The 2022 College Football Season Is Here
Without question, college football is here and fans like me are excited to see some future NFL studs. As the season is soon to kick off, I feel it’s imperative to share my thoughts on who the final four teams will be. That being said, this was difficult, but are my top four teams.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Although they came up short in the national championship game, their defense will be one of the best in the nation. The Crimson Tide returns seven starters on defense, including SEC Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker Will Anderson. Throw in sophomore Dallas Turner next to Anderson and the opposing quarterback will be on the turf all game long.
Offensively, you have quarterback Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who could take home the trophy once more. Despite losing seven players going in this year’s draft, Saban will look to capture his ninth national championship
The first thing to remember is that this team lost wide receivers Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave in the draft. Nonetheless, head coach Ryan Day has 13 starters (six on offense and seven on defense) returning. Specifically, quarterback C.J Stroud, running back TreVeyon Henderson, and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba are on offense.
Also, the secondary will have safety Ronnie Hickman and defensive back/cornerback Denzel Burke while Zach Harrison is leading the front seven. In addition, with Jim Knowles taking over as defensive coordinator, I expect this unit to play better than last season.
In truth, this defense will have just three returning starters as five went in the first round of the draft. On the whole, that defense was the catalyst for head coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs winning it all last season. All in all, Smart reloaded as he landed four five-star defensive players in this year’s recruiting class.
On the offensive side of the ball, Stetson Bennett returns under center. Also, the backfield will lack James Cook and Zamir White. With seven players coming back in 2022, could we offense lead Georgia back to the big game?
For a team that finished 4- 8 in 2021, athletic director Mike Bohn went all-in when he hired Lincoln Riley. Riley brings with him an offensive that Pac-12 defenses simply aren’t ready for. Quarterback Caleb Williams understands Riley’s offense when both were at Oklahoma and is the starter.
On top of that, the Trojans have receiver Jordan Addison, who transferred from Pittsburgh, a Consensus All-American. Defensively, Riley brought Alex Grinch with from the Sooners as the defensive coordinator. Grinch is one of the best coordinators in college football and can improve this defense this season.