College Football Rankings: 1 To 131 After Week 4

College football rankings from CollegeFootballNews.com from 1 to 131 after Week 4

College Football News 2022 college football rankings after Week 4 for all 131 teams with results and who’s up next week.


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It’s our motto with the college football rankings that we try to never stray from: respect the results.

That’s a problem now.

Really, Tulane should be ranked ahead of Kansas State, who should be ranked ahead of Oklahoma, but Tulane just lost to Southern Miss, who lost to …

It doesn’t work.

Just trust us when we say we get it. There are a lot of insane inconsistencies and wild moves, especially for some teams that were great this weekend and should’ve moved up.

All of the bizarre upsets and twists in a fun start to the college football season changed up everything.

For example, do we think Texas A&M and Oklahoma would beat James Madison? Almost certainly. Would we pick the Aggies and Sooners over the Dukes? Yeah.

Is James Madison unbeaten after beating the Appalachian State team that beat Texas A&M a few weeks ago in College Station? Yeah. Did it destroy the Middle Tennessee team that just trucked Miami? Yeah.

To get this ultra-pretentious ramble there faster, it’s simple. Some – not all – of the unbeatens get a ton of respect in the Week 4 college football rankings.

This will all get cleared up over the next few weeks as more results come in, so PLEASE don’t get into too much of a twist if your team was impressive on Saturday but dropped; that meant other parts of the overall puzzle changed.

With all of that in mind, here are the wacky and wild Week 4 college football rankings.

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CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 4
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, how the predictions went

CFN College Football Rankings: After Week 4

131 FIU (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 131
Week 4: WKU 73, FIU 0
Week 5: at New Mexico State

130 Hawaii (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 119
Week 4: New Mexico State 45, Hawaii 26
Week 5: OPEN DATE

129 UConn (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 128
Week 4: NC State 41, UConn 10
Week 5: Fresno State

128 Colorado State (0-4)

Last Week Ranking: 118
Week 4: Sacramento State 41, Colorado State 10
Week 5: OPEN DATE

127 Akron (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 130
Week 4: Liberty 21, Akron 12
Week 5: Bowling Green

126 UMass (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 122
Week 4: Temple 28, UMass 0
Week 5: at Eastern Michigan

125 New Mexico State (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 127
Week 4: New Mexico State 45, Hawaii 26
Week 5: FIU

124 Charlotte (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 123
Week 4: South Carolina 56, Charlotte 20
Week 5: UTEP

123 Georgia State (0-4)

Last Week Ranking: 124
Week 4: Coastal Carolina 41, Georgia State 24
Week 5: at Army

122 Colorado (0-4)

Last Week Ranking: 105
Week 4: UCLA 45, Colorado 17
Week 5: at Arizona

121 Arizona State (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 94
Week 4: Utah 34, Arizona State 13
Week 5: at USC

120 Eastern Michigan (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 93
Week 4: Buffalo 50, Eastern Michigan 31
Week 5: UMass

119 Buffalo (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 129
Week 4: Buffalo 50, Eastern Michigan 31
Week 5: Miami University

118 Louisiana (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 92
Week 4: ULM 21, Louisiana 17
Week 5: South Alabama

117 Florida Atlantic (2-3)

Last Week Ranking: 116
Week 4: Purdue 28, Florida Atlantic 26
Week 5: at North Texas

116 ULM (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 125
Week 4: ULM 21, Louisiana 17
Week 5: at Arkansas State

115 UTEP (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 126
Week 4: UTEP 27, Boise State 10
Week 5: at Charlotte

114 Texas State (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 120
Week 4: Texas State 34, Houston Christian 0
Week 5: at James Madison

113 New Mexico (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 117
Week 4: LSU 38, New Mexico 0
Week 5: OPEN DATE

112 Utah State (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 115
Week 4: UNLV 34, Utah State 24
Week 5: at BYU

111 Kent State (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 111
Week 4: Georgia 39, Kent State 23
Week 5: Ohio

110 Arkansas State (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 109
Week 4: Old Dominion 29, Arkansas State 26
Week 5: ULM

109 North Texas (2-3)

Last Week Ranking: 110
Week 4: Memphis 44, North Texas 34
Week 5: at Memphis

108 Nevada (2-3)

Last Week Ranking: 106
Week 4: Air Force 48, Nevada 20
Week 5: OPEN DATE

107 USF (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 101
Week 4: Louisville 41, USF 3
Week 5: East Carolina

106 Nebraska (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 104
Week 4: OPEN DATE
Week 5: Indiana

105 Northwestern (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 103
Week 4: Miami University 17, Northwestern 14
Week 5: at Penn State

104 Miami University (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 98
Week 4: Miami University 17, Northwestern 14
Week 5: at Buffalo

103 Virginia Tech (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 80
Week 4: West Virgina 33, Virginia Tech 10
Week 5: at North Carolina

102 Old Dominion (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 79
Week 4: Old Dominion 29, Arkansas State 26
Week 5: Liberty

101 Temple (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 114
Week 4: Temple 28, UMass 0
Week 5: OPEN DATE

CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 4
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, how the predictions went

NEXT: CFN 2022 College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 100

College Football Rankings USA TODAY Coaches Top 25 Poll Week 4

USA TODAY Coaches top 25 college football poll and rankings for 2022, Week 4

Where are all the top teams in the Week 4 USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 college football rankings? Which teams just missed out and are also receiving votes?


