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AP Top 25 Preseason Poll, Rankings Prediction: Post-Coaches Poll Release

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What will the 2022 preseason AP Poll potentially be? It’s our predicted best guess on the early college football rankings, changed up after the preseason Coaches Poll was released.

The AP preseason college football poll has been an annual part of the preseason hype since 1950. It sets the tone for the season, cranks up the expectations for the top teams, and it gives fan bases something to chirp about – or get mad at.

So what will the AP rankings potentially look like? We did this exercise a few weeks ago, and then the 2022 Coaches Poll came out. Most of the AP types got their rankings in before last week, but it should still come in relatively close to the Coaches Poll pin.

Last year, both the AP and Coaches had Alabama No. 1 in their respective preseason polls. They both had Ohio State 4, Georgia 5, Texas A&M 6, and they both had the same teams in the top ten, but in different orders.

They both whiffed on Michigan – unranked in both polls – and they both overloved, Miami, LSU, Indiana, Penn State, Washington, and Texas.

The AP ranked Utah (24) and Arizona State (25), and the Coaches ranked Oklahoma State (22), and Ole Miss (25). Other than those, they had the same 23 ranked in some configuration.

With all of that in mind, we’re not going to change this too much, but there’s some tweaking to do. One quick prediction note – don’t be shocked if Ohio State is closer to No. 1. Alabama got 1634 points, the Buckeyes 1564.

Below is NOT the actual 2022 Preseason AP Poll – it’s our prediction and projection of what it might be before its release on Monday.

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2022 Preseason AP Poll Prediction: Post Coaches Poll

Click each team for the CFN 2022 preview. 
Number in parentheses is where each team finished in final 2021 AP rankings, and number in bold is where each team is ranked in the 2022 Preseason Coaches Poll.

Predicted Preseason AP Poll Also Receiving Votes: Arkansas, Tennessee, Penn State, LSUBYU, North Carolina, AuburnUCLA, Boise State, Minnesota, San Diego State, Army, Mississippi State, Fresno StateFloridaUCF, Appalachian State, Utah State, South Carolina, Kansas State, Air Force, Purdue

CFN Preseason Rankings 1-131

25 Houston Cougars (21, 25)

24 Iowa Hawkeyes (23, NR)

23 Cincinnati Bearcats (NR, 23)

22 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (15, 19)

21 Ole Miss Rebels (11, 24)

20 Miami Hurricanes (NR, 17)

19 Pitt Panthers (13, 16)

18 Kentucky Wildcats (18, 21)

17 Texas Longhorns (NR, 18)

16 Wisconsin Badgers (NR, 20)

15 NC State Wolfpack (20, 13)

14 Oregon Ducks (22, 12)

13 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7, 11)

12 Michigan State Spartans (9, 14)

11 Baylor Bears (5, 10)

Coaches Poll: 5 Things That Matter, Overrated, Underrated, Winners, Losers

10 USC Trojans (NR, 15)

9 Utah Utes (12, 8)

8 Oklahoma Sooners (10, 9)

7 Texas A&M Aggies (NR, 7)

6 Michigan Wolverines (3, 6)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8, 5)

Clemson Tigers (14, 4)

3 Georgia Bulldogs (1, 3)

2 Ohio State Buckeyes (6, 2)

1 Alabama Crimson Tide (2, 1)

All-Time Coaches Poll Rankings
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