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INDIANAPOLIS — While waiting for Monday night’s SEC Invitational final between Alabama and Georgia – also known as the College Football Playoff title game – there’s no need to wait any longer to find out who will be next year’s top teams.

That’s right: it’s The Action Network’s ridiculously-too-early-Top 25 rankings for 2022. And my first Top 25 rankings of 2022 is headed by the two best teams of 2021: Alabama and Georgia.

Alabama and Georgia are among seven SEC teams in my Top 25. Led by my No. 3 team Ohio State, the Big Ten has six programs in my Top 25, followed by the Big 12 (3), ACC (3), Mountain West (2), Pac-12 (2), AAC (1) and Notre Dame.

The Action Network’s power ratings listed with each team are from Action Network senior writer Collin Wilson, and currently do not factor in player transfers or players that may leave for the NFL. Wilson’s power ratings are expected to change drastically when rosters and/or coaching staffs are finalized in the coming weeks.

For supplemental information regarding college football, refer to our NCAAF futures, odds, picks, and projections resources.


National recruiting rankings included are from 247 Sports. The coaches’ records against the spread are from Action Network’s BetLabs, and those records do not include pushes.


1.
Alabama
2021 Record: 13-1

 Plays Georgia in the College Football Playoff title game.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 3Home

Utah State

Sept. 10Road

Texas

Oct. 1Road

Arkansas

Oct. 8Home

Texas A&M

Oct. 15Road

Tennessee

Nov. 5Road

LSU

Nov. 12Road

Ole Miss

Nov. 26Home

Auburn

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 2nd in SEC

Head Coach: Nick Saban


Win-Loss Record at Alabama: 183-24
Against the Spread: 112-92 (54.9%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 1

2.
Georgia
2021 Record: 13-1

 Plays Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 3Home

Oregon

Oct. 8Home

Auburn

Oct. 29Neutral

Florida (in Jacksonville)

Nov. 19Road

Kentucky

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 3rd in SEC

Head Coach: Kirby Smart


Win-Loss Record at Georgia: 65-15
Against the Spread: 46-34 (57.5%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 3

3.
Ohio State
2021 Record: 11-2

Last Season: Defeated Utah in the Rose Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 3Home

Notre Dame

Sept. 24Road

Michigan State

Oct. 1Road

Penn State

Oct. 15Home

Iowa

Nov. 12Home

Wisconsin

Nov. 26Home

Michigan

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 1st in Big Ten

Head Coach: Ryan Day


Win-Loss Record at Ohio State: 34-4
Against the Spread: 18-15 (54.5%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 2

4.
Texas A&M
2021 Record: 8-4

 Withdrew from Gator Bowl vs. Wake Forest.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 10Home

Appalachian State

Sept. 17Home

Miami

Sept. 24Neutral

Arkansas (in Arlington)

Oct. 8Road

Alabama

Oct. 15Home

Ole Miss

Nov. 5Home

Florida

Nov. 12Road

Auburn

Nov. 26Home

LSU

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 1st in SEC

Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher


Win-Loss Record at Texas A&M: 34-14
Against the Spread: 29-19 (60.4%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 5

5.
Clemson
2021 Record: 10-3

Last Season: Defeated Iowa State in the Cheez-It Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Nov. 5Road

Notre Dame

TBAHome

Miami

TBAHome

NC State

TBARoad

Wake Forest

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 24th
Conference Rank: 2nd in ACC

Head Coach: Dabo Swinney


Win-Loss Record at Clemson: 150-36
Against the Spread: 100-84 (54.3%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 4

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6.
Wisconsin
2021 Record: 9-4

Last Season: Defeated Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 10Home

Washington State

Oct. 8Road

Michigan State

Nov. 12Road

Ohio State

Nov. 19Road

Iowa

Nov. 26Home

Minnesota

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 43rd
Conference Rank: 9th in Big Ten

Head Coach: Paul Chryst


Win-Loss Record at Wisconsin: 65-23
Against the Spread: 45-42 (51.7%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 6

7.
Oklahoma
2021 Record: 11-2

Last Season: Defeated Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 17Road

Nebraska

Oct. 8Neutral

Texas (in Dallas)

Nov. 5Home

Baylor

Nov. 19Home

Oklahoma State

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 10th
Conference Rank: 2nd in Big 12

Head Coach: Brent Venables


  First year as Oklahoma Sooners head coach.

