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 25

25 Kentucky Wildcats

Final Rankings: 2021: 21 2020: 36 2019: 45
Week 1: Miami University

The loss of star power hurts, but the Cats have a terrific offensive backfield with QB Will Levis and RB Chris Rodriguez to work around. As always, the Kentucky style and system will make it a tough out, especially with seven defensive starters back.
Kentucky Schedule

24 Cincinnati Bearcats

Final Rankings: 2021: 7 2020: 9 2019: 22
Week 1: at Arkansas

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the program might be in reloading mode now, and the talent level still on campus is strong, but as the NFL draft just showed, there were a TON of great players who now have to be replaced. No, the Bearcats won’t fall off the map, but there will be a step back.
Cincinnati Schedule

23 Texas Longhorns

Final Rankings: 2021: 65 2020: 4 2019: 52
Week 1: ULM

This is an assumption that the talent and the tools will match up with the expectations – at least somewhat. There’s no excuse. Steve Sarkisian might not have the lines quite yet, but the transfer portal help to go along with the experience in place should be enough to make a big push for big things.
Texas Schedule

22 UCF Knights

Final Rankings: 2021: 48 2020: 70 2019: 19
Week 1: South Carolina State

Bowls are exhibitions and there’s almost never any correlation between what happens in them and how a team does the next season, but the win over Florida set a tone. The help from the transfer portal should be enough – with an already great group in place – to get UCF back on top of the American Athletic Conference.
UCF Schedule

21 LSU Tigers

Final Rankings: 2021: 35 2020: 29 2019: 1
Week 1: Florida State (Sept. 4 in New Orleans)

Just how quickly can Brian Kelly turn all the LSU talent into a winner? Just being good again won’t be good enough, though, with a whole lot of good new parts coming in to go along with an already good base. Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels – if he wins the job – should be in for a massive season.
LSU Schedule

20 Utah Utes

Final Rankings: 2021: 13 2020: 114 2019: 46
Week 1: at Florida

The Utes might not be that again, but you know what you’re getting. The lines will be tough, the defense will be great, and the running game will be solid to help QB Cameron Rising try to keep the 2021 momentum going.
Utah Schedule

19 UCLA Bruins

Final Rankings: 2021: 42 2020: 32 2019: 97
Week 1: Bowling Green

Okay, UCLA. Now it’s time to really do this. The offense lost a slew of big parts, but the defense should be the best yet under Chip Kelly, the transfer portal will help, and QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson will be a difference maker.
UCLA Schedule

18 Penn State Nittany Lions

Final Rankings: 2021: 32 2020: 56 2019: 5
Week 1: at Purdue

This ranking has as much to do with brand name and coaching than anything else. There are way too many big losses on defense, and the offense needs to crank up the right mix for the line. Of course there’s talent – it’s Penn State – but there won’t be a whole lot of time with this schedule to warm up.
Penn State Schedule

17 Michigan State Spartans

Final Rankings: 2021: 10 2020: 54 2019: 26
Week 1: Western Michigan (Sept. 2)

Alright, now do it again. It would help if the pass defense wasn’t among the worst in the nation, but the running game will keep on going with some fantastic transfers looking to be the next Kenneth Walker. Mel Tucker won’t let his D be that mediocre again.
Michigan State Schedule

16 Ole Miss Rebels

Final Rankings: 2021: 11 2020: 22 2019: 99
Week 1: Troy

This is based on the belief that Ole Miss will rebuild fast around all the great transfers on both sides of the ball. The team lost a ton of talent, but – with all due respect to Matt Corral – with a little bit of time, the offense might have upgraded with USC QB Jaxson Dart and all the other pieces. TCU RB Zach Evans is going to be fantastic.
Ole Miss Schedule

15 Tennessee Volunteers

Final Rankings: 2021: 20 2020: 75 2019: 36
Week 1: Ball State

The offense should be even better – QB Hendon Hooker is just that good – and there aren’t enough big losses on either side of the ball to matter. Now the program has the good problem of dealing with high expectations again.
Tennessee Schedule

14 Florida Gators

Final Rankings: 2021: 51 2020:2019: 20
Week 1: Utah

Can a new coaching staff turn everything around right away? Yeah. Billy Napier is just that good, QB Anthony Richardson might be just that good, and after a down year, the program might just be right back in the hunt for something special.
Florida Schedule

13 NC State Wolfpack

Final Rankings: 2021: 15 2020: 37 2019: 112
Week 1: at East Carolina

Every year there’s an ACC team that rises up and makes a big national splash. That’s NC State in 2022 with QB Devin Leary leading a tremendous offense – even without OT Ikem Ekwonu – to go along with what might be the ACC’s best defense outside of Clemson’s.
NC State Schedule

12 USC Trojans

Final Rankings: 2021: 74 2020: 24 2019: 38
Week 1: Rice

Let’s just go ahead and assume USC goes from struggling to amazing right away under Lincoln Riley. Caleb Williams is a Heisman-caliber talent, but the Oklahoma QB isn’t the only star transfer coming into an already great situation.
USC Schedule

11 Wisconsin Badgers

Final Rankings: 2021: 18 2020: 25 2019: 11
Week 0: Austin Peay
Week 1: Illinois State

There’s one giant tweak happening here that might make all the difference – new offensive coordinator Bobby Engram is going to mix it up a bit. It’s Wisconsin, so the amazing backs will rumble behind giant human beings, but don’t be shocked if there’s a passing game. And yeah, it’s Wisconsin. The defense will once again be outstanding.
Wisconsin Schedule

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