The place Michigan ranks in my up to date formulation for prime faculty soccer applications

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Over the previous a number of years, I’ve developed a customized formulation to assist me quantify the place Michigan ranks amongst faculty soccer applications since Jim Harbaugh returned in 2015.

It’s nothing fancy. I consider total profitable share, convention championships, School Soccer Playoff appearances, and so forth. Groups are knocked for dropping seasons and rewarded for double-digit wins. Conferences are weighted — in different phrases, Alabama will get extra factors for profitable the SEC than Utah does for profitable the Pac-12.

I don’t straight consider energy of schedule, however the convention multipliers are designed to imitate that in some capability. The formulation undoubtedly isn’t excellent, however record it spit out passes the attention check. The rating kind of aligns with how I might group these applications off the highest of my head.

Bear in mind: Every season since 2015 is factored into this formulation equally, so whereas Georgia is clearly on the prime of school soccer at this second — the final two nationwide championships aren’t any extra precious on this formulation than the 2 Clemson has gained on this span.

Prime-tier applications

There’s nonetheless a fairly apparent prime tier of school soccer applications which have dominated over the previous eight seasons. It’s a gaggle of 5, and it doesn’t embrace Michigan.

4 of them are fairly apparent:

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Ohio State

4. Georgia

Within the 9 years because the School Soccer Playoff format was adopted, these 4 groups have gained eight of the 9 nationwide championships. They’ve a mixed 23 playoff wins, and the remainder of the nation has 4.

Ohio State and Alabama have mixed for 9 convention titles over the previous eight seasons whereas enjoying in by far probably the most tough divisions within the sport. Clemson has had a a lot simpler highway, however profitable a Energy 5 convention seven out of eight years continues to be insane.

I don’t assume anybody would argue with this prime 4, however ought to the highest tier embrace No. 5? It’s shut, however I believe this workforce belongs:

5. Oklahoma

There are a number of key variations between the highest 4 and Oklahoma. For starters, the Sooners have by no means even gained a playoff sport, not to mention a nationwide title. They’re additionally the one program on this tier to have had a dropping season (6-7 in 2022).

However Oklahoma has gained six convention titles prior to now eight years whereas enjoying in a really sturdy and deep Large 12. It has made the playoff 4 occasions (another than Georgia).

The primary motive I’m together with Oklahoma on the backside of tier one as a substitute of on the prime of tier two: consistency. These 5 groups are the one ones which have gained 10+ video games six occasions over the previous eight years, and so they’re the one applications with profitable percentages of a minimum of .800 in that point.

No different Energy 5 workforce even has a profitable share over .750 (Notre Dame is at .755).

The formulation says Oklahoma is 13 factors under Georgia and 101 factors forward of the No. 6 workforce, so it suits within the prime tier.

Michigan’s place within the rankings

Whether or not or not Oklahoma belongs with the likes of Alabama and Clemson isn’t overly necessary in relation to putting Michigan. Even when Oklahoma drops to tier two, no person goes to argue Michigan deserves to be ranked forward of a program with extra wins, extra convention titles, and extra playoff appearances.

However Michigan did slot comfortably into the second tier, transferring up two spots to No. 6 due to its 13-1 report in 2022.

6. Michigan

7. LSU

8. Notre Dame

This tier may have been prolonged to incorporate a number of extra groups, nevertheless it felt extra applicable to separate this trio.

LSU is an fascinating case, as a result of it’s the one workforce with a nationwide title that isn’t in tier one. The Tigers are principally being held up fully by that one unimaginable 15-0 season, as a result of in any other case, they don’t have any convention titles or playoff appearances since 2015.

However that championship season occurred. And LSU is one among solely 11 Energy 5 applications to win over 70% of its video games prior to now eight years.

The extra fascinating debate is Michigan vs. Notre Dame. Each resumes are almost similar, apart from the one apparent distinction that all the time comes up with the Preventing Irish.

