indiana didn't have a chance to get into the race. Hello Hoosiers. In the game so far this season, Indiana staged a miraculous drive in the final minutes of regulation to score the goal, then won 36-35 in overtime against Penn State No. 8. It was the Hoosiers' first win against an AP top 10 team since 1987, which suffered a loss of 42 games against the top 10 opponents. – Chris Low

No. 18 Penn State (0-1)

James Franklin's Nittany Lions lost to Indiana in the most heartbreaking way on Saturday, and now they need to prepare to face the state of Ohio in Happy Valley next Saturday. In addition to moving on emotionally, they need to immediately correct the mental flaws and mistakes that led to her death in Bloomington. They beat the Hoosiers by almost 300 meters, but penalties, turnovers and mistakes from special teams set the table for the wild final minutes. After the second loss to an unranked team in the last four calendar years, the next team is the top-ranked team in the Big Ten. – Bill Connelly

# 19 Marshall (5-0)

Marshall doesn't have to be great to be undefeated, but the herd probably has to be better than what they showed against FAU on Saturday. The offensive scored just one goal in the first seven possessions and flipped the ball twice before racking up 13 points on the course. Fortunately, they have the best defense in the entire group of 5. They allow 9.4 points per game, and that should be most of their first Conference USA title since 2014. – Bill Connelly

# 20 Coastal Carolina (5-0)

The Chants must feel good beating solid Georgia Southern opponents this week without their starting quarterback Grayson McCall. Fred Payton played in his place, throwing three touchdowns for 252 yards, but with two interceptions. Payton could also be the starter against Georgia State next week, having played everyone who won or lost this season. – Harry Lyles Jr.

No. 21 USC (0-0)

Had quarterback Kedon Slovis had a full season to spare, he might have made a run on some USC pass records. That's mainly due to Coordinator Graham Harrell's offense, but Slovis has the knack of being one of the best quarterbacks in college football. – Bonagura

No. 22 SMU (5-1)

The end result feels a bit tough considering Cincinnati have scored two touchdowns in the last five minutes, but that doesn't change the fact that the SMU's attempt to lead the table has ended. This is still a team that could win and get 10 wins in the regular season, starting next week against Navy. – Bonagura

No. 23 Iowa State (3-2)

The Cyclones hit the chin in Stillwater when the state of Oklahoma held Brock Purdy in check, but this is still a good team. A Kansas street game next week gives the Cyclones a good chance to get back on their feet, and a home game with Baylor on Nov. 7 could be a chance to line up two in a row and keep them looking for a Big 12 Keep title playground. – Khan

No. 24 Oklahoma (3-2)

The Sooners took the lead 30: 7 and ensured they stayed alive in the Big 12 race on Saturday with a 33:14 win at the TCU. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley had to like the Sooners' balance on offense most of all. They had a 300 yard passer with Spencer Rattler throwing 332 yards and two touchdowns, along with a 100 yard rusher (T.J. Pledger, 122 yards) and a 100 yard receiver (Marvin Mims, 132 yards). – low

No. 25 Boise State (1-0)

The Big Ten wasn't the conference's only opening game that weekend. The Mountain West turned it up again and the Broncos were impressive in a 42-13 win over Utah State on the blue turf in front of no fans. Injury quarterback Hank Bachmeier threw three touchdown passes when Boise State took a 28-0 lead at halftime. The Boise State defense kept Utah State at 45 yards total in the first half, and the Broncos certainly looked like they were preseason favorites for the Mountain West win. – low


Melinda Martin