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College Football Rankings: USA TODAY Coaches Poll 2022 Week 4

Number in parentheses is where each team finished in the previous rankings

Coaches Poll Also Receiving Votes: Cincinnati 63; Kansas 59; Florida 49; Texas Tech 36; Kansas State 30; Texas 25; TCU 20; Michigan State 13; James Madison 11; Mississippi State 10; Air Force 8; Oregon State 7; UCLA 6; Washington State 4; LSU 4; Notre Dame 3; Iowa State 3; Maryland 2; Coastal Carolina 1

25 Syracuse Orange 4-0 (NR)

24 Pitt Panthers 3-1 (NR)

23 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4-0 238 (NR)

22 Florida State Seminoles 4-0 252 (NR)

21 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 3-0 352 (16)

2022 Scoreboard, Results: Week 4

20 BYU Cougars 3-1 359 (23)

19 Arkansas Razorbacks 3-1 509 (10)

18 Washington Huskies 4-0 539 (24)

17 Texas A&M Aggies 3-1 574 (20)

16 Oklahoma Sooners 3-1 601 (6)

15 Oregon Ducks 3-1 622 (18)

14 Baylor Bears 3-1 638 (17)

13 Utah Utes 3-1 822 (14)

12 Penn State Nittany Lions 4-0 824 (15)

11 Ole Miss Rebels 4-0 864 (13)

College Football Rankings Week 4 1-131

10 NC State Wolfpack 4-0 1015 (11)

9 Tennessee Volunteers 4-0 1077 (12)

Kentucky Wildcats 4-0 1136 (9)

Oklahoma State Cowboys 3-0 1176 (8)

USC Trojans 4-0 1226 (7)

Clemson Tigers 4-0 1339 (5)

4 Michigan Wolverines 4-0 1379 (4)

3 Ohio State Buckeyes 4-0 1486 4 1st place votes (3)

2 Alabama Crimson Tide 4-0 1558 26 1st place votes (2)

1 Georgia Bulldogs 4-0 1563, 34 1st place votes (1)

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College Football Rankings: 1 To 131 After Week 3

College football rankings from CollegeFootballNews.com from 1 to 131 after Week 3d

College Football News 2022 college football rankings after Week 3 for all 131 teams with results and who’s up next week.


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Thanks for screwing everything up, Bowling Green.

These rankings are about as close to the pin as they can possibly get considering the goal is to always respect the results.

If Team A beats Team B and Team B beats Team C, then it goes A then B and then C, if there are no other variables – this all gets blown up as the season goes on.

And then Bowling Green beats Marshall in overtime.

So do we just reject the Marshall win over Notre Dame, especially considering how mediocre the Irish have been?

We punted on that a bit – giving more credit to the Marshall win over Notre Dame than the Bowling Green victory on Saturday – but all of the other results after three weeks and a Week 0 are taken into account.

As always, these will change wildly based on the big wins, tough losses, and head-to-head matchups.

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CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 3
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 3 Scoreboard, how the predictions went

CFN College Football Rankings: After Week 3

131 FIU (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 131
Week 3: OPEN DATE
Week 4: at WKU

130 Akron (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 130
Week 3: Tennessee 63, Akron 6
Week 4: at Liberty

129 Buffalo (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 126
Week 3: Coastal Carolina 38, Buffalo 26
Week 4: at Eastern Michigan

128 UConn (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 125
Week 3: Michigan 59, UConn 0
Week 4: at NC State

127 New Mexico State (0-4)

Last Week Ranking: 123
Week 3: Wisconsin 66, New Mexico State 7
Week 4: Hawaii

126 UTEP (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 121
Week 3: New Mexico 27, UTEP 10
Week 4: Boise State (Sept 23)

125 ULM (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 124
Week 3: Alabama 63, ULM 7
Week 4: COMING

124 Georgia State (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 91
Week 3: Charlotte 42, Georgia State 41
Week 4: Coastal Carolina (Sept 22)

123 Charlotte (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 128
Week 3: Charlotte 42, Georgia State 41
Week 4: at South Carolina

122 UMass (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 129
Week 3: UMass 20, Stony Brook 3
Week 4: at Temple

121 Navy (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 122
Week 3: OPEN DATE
Week 4: at East Carolina

120 Texas State (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 118
Week 3: Baylor 42, Texas State 7
Week 4: Houston Baptist

119 Hawaii (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 120
Week 3: Hawaii 24, Duquesne 14
Week 4: at New Mexico State

118 Colorado State (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 119
Week 3: Washington State 38, Colorado State 7
Week 4: Sacramento State

117 New Mexico (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 114
Week 3: New Mexico 27, UTEP 10
Week 4: at LSU

116 Florida Atlantic (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 106
Week 3: UCF 40, Florida Atlantic 14
Week 4: at Purdue

