Alabama, Ohio State lead early preseason top 10 for 2022

The last game of the 2020 college football season has been played, so now is the time to look forward to the next season. Here you are Mike FarrellThe initial top 10 of this is based on many factors.

1. ALABAMA

Amazing, huh? Bryce Young is back as quarterback, Jahmyr Gibbs and Elias Ricks are elite transfers and Nick Saban it will simply reload in a few key locations. The wide catcher group is talented and young, and Will Anderson is arguably the best player returning to college football next season.

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2. STATE OF OHIO

CJ Stroud (sports images from USA Today)

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3. GEORGIA

Clever Kirby

Kirby Smart (sports images from USA Today)

The quarterback’s situation is always an issue in Georgia, but the talent will be there for the reigning champions despite some major losses expected for the NFL. The Bulldogs defense will still be bad as well as the running game and they have more weapons in the passing game than in recent memory.

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4. CLEMSON

DJ Uiagalelei

DJ Uiagalelei (USA Today Sports Images)

Clemson’s defense will be absolutely loaded especially in attack, but it all depends on how well DJ Uiagalelei plays as a quarterback. Even though he will be way below expectations, I believe he makes enough leaps to put the Tigers in the playoff discussion.

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5. Utah

Cameron on the rise

Cameron Rising (sports images from USA Today)

Not enough respect is paid Kyle Whittingham and Utes every year, but with Cameron Rising, a tough running game and that underrated defense, I like them better.

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6. MICHIGAN

Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh (sports images from USA Today)

Self Jim Harbaugh stay or go the expectations will be high but this is a team that will handle the ball at will, control the time and continue to play in elite defense despite some huge losses on that side.

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7. TEXAS A&M

Jimbo Fisher

Jimbo Fisher (sports images from USA Today)

The Aggies were a disappointment last season, but the way Jimbo Fisher recruiting, there’s no way to take Texas A&M lightly next year even with SEC West favorite Alabama.

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8. NOTRE DAME

Lorenzo Styles, Jr.

Lorenzo Styles, Jr. (USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Kelly he’s gone and there may be a drop, but the defense should be elite and Notre Dame will always be able to play powerful football.

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9. BAYLOR

Gerry Bohanon

Gerry Bohanon (USA Today sports images)

Dave Aranda has this Baylor team playing a tough defense and Gerry Bohanon gets better and better.

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10. USC

Caleb Williams

Caleb Williams (USA Today sports images)

Will Caleb Williams announce it when you read this? I’m not sure. But his presence alongside a talented young roster immediately makes USC dangerous.

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