Hey guys, here are my official 2022 weekly College GameDaypredictions. Keep in mind that College GameDay will likely choose an ESPN or ABC game over a CBS or FOX game because it is on an ESPN show. I will also list a potential runner-up for each week, that GameDay might choose. I will likely release an updated list in a few months.
Northwestern vs. Nebraska (Ireland)
Runner-Up: Vanderbilt at. Hawaii
Easy pick for GameDay, as Nebraska-Northwestern in Ireland is the best game of the weekend.
Oregon vs. Georgia (Atlanta)
Runner-Up: Notre Dame at. Ohio State
I could 100% change my pick here, but heading to the reigning national champion’s backyard against its former defensive coordinator (who is now Oregon’s head coach, Dan Lanning) is too much to pass up as the likely primetime ABC game.
Alabama at. Texas
Runner-Up: South Carolina at. Arkansas
When Alabama heads to Austin to face future SEC foe Texas, they play former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who is now the head coach at Texas, GameDay will 100% head to Austin, as reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young faces Ohio State transfer Quinn Ewers at QB.
Penn State at. Auburn
Runner-Up: BYU at. Oregon
GameDay should head to this game for the second consecutive year. It is a huge Big Ten-SEC battle between the Tigers and Nittany lions.
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (Arlington)
Runner-Up: Florida at. Tennessee
This season should finally be Texas A&M’s season to make a playoff push and Arkansas should keep improving under Sam Pittman.
Michigan at. Iowa
Runner-Up: Kentucky at. Ole Miss
Assuming head coach Jim Harbaugh stays at Michigan, the Big Ten championship rematch from Iowa City will have many eyes of the college football world.
Texas A&M at. Alabama
Runner-Up: Texas vs. Oklahoma (Dallas)
With the Red River Rivalry the same weekend as Alabama-Texas A&M. The potential de facto SEC West title ended in an upset win for A&M in College Station, the lone win for a former Saban assistant (Jimbo Fisher0 over the Tide.
USC at. Utah
Runner-Up: Penn State at. Michigan
As Lincoln Riley has dominated the recruiting trail since leaving Oklahoma for USC, Utah has flown under the radar as the team to beat in the Pac-12. Utah’s defense loses a lot but their offense (which scored 45 in a Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State), should be just fine as it faces Caleb Williams (the former Oklahoma QB) and the Trojans.
Iowa at. Ohio State
Runner-Up: UCLA at. Oregon
Iowa needs to find an offensive identity if it wants to beat Ohio State as Heisman favorite CJ Stroud and receiver Jaxson Smith-Njigba return after absolutely tormenting the Utah defense for 48 points in the Rose Bowl.
Michigan State at. Michigan
Runner-Up: Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
GameDay went to East Lansing for this game last year and it ended in a Michigan State come from behind win, 37-33. Of course, Michigan still made the CFP, but this is the easy pick for this week.
Clemson at. Notre Dame
Runner-Up: Alabama at. LSU
If LSU returns to even near where they were at in 2019, GameDay could head to Baton Rouge. But a trip to South Bend for Rece, Kirk, Lee, and Desmond should be in the cards as Clemson faces Notre Dame.
Alabama at. Ole Miss
Runner-Up: Wisconsin at. Iowa
Matt Corral may be gone for Ole Miss but USC transfer Jaxson Dart should take over the reins at QB for the Rebels. Reigning heisman winner Bryce Young should lead a young Alabama offense that could be even better than a season ago, and Alabama’s defense can only get better with linebacker Will Anderson returning.
Oklahoma State at. Oklahoma
Runner-Up: USC at. UCLA
Bedlam should be in full force despite Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley’s departure to USC. New coach Brent Venables will look to keep Oklahoma State from coming in and stealing one in Norman.
Michigan at. Ohio State
Runner-Up: Auburn at. Alabama
If Michigan-Ohio State is as good as it was last season, the crew should be right back in Columbus. Michigan may not be nearly as good on defense as it was in 2021, but its offense, led by QB JJ McCarthy should be the part. Ohio State is, of course, loaded on offense, and should get revenge on the Wolverines from last season.
2022 SEC Championship
Runner-Up: 2022 ACC Championship
The winner of this game usually wins the national championship, so this is an easy pick.
Navy vs. Army (Philadelphia)
The only pick for this week, Army-Navy.