115 Utah State (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 115
Week 3: OPEN DATE
Week 4: UNLV

114 Temple (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 113
Week 3: Rutgers 16, Temple 14
Week 4: UMass

113 Ohio (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 98
Week 3: Iowa State 43, Ohio 10
Week 4: Fordham

112 San Jose State (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 93
Week 3: OPEN DATE
Week 4: Western Michigan

111 Kent State (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 112
Week 3: Kent State 63, LIU 10
Week 4: at Georgia

110 North Texas (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 96
Week 3: UNLV 58, North Texas 27
Week 4: at Memphis

109 Arkansas State (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 116
Week 3: Memphis 44, Arkansas State 32
Week 4: at Old Dominion

108 Middle Tennessee (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 110
Week 3: Middle Tennessee 49, Tennessee State 6
Week 4: at Miami

107 Northern Illinois (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 108
Week 3: Vanderbilt 38, Northern Illinois 28
Week 4: at Kentucky

106 Nevada (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 109
Week 3: Iowa 27, Nevada 0
Week 4: at Air Force (Sept 23)

105 Colorado (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 95
Week 3: Minnesota 49, Colorado 7
Week 4: UCLA

104 Nebraska (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 92
Week 3: Oklahoma 49, Nebraska 14
Week 4: OPEN DATE

103 Northwestern (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 69
Week 3: Southern Illinois 31, Northwestern 24
Week 4: Miami University

102 UNLV (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 107
Week 3: UNLV 58, North Texas 27
Week 4: at Utah State

101 USF (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 105
Week 3: Florida 31, USF 28
Week 4: at Louisville

CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 3
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10

NEXT: CFN 2022 College Football Rankings: Week 3 Top 100

College Football Rankings: 1 To 131 After Week 2

College football rankings from CollegeFootballNews.com from 1 to 131 after Week 2

College Football News 2022 college football rankings after Week 2 for all 131 teams with results and who’s up next week.


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The rankings are clean, at least for now.

Preseason rankings are on perception and projection, and then you have to respect the results – otherwise, why play the games?

This happens every year, and every year we say the same thing. THESE WILL WILDLY CHANGE.

Eventually, there will be too many variables involved and we have to adapt and adjust. Until then, at the moment …

You HAVE to rank North Carolina over Appalachian State, and you have to rank both of them over Appalachian State.

You HAVE to rank Marshall over Notre Dame, Washington State over Wisconsin, and right on down the line based on what happened on the field.

Again, these will change as the season gets crazier, but until then …

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CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 2
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 2 Scoreboard, how the predictions went

CFN College Football Rankings: After Week 2

131 FIU (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 131
Week 2: Texas State 41, FIU 12
Week 3: OPEN DATE

130 Akron (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 130
Week 2: Michigan State 52, Akron 0
Week 3: at Tennessee

129 UMass (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 129
Week 2: Toledo 55, UMass 10
Week 3: Stony Brook

128 Charlotte (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 128
Week 2: Maryland 56, Charlotte 21
Week 3: at Georgia State

127 Bowling Green (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 122
Week 2: Eastern Kentucky 59, Bowling Green 57 3OT
Week 3: Marshall

126 Buffalo (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 119
Week 2: Holy Cross 37, Buffalo 31
Week 3: at Coastal Carolina

125 UConn (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 125
Week 2: Syracuse 48, UConn 14
Week 3: at Michigan

124 ULM (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 127
Week 2: ULM 35, Nicholls 7
Week 3: Alabama

123 New Mexico State (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 126
Week 2: UTEP 20, New Mexico State 13
Week 3: at Wisconsin

122 Navy (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 121
Week 2: Memphis 37, Navy 13
Week 3: OPEN DATE

121 UTEP (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 116
Week 2: UTEP 20, New Mexico State 13
Week 3: at New Mexico

120 Hawaii (0-3)

Last Week Ranking: 115
Week 2: Michigan 56, Hawaii 10
Week 3: Duquesne

119 Colorado State (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 95
Week 2: Middle Tennessee 34, Colorado State 19
Week 3: at Washington State

118 Texas State (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 120
Week 2: Texas State 41, FIU 12
Week 3: at Baylor

117 Rice (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 123
Week 2: Rice 52, McNeese 10
Week 3: Louisiana

116 Arkansas State (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 117
Week 2: Ohio State 45, Arkansas State 12
Week 3: at Memphis

115 Utah State (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 93
Week 2: Weber State 35, Utah State 7
Week 3: OPEN DATE

114 New Mexico (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 118
Week 2: Boise State 31, New Mexico 14
Week 3: UTEP

113 Temple (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 111
Week 2: Temple 30, Lafayette 14
Week 3: Rutgers

112 Kent State (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 114
Week 2: Oklahoma 33, Kent State 3
Week 3: Long Island

111 Eastern Michigan (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 113
Week 2: Louisiana 49, Eastern Michigan 21
Week 3: at Arizona State

110 Middle Tennessee (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 110
Week 2: Middle Tennessee 34, Colorado State 19
Week 3: Tennessee State

