College Football Rankings 2022 Spring: What To Know About All 131 Teams

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College Football Rankings 2022 Spring: What To Know About All 131 Teams

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College Football Rankings 2022 Spring: What To Know About All 131 Teams


College Football Rankings Spring 2022: Top 100

100 Kent State Golden Flashes

Final Rankings: 2021: 90 2020: 89 2019: 66
Week 1: at Washington (Sept. 1)

Can the Golden Flashes keep the high-powered attack going without QB Dustin Crum? Yeah – the offensive front is in place – but the defense has to be a whole lot better to get back to the MAC Championship.
Kent State Schedule

99 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Final Rankings: 2021: 102 2020: 74 2019: 32
Week 0: Vanderbilt
Week 1: WKU

New head coach Timmy Chang is all but starting over with a program that needed a shot in the arm. It’s going to be fun offensively – it’s a Timmy Chang-coached team – but the defense is a massive question mark.
Hawaii Schedule

98 UTSA Roadrunners

Final Rankings: 2021: 55 2020: 102 2019: 118
Week 1: Houston

Yeah, this is showing way too much disrespect to a program that came up with a fantastic 2021, but too many stars from the Conference USA champion version are gone.
UTSA Schedule

97 Central Michigan Chippewas

Final Rankings: 2021: 70 2020: 105 2019: 71
Week 1: at Oklahoma State (Sept. 1)

Jim McElwain’s team is just good enough to be in the MAC championship mix, but you don’t easily replace two NFL offensive linemen. Even so, there’s no reason the defense can’t make up for any concerns on the other side.
Central Michigan Schedule

96 Northern Illinois Huskies

Final Rankings: 2021: 69 2020: 122 2019: 92
Week 1: Eastern Illinois

The Huskies set the bar high with a MAC championship season – after going winless in 2020 – and enough parts are back to make it a title-or-bust campaign. The offense should be among the most physical in the MAC, and the young D will come into its own as the season goes on.
Northern Illinois Schedule

95 WKU Hilltoppers

Final Rankings: 2021: 67 2020: 115 2019: 40
Week 1: at Hawaii

The team isn’t going to fall off the map, but there are a whole lot of big changes with QB Bailey Zappe off to New England and offensive coordinator Zach Kittley doing his thing for Texas Tech. Former West Virginia QB Jarret Doege will bomb away.
WKU Schedule

94 Florida Atlantic Owls

Final Rankings: 2021: 111 2020: 7 2019: 20
Week 0: Charlotte
Week 1: at Ohio

Can the transfer portal get the Owls back to the level they were at in the Lane Kiffin days? There’s enough talent to get a winning season, but Willie Taggart needs the new guys to be great.
Florida Atlantic Schedule

93 San Jose State Spartans

Final Rankings: 2021: 87 2020: 47 2019: 95
Week 1: Portland State

The transfer portal is changing around the offense and the defense has the depth and experience on the front seven to be good right away. If Hawaii transfer QB Chevan Cordeiro is great, this ranking is WAY too low.
San Jose State Schedule

92 Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Final Rankings: 2021: 77 2020: 39 2019: 86
Week 1: at Wyoming

Always underestimate this program at your own risk. However, there are too many big losses from last year’s team to make a winning season a fight. Throw in a tough schedule, and this is going to be rough. But again, underestimate this program …
Tulsa Schedule

91 Navy Midshipmen

Final Rankings: 2021: 93 2020: 88 2019: 17
Week 1: Delaware

The team has to start playing better. The coaching is great, the system still works, and there’s even enough experience to hope for more consistency. Now it all has to start working again – the offense has to be a differentiating factor.
Navy Schedule

90 Miami University RedHawks

Final Rankings: 2021: 96 2020: 93 2019: 47
Week 1: at Kentucky

Let’s set the bar high – this should be the MAC’s best team. Okay, so the D might need a few weeks to get up to speed, but the offense should make up for it with a balanced attack that should be consistent.
Miami University Schedule

89 Tulane Green Wave

Final Rankings: 2021: 99 2020: 65 2019: 62
Week 1: UMass

Let’s just call 2021 a blip. The coaching is too strong and the talent level has risen up too much thanks to the transfer portal to think the 2-10 run will carry over. It might take a bit, though for the defense to rise up.
Tulane Schedule

