The preseason AP Ballot for the 2023 school soccer season was launched earlier this month, and it options most of the regular faculties within the prime ten of the rankings.
The Georgia Bulldogs, who received the final two School Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championships, lead the rankings. Georgia is adopted by Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, and LSU.
Now that the rankings have been revealed, we are able to evaluate the groups with their energy of schedule (SOS) rating, as supplied by Phil Steele in his annual school soccer preview.
Beneath are the preseason AP Prime Ten groups ranked by their schedule energy:
Phil Steele SOS rank: 67th
AP Rank: 2nd
Michigan opens the season with a trio of non-conference video games at dwelling, which incorporates East Carolina, UNLV, and Bowling Inexperienced.
In Massive Ten motion this season, Michigan will get Third-ranked Ohio State at dwelling and Seventh-ranked Penn State on the highway. Different matchups embrace Nebraska and Michigan State on the highway.
9. PENN STATE
Phil Steele SOS rank: sixtieth
AP Rank: Seventh
Penn State opens the season with a Energy 5 non-conference contest at dwelling in opposition to West Virginia. The rest of the Nittany Lions’ non-conference schedule, dwelling video games in opposition to Delaware and UMass, is lackluster.
Ranked opponents for Penn State in 2023 embrace (25) Iowa and (2) Michigan at dwelling and (3) Ohio State on the highway. The Nittany Lions may even go to Maryland and Michigan State.
Phil Steele SOS rank: 56th
AP Rank: 1st
Georgia opens their quest for a 3rd consecutive nationwide title with, ugh, UT Martin and Ball State at dwelling, the latter of which was a alternative for the SEC-canceled Oklahoma highway journey. The Bulldogs may even host UAB and go to Georgia Tech in non-league play.
Ranked SEC opponents for Georgia embrace (22) Ole Miss at dwelling and (12) Tennessee in Knoxville. The Bulldogs may even go to Auburn and battle Florida of their annual contest in Jacksonville, Fla.
Phil Steele SOS rank: 52nd
AP Rank: Tenth
Washington, headed to the Massive Ten subsequent season, opens the season with non-conference video games at dwelling in opposition to Boise State and Tulsa earlier than visiting future convention foe Michigan State.
The Huskies are slated to play 4 of the AP’s preseason Prime 25 groups in 2023, together with (15) Oregon and (14) Utah at dwelling and (6) USC and (18) Oregon State on the highway.
Phil Steele SOS rank: fiftieth
AP Rank: sixth
USC’s 2023 slate begins with two Mountain West opponents at dwelling, San Jose State and Nevada. The Trojans will later journey to face Thirteenth-ranked Notre Dame.
In Pac-12 play, USC will get 14th-ranked Utah and Tenth-ranked Washington on the Coliseum earlier than a go to to face Fifteenth-ranked Oregon. The Trojans will wrap up their regular-season slate one week earlier than most groups on Nov. 18 at dwelling in opposition to rival UCLA.
5. FLORIDA STATE
Phil Steele SOS rank: forty first
AP Rank: Eighth
Florida State appears to proceed their resurgence this season, starting with LSU within the Tenting World Kickoff in Orlando, Fla., in Week 1. FSU additionally hosts Southern Miss and visits rival Florida in non-conference play.
The Seminoles will solely face one preseason AP ranked staff, the No. 9 Clemson Tigers on the highway. Florida State may even host Duke and go to Pitt and Miami.
4. OHIO STATE
Phil Steele SOS rank: twenty seventh
AP Rank: Third
Ohio State kicks off their 2023 slate with a Massive Ten recreation on the highway in opposition to Indiana. The Buckeyes may even host Seventh-ranked Penn State and go to Nineteenth-ranked Wisconsin and 2nd-ranked Michigan.
A highway recreation at Thirteenth-ranked Notre Dame highlights the non-conference schedule for the Buckeyes.
Phil Steele SOS rank: twenty fifth
AP Rank: ninth
An ACC highway matchup in opposition to Duke on Labor Day kicks off the season for Clemson in 2023. The Tigers may even host ranked ACC foes Florida State (Eighth) and North Carolina (twenty first). Different matchups embrace Miami and NC State on the highway and Wake Forest at dwelling.
In non-league play, Clemson hosts (13) Notre Dame and can go to rival South Carolina.
Phil Steele SOS rank: Thirteenth
AP Rank: fifth
LSU opens their season in opposition to Eighth-ranked Florida State within the Tenting World Kickoff in Orlando, Fla. A house matchup with Military additionally stands out on the non-conference slate.
Preseason AP ranked SEC opponents for LSU this season embrace (23) Texas A&M at dwelling and (22) Ole Miss and (4) Alabama on the highway. The Tigers may even host Arkansas, Auburn, and Florida and go to Mississippi State.
Phil Steele SOS rank: Eighth
AP Rank: 4th
Alabama’s non-conference schedule this season features a massive recreation at dwelling in opposition to Eleventh-ranked Texas in Week 2 earlier than a visit to Tampa, Fla., to face South Florida.
The Crimson Tide will face 4 preseason AP Prime 25 groups this season — (22) Ole Miss, (12) Tennessee, and (5) LSU at dwelling and (23) Texas A&M on the highway. Alabama may even go to Mississippi State and Auburn, whereas Arkansas will go to Tuscaloosa.
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