109 Nevada (2-0)

Last Week Ranking: 103
Week 2: Incarnate Word 55, Nevada 41
Week 3: at Iowa

108 Northern Illinois (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 108
Week 2: Tulsa 38, Northern Illinois 35
Week 3: Vanderbilt

107 UNLV (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 109
Week 2: Cal 20, UNLV 14
Week 3: North Texas

106 Florida Atlantic (2-1)

Last Week Ranking: 102
Week 2: Florida Atlantic 42, SE Louisiana 9
Week 3: UCF

105 USF (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 96
Week 2: USF 42, Howard 20
Week 3: at Florida

104 Miami University (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 106
Week 2: Miami University 31, Robert Morris 14
Week 3: Cincinnati

103 Central Michigan (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 100
Week 2: South Alabama 38, Central Michigan 24
Week 3: Bucknell

102 Ball State (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 124
Week 2: Western Michigan 37, Ball State 30
Week 3: Murray State

101 Troy (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 92
Week 2: Troy 38, Alabama A&M 17
Week 3: at Appalachian State

CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 2
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 2 Scoreboard, how the predictions went

NEXT: CFN 2022 College Football Rankings: Week 2 Top 100

College Football Rankings: 1 To 131 After Week 1

College football rankings from CollegeFootballNews.com from 1 to 131 after Week 1

College Football News 2022 college football rankings after Week 0 for all 131 teams with results and who’s up next week.


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As always, the CFN rankings are based on what we know and can prove more than what we believe, but it’s only Week 1 – there’s not a ton to go on yet. Also, as always, these rankings will fluctuate wildly.

The adjustments will be made after Sunday and Monday night games.

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CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 1
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 1 Scoreboard, how the predictions went

CFN College Football Rankings: After Week 1

131 FIU (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 129
Week 1: FIU 38, Bryant 37 (OT)
Week 2: at Texas State

130 Akron (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 130
Week 1: Akron 30, Saint Francis 23 (OT)
Week 2: at Michigan State

129 UMass (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 131
Week 1: Tulane 42, UMass 10
Week 2: at Toledo

128 Charlotte (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 119
Week 1: William & Mary 41, Charlotte 24
Week 2: Maryland

127 ULM (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 128
Week 1: Texas 52, ULM 10
Week 2: Nicholls State

126 New Mexico State (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 127
Week 1: Minnesota 38, New Mexico State 0
Week 2: at UTEP

125 UConn (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 126
Week 1: at Central Connecticut State
Week 2: Syracuse

124 Ball State (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 125
Week 1: Tennessee 59, Ball State 10
Week 2: Western Michigan

123 Rice (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 120
Week 1: USC 66, Rice 14
Week 2: McNeese State

122 Bowling Green (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 124
Week 1: UCLA 45, Bowling Green 17
Week 2: Eastern Kentucky

121 Navy (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 99
Week 1: Delaware 14, Navy 7
Week 2: Memphis

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120 Texas State (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 118
Week 1: Nevada 38, Texas State 14
Week 2: FIU (Sept 9)

119 Buffalo (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 123
Week 1: Maryland 31, Buffalo 10
Week 2: Holy Cross

118 New Mexico (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 122
Week 1: New Mexico 41, Maine 0
Week 2: Boise State (Sept 9)

117 Arkansas State (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 121
Week 1: Arkansas State 58, Grambling State 3
Week 2: at Ohio State

116 UTEP (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 116
Week 1: Oklahoma 45, UTEP 13
Week 2: New Mexico State

115 Hawaii (0-2)

Last Week Ranking: 109
Week 1: WKU 49, Hawaii 17
Week 2: at Michigan

114 Kent State (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 113
Week 1: Washington 45, Kent State 20
Week 2: at Oklahoma

113 Eastern Michigan (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 114
Week 1: Eastern Michigan 42, Eastern Kentucky 34
Week 2: at Louisiana

112 Georgia Southern (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 117
Week 1: Georgia Southern 59, Morgan State 7
Week 2: at Nebraska

111 Temple (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 100
Week 1: Duke 30, Temple 0
Week 2: Lafayette

110 Middle Tennessee (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 107
Week 1: James Madison 44, Middle Tennessee 7
Week 2: at Colorado State

109 UNLV (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 106
Week 1: OPEN DATE
Week 2: at Cal

108 Northern Illinois (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 103
Week 1: Northern Illinois 34, Eastern Illinois 27
Week 2: at Tulsa

107 Southern Miss (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 108
Week 1: Liberty 29, Southern Miss 27 4OT
Week 2: at Miami

106 Miami University (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 104
Week 1: Kentucky 37, Miami University 13
Week 2: Robert Morris

105 South Alabama (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 111
Week 1: South Alabama 48, Nicholls 7
Week 2: at Central Michigan

104 James Madison (1-0)

Last Week Ranking: 112
Week 1: James Madison 44, Middle Tennessee 7
Week 2: Norfolk State

103 Nevada (2-0)

Last Week Ranking: 102
Week 1: Nevada 38, Texas State 14
Week 2: Incarnate Word

102 Florida Atlantic (1-1)

Last Week Ranking: 87
Week 1: Ohio 41, Florida Atlantic 38
Week 2: SE Louisiana

101 Louisiana Tech (0-1)

Last Week Ranking: 101
Week 1: Missouri 52, Louisiana Tech 24
Week 2: Stephen F Austin

CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 1
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 1 Scoreboard, how the predictions went

NEXT: CFN 2022 College Football Rankings: Week 1 Top 100

College Football Preseason Defensive Back Unit Rankings: CFN Preview 2022

College football unit rankings – the defensive backs. Ranking the top 10 overall, and then ranking each conference’s situations.