88 Wyoming Cowboys

Final Rankings: 2021: 105 2020: 85 2019: 48
Week 0: at Illinois
Week 1: Tulsa

The offensive star power is gone through the transfer portal, but that’s flowing the other way, too, with new Cowboys coming in. It’s going to take a little while to get going, but the defense should be decent right away.
Wyoming Schedule

87 UAB Blazers

Final Rankings: 2021: 33 2020: 62 2019: 58
Week 1: Alabama A&M

We’re at the point now when believing in UAB being able to reload and rock should be a given. Granted, this is way too low for the moment, but give it time. A good rotation has to be found on both lines, but the rest of the pieces are there.
UAB Schedule

86 Kansas Jayhawks

Final Rankings: 2021: 83 2020: 104 2019: 117
Week 1: Tennessee Tech (Sept. 2)

The Jayhawks aren’t going to compete for the Big 12 title or anything, but they’ll be even more competitive after showing great fight at times throughout last year. The talent level and experience are enough to come up with their best season in years.
Kansas Schedule

85 Vanderbilt Commodores

Final Rankings: 2021: 104 2020: 91 2019: 116
Week 0: at Hawaii
Week 1: Elon

It’s going to be a struggle again as the 14th best team in a loaded 14-team league, but there’s plenty of experience returning and more depth than normal. Now the team has to find a few top playmakers who can make a difference.
Vanderbilt Schedule

84 Liberty Flames

Final Rankings: 2021: 97 2020: 11 2019: 65
Week 1: at Southern Miss

There’s no more Malik Willis under center, but the Hugh Freeze offense gets transfer Charlie Brewer along with a slew of other good transfers to come up with a good year. Willis was special, though.
Liberty Schedule

83 Colorado State Rams

Final Rankings: 2021: 117 2020: 100 2019: 109
Week 1: at Michigan

Can new head coach Jay Norvell get it all going right away? Yeah, but the offense is starting over with a slew of transfers and the top stars on both sides of the ball have to be replaced.
Colorado State Schedule

82 Marshall Thundering Herd

Final Rankings: 2021: 89 2020: 67 2019: 35
Week 1: Norfolk State

Welcome to the new league, Marshall. The Herd should thunder over the Sun Belt with a dangerous offense led by transfer QB Henry Columbi. The defense that’s been great for years fills the gaps from the transfer portal.
Marshall Schedule

81 Nevada Wolf Pack

Final Rankings: 2021: 56 2020: 57 2019: 74
Week 0: at New Mexico State
Week 1: Texas State

Nevada isn’t exactly starting over, but the stars of last year’s passing game are gone along with head coach Jay Norvell. New head coach Ken Wilson brings in QB Shane Illingworth from Oklahoma State, but it’ll take a whole lot for the attack to be at the 2021 level.
Nevada Schedule

80 Utah State Aggies

Final Rankings: 2021: 24 2020: 27 2019: 18
Week 0: UConn
Week 1: at Alabama

Coming off a Mountain West championship season, there should be a step back unless the transfers can step in and be great right away on D. QB Logan Bonner will steady the offense.
Utah State Schedule

79 Colorado Buffaloes

Final Rankings: 2021: 76 2020: 30 2019: 81
Week 1: TCU (Sept. 2)

Can the experience returning turn into production? With help from the transfer portal the offensive skill spots should be stronger in time, but it might be up to a solid recruiting class to push for a good season.
Colorado Schedule

78 Duke Blue Devils

Final Rankings: 2021: 107 2020: 92 2019: 88
Week 1: Temple (Sept. 2)

New head coach Mike Elko knows defense – he’s what the program needed. The David Cutcliffe offense was almost always interesting, but the defensive side has been – to be nice – lacking. It’s still going to take the rest of the offseason, though, to find the right parts for the O.
Duke Schedule

77 Arizona Wildcats

Final Rankings: 2021: 86 2020: 35 2019: 33
Week 1: at San Diego State

There might be a hard ceiling on how high the team can go in Year Two under head coach Jedd Fisch, but the team should be much, MUCH better as the lines start to improve. A slew of newcomers will help, starting with Washington State QB Jayden de Laura and UTEP WR Jacob Cowing.
Arizona Schedule

76 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Final Rankings: 2021: 66 2020: 12 2019: 96
Week 1: Army

It’s going to take a whole lot of benefits of a whole lot of doubts to assume Coastal Carolina will be just that good again for a third year in a row. QB Grayson McCall is back to run the fantastic offense, but the defense loses just about everyone.
Coastal Carolina Schedule

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