Ludwig: My Take on the Final Top 25 of the 2022 Season

Let me go forward and — unnecessarily — provide my enter on this rating stuff.

We’re going to behave like my voting course of right here components into the closing AP Poll, only for enjoyable. Or derision, for those who do not prefer it. And, in contrast to rather a lot of voters this time round, head-to-head outcomes will probably be taken into consideration right here.

Even if solely as a result of it blows my thoughts that head-to-head matchups had been clearly not valued when it got here to the closing AP Poll of the season.

These rankings aren’t lower and dry, clearly. But I do like the ‘most deserving vs. the greatest’ argument. It’s straightforward sufficient to see. Is Alabama higher than 99% of faculty soccer groups? Alabama can roll out a four-deep of four- and five-stars.

Alabama dealt with Big 12 champ Kansas State with ease in a New Year’s Six bowl sport that I truthfully cannot keep in mind off the high of my head. But Bama additionally misplaced two video games.

Now there is not any disgrace in shedding to Tennessee and LSU — on the street, no much less — in any particular person season. But was it an Alabama workforce deserving of making the playoffs? no

You know who earned a spot in the playoff, after which received a playoff sport? TCU

When factoring in issues like power of schedule, head-to-head matchups, on-field efficiency, analytics and the good old school eye check, head-to-head outcomes ought to matter. Loads, proper? This is not Michigan shedding to Illinois in September. TCU beat Michigan in the nationwide semifinals.

If a win in the nationwide semifinal is not extra deserving, what are we doing right here?

It must be abundantly clear that I worth the head-to-head matchup when evaluating groups with related resumes. That’s… kinda the entire level right here, proper? Michigan beating Ohio State, after which shedding to TCU ought to imply one thing… proper?

Right. okay So, that leads proper into our College Football Playoff Conundrum. Georgia and TCU met in the nationwide championship as a result of every workforce received their respective playoff sport. Easy sufficient, proper? Not a lot.

Georgia unmercifully curb-stomping TCU does not change the indisputable fact that Georgia beat Ohio State and TCU beat Michigan. Georgia is admittedly, actually good.

If Ohio State has a gripe with the finish outcome right here, then there’s a simple resolution. Don’t lose to Michigan by three scores in the common season. And — I’m sorry, Noah (*25*) — do not miss a possible game-winning area objective in opposition to Georgia in the semifinals.

I’ll relate it to a different situation.

When Louisville misplaced to Clemson in 2016, regardless of the 42-36 common season loss, I used to be a agency believer that Lamar Jackson’s Cardinals had been nonetheless a greater workforce. But a loss is a loss. We play the video games for a motive, and Clemson received the sport.

If the two groups had performed once more, would Louisville beat Clemson? I assumed it was probably. But once more, what’s the level of enjoying the video games if they are not taken into consideration? They did not meet once more, however Clemson did not lose one other sport the relaxation of the approach — till the nationwide championship, of course.

There’s an identical thought course of right here. Is Michigan or Ohio State extra gifted than TCU? Probably. But if rankings are being decided primarily based on ‘expertise’ alone, the colleges with four- and five-star commits would not even have to play their video games. Again, if OSU has an issue with that, there have been a pair of probabilities to appropriate that.

The identical may be mentioned for a workforce like Alabama. Would Alabama beat TCU? Maybe. But we’re not working on maybes. We’re working on what occurred. Alabama misplaced two video games and missed the playoff. Playing the video games issues.

Yes, these video games matter. We cannot simply go off the most “gifted” groups coasting right into a contending place. When it comes right down to it, if a workforce feels slighted, there is a resolution. Don’t lose. Winning heals all. And it additionally results in playoff appearances.

TCU beat Michigan for an opportunity to play Georgia. Ohio State misplaced back-to-back video games to Michigan and Ohio State.

Georgia was the solely unbeaten workforce in faculty soccer this season, for good motive.

So, with out additional ado:

1. Georgia

Easily the greatest workforce in faculty soccer.

2. TCU

TCU earned its place in opposition to Georgia, however the Bulldogs had been in the end the greatest workforce in faculty soccer.

3. Michigan

Michigan will remorse its efficiency in opposition to TCU, however that is the place it must be.

4. Ohio State

Tough choice. Did OSU play Georgia nearer than anybody all season? Yes. Did it additionally lose a pair of premature video games? Yes.

Side word, you recognize who performed Georgia kinda intently? Kent State.

5. Tennessee

6. Alabama

7. Penn State

8. Washington

9. Tulane

10. Clemson

11 Utah

12. Florida State

13. LSU

14. USC

15 Kansas State

16 Oregon State

17 Oregon

18 Notre Dame

19 Mississippi State

20 Pitt

21 UCLA

22 Troy

23 South Carolina

24 Fresno State

25 Air Force

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