Top 25 College Football Rankings 2022: Preseason Coaches Poll

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The 2022 college football season is just around the corner and we are now getting a look at how teams are stacked up ahead of the new year. On Monday, August 8, the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll released its preseason top 25 to give us an early look at the landscape of the college football world.

As we have become used to seeing, the Alabama Crimson Tide once again sit atop the rankings with 54 of a possible 66 first-place votes. It is the seventh time in 13 years that the Crimson Tide are in the No. 1 spot entering the season.

The Ohio State Buckeyes enter the season at No. 2 with five first-place votes, while the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs land at No. 3 with six first-place votes.

The Clemson Tigers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish round out the top five in the preseason poll.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll is that the No. 18 Texas Longhorns received the remaining first-place vote.

Where does your favorite team stand entering the 2022 season?

A look at the preseason USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll can be seen below.

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

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa 248; Penn State 246; Tennessee 163; Brigham Young 152; Louisiana State 143; Auburn 98; Central Florida 55; North Carolina 34; San Diego State 25; Fresno State 21; Mississippi State 19; Florida 17; Utah State 12; Air Force 12; UCLA 10; Boise State 10; Appalachian State 10; Minnesota 6; South Carolina 5; Kansas State 4; Iowa State 3; Army 3; UL Lafayette 2; Southern Methodist 2; Purdue 2; Oregon State 2; Coastal Carolina 2; Texas-San Antonio 1; Louisville 1; Florida State 1.


The USA TODAY Sports AFCA football coaches poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of 65 head coaches at Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the American Football Coaches Association their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second-place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.
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