College Football News Preview 2022 preseason unit rankings, looking at the top ten defensive back situations and rankings by conference.


The college football secondaries are getting better and better.

In response to all of the high-powered passing games, defenses are putting even more of a premium on the top pass rushers, and they’re getting more and more creative with their defensive backfields.

Now it’s the norm to have a hybrid safety who can be used like an extra linebacker, and as a pass rusher, and as a corner, and …

Versatility is important, and lots and lots and lots of options matter, because the offenses adjusted, too.

Putting more defensive backs on the field is fine, but if there’s one weak link, or if one of part goes down, the improved passers and offensive coordinators have figured out how to take advantage of that better than ever before.

With all of that in mind, here are the defensive back unit rankings with the ten best going into the season along with the rankings in each conference.

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CFN Preview 2022 Preseason College Football Unit Rankings: Defensive Backs

Unit Rankings By Conference: Defensive Backs 
Top 10 | ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC
AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt

1. Alabama

The Crimson Tide secondary was already great, and then it brought in corner Eli Ricks from LSU – there’s a shot he’s the first defensive back off the board in the 2023 NFL Draft. Safeties Jordan Battle and Brian Branch will also work at the next level, Kool-Aid McKinstry and Khyree Jackson are terrific corners, and Malachi Moore is sure to be special at one of the safety spots if his back problems are over.

2 Notre Dame

There’s a shot the secondary turns into the team’s biggest strength. Corners Clarence Lewis and Cam Hart can hit, the depth is – for the most part – there for all spots, the safeties are experienced, and on top of all of that, Northwestern transfer Brandon Joseph might be the best safety in college football.

LSU

The transfer portal taketh away, but it also giveth, and giveth some more. Losing star corner Eli Ricks to Alabama hurts, but LSU was able to load up with five excellent transfers – safeties Greg Brooks (Arkansas) and Joe Foucha (Arkansas), and corners Jarrick Bernard-Converse (Oklahoma State), Mekhi Garner (Louisiana), Sevyn Banks (Ohio State), and Quad Wilson (McNeese State) – who should work right away around veteran safety Jay Ward.

Georgia

Like everywhere else on the Georgia defense, a slew of key starts are missing from last year’s national championship group. However, Kelee Ringo – the new legend whose pick six sealed the CFP title – is back at one corner, Christopher Smith is an NFL starting safety, and Tykee Smith is a special free safety if he can get past his injury issues.

5 Penn State

The talent is there, and now the pass rush has to help the cause. Joey Porter might be the best corner in the Big Ten, safety JiAyir Brown is the leading returning tackler, and Kalen King is a strong corner on the other side of Porter. The latest recruiting class is strong enough to push for meaningful time.


2022 CFN Predictions For Every Game 
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC
AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt
CFN 2022 Preseason Ranking of all 131 Teams
CFN 2022 Preview of all 131 Teams


Texas A&M

The Texas A&M defense is loaded with superstar prospects, but it’s really, really young on the front six/seven. That goes for the key backups in the secondary, too, but the starting five is experienced and very, very good. Safeties Demani Richardson and Antonio Johnson are the best of the bunch, but they’re all going to have to hold off the new guys from finding their way in.

Michigan

The Wolverine secondary loses some huge parts from last year’s group, but it has two likely all-stars in corner DJ Turner and safety RJ Moten, and there was enough of a rotation to have new starters ready to step up. The depth is very young, but very talented.

8 Utah

Start with all-star corner Clark Phillips and rock-solid safety Cole Bishop, throw in some good parts around them, and add in former Illinois State star Clayton Isbell at safety and great-looking freshman Sione Vaki, and this will once again be one of the Pac-12’s best defensive backfields.

Iowa

The secondary that took the ball away in bunches should be every bit as dangerous with playmaking corner Riley Moss back from a knee injury. There’s experience across the board for what should be one of the most sound pass defenses in the country.

10 South Carolina

The SEC’s No. 1 pass defense – fine, so that’s partly because everyone ran the ball on the Gamecocks – not only gets back  good veterans – starting with safety RJ Roderick and Nickel Cam Smith – but in comes one of the MAC’s best defensive players over the last few years. Devonni Reed is transferring in from Central Michigan to take over at free safety.

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AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt

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25 Winningest Programs To Not Make The College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff: 25 winningest teams to not make the tournament

What are the 25 winningest programs to not make the College Football Playoff? Here are the top schools in the CFP era to miss out on the fun.


