USA TODAY Coaches Top 25 Poll, Rankings: Preseason 2022

USA TODAY preseason Coaches top 25 college football poll for 2022

Where do all the top teams rank in the preseason Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports Top 25? Which teams just missed out and are also receiving votes?


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2022 Preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll

Click each team for the CFN 2021 preview.
Number in parentheses is where each team finished in final 2021 rankings.

Predicted Preseason Coaches Poll Also Receiving Votes: Iowa 248; Penn State 246; Tennessee 163; BYU 152; LSU 143; Auburn 98; UCF 55; North Carolina 34; San Diego State 25; Fresno State 21; Mississippi State 19; Florida 17; Utah State 12; Air Force 12; UCLA 10; Boise State 10; Appalachian State 10; Minnesota 6; South Carolina 5; Kansas State 4; Iowa State 3; Army 3; Louisiana 2; SMU 2; Purdue 2; Oregon State 2; Coastal Carolina 2; UTSA 1; Louisville 1; Florida State 1.

25 Houston Cougars (17)

24 Ole Miss Rebels (11)

23 Arkansas Razorbacks (20)

22 Cincinnati Bearcats (4)

21 Kentucky Wildcats (18)

2022 CFN College Football Preview of Every Team

20 Wisconsin Badgers (NR)

19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14)

18 Texas Longhorns (NR)

17 Miami Hurricanes (NR)

16 Pitt Panthers (13)

AP Poll Preseason Prediction

15 USC Trojans (NR)

14 Ole Miss Rebels (11)

14 Michigan State Spartans (8)

13 NC State Wolfpack (19)

12 Oregon Ducks (21)

11 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7)

CFN Preseason Bowl Projections

10 Baylor Bears (5)

9 Oklahoma Sooners (10)

8 Utah Utes (12)

7 Texas A&M Aggies (25)

6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9)

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5 Michigan Wolverines (3)

Clemson Tigers (16)

3 Georgia Bulldogs (1)

2 Ohio State Buckeyes (5)

1 Alabama Crimson Tide (2)

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Coaches Poll, College Football Rankings: Greatest Programs Of All-Time Top 25

Coaches Poll All-Time College Football Rankings. The top programs and teams based on a formula utilizing all the final Coaches Poll rankings.

According to the Coaches Poll top 25 rankings, how do all of the teams stack up all-time? Here’s how they rank according to the final polls.


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Which college football programs are the greatest of all-time – or at least since 1950 – according to the UPI and USA TODAY Coaches final polls?

The AP Poll started in 1936, and the Coaches Poll came on 14 years later with UPI (United Press International) handling the job up until 1991 when USA TODAY took over.

Over the years, the Coaches Poll held just as much weight as the AP’s version, creating split national champions in some seasons with its own set of rules and guidelines.

There’s one key, funky difference between the two polling systems over the years. The Coaches Poll doesn’t rank teams on probation.

That started in 1974 after the 1973 Oklahoma Sooners finished the season No. 2 despite being penalized for past transgressions. So in 1974 when OU went 11-0 and finished the season as the AP’s national champion, USC won the UPI Coaches Poll national title – the Sooners weren’t even ranked.

But Oklahoma wasn’t alone. Ohio State – you’ll see in a moment how much probation matters – didn’t see its 2012 12-0 season get ranked.

Alabama – 2002 and 1995 – wasn’t ranked despite finishing in the top 20 of the respective AP polls for those seasons. Others like Auburn (1979, 1993), Clemson (1982, 1983), and Miami  (1981, 1995) likely would’ve been higher, too, if their great seasons were ranked.

We started from scratch from when we did this a few years ago and reran all the numbers. Like we did with the AP rankings, CFN devised a scoring system giving every UPI/USA TODAY national champion 25 points, the No. 2 team 24, No. 3 23, and so on down to the bottom of the top 20 in the early years, and then it became the top 25 after USA TODAY took over.

Coaches Poll, College Football Rankings: Greatest Programs Of All-Time

Based on the final Coaches Poll top 25 rankings from 1950 through to Georgia’s national championship after the 2021 season. Who earned the most all-time recognition from the voters?

USA TODAY Coaches Poll, All-Time Rankings
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Coaches Poll: 1950 to 2021 Final All-Time College Football Top 25 Rankings

T1 Ohio State 1028

T1 Oklahoma 1028

3 Alabama 1011

4 Michigan 806

5 Notre Dame 743

T6 Nebraska 736

T6 USC 736

8 Penn State 715

9 Texas 714

10 Florida State 617

11 Georgia 596

12 LSU 569

13 Tennessee 551

14 Miami 521

15 Florida 517

16 Auburn 506

17 UCLA 475

18 Michigan State 454

T19 Arkansas 434

T19 Ole Miss 434

21 Wisconsin 400

22 Clemson 394

23 Iowa 345

24 Washington 328

25 Texas A&M 316

NEXT: Coaches Poll: 1950 to 2021 College Football Rankings 26 to 114

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Coaches Poll All-Time Preseason Top 25 College Football Rankings (at least since 1978)

Preseason College Football Coaches Poll All-Time Rankings: What schools got the most respect from the preseason coaches polls since 1978?

According to the Coaches Poll top 25 rankings, how did all the preseason rankings stack up since the poll came out before the 1978 season?


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Which college football programs got the most love and respect over the years in the preseason Coaches Poll?

