Georgia, Michigan lead Joel Klatt’s early 2023 Top 10 rankings

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett had an eye-popping quote following the Bulldogs’ 65-7 victory over TCU in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship that summed up this system’s current dominance.

“It looks like for the previous three or 4 months we have been trying to see if someone might beat us,” Bennett mentioned, “and we simply ran out of video games. Nobody might.”

When wanting on the expertise Georgia is predicted to carry again subsequent season, in addition to a loaded recruiting class set to reach in Athens, it might be the identical story in 2023 for Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs.

FOX Sports school soccer analyst Joel Klatt lately launched his Top 10 rankings for the 2023 school soccer season, with the Bulldogs main the way in which.

Here is a have a look at Klatt’s 2023 Top 10 rankings.

1. Georgia Bulldogs

2022 document: 15-0 (8-0)

Why they’re ranked right here: The Bulldogs turned the primary program since Alabama in 2011-12 to win back-to-back nationwide titles, and expectations will likely be sky-high once more for Kirby Smart’s staff in 2023. Plenty of key starters are anticipated to depart for the NFL, together with Broderick Jones, Kelee Ringo and Darnell Washington, however the Bulldogs have excellent depth and are bringing in one other loaded recruiting class. The largest query dealing with this staff will likely be at quarterback, as Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton will all get their probability to show themselves.

2. Michigan Wolverines

2022 document: 13-1 (9-0)

Why they’re ranked right here: The Wolverines made their second consecutive journey to the College Football Playoff, as soon as once more falling in need of the nationwide title sport. The staff is predicted to return an abundance of expertise subsequent season, together with QB JJ McCarthy, RB Blake Corum and LB Junior Colson. Assuming Jim Harbaugh stays the Wolverines’ head coach in 2023, the Big Ten ought to as soon as once more undergo Ann Arbor subsequent season.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

2022 document: 11-2 (8-1)

Why they’re ranked right here: The Buckeyes return a ton of expertise at offensive ability positions, together with All-American extensive receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. But the query is who will likely be throwing him the ball? Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist CJ Stroud is predicted to depart for the NFL, which leaves a gaping gap at QB. Kyle McCord and Devin Brown are anticipated to compete for the beginning QB spot.

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4. Alabama Crimson Tide

2022 document: 11-2 (6-2)

Why they’re ranked right here: How will Alabama deal with the lack of All-Americans Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr. in 2023? Nick Saban at all times appears to reload, and that must be the case once more subsequent season because the Crimson Tide brings within the top-rated recruiting class within the nation. Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson will doubtless compete for the beginning QB spot, whereas quite a lot of younger, proficient playmakers will likely be anticipated to step up on either side of the ball.

5. Penn State Nittany Lions

2022 document: 11-2 (7-2)

Why they’re ranked right here: The Nittany Lions quietly put collectively one of the spectacular seasons in current reminiscence. The staff completed the 2022 marketing campaign with an 11-2 mark, with their two losses coming in opposition to Michigan and Ohio State — each of which performed on this yr’s College Football Playoff. Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen teamed as much as type one of many high running-back duos within the nation. Former five-star signal-caller Drew Allar is predicted to take over at QB following the departure of Sean Clifford.

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6. LSU Tigers

2022 document: 10-4 (6-2)

Why they’re ranked right here: Brian Kelly loved a stable first season at LSU, which included 10 wins and an SEC West title. The Tigers are anticipated to return 10 of 11 starters on offense, together with QB Jayden Daniels, who led the staff in each passing and speeding in 2022. He could have the luxurious of as soon as once more throwing to Malik Nabers, who hauled in 72 catches for 1,017 yards and three touchdowns this previous season.

7. Florida State Seminoles

2022 document: 10-3 (5-3)

Why they’re ranked right here: After beginning the season 4-3, the Seminoles ran off six wins to shut out the 2022 marketing campaign. Expectations will likely be sky-high in Tallahassee heading into subsequent season after this system put collectively its first 10-win season since 2016. FSU is bringing in quite a lot of proficient transfers in 2023, and likewise return each QB Jordan Travis and DE Jared Verse, who was a projected first-round decide.

8. USC Trojans

2022 document: 11-3 (8-1)

Why they’re ranked right here: When Caleb Williams is beneath heart, you must embrace USC on this record. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner will likely be with out Jordan Addison, who is predicted to declare for the draft, however there’s nonetheless loads of expertise on the offensive aspect of the ball. Plenty of questions nonetheless reside on protection, which might want to enhance if the Trojans are going to win the Pac-12 subsequent season.

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9. Tennessee

2022 document: 11-2 (6-2)

Why they’re ranked right here: Losing Hendon Hooker will likely be robust, however Joe Milton confirmed his potential in a 31-14 victory over Clemson within the Capital One Orange Bowl, throwing for 251 yards and three touchdowns. The protection might want to enhance in 2023, particularly with matchups in opposition to each Alabama and Georgia on the schedule.

10. Washington

2022 document: 11-2 (7-2)

Why they’re ranked right here: Washington misplaced two video games in 2022 by a mixed 15 factors. They beat rivals Oregon and Washington State and had 4 ranked wins, together with a formidable 27-20 victory over Texas within the Alamo Bowl. With QB Michael Penix Jr. again beneath heart and Kalen DeBoer on the helm, this must be one of many high offenses within the nation in 2023.

Just missed: Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, TCU, Clemson

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