Sept. 22, 2021
2022 College Football Playoff Predictions
The College Football Playoff continues to rise in popularity, especially among bettors.
The postseason event is a four-team postseason tournament for NCAA FBS schools and the three games bring in a ton of eyeballs and for our purposes, a ton of action!
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The 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship is scheduled to take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 10, 2022.
The College Football Playoff began in 2014 and is a four-team postseason tournament for NCAA FBS schools. A playoff committee selects four schools to compete in semifinals with the winners meeting in the title game. All three of the games are played on neutral fields and the venues are rotated on an annual basis.
The semifinal matchups for the 2022 College Football Playoff Championship will take place on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 from two neutral venues:
This will be the eighth year for the College Football Playoff title game.
Since the new format began, Alabama (3) and Clemson (2) are the only two schools that have both captured multiple titles while Ohio State and LSU were the only other schools to win the CFP championship.
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Bijan Robinson was given a light load early on in the season. In the final two tilts of his campaign though, he rushed for 355 yards on 19 carries against Kansas State and Colorado with his final accumulative yards registering in 703 yards on 86 rushes (8.2 ypr). I'm betting he continues to improve and in a big way.
Former Boise State coach Bryan Harsin prepares for his first season with the Auburn Tigers. He’s facing a brutal schedule and it will show on the final W/L tabulation. The Nittany Lions' new offensive coordinator will be a huge difference maker and Alabama QB Bryce Young should thrive in this version of the Crimson Tide.
Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne are now gone but have no worries, as DJ Uiagalelei, Lyn-J Dixon and a group of WRs who are elite will continue to make the Tigers a force to reckon with. The Sooners were No. 1 in the Big 12 averaging almost 500 yards and 43 points per game, and this year could even be more explosive. I like Penn State though, as the key word would be underrated. Penn State is a top-to-bottom power house on cusp of huge achievements.
Rattler is favored to win the Heisman for a good reason. Oklahoma is going to have a big year and he'll put up huge numbers. The Tar Heels aren't exactly a surprise team. Still, with 10 defensive starters back, they may be even better than many realize. Avoiding Clemson helps.
The result of the Week 1 showdown between Clemson and Georgia will likely loom large for the final four teams. The Tide are always loaded and Saban may have his best defense in several seasons.
This looks like the year that Lincoln Riley and the Sooners finally break through and do some damage once they make the CFP. What's changed? Well, Riley made a great hire when he lured defensive coordinator Alex Grinch away from Washington St. before the 2019 season. After OU gave up 33.3 points per game in 2018, it has allowed 27.3 and 21.8 PPG in two years under Grinch.
Phil Steele's National Unit Rankings have every position group for the Sooners in the top-five nationally with only two exceptions, their linebackers (#9) and special teams (#22).
Utah has an elite defense and has added a veteran QB in Charlie Brewer, who has 9,700 career passing yards with a 68/25 TD-INT ratio in 39 career starts. Brewer will operate behind one of the country's premier offensive lines. The Utes get Oregon and Arizona St. at home and when they play at USC, the Trojans will be playing their sixth game in six weeks. Meanwhile, Utah has two weeks to prep for Clay Helton's squad. The Utes at 25/1 odds to make the CFP is worth a shot.
Let the Baker Mayfield comparisons begin as Howell is poised to post eye-popping numbers for the Tar Heels, who won't have to face Clemson unless they meet in the ACC title game.
roy Calhoun has surprised with lesser-looking Air Force Falcons teams before. His best editions always feature above-average defenses, and the Force has a unique situation with many of last year's projected stop unit starters, who instead skipped last season due to Covid ("turnbacks" in academy parlance), back in the fold with many of the actual defenders who started a season ago. Meanwhile, we know what the Calhoun option can do when the Falcs have the ball, and the schedule doesn't look too menacing, especially several potential soft spots in the Mountain West slate.
We're not exactly sticking our necks out with the first three, but for our fourth wheel it will require ISU getting past Iowa in September (which Matt Campbell has yet to do with t he Cyclones) and then avenging a likely regular-season loss at Norman in November by beating OU in the Big 12 title rematch a month later in Arlington. If Big Ten, ACC, and Pac-12 entries cannibalize themselves, then, yes...we can have two Big 12 teams in the Final Four! (At least in this scenario).
This is the year that Lincoln Riley finally wins it all, with a defense that has upgraded for coordinator Alex Grinch, while Spencer Rattler chases Sam Howell for the Heisman. Follow-up questions...if this happens and the Sooners indeed win it all for the first time in 21 years, will Riley decide it's time to move to the NFL? Will the SEC try to accelerate the process to get OU into the conference sooner?
The Bulldogs will be able to lend J.T. Daniels plenty of support. I also think San Howell of North Carolina has a shot to win the Heisman though. They should be an offensive juggernaut.
Army over 7.5 I also like, as the Black Knights will be ready to play every day! Georgia to win the National Championship I like, as J.T. Daniels has to be the difference.
Rattler is the favorite to win the Heisman. He is coming off a good season and his team should be in the hunt for the national title.
Chip Kelly has been at UCLA for a few seasons. His recruits will finally be playing. Look for a better season from the Bruins.
Oklahoma will have a good chance to win the Nation Championship with Spencer Rattler at the helm. Too many player changes for Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.
Sam Howell is entering his third season and got a lot of reps in considering the COVID year. ACC is weaker than most power five conferences and just like most past winners a good winning record speaks volumes in getting the trophy.
My math has the Minutemen favored in four games, three of them games are in November. This will be important has they should have a good solid rhythm by then.
Both Clemson and Ohio State have weak competition, and Iowa State bring back one of the most returning production rankings in college football. Let's step outside the box and award Cyclones the victory. Bama has the lowest ranking in returning production and both the Buckeyes and Tigers will meet their biggest competition in the playoffs.
