Hey guys, welcome back to my 2021-2022 college football preview. In 13 days, you will read my week 1 preview, similar to what I have done the last two seasons. Please enjoy.
Here are my projected standings for every conference in 2021-2022:
5 (interconference) Match-Ups to look out for this season:
1. 3.Clemson vs. 5.Georgia (Charlotte) (September 4, 7:30 PM ET, ABC)
Easily the most anticipated game of the season will be played in Charlotte on the opening Saturday of the season. Clemson sports new starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei who played two fantastic games in 2020 with Trevor Lawrence out with COVID-19. On the other side, JT Daniels enters his first full season as Georgia’s starter since transferring from home state USC. This game, however, is going to be determined on the defensive side of the ball. Georgia does have some questions on both sides of the ball, especially with star tight end Arik Gilbert not with the team but they have to replace many of their defensive backs. Clemson looks stronger on defense.
2. 11.Oregon at. 4.Ohio State (September 11, 12 PM ET, FOX)
Behind the game in Charlotte, Oregon-Ohio State is the second most anticipated game of the year. While Oregon is the most talented team in the Pac-12, especially defensively, Ohio State should dominate this game, as the Big Ten has done to the Pac-12 since the inception of the College Football Playoff. Expected starter CJ Stroud should lead the Buckeyes to a “W” at home.
3. 8.Cincinnati at. 9.Notre Dame (October 2, 2:30 PM ET, NBC)
On my birthday, Cincinnati faces Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish were a playoff team last season only to get stomped by Alabama. Cincinnati held a lead in the Peach Bowl for much of the game versus Georgia only to give it up in the fourth quarter. Thus, this game will be close.
4. 18.Iowa at. 7.Iowa State (September 11, 4:30 PM ET, ABC)
Iowa State was phenomenal last season. Will they back up their Big 12 runner-up season with a flop or will they win a Big 12 title? The Cyclone’s first big test comes at home versus instate rival Iowa. Iowa’s style of running the football, throwing it to the tight end, and having a gritty defense will definitely put the Cyclones up for a test.
5. 1.Alabama vs. 14.Miami (Atlanta) (September 4, 3:30 PM ET, ABC)
Of course, I had to include the reigning national champions here. Alabama comes off of yet another national championship, losing their starting QB (Mac Jones), two starting receivers (Heisman winner DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle), and their starting running back (Najee Harris) to the NFL. Not to mention, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian left to be the head coach at Texas. So, new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will be tasked with putting another talented offense together led by new starting QB Bryce Young, senior RB Brian Robinson and others. Miami QB D’Eriq King and the Hurricanes will have to be ready to face the Tide.
CFP and New Year’s 6 Projections:
New Year’s Six
Peach Bowl: LSU vs. Notre Dame (December 30, TBD, TBD)
Fiesta Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Texas A&M (January 1, TBD, TBD)
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin (January 1, TBD, TBD)
Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Iowa State (January 1, TBD, TBD)
Orange Bowl: 1.Alabama vs. 4.Oklahoma (December 31, TBD, TBD)
Cotton Bowl: 2.Ohio State vs. 3.Clemson (December 31, TBD, TBD)
Top 25 incoming recruits (per 247sports composite)
1.Quinn Ewers, QB, Southlake,TX (Southlake Carroll) Ohio State
2.Korey Foreman, DL, Corona,CA (Centennial) USC
3.JC Latham, OT, Bradenton,FL (IMG Academy) Alabama
4.JT Tuimolau, DL, Sammamish,WA (Eastside Catholic) Ohio State
5.Jack Sawyer, DL, Pickerington,OH (Pickerington North) Ohio State
6.Tommy Brockermeyer, OT, Fort Worth,TX (All Saints Episcopal) Alabama
7.Caleb Williams, QB, Washington,DC (Gonzaga) Oklahoma
8.Amarius Mims, OT, Cochran,GA (Bleckley County) Georgia
9.Dallas Turner, DL, Fort Lauderdale,FL (St. Thomas Aquinas) Alabama
10.Emeka Egbuka, WR, Steilacoom,WA (Steilacoom) Ohio State
11.Leonard Taylor, DL, Miami,FL (Miami Palmetto) Miami
12.Sam Huard, QB, Bellevue,WA (Kennedy Catholic) Washington
13.Ja’Tavion Sanders, ATH, Denton,TX (Ryan) Texas
14.Tristan Leigh, OT, Fairfax,GA (Robinson Secondary) Clemson
15.James Williams, S, Opa Locka,FL (St. Tomas Aquinas) Miami
16.Nolan Rucci, OT, Lititz,PA (Warmick) Wisconsin
17.Brock Vandagriff, QB, Bogart,GA (Prince Avenue Christian School) Georgia
18.Ga’Quincy McKinstry, CB, Pinson,AL (Pinson Valley) Alabama
19.Donovan Jackson, OG, Bellaire,TX (Episcopal) Ohio State
20.Maason Smith, DT, Houme,LA (Terrebone) LSU
21.Terrence Lewis, LB, Miami,FL (Miami Central) Maryland
22.Shemar Turner, DL, DeSoto,TX (DeSoto) Texas A&M
23.TreVyon Henderson, RB, Hopewell,VA (Hopewell) Ohio State
24.Damon Payne, DL, Belleville,MI (Belleville) Alabama
25.JJ McCarthy, QB, La Grange Park,IL (IMG Academy) Michigan