Ranking in college football: Alabama, Ohio leads after the spring among the top 25 before the 2022 season.

1 After losing six elections in the first round of the draft, 2021 was definitely supposed to be a year of “renewal”. Crimson Tide then won the SEC and went on to his ninth game for the national title under Nick Saban. That means watch out for this year when Bama fills up. You can’t be surprised. Saban is probably the best offensive player (Quoterback to win the Heisman Trophy Bryce Young) and the best defensive player (linebacker Will Anderson Jr.) in the country. Louisville transfer Tyrell Harrell is the next broad receiver to make a difference. Coming out in the spring, the offensive line was supposed to work. Premature ranking: 1 2 Rose Bowl was able to provide us with the first two Heisman candidates: QB CJ Stroud (573 yards pass, six touchdowns) and WR Jaxon Smith-Njigbu (15 catches, 347 yards). That certainly gave optimism for 2022. The biggest, huge, mega issue is defense. Ryan Day has addressed growing concerns by stealing Jim Knowles from the state of Oklahoma as defense coordinator. That will be the difference between the Big Ten title and the playoff series. Premature ranking: 2 3 The Bulldogs are trying to bring him back after losing the core of the generational defense and the generational team (15 players taken in the NFL Draft). With the leftovers they should at least go back to CFP. Quarterback Stetson Bennett plays with home (and NIL) money. If he loses his starting job to Carson Beck or Brock Vandagriff, then what? SBIV never has to spend a dime again in Athens, Georgia. He is such a great hero. There is enough talent left in defense to continue to be the best in the SEC in that department. Premature ranking: 3 4 It’s hard to pick the Sooners to win the Big 12 when they didn’t do so last season to Lincoln Riley and now have Brent Venables as their new coach. This should not belittle what was the perfect engagement of athletic director Joe Castiglione. OU’s defense will be better because it can’t help but be under Venables. But these are transitions years with one foot in the SEC and the other trying to hit the Big 12 butts. UCF transfer Dillon Gabriel gives Venables a plug-and-play quarterback. The position of running backwards is deep. Premature ranking: 4 5 Let’s not dismiss the defenders of the Big 12 title. The Bears beat Texas and Oklahoma last season by a total of 20 points. Dave Aranda is one of the deepest thinkers in university football. Do you remember his goal from the game with 3 seconds to go against Oklahoma in 10? Somehow he was thinking ahead of time about a potential winner of the big 12. Aranda also named his quarterback starter after the spring. Unconventional? Sure, but that allowed for a transfer to last year’s starter Gerry Bohanon. I told you Aranda was a deep thinker. Premature ranking: 6 6 Only Jim Harbaugh could interview for a job in the NFL on National Signing Day, not get a job, keep a class, and get an extension with a raise a few days later. It is an introduction to the eighth year of the Harbaugh regime. Despite losing to Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo, the Wolverines will lag behind Ohio State and likely a playoff team. Premature ranking: 11 7 Aggies will be good, really good. It’s just not good enough. They can’t be while they’re still looking for a quarterback worth of playoffs in Jim Fisher’s fifth season. The 2022 recruiting class could be the best ever, but someone has to tell me how many of those five stars as true freshmen will make a difference in the SEC West. Aggies will be very good, not great in 2022. Premature ranking: 5 8 The experience of Marcus Freeman begins. The 38-year-old defense coordinator was probably the only logical engagement when Brian Kelly left less than a week before election Sunday. The first coach takes over the giant. He has plenty of talent for Combat Irish to win 10. Michael Mayer is the John Mackey Award nominee in the end. All-American Brandon Joseph’s Northwest Security is a great addition to the transfer portal. Offensive coordinator Tommy Rees decided to stay – with Freeman, in the package – after Kelly’s overture. Premature ranking: 7 9 That was more than Utah’s first Rose Bowl last January. It was a defining moment for the program. Ute clashed with the state of Ohio. Defenders of the Pac-12 champion should return to the Rose Bowl. Gritty Cam Rising returns as a quarterback. Stanford linebacker Gabe Reid arrives via the portal. The biggest “shift” for Ute may have been the shift. Kyle Whittingham (62) has not retired out of season. Premature ranking: 13 10 Remember when Arkansas “lost” the bidding war with Missouri for Eli Drinkwitz and had to settle for Sam Pittman? Yes, me too. In Year 3 under Pitky’s folk, the Razorbacks have turned the corner as an SEC program that will delight you. KJ Jefferson could be the second best SEC quarterback for Young. Former transfer from Alabama Drew Sanders strengthens an ever-improving defense. Premature ranking: 10 11 I don’t accept that Clemson won 10 in the “off” year. The conclusion