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Initial 2022 College Football Coaches Poll Released

College football returns this month, and you know it’s getting really close when polls are released. The first USA TODAY Coaches Poll for the 2022-2023 season has been unveiled, with the Alabama Crimson Tide at the top. Preseason college football odds also have the national championship favorites in the same order of one through four as the coaches poll. The initial AP poll will also be released soon too, but here’s the initial top 25 according to the coaches.


1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

3. Georgia Bulldogs

4. Clemson Tigers

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

6. Michigan Wolverines

7. Texas A&M Aggies

8. Utah Utes

9. Oklahoma Sooners

10. Baylor Bears

11. Oklahoma State Cowboys

12. Oregon Ducks

13. NC State Wolfpack

14. Michigan State Spartans

15. USC Trojans

16. Pittsburgh Panthers

17. Miami Hurricanes

18. Texas Longhorns

19. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

20. Wisconsin Badgers

21. Kentucky Wildcats

22. Cincinnati Bearcats

23. Arkansas Razorbacks

24. Ole Miss Rebels

25. Houston Cougars


Among the most surprising rankings are USC (No. 15) and UCLA (unranked), the two Pac-12 teams that are set to join the Big Ten in a few years. We’ll see if they are higher in the AP poll.


College Football Playoff participant Cincinnati is down to No. 22 after losing key players including quarterback Desmond Ridder, so they’ll have a chip on their shoulders entering this season.


The Division I college football season kicks off on August 27.