What is the rationale for ranking matches?

This season and previous season I've been ranked silver and this has been bothering me. It seems that whenever I play a game I get matched with fellow silvers (or the occasional gold), but the teams I play against seems to be made up of mostly gold players or even the occasional platinum. Maybe it's just confirmation bias that makes it so I only see other teams get grouped with high ranking players though. But why are we being matched between ranks at all? To determine if you're able to advance a rank, shouldn't you be playing against players of the same rank instead of the same skill? That way if there's a missmatch between your rank and your skill you'll be facing opponents of lower skill but same rank, allowing you to win more easily climb to the rank where you belong more easily. I really don't get the rationale behind this setup.
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