AP Top 25 Poll: Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia Heads College Football Rankings Ahead of 2022 Season

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The 2022 college football season is less than two weeks away, and now we know which title contender will enter the season with the coveted No. 1 ranking. The Preseason AP Top 25 was released Monday, with Alabama starting the season as the top team in the country for the fifth time in the past seven years. The Crimson Tide boasts the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in Bryce Young, star EDGE threat Will Anderson Jr. and motivation to return to the top of the college football world after falling in January’s national title game against Georgia.

Ohio State comes in at No. 2 after missing the College Football Playoff last season. The Buckeyes are led by star quarterback CJ Stroud and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba – arguably the best wide receiver in the country. The biggest question facing Coach Ryan Day’s squad is defense, even though he took defensive coordinator Jim Knowles out of the state of Oklahoma to solve the problems that plagued the team last season.

Defending National Champion Georgia, led by quarterback Stetson Bennett IV, enters the season in #3. The key question for the Bulldogs is their defense, which lost five players in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Coach Kirby Smart has turned the program into a recruiting force, but that will be tested this year after a total of 15 players lost to the next level. Clemson jumped from number 14 in the last AP Top 25 of 2022 to number 4 coming in this season, with Notre Dame rounding out the top five.

Here’s a look at the full top 25 (first place votes in brackets):

  1. Alabama (54)
  2. State of Ohio (6)
  3. Georgia (3)
  4. Clemson
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Baylor
  11. Oregon
  12. State of Oklahoma
  13. State of North Carolina
  14. USC
  15. Michigan state
  16. Miami (FL)
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Arkansas
  20. Kentucky
  21. Ole Miss
  22. Wake Forest
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Houston
  25. BYU

Others who receive votes: Tennessee (180), Texas (164), Iowa (163), Penn State (160), LSU (55), Fresno State (32), Minnesota (31), UCF (27), Purdue (17), Mississippi State ( 15), Auburn (15), Florida (14), Kansas State (14), North Carolina (9), Boise State (5), Air Force (4), Appalachian State (4), South Carolina (2), UCLA ( 2), State of San Diego (2), State of Utah (2), Nebraska (1)

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