College football rankings 2022: Alabama near-unanimous No. 1 over Ohio State in Preseason CBS Sports 131

The 2022 faculty football season kicks off in a matter of weeks, however earlier than the video games can start, a practice as embedded in the game as any should happen: preseason rankings. Our place to begin for the season is the CBS Sports 131 — our complete rating of each workforce on the FBS degree, now together with James Madison — which has final yr’s College Football Playoff runner-up Alabama holding the No. 1 spot with all however one voter selecting the Crimson Tide as the highest workforce in the nation getting into the season.

no 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Georgia comply with for a prime three just isn’t going to attract a lot debate. But one doesn’t must drive a lot additional down the Preseason CBS Sports 131 rankings to search out some groups to debate.

With a Pac-12 championship trophy in the case and a stellar quarterback returning in Cameron Rising, Utah sits in the following spot at No. 4. The Utes have been sturdy underneath coach Kyle Whittingham for the final couple of years, however they’re in uncommon territory right here knocking on the door of the highest three. Behind Utah are some extra acquainted top-five and top-10 applications, together with Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

Remaining in the highest 10 from the 2021 postseason are Michigan and Baylor. On the opposite aspect of the coin is, Texas A&M, one of many larger rises amongst groups in the highest 25 after ending final season at No. 28 and transferring all the best way as much as No. 9 to begin 2022. That adjustment just isn’t the most important transfer inside this new set of rankings as USC, Miami and Tennessee all noticed larger jumps. Check out extra on these changes, in addition to a number of the largest year-to-year adjustments exterior the highest 25, in the Mover’s Report beneath.

Most of the groups on the prime of the Preseason CBS Sports 131 are getting into the yr with momentum after respectable showings in 2021. There is clearly a projection for some regression from Cincinnati, Michigan State and Pittsburgh after wonderful (if not breakthrough) seasons, however there’s nonetheless a excessive flooring for the expectations for all three given what they achieved. On the opposite finish of the spectrum, a workforce like Penn State didn’t have as many wins as it will like, falling to fourth place in its personal division, however our voters nonetheless just like the items in place for James Franklin’s squad and have the Nittany Lions inside the highest 20.

Of course, these rankings compiled from our consultants at CBS Sports and 247Sports will change as soon as we get by Week 0 and Week 1. (*131*) groups could even see dramatic shifts based mostly on how they arrive out of the gate. Once Week 1 involves an in depth, the CBS Sports 131 can be again with our first main replace, however for now, these rankings are locked in to set the stage for the season forward.

College football consultants from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots every week, that are averaged collectively for our rankings. You can see the highest 25 beneath and 26-131 on our rankings web page.

Preseason CBS Sports 131 faculty football rankings

1 Alabama 13-2 2
2 Ohio State 11-2 5
3 Georgia 14-1 1
4 Utah 10-4 11
5 Clemson 10-3 16
6 Notre Dame 11-2 8
7 Okla 11-2 10
8 Michigan 12-2 3
9 Texas A&M 8-4 28
10 Baylor 12-2 6
11 NC State 9-3 18
12 USC 4-8 85
13 Oklahoma State 12-2 7
14 Oregon 10-4 21
15 Wisconsin 9-4 23
16 Arkansas 9-4 20
17 Cincinnati 13-1 4
18 Penn State 7-6 31
19 Miami (FL) 7-5 47
20 Michigan State 11-2 9
21 Wake Forest 11-3 15
22 Houston 12-2 14
23 Kentucky 10-3 19
24 Tennessee 7-6 44
25 Pittsburgh 11-3 13

Biggest movers

  • no 12 USC (+73): One widespread thread for the groups in this part is teaching adjustments, because the struggles of 2021 led to a change on the prime. Lincoln Riley alone does not increase USC from No. 85 into the highest 15, however his star-studded switch class led by an instant-impact quarterback in Caleb Williams actually does.
  • no 30 Florida (+40): The bottoming-out second for the Gators got here with a loss to UCF in the bowl sport, nevertheless it began a lot earlier in the season and impacts how we view 2021 Florida towards the potential of 2022 Florida. Billy Napier comes together with his personal hype issue, however any sort of shake as much as the system ought to put a product on the sphere higher than the 6-7 squad from a yr in the past.
  • no 29 Texas (+31): I do know that is going to return as an enormous shock, however Texas is beginning a school football season with some hype a yr after falling wanting preseason expectations. Year 1 with Steve Sarkisian was decidedly common; the Longhorns went 5-7 and completed sixtieth in our ultimate rankings. But with Quinn Ewers added to the quarterback room and one other yr of improvement for a powerful now-sophomore class, Texas is again (to being inside the highest 30 nationally).
  • no 31 LSU (+28): Another teaching change brings a significant increase in rating. Brian Kelly has been a winner at a number of ranges of school football, and now he takes on the hardest take a look at in the game making an attempt to win in the SEC West. How a lot of the BK bump will we see in Year 1? Our voters see the expertise on the roster and suppose it will not take lengthy to enhance from final season’s 6-7 end.
  • no 19 Miami (+26): Mario Cristobal comes in with a monitor file of contending for convention titles at Oregon. He additionally inherits a roster able to problem Clemson instantly in the ACC. Reigning ACC Rookie of the Year Tyler Van Dyke ought to have the offense buzzing once more, and the Hurricanes protection has a powerful mixture of younger breakout gamers from final yr and new switch portal additions. If all of the items gel, this adjustment will not look so dramatic.
  • no 24 Tennessee (+20): Bringing again QB Hendon Hooker and key items of the offense arrange Tennessee to as soon as once more have some of the profitable offenses in the SEC, however can the Volunteers get sufficient stops for a giant step ahead? This rating place suggests our voters imagine Tennessee is in the combo for second place in the SEC East, which might be a formidable step ahead for Josh Heupel’s program.
  • no 9 Texas A&M (+19): The Aggies verify almost each field for nationwide championship rivalry; they only have to hit on the quarterback and enhance the explosiveness in the passing sport to take the following step. Without that subsequent step, Texas A&M may have the identical small margins that make it attainable to each beat Alabama whereas additionally shedding video games to unranked SEC foes. It’s nonetheless a ceiling that may hold with the Tide, which is why we see Texas A&M up in the highest 10 after going 8-4 final season.
  • no 27 Ole Miss (-15): If teaching adjustments are a typical thread for the large strikes up, shedding a beginning quarterback is one for a number of the huge strikes down. Ole Miss has succesful choices with Jaxson Dart becoming a member of the quarterback room, however the turnover in the wake of Matt Corral’s absence has resulted in our voters downgrading the Rebels from a top-15 workforce to a top-30 workforce heading into the season.
  • no 61 Louisiana (-41): Last yr’s 13-1 season was the end result of years of constructing by Napier, his workers and greater than a dozen tremendous seniors. That memorable yr had the Ragin’ Cajuns ending seventeenth in our rankings, however a roster reset and the change from Napier to Michael Desormeaux was certain to outcome in a significant adjustment. Louisiana continues to be anticipated to compete for one more Sun Belt title — it was picked by the media to win the Sun Belt West for a fifth consecutive season — however our voters imagine they’ll slot a lot nearer to the center of the pack nationally.

Check out the remainder of the CBS Sports 131: Teams ranked 26-131
* UMass (presently listed as “others receiving votes” resulting from technical error) is the 131st workforce

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