Cincinnati and Michigan were able to make the College Football Playoff last season. Their doors might have been blown off by Alabama and Georgia, respectively, but they at least brought some new energy to the mini-tournament.

The College Football Playoff has only been around for eight seasons and just 13 schools – Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington – have played in it and just five won it all.

That means 90% of the FBS college football programs haven’t been in the post-season – at least the version that matters – since this grand experiment started.

That’s the equivalent of only 36 college basketball programs making the NCAA Tournament over the last eight years – which is a good idea, by the way, but I digress.

What college football programs were able to win a lot of games over the last eight years without the playoff payoff? 25 have won 60 or more games in eight seasons – averaging 7.5 a year, but it’s better than that considering some played a short schedule in 2020 – without getting the call.

If you didn’t get to 60 victories – no Texas, or Tennessee, or Nebraska, Michigan State, or North Carolina – you don’t get on the list. So with that, here are the 25 winningest teams to not make the College Football Playoff.

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25. USC

Wins Since 2014: 60
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 11-3, Pac-12 champion, Rose Bowl win
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Strong

Bottom Line: USC might be last on this list, but it’s got the best shot of going to the College Football Playoff this year with Lincoln Riley and a loaded all-star team ready to roll. The 2020 team would’ve had a case for the CFP if it won the Pac-12 title to finish 6-0 – it lost to Oregon, but no unbeaten Power Five champ has ever been left out. It’s been a disappointing run since going 12-1 in 2008. That’s all about to change.
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T22. NC State

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 9-4, Sun Bowl win
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Possible

Bottom Line: The Wolfpack have been strongly consistent since Dave Doeren took over, but they haven’t been able to get a turn in the ACC Championship mix – being in the same division with Clemson has something to do with that. This should be his best team yet, and if it can somehow get by the Tigers on the road, there’s a real shot at going 12-1 with an ACC Championship and a CFP shot. That’s a massive if, though.
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T22. Miami

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 10-3, ACC Championship loss, Orange Bowl loss
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Slim

Bottom Line: Miami flirted with something fun in 2017 with a 10-0 start before losing the last three games. However, had it beaten Clemson in the ACC Championship – it lost 38-3 – it would’ve been in the CFP. This year’s schedule is too tough for a reloading team – with road games at Clemson and Texas A&M – but new head coach Mario Cristobal might just restore the glory in a hurry.
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T22. Western Michigan

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2016, 13-1, MAC champion, Cotton Bowl loss
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: None

Bottom Line: Now-Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck led the way to a phenomenal 13-0 regular season with a MAC title in 2016, and it still wasn’t enough to get near the College Football Playoff. The Broncos have been good ever since, but they haven’t been able to come close to repeating the glory. They’ll be strong this season, but even if they can win at Michigan State and against Pitt – and can run through the MAC unbeaten – it still shouldn’t be enough for a CFP shot.
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College Football Preseason Offense Unit Rankings: CFN Preview 2022

Top 10 College Football Offenses: Which Os are the most talented going into the 2022 college football season? How good are each attacks in every conference?

College Football News Preview 2022 preseason unit rankings, looking at the top ten offenses along with each ranking within the conferences.  


Defense might win championships, but offense is more fun.

Who has the most talented offenses going into the 2022 college football season?

This isn’t a ranking of who’ll have the top statistical offenses – some high-powered attacks will put up massive yards and big numbers because of scheme and lesser opponents. This is about which offenses return the most experience, talent, depth, and … yeah, scoring and yards matter.

So call this a mix of the teams with the best combination of skill and stars with the expected production. Okay, enough stalling – if you think we whiffed by not having Western Kentucky or Texas Tech in the top ten, you’re probably not wrong.

These ten, though, are about to be among the best and most effective and the highest of levels – at least that’s where the expectations are set.

The top ten offenses of 2022 are …

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Unit Rankings By Conference: Offenses 
Top 10 | ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC
AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt

2022 Unit Rankings
QB | RB | WR&TE | OL | DL | LB | DB

1 Ohio State

Fair warning: Ohio State probably won’t have the No. 1 offense in college football again – it averaged 561 yards per game last year – so it might be more about its effectiveness and efficiency than the big numbers. Remember, last year’s O had to keep bombing away because the D wasn’t up to snuff. This year’s defense will be better.

There’s NFL talent all across the starting 11. CJ Stroud might be the nation’s best quarterback, TreVeyon Henderson might be the top running back, Jaxon Smith-Njigba might be the best wide receiver, and they all work around one of the best offensive lines in the country.

2 USC

It’s going to be a massive disappointment if this isn’t one of the most exciting offenses in college football. Getting QB Caleb Williams, RB Travis Dye, and receivers Jordan Addison, Mario Williams, and Brenden Rice from the transfer portal should provide an instant jolt to Lincoln Riley’s attack. As long as the line doesn’t disappoint, look out.

Alabama

The offensive line has to be better, the wide receiver talent isn’t quite where it’s been over the last few years, the running backs are just okay if Georgia Tech transfer Jahmyr Gibbs isn’t great, and … whatever. The O line is full of NFL-caliber blockers, the transfer portal helped the receiving corps, Gibbs could be devastating, and there’s that Bryce Young guy leading it all.