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 8

8.
Oklahoma State
2021 Record: 12-2

Last Season: Defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 3Home

Central Michigan

Sept. 10Home

Arizona State

Oct. 1Road

Baylor

Oct. 22Home

Texas

Nov. 19Road

Oklahoma

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 26th
Conference Rank: 3rd in Big 12

Head Coach: Mike Gundy


Win-Loss Record at Oklahoma State: 149-69
Against the Spread: 124-88 (58.5%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 10

9.
Wake Forest
2021 Record: 11-3

Last Season: Defeated Rutgers in the Gator Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Oct. 8Home

Army

TBARoad

NC State

TBAHome

Clemson

TBAHome

North Carolina

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 67th
Conference Rank: 11th in ACC

Head Coach: Dave Clawson


Win-Loss Record at Wake Forest: 51-48
Against the Spread: 51-46 (52.6%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 59

10.
Utah
2021 Record: 10-3

Last Season: Lost to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 3Road

Florida

Sept. 17Home

San Diego State

Sept. 24Road

Arizona State

Oct. 15Home

USC

Nov. 19Road

Oregon

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 34th
Conference Rank: 3rd in Pac-12

Head Coach: Kyle Whittingham


Win-Loss Record at Utah: 144-70
Against the Spread: 114-92 (55.3%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 11

11.
Miami
2021 Record: 7-5

 Withdrew from Sun Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 17Road

Texas A&M

TBARoad

Clemson

TBAHome

Florida State

TBAHome

North Carolina

TBAHome

Pittsburgh

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 48th
Conference Rank: 5th in ACC

Head Coach: Mario Cristobal


  First year as Miami Hurricanes head coach.

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 7

12.
Notre Dame
2021 Record: 11-2

Last Season: Lost to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 3Road

Ohio State

Oct. 8Neutral

BYU (in Las Vegas)

Nov. 5Home

Clemson

Nov. 26Road

USC

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 7th

Head Coach: Marcus Freeman


Win-Loss Record at Notre Dame: 0-1
Against the Spread: 0-1 (0%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 9

13.
Baylor
2021 Record: 12-2

Last Season: Defeated Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 10Road

BYU

Oct. 1Home

Oklahoma State

Nov. 5Road

Oklahoma

Nov. 26Road

Texas

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 33rd
Conference Rank: 6th in Big 12

Head Coach: Dave Aranda


Win-Loss Record at Baylor: 14-9
Against the Spread: 13-10 (56.5%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 34

14.
Penn State
2021 Record: 7-6

Last Season: Lost to Arkansas in Outback Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 17Road

Auburn

Sept. 24Home

Central Michigan

Oct. 1Home

Ohio State

Oct. 8Road

Michigan

Oct. 29Home

Michigan State

Nov. 19Home

Minnesota

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 6th
Conference Rank: 2nd in Big Ten

Head Coach: James Franklin


Win-Loss Record at Penn State: 67-34
Against the Spread: 52-45 (53.6%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 13

15.
Arkansas
2021 Record: 9-4

Last Season: Defeated Penn State in the Outback Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 3Home

Cincinnati

Sept. 24Neutral

Texas A&M (in Arlington)

Oct. 1Home

Alabama

Oct. 8Road

Mississippi State

Oct. 15Road

BYU

Oct. 29Road

Auburn

Nov. 12Home

LSU

Nov. 26Home

Ole Miss

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 19th
Conference Rank: 9th in SEC

Head Coach: Sam Pittman


Win-Loss Record at Arkansas: 12-11
Against the Spread: 15-7 (68.2%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 15

16.
Oregon
2021 Record: 10-4

Last Season: Lost to Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 3Neutral

Georgia (in Atlanta)

Sept. 17Home

BYU

Oct. 22Home

UCLA

Nov. 12Home

Washington

Nov. 19Home

Utah

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 63rd
Conference Rank: 8th in Pac-12

Head Coach: Dan Lanning


  First year as Oregon Ducks head coach.