Uiagalelei has a chance to do what Trevor Lawrence was not able to. The opening game with Georgia will be a great opportunity to elevate in stature to being among the top candidates and an incredibly weak Clemson schedule thereafter should allow for a huge statistical season.
Both Toledo losses last season came by just three points and this group has almost everyone back along with a recruiting class that ranks higher than several power five programs. Only the game at Notre Dame looks like a certain loss and Toledo draws the two worst MAC East teams in the crossover games.
20 of 28 CFP bids have gone to the four programs above and there is little reason to expect a change of course this season as all four have a great chance to wind up conference champions with no more than one loss.
Even with perhaps the toughest single regular season game among the top contenders, the Tigers should have the clearest path to the CFP given an incredibly favorable ACC schedule. The ACC Championship foe for Clemson figures to be more favorable than the SEC, Big XII, or Big Ten pairing will be and Clemson has a great chance to have the best defensive numbers in the nation.
The problem with guys like Rattler is the value isn't necessarily as high as I would like it to be. Alabama QB is getting around +1000, but the problem with betting on an Alabama QB, is that he may not be the best player on his team. Sam Howell however will have to be the best on his team for North Carolina to be successful. He has lost all the big yardage guys from last season and will be tasked with carrying the load. He has a schedule where he avoid Clemson, and he gets FSU, Duke, Miami, all at home. If they find themselves 10 or more wins and he has the numbers, +1400 might be a great value play.
I really like this Toledo team to compete for the MAC title. That being said, looking at the schedule in front of them, I think they have wins against Bowling Green, Akron, Ball State, UMass, Norfolk St, and Northern Illinois, and Ohio, which would give them seven wins. They would need to pick up just two more, but they get Colorado State at home, Western Michigan at Home. Over 8.5 for team that will be vying for the MAC title.
This is a pretty chalky slate to make the playoffs, but now with the playoffs, teams can suffer a loss or two and still get there if you are the likes of Bama, Clemson, Georgia etc. So even if they happen to have any speed bumps, the NCAA ensure they still get their money makers in.
Every year we get the same deal with Georgia, a lot of talent gone to waste. I think they will make the playoffs, and geting a handsome +750 on them are good value to back. Alabama and Clemson dont have enough value to back.
I don't like taking the favorites, and history has shown us the favorite typically doesn't win the Heisman. Lane Kiffin has a perfect match for his offense in Matt Corral. I expect video game type numbers out of him in a lot of their wins this season.
Bailey Zappe comes over from Houston Baptist and the Hilltoppers were able to bring his offensive coordinator and top two WR's along as well. Conference USA is a really weak conference and the air raid is likely to do some major damage to opposing defenses here.
The Sooners are all set for a huge season. Spencer Rattler rounded into form nicely late last year. Alex Grinch has this defense improving at a rapid rate. Texas A&M is a sleeper team I think can make some noise. Mike Elko's defense should be superb, and Spiller is an elite running back.
The Crimson Tide are too deep and talented to not put in the playoffs, while the Tigers are in this spot until proven otherwise. Which team from the ACC would knock them off? It is Lincoln Riley's best chance at a national title, however. The defense is no longer a liability. The Sooners will be very tough to beat.
The 'Big 3' schools all have new QBs, and Rattler will have the best opportunity to post massive numbers as Mayfield, Murray, and Hurts did with the system. San Diego State should be favored in every game this season, so the win total number is just plain stupid. Huge offensive line averaging 6'3" 325 pounds and Greg Bell leads the way.
Lane Kiffin's system breaks through in his second season and their only loss will come at Alabama late in the season but they still make the playoffs. They get LSU and Texas A&M at home, and Liberty at home will be tough too, but they win them all. Ole Miss will be the story of most of 2021, I think. Oklahoma shoudl wiin it all though, only because of Rattler rocking it all season. Clemson, Oklahoma, and Alabama won't win with a first-year starter at QB.
Oklahoma is so much better on defense than in years past and that means the offense gets even more time on the field and this Sooners offense is loaded and that translates to huge production for Rattler this season.
I am not sold on this Kentucky team just yet, despite all the hype as let us not forget this team plays in the SEC and I feel getting to 7 wins is going to be a major challenge for a team returning less than half its starters.
The usual suspects should reach the playoffs as these programs are the class of the nation right now. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and, as an aside, it was hard to leave Georgia out as these five teams are the best in the nation.
Oklahoma has the longest odds of the top five teams, but I like going against the grain and this Oklahoma team is really looking strong this season.
Quarterbacks have won the Heisman Trophy in 16 of the last 19 years. Slovis is coveted by the pros and has tremendous receiving weapons. He's also in the 28-1 odds range so there's outstanding value.
North Carolina State shoudl go over. There's enough talent on both sides of the ball that I wouldn't be surprised if North Carolina State finished second in the ACC. The schedule lays out well, too, for the Wolfpack as they miss Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Pittsburgh. They also get North Carolina and Clemson at home.
With nine of the last 11 Heisman winners playing quarterback and the Heisman winner making the playoffs in six of the seven years of the CPF, narrowing the pool of candidates quickly leads us to D.J. Uiagalelei as a dual0threat quarterback that will role through ACC competition.
While Stanford is not a powerhouse program, it went 8-5 or better every season between 2009-2018 and even got to 4-2 in the shortened 2020 season. Even if this turns into a transitional year for the Cardinal, they should be a .500-type team.
Look for the 2022 to be much of the same as year’s past as all four major conference front runners have clear paths to the playoffs. No team is a better lock for making the playoffs than Clemson. With a veteran defense and dynamic playmakers, the Tigers have what it takes to match up in the playoffs this season.
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