The 2022 college football kickoff is fast approaching and, as expected, only a few teams have a real shot at leading the table and making the playoffs.
And even fewer teams that bettors predict will be favored in every game of the 2022 season.
Let’s take a look at which teams have this advantage over all of their opponents, according to Action Network’s Brett McMurphy.
The Falcons won 10 games a year ago, finishing second in the Mountain Division behind Utah State, and boasted victories at Boise State, Nevada and over Louisville’s Power 5 School in the First Responder Bowl. And they have a chance to make a good first impression against Northern Iowa and Colorado to start this season.
Bettors don’t see the Crimson Tide triggering anywhere on this schedule, which includes a Texas road trip in Week 2 and the usual SEC West obstacle course.
That includes a home tilt against upstart Texas A&M, who just signed this elite recruiting class. Alabama tops most, if not all, preseason college football rankings.
Nick Saban called the 2021 season – in which the Tide won the SEC and played for the national championship – a year of “rebuilding”.
Now, armed with the country’s top roster and a small, elite transfer squad, Saban once again has a squad that can rule the table.
The defending college football national champion has surgery to do on his historic defense replacing key starters, but has recruited more than well enough to fill those holes.
Additionally, the Bulldogs return a quartet of critical skill players offensively, including quarterback Stetson Bennett, tight ends Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington, and LSU transfer Arik Gilbert.
Other than the Week 1 game against Oregon in Atlanta, this is a winnable schedule for Georgia, with an early date in South Carolina and Kentucky in November.
Generous defense condemned the Buckeyes to a pair of costly losses a year ago, at home to Oregon and on the road to arch-rival Michigan.
This was despite Ohio State boasting the No. 1 offense in college football, a unit that came in handy in a home-and-away Rose Bowl win over Utah.
The core of that group returns, led by Heisman runner-up quarterback CJ Stroud in tandem with first receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, but the defense will tell the story if OSU makes the playoffs.
Ohio State opens at home against a likely top-10 ranked Notre Dame team, hosts Big Ten West favorite Wisconsin and plays on the road to Michigan State and Penn State in a October active.
Brent Venables steps in as the new Sooners head coach with a reputation as college football’s premier defensive strategist in the past generation.
Venables coached the OU defense to a national championship in 2000 and won two more with Clemson during the playoff era.
But it could be the offense that makes its mark early this year after Oklahoma brought in Jeff Lebby and signed transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel. The two crafted an offensive top 10 at UCF a few years ago.
OU travels to a rejuvenated Nebraska in Week 3, but gets both Big 12 champion Baylor and home rival Oklahoma State this year. Both were losses a year ago.
The defending Pac-12 champions are getting plenty of preseason ads after a strong end to the 2021 campaign that included beating Oregon twice and playing Ohio State on the wire in Pasadena.
Now the Utes are bringing back the two cornerstones of their offense: quarterback Cameron Rising, who had 20 touchdowns and had just five picks, and leading rusher Tavion Thomas, a 1,100+ yard running back who scored 21 times.
It’s not often a non-SEC team is favored on the road against an SEC opponent, but the Utes are favored in their Week 1 tilt in Florida and at home against the midseason of the United States. ‘USC.
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