College Football Power Rankings 2022 | Top 25 CFB Teams Ranked

Posted: Mar 3, 2022Last updated: May 13, 2022

As spring football kicks into gear for many teams, college football is very much back after a small hiatus.

Sure, the scrimmages don’t count. But the construction of a national championship team begins now, and many hope that all the proper pieces are in place.

As for our power rankings, the landscape is as calm as it has been in some time. The recruiting madness has subsided, the transfer portal has slowed (at least some), and most coaches have settled in at their new homes.

With all the movement accounted for, here are the latest CFB Power Rankings.

Please note that all CFB odds and lines are courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook as of 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 2.


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College Football Power Rankings 2022

25. Ole Miss

  • National Championship Odds: +10000 at BetMGM

Yes, QB Matt Corral is gone to the draft. But Lane Kiffin’s transfer portal wizardry should give Ole Miss fans plenty of hope. To beef up the roster, the Rebels added QB Jaxson Dart, running back Zach Evans, and a slew of other transfers.

Replacing Corral will be challenging, although Dart could quickly emerge in 2022.

24. BYU

  • National Championship Odds: +20000 at BetMGM

The loss of running back Tyler Allgeier to the draft is a big one, although the offense essentially returns everyone else. Plus, the defense could return the entire starting unit.

Quarterback Jaren Hall, who was electric at times last fall, could carry this team to another monster season if he takes that next step.

23. Iowa

  • National Championship Odds: +10000 at BetMGM

The offense needs improvement, there’s no getting around that. And the loss of running back Tyler Goodson won’t help. But the defense will bring back defensive back Riley Moss, which is enormous.

The defensive unit is poised to stay elite. If the offense can catch up just a smidge, Iowa might be onto something.

22. Kentucky

  • National Championship Odds: +15000 at BetMGM

The offensive tandem of Will Levis and Chris Rodriguez Jr. should be even better next season, which is good news for an offense still poised to improve.

The defense will need to be reworked, and the schedule certainly isn’t ideal. But Kentucky will likely be a tough out once again.

21. Cincinnati

  • National Championship Odds: +8000 at BetMGM

The losses are massive, which is to be expected after a playoff run. Quarterback Desmond Ridder and cornerbacks Ahmad Gardner and Coby Bryant are off to the NFL, and they will be difficult to backfill right away.

Still, Luke Fickell has done an exceptional job developing talent, and that theme is likely to continue, albeit at a different pace.

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20. Houston

  • National Championship Odds: +25000 at BetMGM

Looking for a Group of Five team that could go undefeated next year? Look no further than this one. Houston won 12 games in 2021, and it will welcome back starting QB Clayton Tune and other key pieces.

While the Cougars likely can’t crack the playoff, head coach Dana Holgorsen is poised to make it a bit weird.

19. USC

  • National Championship Odds: +3500 at BetMGM

The hype will be outrageous, and that’s reflected in the preseason odds. But one could also have a measured take that USC should be more improved with head coach Lincoln Riley and quarterback Caleb Williams ready for takeoff.

The offense is primed for a breakout year, while the defense likely needs a season or more.

18. Miami

  • National Championship Odds: +6600 at BetMGM

There is a ton to like here, and it starts with the quarterback. Tyler Van Dyke was a monster in his first year at Miami, and new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis should only help him improve.

While this might be a smidge high for some, don’t forget that Miami won six of its final seven games and then went out and hired Mario Cristobal.

17. Oregon

  • National Championship Odds: +5000 at BetMGM

Potential top-five pick Kayvon Thibodeaux is gone from the defense. Starting QB Anthony Brown is gone as well. But the arrival of transfer QB Bo Nix has not been talked about enough, and the roster is actually pretty experienced on both sides.

This team is not without talent, and new head coach Dan Lanning is poised for a nice debut year.

16. Wake Forest

  • National Championship Odds: +8000 at BetMGM

As long as quarterback Sam Hartman is healthy, Wake Forest has a shot. While it will be difficult to deliver the kind of year the Demon Deacons had in 2021, the offense is likely to post huge numbers again. And the addition of Brad Lambert as DC is a really good one.

15. Michigan State

  • National Championship Odds: +10000 at BetMGM

Yes, Kenneth Walker III is gone. Yes, the offensive line needs some reworking. But the defense returns almost every starter, and the arrival of running back Jalen Berger from Wisconsin could work out very well.

If the offense can become more explosive through the air, Sparty might be a problem once again.

14. Wisconsin

  • National Championship Odds: +5000 at BetMGM

Speaking of Wisconsin, there is plenty to like. Braelon Allen might wind up being the best running back in the country, and his presence alone is reason to think Wisconsin has a shot.

Can QB Graham Mertz make a leap? If so, Wisconsin has a good shot at reaching the Big Ten Championship.

Braelon Allen, Wisconsin RB

Braelon Allen belongs in the discussion for CFB’s best 2022 running back and could single-handedly keep Wisconsin in contention for the Big 10 title. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)


13. Baylor

  • National Championship Odds: +8000 at BetMGM

The good news? Dave Aranda is a wizard, and Baylor might have one of the nation’s best coaches gracing its sideline. The bad news? The roster needs massaging after a ton of losses. Still, there are options at QB, starting with Gerry Bohanon.

