What to Expect in the 2022
College Football Season
The 2022 College
Football season is coming quickly. Hereís what to expect.
For the 2022 College Football Season
The start of the new
college football season is on the horizon and will be here before you know it.
Georgia returns to defend its college national championship with a
number of teams prepared to try and take it away.
certainly awaiting the new season. As with any new campaign, it is always best
to prepare so that you know what to expect this college football season.
Since the inception
of the College Football Playoff in 2014, four teams have dominated - Alabama,
Clemson, Ohio State, and Georgia. Those four teams account for seven of the
eight - LSU is the other - national championships in that span.
As if on cue, most
preseason top-10 or top-25 polls have some mix of those four teams at the top.
Alabama is ranked No. 1 with Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson coming at No. 2
through No. 4.
Until other programs
do something to change it, these four teams will likely be in the thick of the
CFP race at the end of the season.
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premier award was won by Alabama QB Bryce Young last season. He passed for
4,872 yard and 47 touchdowns leading Alabama to the national title game.
Young is once again
among the favorites to win the award and if he is able to, he would become the
first player since Ohio State RB Archie Griffin to win the Heisman in
consecutive seasons. Heís sure to factor in on this yearís college football odds.
The favorite heading
into the new college football season just happens to be an Ohio State
quarterback - C.J. Stroud. Last season, Stroud threw for 4,435 yards and 44
touchdowns in leading the Buckeyes to an 11-2 record and earning the Big Tenís
Offensive Player of the Year award.
the Top 4 In the 2022 College Football Season
Just outside the
top-4 are a handful of teams looking to gain entry. Texas A&M is still the
third wheel in a loaded SEC. The Aggies went 8-4 last season but beat Alabama.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher had an outstanding recruiting class and Texas A&M
is ranked No. 5 in most preseason polls.
Michigan had Jim
Harbaughís best season going 12-2 with a Big Ten title and a trip to the CFP.
The Wolverines lost to Georgia, but they return seven starters on offense and
they will reload the nationís eighth-best scoring defense.
Notre Dame and both
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have the type of rosters that could do some damage
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Sleepers to Watch
football season there is a team or two that comes out of nowhere and surprises
everyone. Cincinnati was that team last year. The Bearcats went 13-1, won an
AAC title, and earned the first Group of 5 berth in the CFP.
This year, a
sleeping giant could be USC. The Trojans went out and hired former Oklahoma
coach Lincoln Riley and then went nuts in the transfer portal. The roster is
strong and the Pac-12 is weak.
Itís a similar
situation in Miami, another tradition-rich program. The Hurricanes went out and
hired alum Mario Cristobal away from Oregon. They have a potential NFL
first-round quarterback in Tyler Van Dyke and seven starters back on offense.
The schedule is favorable with only Clemson on the road.
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Changes in the 2022 College Football Season
fans will notice some rules changes in 2022. The most well-known was given the
name ďthe Kenny Pickett rule.Ē Pickett appeared to be going into a slide on a
run during the ACC championship game. He didnít slide and eventually scored a
touchdown on the play. Quarterbacks (or any player) may not fake a slide
Blocking below the
waist will be permitted by all offensive linemen and any stationary player
lined up inside the tackle box. A player in motion may not block below the
waist even if the motion puts him inside the tackle box area. Will the new
rules affect betting lines at your bookie?
has always been a 10-yard penalty, but this year a rules change gives a huge
bonus to the offense. The new rule includes an automatic first down on a
defensive holding penalty.
Upsets - Like Last Year
There will always be
upsets, but some are bigger than others.
Last year, FBS teams
played a record 117 games against FCS programs. Yes, FBS programs won the
majority of those games, but the 12 FCS wins is the most ever.
Of those 12, four
came against Power 5 teams - Washington, Vanderbilt, Florida State, and
Arizona. There will be ample opportunities this season again. All 14 SEC teams
have an FCS team on the schedule and the majority of teams from the other Power
5 conferences do as well.