Brad’s 2022 College Football Preview- Comprehensive 1-130 Rankings

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few hours to publish my 16th annual college football preview guide which will contain 18 entries in all.  Below, you will see my full ranking of every team 1-131. The column to the left of each team is my ranking of each squad, and the column to the right of each team is the experts ranking (average of Athlon, Lindy’s, and CBS Sports) for that program.. You will soon see that the teams in which I have the biggest disparities with the experts will be featured in my surprise/disappointment lists that will be posted within the hour.   One other thing you will notice is that the top four teams in the rankings have parentheses next to their names.  That number represents each team’s seeding in my predicted 2022-23 college football playoff.  These rankings intend to encapsulate the entire college football season, so I felt it necessary to differentiate between a team’s regular season finish/playoff seeding and their final ranking.

TeamExperts
1Clemson (1)4
2Alabama (2)1
3Ohio State (3)2
4Utah (4)5
5Oklahoma State13
6Georgia3
7Michigan7
8Oregon11
9Oklahoma9
10Southern California14
11NC State12
12Purdue32
13Iowa30
14Houston23
15Mississippi State34
16Penn State24
17Wisconsin15
18Texas A & M5
19Miami-FL17
20Ole Miss25
21North Carolina48
22Boise State36
23Cincinnati17
24Appalachian State47
25Air Force56
26UTSA62
27Tennessee21
28UCLA33
29Kentucky21
30Wake Forest20
31Auburn41
32Michigan State19
33Virginia Tech57
34UCF38
35Fresno State35
36San Diego State58
37Army72
38Toledo70
39Coastal Carolina44
40UAB66
41UL-Lafayette67
42Western Kentucky82
43Notre Dame8
44Texas28
45Arkansas16
46Brigham Young25
47Louisville50
48Nebraska51
49West Virginia58
50Minnesota39
51Kansas State37
52Florida State39
53Maryland55
54Pittsburgh27
55Virginia53
56East Carolina74
57SMU54
58Utah State62
59Miami-OH83
60Colorado State87
61Troy95
62Northern Illinois77
63Florida31
64LSU29
65South Carolina45
66Baylor10
67Arizona State71
68Oregon State45
69Stanford68
70Washington49
71California64
72Memphis68
73Liberty73
74Kent State92
75Marshall74
76North Texas98
77Georgia State84
78Florida Atlantic100
79South Alabama101
80Buffalo116
81San Jose State93
82Western Michigan102
83Louisiana Tech117
84Southern Miss108
85UTEP98
86Texas State123
87Missouri60
88TCU52
89Iowa State42
90Washington State61
91Syracuse80
92Texas Tech65
93Boston College43
94UNLV115
95Charlotte112
96Ohio120
97Arkansas State109
98Arizona85
99Rutgers79
100Northwestern77
101Indiana81
102Illinois76
103Kansas94
104Central Michigan86
105USF106
106Navy104
107Bowling Green114
108Tulsa90
109Tulane91
110Eastern Michigan103
111Georgia Tech89
112Duke105
113Vanderbilt97
114Wyoming96
115Old Dominion107
116Ball State119
117James Madison110
118Hawaii124
119UMass131
120Florida International128
121Colorado89
122Nevada113
123Temple122
124Middle Tennessee111
125Akron127
126Rice121
127Georgia Southern118
128New Mexico State130
129New Mexico125
130UL-Monroe126
131UConn128

As you can see above, I am picking the Tigers of Clemson to take home the 2022 national championship! I made the same pick last year and it blew up in my face, but too many people are picking Bama and Ohio State for me to pick one of them. Two things that win championships are stout defenses and manageable schedules, and the Tigers definitely have both in 2022!

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