Some regressions are assumed, although Baylor will likely be competitive once again.

12. Oklahoma

  • National Championship Odds: +3500 at BetMGM

Don’t get lost in the hysteria of a head coaching change and a series of transfer portal departures. Yes, we need to acknowledge them, although Brent Venables could still deliver a really solid first year in Norman.

The hire of OC Jeff Lebby and the arrival of transfer QB Dillon Gabriel are huge, and I expect the returns to be significant.

11. Arkansas

  • National Championship Odds: +20000 at BetMGM

Sam Pittman has become a force in the SEC, and 2022 should be no different. However, the Arkansas head coach will need to replenish his secondary, and he’ll also need to fill the void wideout Treylon Burks left.

KJ Jefferson, however, was superb throughout much of 2021 at QB and might just be scratching the surface on what he’s capable of.

10. North Carolina State

  • National Championship Odds: +15000 at BetMGM

Does this seem a tad high? The odds seem to think so, although NC State could be a real problem come fall. Quarterback Devin Leary, who is a sleeper Heisman contender, might explode this year after a tremendous 2021. Plus, the defense returns just about everyone.

Forget about sleeper Heisman pick; how about sleeper playoff pick.

9. Oklahoma State

  • National Championship Odds: +10000 at BetMGM

The defense was special in 2021, and it is likely to regress with DC Jim Knowles gone and some key cogs no longer on the roster. On offense, however, QB Spencer Sanders is poised for liftoff.

When Sanders doesn’t turn the ball over, he can be sensational. Oklahoma State could recapture some 2021 magic.

8. Michigan

  • National Championship Odds: +3500 at BetMGM

The Wolverines lose the potential No. 1 overall pick, two coordinators, and other key pieces. And yet, Michigan is likely to be a Big Ten contender once more.

Jim Harbaugh is officially back after flirting with the NFL, and he has two capable QBs (Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy) to work with. There’s lots of work to be done and also lots to like.

7. Notre Dame

  • National Championship Odds: +6600 at BetMGM

The loss of safety Kyle Hamilton to the NFL is huge, but this roster is still ripe with NFL talent. The offensive line is young and full of promise. And the arrival of safety Brandon Joseph, formerly of Northwestern, is a huge addition given what the secondary lost.

The big question for Notre Dame will be at quarterback, which is likely to be Drew Pyne or Tyler Buchner.

6. Clemson

  • National Championship Odds: +1200 at BetMGM

The offense returns essentially everyone, which is good news and perhaps a work in progress. Will Shipley is a future star at running back.

At quarterback, well, things get interesting for Clemson. D.J. Uiagalelei underwhelmed in his first year as a starter, and he will likely be pushed by true freshman Cade Klubnik. If that can get sorted, Clemson could return to form.

5. Utah

  • National Championship Odds: +5000 at BetMGM

While USC will garner much of the Pac-12 buzz, Utah feels like the conference’s best chance at a playoff spot.

Quarterback Cameron Rising showed what he was capable of in the Rose Bowl, and he is surrounded by plenty of talent. Add in running back Tavion Thomas, who scored 21 touchdowns last year, and you’ve got a lot to work with.

4. Texas A&M

  • National Championship Odds: +3500 at BetMGM

A year from now, the odds will likely look somewhat different. Texas A&M is on a track to be perhaps the No. 1 team in the sport, although 2022 might be a tad early.

The defense, which was so good for Jimbo Fisher last season, will need to be rebuilt. The arrival of transfer QB Max Johnson is a major one.

3. Georgia

  • National Championship Odds: +250 at BetMGM

The current national champions will say farewell to a slew of enormously talented players, especially on defense. But despite the losses, years of dominating recruiting should pay some immediate dividends.

Stetson Bennett is back at QB, although Brock Vandagriff could push him for the starting job. Look out for some breakout stars, as there will likely be many.

2. Ohio State

  • National Championship Odds: +600 at BetMGM

Despite losing its No. 1 and No. 2 wideouts, Ohio State is poised to be significantly improved in 2022.

Quarterback C.J. Stroud, running back TreVeyon Henderson, and wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the nation’s best offensive trio. Plus, Jim Knowles comes over from Oklahoma State to run the defense. This could be a special year for the Buckeyes.

1. Alabama

  • National Championship Odds: +200 at BetMGM

If you are tired of Nick Saban and Alabama, I have terrible news for you. The Crimson Tide return perhaps the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft in QB Bryce Young and linebacker Will Anderson Jr.

Alabama has also dominated the transfer portal. This team is loaded, angry, and poised at yet another title run.

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Adam Kramer

Adam Kramer is an NFL, college football, and gambling analyst for The Game Day. While college football has long been his calling, he’s also covered sports such as boxing, horse racing, and baseball at The Game Day and in other places. He’s also written for Bleacher Report, VSiN, and various other outlets over the past decade-plus.

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