2022 College Football Discussion

OK, congrats Uggo’s!
But, time to look ahead to next year.

As usual, there are several Too Early Rankings, and 'bama is on top, due to recruiting, training, and coaching acumens, which haven’t changed.
Surprise is Texas A&M, at #4, even though their whole front Defensive Line is expected to leave.
NC State at #8? C’mon, just throwing bones and trying to get internet buzz. It’s not gonna work!!!

Toughest non-conference opponents of the Top 10:
'bama plays Texas, so expect Texas to make this top 25 before that game.
tOSU plays ND.
UGA plays Oregon, in neutral site Atlanta.
A&M plays UofMiami
Michigan plays nobody of note.
ND plays tOSU, four ACC teams, three Pac 12 teams, BYU (#18 on this ranking).
Utah plays Florida.
NC State plays Texas Tech.
OKState plays ASU.
Mich State plays U-Dub.

Way Too Early GoA Rankings:

Again, the GoA rankings shouldn’t change, save for dropping non-existent categories, but then this is pretty early.
Still better than claiming THREE SEC teams in the top 4.

  1. Undefeated SEC Champion.
  2. Undefeated Big 10 Champion.
  3. Undefeated Notre Dame.
  4. Undefeated ACC Champion.
  5. Undefeated Big 12 Champion.
  6. Undefeated PAC 12 Champion.
  7. One-loss SEC Champion.
  8. One-loss SEC runner-up.
  9. One-loss Big 10 Champion.
  10. One-loss ACC Champion.
  11. One-loss Notre Dame.
  12. One-loss Big 12 Champion.
  13. One-loss PAC 12 Champion.
  14. Undefeated non-Power 5 team.
  15. One-loss Big 10 runner-up.

Oregon agreed to a “neutral site” game in Atlanta vs UGA? Yikes. They should’ve done a home-and-home.

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Agreed. Atlanta is not a neutral-site for Georgia (70 miles from campus).

Oregon apparently does not rate for a home-and-home.

Texas, in a few years, does, but I think they’ll be in the SEC by then.

UGA have a home-and-home v tOSU and v UCLA in the coming years.

I guess we can look forward to ND getting beaten down by tOSU, then rattle off at least 7 wins to drum up “we should be considered in the national championship discussion” talk again, then Clemson, then 3 more wins to keep that talk going.

If they beat tOSU in the season opener, then it’s on Clemson to beat them and halt the national title drumbeat. The rest of that schedule looks crushed velvet soft.

That Utah/Florida game? It’s in Gainesville. The Gators will return the favor by going to Rice-Eccles in 2023. It’ll be the first true road game for Florida outside the state of Florida since 1991, when they went to Syracuse.

USC figuring out that having better players should result in a better team.
Recruiting >>> Actual Football Game Coaching.

Interesting article about where players end up who enter the portal (generally).

Summary

Here are the numbers (data is based on players who entered the portal after Aug. 1, 2021):

ACC

  • 71.6% found new schools.
  • 40.6% of players committed to P5 schools.
  • 40.6% of players committed to G5 schools.
  • 18.8% of players committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 47 players remain in portal.

Big Ten

  • 68% found new schools.
  • 36.2% of players committed to P5 schools.
  • 46.6% of players committed to G5 schools.
  • 17.2% of players committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 57 players remain in portal.

Big 12

  • 61.3% found new schools.
  • 41.8% of players committed to P5 schools.
  • 38.8% of players committed to G5 schools.
  • 19.4% of players committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 46 players remain in portal.

Pac-12

  • 56.2% found new schools.
  • 51.2% of players committed to P5 schools.
  • 30.9% of players committed to G5 schools.
  • 17.9% of players committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 63 players remain in portal.

SEC

  • 73% found new schools.
  • 48.8% of players committed to P5 schools.
  • 36.2% of players committed to G5 schools.
  • 15% of players committed to FCS/DII schools.
  • 49 players remain in portal.

Saban has broken open a hornets nest.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M ‘bought every player,’ questions whether current NIL model is sustainable