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2022 College Football Teams That Won’t Make the Playoffs

By Hank Blaine

Upsets aren’t always easy to find in college football. University athletic directors love to pad their teams’ schedules with cupcakes. So finding upsets isn’t an easy task. But this season, there are five upset possibilities that should be on everyone’s radar. Check out a list of the five most probable and meaningful upsets likely to happen in the 2022 college football season.

Why These Teams Will or Won’t Make the College Football Playoff in 2022

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Why Alabama will make the College Football Playoff

Alabama boasts college football’s top pair of defensive ends. Will Anderson is the likely first player chosen in next Aprils NFL Draft. Dallas Turner should go in the first round. The rest of Bama’s defense is also stacked. Not only that, but Bryce Young, the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, is back and Nick Saban did well in the transfer portal. Also, Bama’s toughest regular season opponent, Texas A&M, must travel to Tuscaloosa.

Why Clemson won’t make the College Football Playoff

The offensive line played horrible football last season. The line should be better this season, but it may not be good enough. In addition, quarterback D.J. Uagielelei had a terrible sophomore season. Has he improved enough for the Tigers to go undefeated? Also, Miami and NC State should be difficult to beat. Both can upset mighty Clemson.

Why Oklahoma won’t make the CFP

Too many questions surround Oklahoma for the Sooners to win the Big 12 Conference, much less secure a College Football Playoff spot. New head coach Brett Venables should be okay, but it’s asking too much for Venables to take Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff in 2022.

Quarterback Dillon Gabriel switches from the AAC to the Big 12. It may work. It may not. Oklahoma lost a lot of starters to USC and former head coach Lincoln Riley. Baylor, Texas, and Oklahoma State have Top 25 talent. There’s a lot going against Oklahoma to make a return trip to the CFP.

Why Ohio State will make the CFP

Quarterback C.J. Stroud should lead the most electrifying offense in college football. Stroud gets to throw to three possible NFL first round picks: Marvin Harrison Jr., Julian Fleming, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

The defense can be just okay and the Buckeyes should still go undefeated. Notre Dame, Ohio State’s first opponent this season, won’t keep up on the scoreboard. Wisconsin, Penn State, and Michigan aren’t good enough to challenge the Buckeyes. Unless Stroud suffers an injury, Ohio State should roll to the CFP.

Why USC will make the College Football Playoff

Lincoln Riley took the head coaching job at USC and then he proceeded to transfer his starting quarterback at Oklahoma, Caleb Miller, to SoCal. Seeing how well Riley was putting together an immediate CFP contender, 2021 Belitnikoff Award winner for the top wide receiver, Jordan Addison, decided to join Miller and Riley at Southern California.

So right away Riley starts his Pac-12 head coaching tenure with one of the top wide receivers and top quarterbacks in the nation. Riley also pulled defensive talent from Alabama, Washington, and Oklahoma.

Almost as important? The Trojans play a soft Pac-12 schedule. If USC can beat Utah on the road and Notre Dame in their final game, they will finish the regular season with an undefeated record.

Why Georgia won’t make the CFP

Georgia won’t lose more than a single regular season game. Ah, but it could be huge. On Oct. 29, the Dawgs take on Billy Napier and tough Florida. The Gators will be much better than people think. But Florida won’t be ranked in the Top 10, which means a loss will send Georgia down the rankings.

Then in the SEC Championship, UGA will fall to an undefeated Alabama team. Georgia will be on the cusp of grabbing a College Football Playoff spot but they won’t get in because the following team will stamp their ticket.

Why Notre Dame will make the College Football Playoff

The Irish will lose a couple of regular season games, but Notre Dame will still make it to the College Football Playoff. The initial loss will happen in Notre Dame’s first game versus Ohio State.

Right now, Ohio State ranks third in the nation. The Buckeyes should go undefeated and could end up ranked second, right behind Alabama, heading into the Big Ten Championship.

The second game Notre Dame will lose happens in their final contest versus USC. By the time the Irish face the Trojans, USC will be undefeated with a huge road win against Utah on their resume.

The Trojans could be ranked fourth or possibly even third. In between losses to Ohio State and USC, Notre Dame will have beaten ranked BYU and ranked Clemson.

So the Irish will have a better resume than 2-loss Georgia, which may play a single ranked team in 2022, Oregon, who may not even be ranked at the end of the season.

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