Texas

No pressure, Steve Sarkisian and the Texas coaching staff, but the talent level is more than good enough to win and win big.

There’s no excuse considering QB Quinn Ewers is a superstar prospect – shhhhhh, not everyone is assuming Arch Manning will walk in and take over next year – Xavier Worthy and Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neyor lead a great receiving corps, and Bijan Robinson might just win the Heisman. However, the O line has to be good enough to make it all go.

Utah

It took a few years to pivot a bit to more of a dynamic attack after years of pound, pound, pound, but this group can grind away, too. The offensive line is loaded with talent, the backs are in place, and Cameron Rising turned into a find as he led the way to the Pac-12 title. The one question is at wide receiver – it’s a young corps – but the tight ends are great.


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AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt
CFN 2022 Preseason Ranking of all 131 Teams
CFN 2022 Preview of all 131 Teams


Tennessee

The Josh Heupel offense all kicked in right away, and now it should go up a few notches after finishing ninth in the nation overall. Hendon Hooker is a terrific quarterback who’s starting to get his due, the receiving corps could be unstoppable if USC transfer Bru McCoy rolls, and the backs are good enough to crank up yards in chunks behind a line with a whole lot of potential all-star talent.

Ole Miss

This is a leap of faith ranking believing the transfer portal will bring the parts to keep the top 2021 SEC offense rolling. It’ll still be fast, it’ll still be explosive, and it’ll still tough to keep in check.

Running backs Zach Evans (TCU) and Ulysses Bentley (SMU) are great, USC transfer Jaxson Dart will push hard for the quarterback gig, and transfers are about to crank up the passing game. Now the O line has to keep defenses out of the backfield.

Wake Forest

The 11th best offense in college football last year – at least in yards – returns loaded. AT Perry is the star of a great wide receiver show, four starters return to a good line, the rotation of backs will be productive again, and in a league full of great quarterbacks, Sam Hartman might be the standout star.

Florida

For all of Florida’s problems last season, it still finished 15th in the nation in total offense. If you’re buying into the hype around QB Anthony Richardson – and you should – and if you think new head coach Billy Napier is about to make the O and ground game roll like he did at Louisiana – and you should – then believe the Gators are about to be in for a big offensive season.

10 Texas Tech

Fine, so stats matter. The offensive coordinator who made the WKU attack that finished second in the nation in total yards was brought in by new head coach Joey McGuire – look out. Zach Kittley will take the Red Raider attack up a few notches once the parts are in place after fall camp.

Texas Tech might not have settled on a starting quarterback quite yet, but that’s because it has three great options. The running backs will be ultra-effective for what they need to do, and the receivers will grow into statistical stars.

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AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt

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College Football Rankings: 1 To 131 After Week 0

College football rankings from CollegeFootballNews.com from 1 to 131 after Week 0.

College Football News 2022 college football rankings after Week 0 for all 131 teams with results and who’s up next week.


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Last year it was Illinois upsetting Nebraska in Week 0 that generated a buzz, and this season it kicked off with Northwestern taking down Scott Frost’s team. Vanderbilt looked great, Illinois got rolling, and others were very, very shaky. But that’s what Week 0 is for – it’s to work the kinks out, unless you played a big game over in Ireland.

Here are the CFN college football rankings after a fun opening to the season.

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CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 0
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 1 Schedule, Predictions: Thursday, Friday
Week 1 Expert Picks, Thursday, Friday

CFN College Football Rankings: After Week 0

131 UMass (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 130
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Tulane

130 Akron (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 128
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Saint Francis

129 FIU (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 127
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Bryant

128 ULM (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 126
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Texas

127 New Mexico State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 129
Week 0: Nevada 23, New Mexico State 12
Week 1: at Minnesota

126 UConn (0-1)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 131
Week 0: Utah State 31, UConn 20
Week 1: at Central Connecticut State

125 Ball State (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 125
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Tennessee

124 Bowling Green (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 124
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at UCLA

123 Buffalo (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 123
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Maryland

122 New Mexico (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 122
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Maine

121 Arkansas State (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 121
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Grambling State

120 Rice (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 120
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at USC

119 Charlotte (0-1)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 119
Week 0: Florida Atlantic 43, Charlotte 13
Week 1: William & Mary (Sept 2)

118 Texas State (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 118
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Nevada

117 Georgia Southern (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 117
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Morgan State

116 UTEP (0-1)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 104
Week 0: North Texas 31, UTEP 13
Week 1: North Texas

115 Ohio (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 116
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Florida Atlantic

114 Eastern Michigan (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 115
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Eastern Kentucky

113 Kent State (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 114
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Washington

112 James Madison (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 113
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Middle Tennessee

111 South Alabama (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 111
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Nicholls State

110 Old Dominion (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 110
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Virginia Tech

109 Hawaii (0-1)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 107
Week 0: Vanderbilt 63, Hawaii 10
Week 1: WKU

108 Southern Miss (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 108
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Liberty

