Nick Saban during a college football game

Alabama No. 1 in preseason USA Today college football coaches’ poll 2022

SEC powerhouse Alabama was voted No. 1 in the preseason USA Today college football coaches’ poll 2022 which was released Monday, 8 August after receiving all but 11 of the first-place votes from a panel of 66 major college football coaches.

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Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State is second in the preseason USA Today coaches’ poll 2022, while defending national champion Georgia is third and former champion Clemson is fourth.

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Alabama, which is coming off a disappointing loss in the College Football Playoff title game against fellow SEC rivals Georgia, received 54 of the total votes on Monday, which is a strong indication that the panel is expecting Nick Saban’s team to be a very strong contender this year again.

Coming in at No. 2 behind the Crimson Tide were the Ohio State Buckeyes who received five first-place votes, while the Georgia Bulldogs collected six first-place votes. No. 18 Texas received the other vote for first place.

Elsewhere, Clemson is No. 4, followed by Notre Dame at No. 5, while Big Ten outfit Michigan, which is coming off its first College Football Playoff appearance, was No. 6, followed by Texas A&M, Utah, Oklahoma, and Baylor in the top 10.

Preseason USA Today college football coaches’ poll 2022

AFCA Coaches Poll
RKTEAMRECPTSTREND
1Alabama(54)0-01634NR
2Ohio State(5)0-01564NR
3Georgia(6)0-01542NR
4Clemson0-01356NR
5Notre Dame0-01284NR
6Michigan0-01232NR
7Texas A&M0-01219NR
8Utah0-01134NR
9Oklahoma0-01027NR
10Baylor0-0891NR
11Oklahoma State0-0859NR
12Oregon0-0734NR
13NC State0-0726NR
14Michigan State0-0711NR
15USC0-0602NR
16Pittsburgh0-0450NR
17Miami0-0433NR
18Texas(1)0-0383NR
19Wake Forest0-0381NR
20Wisconsin0-0369NR
21Kentucky0-0353NR
22Cincinnati0-0339NR
23Arkansas0-0334NR
24Ole Miss0-0327NR
25Houston0-0257NR

Complete Rankings

Others receiving votes: Iowa 248, Penn State 246, Tennessee 163, BYU 152, LSU 143, Auburn 98, UCF 55, North Carolina 34, San Diego State 25, Fresno State 21, Mississippi State 19, Florida 17, Air Force 12, Utah State 12, Appalachian State 10, Boise State 10, UCLA 10, Minnesota 6, South Carolina 5, Kansas State 4, Army 3, Iowa State 3, SMU 2, Purdue 2, Coastal Carolina 2, Louisiana 2, Oregon State 2, UTSA 1, Louisville 1, Florida State 1

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