is that the program has generally fallen and needs to be returned quickly. Something is going on with DJ Uiagalelei’s play. It must be fixed so that the Tigers can return to the top of the ACC. Both coordinators left. Dabo Swinney continues to complain about NIL and the transfer portal. That may not be good for transfers looking at the Tigers. The question must be asked: is the Clemson dynasty over when it is the top of 2022. only ACC address? Premature ranking: NR 12 The school and its supporters have thrown money at a two-decade-old problem – winning state championships. Mario Cristobal comes with proven experience and a desire to bring his alma mater back to the top. Two proven coordinators and recruiters – Josh Gattis and Kevin Steele – round out the stellar staff. Is Miami back? Under Cristobal, it simply could be. Premature ranking: 12 13 The season following the first regular season of the program with 10 wins, “The Portal King” by Lane Kiffin, has enthusiastically jumped deep into the list management base. Ole Miss had a top transfer class, according to 247Sports. Watch Michael Trigg and the projected Matt Corral replace Jackson Dart. Premature ranking: NR 14 Just getting to the ball game would be a dramatic improvement. But that’s why the USC pays Lincoln Riley the reported $ 110 million over 10 years. Riley needs to develop a running game and a certain firmness in both lines. Quarterback Caleb Williams is the headliner in Hollywood. Premature ranking: 14 15 Josh Heupel had a nice debut season at the SEC. But this will be the second year with the dark specter of the NCAA investigation into the program. Hendon Hooker is back after throwing 31 touchdown passes and leads the SEC in efficiency. Premature ranking: 15 16 Mel Tucker reset the market with this monster new contract. That’s what will bring you 11 wins, beat Michigan and win the New Year’s game six bowl. (Actually $ 95 million, a ten-year contract signed in late November before that 11th win.) Wisconsin transfer Jalen Berger and Colorado transfer Jarek Broussard will try to replace Kenneth Walker III in the hinterland. Premature ranking: 20 17 The disappointing debut of Steve Sarkisian with the result 5-7 included a defeat by Kansas. Longhorns need to start fast and they need to be fun. An explosive offense should take care of the latter. A transfer from Ohio State QB Quinn Ewers, WR Xavier Worthy and the return of RB Bian Robinson will make the Horns fun to watch. Premature ranking: 16 18 First coach Dan Lanning is the fourth coach of the Ducks since 2016. Cristobal said he left the closet full. It’s certainly in defense where Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell return trying to take Oregon to their fourth consecutive Pac-12 championship game. Premature ranking: 18 19 Wash, rinse, repeat for Badgers. They will fight in the Big Ten West with a major, physical offense. However, QB Graham Mertz must return. Jim Leonhard’s defense gets a big boost from UCLA transfer cornerback Jay Shaw. Premature ranking: 19 20 The Cowboys were literally inches away from possibly going into CFP, but failed to break through the 2-yard line with four attempts against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game. How much of that “What if?” will it still stay on the program? Fiesta Bowl’s victory (school record tied in 12th place) over Notre Dame helps. Quarterback Spencer Saunders returns for a fourth season. How much will the loss of Knowles mean for the defense of the top five? Premature ranking: 25 21 As long as Sam Hartman plays quarterback, the Demon Deacons have a chance. Wake Forest started 8-0 before settling with 11 wins (the most in 15 years) and a win at the Gator Bowl. Wake will lead the country in offensive games, try to tire the defense and endure. The defense finished no more than eighth in the ACC for five years in a row. Premature ranking: 17 22 The Cougars certainly deserved an invitation to the Big 12. Kalani Sitake has a steady program with 21 wins combined in the last two seasons. Versatile RB Tyler Allgeier has gone to the NFL, but Cal transfer hopes Christopher Brooks. Premature ranking: 21 23 Cougars should get an offer for New Year’s sixes given all that comes back. Coach Dana Holgorsen received a raise in the off-season. Quarterback Clayton Tune took over D’Eriq King a few years ago and never looked back. Coordinator Doug Belk’s defense is loaded. Premature ranking: NR 24 The season moved south when QB Sean Clifford fell against Iowa. Clifford is back what could be the difference in the always tough Big Ten East. James Franklin – 11-11 the last two seasons – has security with a new 10-year contract. Premature ranking: 24 25 Most of the big names are gone, but we bet on Luke Fickell. He stayed despite the overtures from the Power Five program and will continue to build something permanent until the Bearcats move to the Big 12. There will be battles at quarterback and tailback. We’ll get a sense of which direction the season is going on at the opening in Arkansas. Premature ranking: 23

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