107 Middle Tennessee (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 105
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at James Madison

106 UNLV (1-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 112
Week 0: UNLV 52, Idaho State 21
Week 1: OPEN DATE

105 Central Michigan (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 109
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Oklahoma State

104 Miami University (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 102
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Kentucky

103 Northern Illinois (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 101
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: Eastern Illinois

102 Nevada (1-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 100
Week 0: Nevada 23, New Mexico State 12
Week 1: Texas State

101 Louisiana Tech (0-0)

CFN Preseason Ranking: 99
Week 0: OPEN DATE
Week 1: at Missouri

CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 0
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 1 Schedule, Predictions: Thursday, Friday
Week 1 Expert Picks, Thursday, Friday

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College Football Preseason Defensive Line Unit Rankings: CFN Preview 2022

College football unit rankings – the defensive lines. Ranking the top 10 overall, and then ranking each conference’s situations.

College Football News Preview 2022 preseason unit rankings, looking at the top ten defensive line situations and rankings by conference.


The defensive lines are going to be outstanding this season – there were at least 20 that could’ve made the preseason top 10 unit rankings.

There’s plenty of talent returning to some of last year’s top defenses, the lost parts on some of the powerhouses will quickly be replaced, and there’s more depth than usual – at least among the top defenses – thanks to the transfer portal adding more options.

As always, styles matter. Some programs know how to get into the backfield and hit the quarterback every year no matter who’s on the defensive front, and others know how to get big humans to clog things up with a three-man line.

Get the job done up front, and everything else on the defense will usually fall into place.

Again, this is a great year for the lines, and there are other options that probably should be here, but the top 10 defensive lines on this list are strong.

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Unit Rankings By Conference: Defensive Lines 
Top 10 | ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC
AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt

Clemson

It’s almost unfair how good this defensive line is – if everyone is healthy. The tackle combination of Bryan Bresee and Tyler Davis are NFL-good right now, but Bresee hasn’t had any injury luck so far. Xavier Thomas and Myles Murphy are elite all-around ends, and the depth is there after getting plenty of work thanks to all the fill-in time for the injured parts last season.

Georgia

But … but … Georgia lost Travon Walker and Jordan Davis. They’re off to the NFL, but tackle Jalen Carter might end up being the best all-around pro prospect from last year’s line – yeah, potentially even better than the No. 1 overall pick. There’s size among the front three, talent thanks to years of good recruiting classes, and a new wave of freshmen who might be too strong to keep off the field.

Alabama

There aren’t any big-name superstars compared to what Bama brings with its phenomenal linebacking corps, but you know what’s coming. Three giant, NFL-caliber linemen who can all move. Byron Young can get into the backfield, DJ Dale is an elite anchor, and the backups are all more giant. NFL-caliber linemen who can all move.

Wisconsin

There’s nothing flashy about the Badger front three, but the brick wall on the nation’s No. 1 defense of 2021 is once again loaded with tough run stoppers. The linebackers do the heavy lifting when it comes to getting in to the backfield, and the line takes care of everything between the hashmarks – there’s no moving Keeanu Benton on the nose.

LSU

The starting four was already good, and then it got Mekhi Wingo from Missouri to add even more to the interior. BJ Ojulari will be one of the SEC’s top playmakers in the backfield, Ali Gaye is ready to roll on the other side, and Maason Smith has huge upside at one of the tackle spots.


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AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt
CFN 2022 Preseason Ranking of all 131 Teams
CFN 2022 Preview of all 131 Teams


Oklahoma State

The tackles are experienced upperclassmen – they’ll be fine. The ends, though, will form a special rotation with almost all the parts back from the defense that led the nation in sacks and was second in tackles for loss. Collin Oliver, Brock Martin, and Tyler Lace are a good pass rushing end tandem as is, and now the rotation gets Trace Ford back after suffering a knee injury.

7 Baylor

The Baylor back seven might be going through some reshuffling, but the line is once again going to be a problem for the Big 12. Siaki Ika is one of the nation’s best nose tackles, Gabe Hall is an all-star on the end, and in comes Jaxon Player from Tulsa as a good option in the rotation.

Pitt

It’s Pitt, so you know what’s coming. The D will be among the best in the nation at getting into the backfield – it was second in sacks and fifth in tackles for loss – and it gets back Habakkuk Baldonado to lead the way on the end. Combined with tackle Calijah Kancey, the show goes on.

South Carolina

The pass rush needs to be more consistent throughout the season, and it could stand to be a wee bit better against the run – the team lost in the five games the D allowed 200 rushing yards – but the talent is there to be strong for what should be another statistically-solid defense. Zacch Pickens gets into the backfield from the interior and Jordan Strachan is a good pass rusher who can do even more.

10 Florida State

There’s one giant question when it comes to Florida State’s defensive front living in the top ten – can Albany transfer Jared Verse translate his production to the next level with Jermaine Johnson and Keir Thomas gone? If so, the Noles are set thanks to a great group of tackles that should be a dominant against the run.

Unit Rankings By Conference: Defensive Lines 
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AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt

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