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 14

17.
Tennessee
2021 Record: 7-6

Last Season: Lost to Purdue in the Music City Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 10Road

Pittsburgh

Sept. 24Home

Florida

Oct. 8Road

LSU

Oct. 15Home

Alabama

Oct. 29Home

Kentucky

Nov. 5Road

Georgia

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 15th
Conference Rank: 7th in SEC

Head Coach: Josh Heupel


Win-Loss Record at Tennessee: 7-6
Against the Spread: 5-8 (38.5%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 21

18.
LSU
2021 Record: 6-7

Last Season: Lost to Kansas State in the Texas Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 4Neutral

Florida State (in New Orleans)

Oct. 1Road

Auburn

Oct. 8Home

Tennessee

Oct. 15Road

Florida

Oct. 22Home

Ole Miss

Nov. 5Home

Alabama

Nov. 12Road

Arkansas

Nov. 26Road

Texas A&M

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 18th
Conference Rank: 8th in SEC

Head Coach: Brian Kelly


  First year as LSU Tigers head coach.

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 17

19.
Houston
2021 Record: 12-2

Last Season: Defeated Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 10Road

Texas Tech

TBARoad

SMU

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 59th
Conference Rank: 3rd in AAC

Head Coach: Dana Holgorsen


Win-Loss Record at Houston: 19-15
Against the Spread: 17-17 (50.0%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 53

20.
Michigan
2021 Record: 12-2

Last Season: Lost to Georgia in College Football Playoff semifinal.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Oct. 1Road

Iowa

Oct. 8Home

Penn State

Oct. 15Home

Nebraska

Oct. 22Road

Michigan State

Nov. 26Road

Ohio State

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 9th
Conference Rank: 3rd in Big Ten

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh


Win-Loss Record at Michigan: 61-24
Against the Spread: 43-41 (51.2%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 25

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21.
Iowa
2021 Record: 10-4

Last Season: Lost to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 10Home

Iowa State

Sept. 24Road

Minnesota

Oct. 1Home

Michigan

Oct. 15Road

Ohio State

Nov. 18Home

Wisconsin

Nov. 25Home

Nebraska

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 27th
Conference Rank: 6th in Big Ten

Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz


Win-Loss Record at Iowa: 178-110
Against the Spread: 148-127 (53.8%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 27

22.
Fresno State
2021 Record: 10-3

Last Season: Defeated UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 10Home

Oregon State

TBARoad

USC

TBAHome

San Diego State

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 88th
Conference Rank: 5th in Mountain West

Head Coach: Jeff Tedford


Win-Loss Record at Fresno State: 26-14**
Against the Spread: 23-14 (62.2%)
**Straight-up and ATS records reflect Tedford's previous tenure at Fresno State from 2017 to 2019.

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 70

23.
Kentucky
2021 Record: 10-3

Last Season: Defeated Iowa in the Citrus Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 10Road

Florida

Sept. 24Home

Northern Illinois

Oct. 1Road

Ole Miss

Oct. 15Home

Mississippi State

Oct. 29Road

Tennessee

Nov. 19Home

Georgia

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 11th
Conference Rank: 4th in SEC

Head Coach: Mark Stoops


Win-Loss Record at Kentucky: 59-53
Against the Spread: 53-57 (48.2%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 44

24.
Air Force
2021 Record: 10-3

Last Season: Defeated Louisville in the First Responders Bowl.


2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 10Home

Colorado

TBAHome

Boise State

TBARoad

San Diego State

TBARoad

Utah State

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 108th
Conference Rank: 10th in Mountain West

Head Coach: Troy Calhoun


Win-Loss Record at Air Force: 111-75
Against the Spread: 93-87 (51.7%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 64

25.
Nebraska
2021 Record: 3-9

2022 Schedule: Highlights

Sept. 17Home

Oklahoma

Oct. 15Road

Michigan

Oct. 22Home

Minnesota

Nov. 5Road

Wisconsin

Nov. 25Road

Iowa

2022 Recruiting Class Rankings


National Rank: 52nd
Conference Rank: 14th in Big Ten

Head Coach: Scott Frost


Win-Loss Record at Nebraska: 15-29
Against the Spread: 20-21 (48.8%)

2022 Action Network Power Rating: No. 16


The Next 25

Teams listed in alphabetical order.

  Arizona State, BYU, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina, Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Ole Miss, Pitt, Purdue, San Diego State, TCU, Texas, UAB, UCF, UCLA, USC, UTSA, West Virginia

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