In the early College football rankings, Alabama is the No. 1 team and is considered the favorite to win the national championship in 2022. But it has struggled to stay in that position. Even though Lincoln Riley was hired in the offseason, the Crimson Tide didn’t do much to help the team climb from 85th place to the top 15 this year. However, USC did add a star-studded transfer class that included Caleb Williams and Jalen Hurts.
Alabama is ranked No. 1 in preseason polls
With three national titles and three top-four finishes in the past 12 years, Alabama has built a dynasty and is now ranked No. 1 in preseason college football polls. In fact, Alabama has never finished lower than 10th. With eight preseason No. 1 rankings, College Football Rankings is tied with Oklahoma for the most in program history. Only two other teams have been ranked No. 1 in the same season: Florida State in 1999 and Alabama in 2000. And, as always, the Crimson Tide has the best recruiting class in the country.
In the SN preseason top 25 polls, Alabama is the only team from the SEC to crack the top spot. It trails Ohio State and Georgia, which have combined for 14 of 16 appearances in the CFP championship game and seven national championships. Last season, Alabama had a stellar year, adding three potential starters while losing Jahmyr Gibbs to Texas.
Athlon’s preseason top-five pick for the national title in 2022 focuses on a core group of players that are considered the core of Alabama’s offense. They have the Heisman Trophy winner, Bryce Young, returning to the starting lineup after missing last year’s CFP National Championship Game. Meanwhile, their three other returning players should be solid, all-around running back. Of course, the offensive line is a concern, as it allowed 41 sacks last year. With Evan Nee headed for the NFL, the offensive line will be a more fragile unit.
Alabama is favored to win national championship in 2022
It is hard to predict the outcome of college football championship games, but one team has a long history of winning them. College Football Rankings is the consensus favorite to win the college football national championship in 2022. The team lost three key players from last season, Jameson Williams, and John Metchie to the NFL, but will return the majority of its starters. Currently, Alabama is a 38.5-point favorite against Utah State. However, they are a 14.5-point underdog against Texas in Week One. The Tide are also a 23.5-point favorite in the Iron Bowl against Auburn. However, they have won six out of the last eight meetings between Alabama and Utah.
The Tide’s 2018 season was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but instead, Alabama won the SEC and led the College Football Playoff National Championship. While they lost a record number of games, Alabama tied for the most losses since 2010. Still, they returned their best offensive and defensive players, including Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr. The Tide’s defense is another area of concern.
Georgia is the favorite to win the SEC Championship Game, but the Tide are also favorites against Kentucky, Texas, and Cincinnati. Both teams will be tough competition, and the margin for error is thin among teams outside the power conferences. The season begins on Aug. 27. If Alabama wins, Georgia is the next favorite in the CFP championship. But if Georgia does win, Georgia is favored to win the CFP title.
Wake Forest’s wide receiver group is tops in ACC
The Wake Forest wide receiver group is arguably one of the best in the country. The team features an outstanding receiving corps, including a 6-foot-5 sophomore named A.T. Perry, who had nearly 1300 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. This group also includes sophomore Dontayvion Wicks, who had the best yards per catch in the ACC last season with 1.097. He’s projected to be a Top 4 pick in the NFL draft.
The Wake Forest offense is anchored by quarterback Sam Hartman, who led the Demon Deacons to their first Atlantic Division championship since 2006. Last season, Hartman had a breakout year, throwing for more than 4,200 yards and 39 touchdowns while tying the school’s single-season record. Hartman already has 72 touchdown passes in his career. The offensive line and receiving corps are among the best in the ACC.
While the Demon Deacons’ offense was very well last season, the defense was not. The Demon Deacons have a backloaded schedule, with games against Boston College, Clemson, and North Carolina. Their last four games were against FCS teams, but they had one-off week before their first game against Boston College. Pittsburgh has been a tough nut to crack, and it looks like they will be no different.
Tennessee is tops in Pac-12
The Vols have a shaky history under Coach Josh Heupel but should be a strong contender in the SEC next season. The Vols have three returning starters from last year, including quarterback Hendon Hooker, running back Jabari Small, and wide receiver Cedric Tillman. In addition, they have a solid receiving corps led by Cedric Tillman and former Southern California wide receiver Bru McCoy. The only question now is whether Tennessee will be able to improve their defense to prevent opponents from scoring touchdowns.
USC will need to improve its defense and running game to stay atop the Pac-12 rankings. They won’t face Oregon or Washington during the regular season but will play Utah, UCLA, and Stanford. The Trojans’ running backs should have more success than last year’s version of the Big 12.
The Tigers return four starters on the offensive line, including quarterback Darnell Wright, who had a breakout year last year. The team was abysmal last year, surrendering 33.6 points per game and 5.6 yards per play in conference action. The Tennessee defense also ranked near the bottom in the league in third down and red zone defense, but they’ll likely improve with the addition of WR Darrell Jackson and RB Chris Rodriguez Jr.
USC is the defending Pac-12 champion. This fall, the Cougars and Trojans will face off in Salt Lake City. Tennessee is also topped in CFN 2021. In CFN 2021, USC is the preseason favorite for the conference title, but the Wildcats have a better chance than Oregon. And if Oregon beats the Ducks, the Pac-12 will be dominated once again.
Auburn is bottom of ACC in preseason polls
Despite the Tigers’ strong season, the ACC preseason polls still put the team at the bottom of the conference. In the AP poll, Auburn didn’t even crack the top two. In fact, it was ranked ninth. That’s three slots below the next lowest voter, Newell. The outlier vote, however, didn’t hurt Auburn’s ranking. The team now sits at No. 4 in the preseason poll.
While the national media seems to be intrigued with the 2010 Auburn Tiger team, the media is looking for a reason to move College Football Rankings up to elite teams. The team’s performance must match the expectations of the national media. If they can do this, the Auburn Tigers will climb quickly in the polls. While there is little information available about this team on a national scale and hardly any local media, enough has leaked out to make it a worthy topic of discussion.
The ACC is loaded this year, but Death Valley still has a chance to claim the championship. The ACC preseason polls are a great way to determine who will win the conference. The Tigers are not without their own problems, but if they can’t defeat the top teams in the ACC, the title will likely go to Death Valley. Therefore, there’s no reason for Auburn to be the bottom of the ACC.
Penn State’s secondary is tops in Pac-12
According to one recruiting analyst, Penn State’s receiving duo is the third best in the nation by 2022. Only Texas and Ohio State rank higher. However, both of these teams will be challenged by Penn State’s defense next year. This is a big question mark because if the secondary improves, it could be the best in the Big Ten. But what does a four-star safety mean?
As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to a news conference. As the Pac-12 looks to compete with the Big Ten and other powerful conferences, the league is rearranging. In the wake of these moves, ESPN has erupted in brand wars and Twitter has been inundated with speculation about which teams should go to the Big Ten or the Big 12. The conference’s new commissioner, Larry Kliavkoff, has pledged to make changes and add more teams, but that’s not happening just yet.
The Minnesota Vikings were eliminated from the College Football Playoff by Nebraska in the first round of the playoffs, but their defense is still ranked third in the college football rankings. That’s good news for the Vikings, who are only four games out of the playoffs. And if the Vikings win in January, they will likely make the playoffs. But a loss now could “afford” them a spot at the top of the conference.