Michigan is 74-25 since 2015, and Notre Dame is 77-25. Every has 5 seasons of double-digit wins and one dropping season. Each have been to the playoff twice and misplaced within the semifinals.

The rationale Michigan is No. 6 and Notre Dame is No. 8: convention championships. There’s no good option to consider that Notre Dame isn’t in a convention.

I checked out Notre Dame’s efficiency in opposition to the Large Ten simply to see how the Irish may need carried out in Michigan’s place. Since 2015, Notre Dame is 2-4 in opposition to the Large Ten East (1-1 vs. Michigan, 1-1 vs. Michigan State, 0-2 vs. Ohio State) and 3-0 in opposition to the West.

What does that imply? My private opinion is that Notre Dame wouldn’t have a convention title if it was within the Large Ten East. And since my formulation rewards convention championships, Notre Dame fell to No. 8.

Subsequent-best applications

It was laborious to select a cutoff level for this tier. I thought-about together with as many as 22 groups (everybody ranked 9-30). However I settled on these 11, and it feels proper.

9. Penn State

10. Washington

11. Utah

12. Wisconsin

13. Michigan State

14. Oklahoma State

15. Iowa

16. TCU

17. USC

18. Florida State

19. Oregon

It is a wide-ranging group, however apart from Oregon, you’ll be able to separate it into two distinct classes.

  • Excessive highs and lows: Michigan State, TCU, USC, Florida State.

  • 12 months-to-year consistency: Penn State, Washington, Utah, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Iowa.

Three of the 4 groups within the first group have made one playoff look whereas additionally having three dropping seasons since 2015. USC, the one outlier, has had two dropping seasons and three seasons of 10+ wins.

Each workforce within the second group has a profitable share between .677 and .713 as a result of they’re persistently aggressive yr after yr. Your complete group has two dropping seasons mixed since 2015 to go together with 23 seasons of a minimum of 10 wins.

Oregon made the primary CFP championship sport in 2014, and since then, has been a strong however not-quite-dominant pressure within the Pac-12.

Remainder of the pack

I’m not going to interrupt down all 66 groups, so I’ll simply provide the relaxation so as. Among the rankings shocked me (like Stanford over Tennessee — actually?). Others appeared downright fallacious till I appeared deeper into the info.

This isn’t precisely how I might rank these applications, however that is what the formulation says:

20. Baylor

21. Pittsburgh

22. Florida

23. BYU

24. Texas A&M

25. Kansas State

26. Kentucky

27. Auburn

28. Washington State

29. NC State

30. Miami (FL)

31. Stanford

32. Wake Forest

33. Ole Miss

34. Tennessee

35. Minnesota

36. Texas

37. North Carolina

38. Mississippi State

39. West Virginia

40. Northwestern

41. Louisville

42. Iowa State

43. Virginia Tech

44. Arizona State

45. Boston School

46. Duke

47. South Carolina

48. Virginia

49. Missouri

50. Arkansas

51. UCLA

52. California

53. Texas Tech

54. Purdue

55. Syracuse

56. Maryland

57. Colorado

58. Oregon State

59. Georgia Tech

60. Indiana

61. Arizona

62. Nebraska

63. Illinois

64. Vanderbilt

65. Rutgers

66. Kansas

What does this imply?

The purpose of this formulation is to point out how Michigan suits into the broader faculty soccer panorama since hiring Harbaugh, as a result of within the seven years earlier than he arrived, this system in all probability wouldn’t have belonged within the prime 40.

With 5 seasons of a minimum of 10 wins, two convention titles, and a pair of playoff appearances, Michigan is without doubt one of the most adorned applications within the sport since 2015, and plenty of consider this yr’s workforce can be Harbaugh’s greatest.

When you have questions on particular groups on this record or why one is ranked over one other, be happy to succeed in me over e-mail ( or on Twitter (@Derick_Hutch).

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