The AP Poll started in 1936, but it didn’t start putting out a preseason ranking until 1950 – we’ll do the all-time preseason AP Top 25 rankings next.

1950 also just happened to be the same year the Coaches Poll started up under the UPI (United Press International) before USA TODAY took over in 1991. However, there wasn’t a preseason poll until the 1978 season.

It might seem somewhat trivial now in a College Football Playoff era, but the preseason rankings used to be everything in the national championship chase.

For the most part – back in the poll-and-bowl era – if you were ranked in the preseason top five or so and kept on winning, that was it. You were locked in. It was a brutally flawed system – as opposed to current one that’s just painfully flawed – in lieu of any playoff format to determine a champion.

Most of college football’s national champions were based on nothing more than a belief of an ill-informed voting base that didn’t have access to more than a few games a week. Even worse, the bowl games weren’t taken into account in the national championship voting until 1968 for the AP and 1974 for the Coaches Poll.

So the point here is to see where the expectations were set. Over the years – at least since 1978 – how did the coaches (or the athletic department staffers who did it for them) perceive the top teams before the seasons?

USA TODAY Coaches Poll, All-Time Final Rankings
Greatest Programs of All-Time | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s
1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s | AP Top Programs of All-Time
USA TODAY Preseason Coaches Polls
1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s

Coaches Poll: Preseason College Football Top 25 Rankings 1978 to 2021

CFN devised a scoring system giving every UPI/USA TODAY-ranked preseason No. 1 team 25 points, the No. 2 team 24, No. 3 23, and so on down to the bottom of the top 20 in the early years, and then it became the top 25 later on.

1 Oklahoma 742

2 Ohio State 722

3 Florida State 683

4 Michigan 647

5 Alabama 639

6 Nebraska 588

7 USC 539

8 Notre Dame 521

9 Penn State 519

10 Texas 518

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11 Florida 516

12 Georgia 495

13 Miami 482

14 LSU 477

15 Auburn 410

16 Clemson 396

17 Washington 363

18 Tennessee 341

19 Texas A&M 312

20 UCLA 295

21 Wisconsin 249

22 Oregon 228

23 Virginia Tech 220

24 Iowa 189

25 Colorado 178


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26 Arkansas 176

27 Stanford 154

28 Pitt 149

29 Michigan State 145

30 North Carolina 137

31 West Virginia 130

32 Kansas State 119

T33 BYU 112

T33 TCU 112

35 Oklahoma State 103

36 Arizona State 96

37 South Carolina 92

38 Syracuse 86

39 Georgia Tech 83

40 Louisville 78

41 Boise State 77

42 Houston 68

T43 Arizona 66

T43 Purdue 66

45 Baylor 64

46 Cal 63

47 Maryland 60

48 Missouri 58

49 Ole Miss 57

50 Virginia 49


USA TODAY Coaches Poll, All-Time Final Rankings
Greatest Programs of All-Time | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s
1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s | AP Top Programs of All-Time


51 Illinois 48

52 SMU 34

53 Utah 33

54 Mississippi State 32

55 Iowa State 28

56 Northwestern 22

T57 Boston College 21

T57 Oregon State 21

59 Cincinnati 20

T60 NC State 17

T60 Texas Tech 17

T60 UCF 17

T60 Washington State 17

64 Kansas 15

65 Colorado State 13

66 Minnesota 11

T67 Rutgers 10

T67 USF 10

T69 Indiana 9

T69 Kentucky 9

71 Southern Miss 6

72 Marshall 5

T73 Louisiana 3

T73 Wake Forest 3

T75 Coastal Carolina 2

T75 Hawaii 2

77 Fresno State 1

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Preseason Coaches Poll Top 25 Projection, Rankings Prediction 2022

What might the 2022 preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll look like? It’s our predicted best guess on the first football Coaches Poll of the season.

What will the 2022 preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll potentially look like? It’s our predicted best guess on the early college football rankings.


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What could/might the preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll look like when it’s released in August?

Along with the AP Poll, the Coaches Poll is always a good snapshot of how the world views the top teams, and it helps set the expectations for the season.

Last year Alabama was the No. 1 in the first poll, and eventual national champion Georgia started out 5th. Clemson was 2, Oklahoma 3, Ohio State was 4.

And Cincinnati? It started out 10th, and in a massive whiff – and we said so at the time – Michigan didn’t even make the top 25, starting out in the Others Receiving Votes category being ranked, technically, 33rd.

So how does the preseason Coaches Poll usually differ from the AP version? The two are usually pretty much the same, but they do tend to give the bigger name coaches a wee bit more credit. They also tend to go with the brand names a little bit more.

For example, last year the coaches had Texas at 19, the AP had it at 21. The AP had Utah and Arizona State in the top 25, and the coaches left didn’t have the two Pac-12 teams in at all, but had USC ranked one spot higher – 14 to 15 – than the did.

To note, this is NOT the actual 2022 Preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll – it’s our prediction and projection of what it might be. Once the real version is released, we’ll break it all down and do a deep dive analysis.

It’s our call based on historical precedent, returning talent, and guessing how the coaches are perceiving teams and big brand names, it’s the …

2022 Preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 Prediction

Click each team for the CFN 2022 preview or schedule analysis. Number in parentheses is where each team finished in final 2021 rankings.

Yeah, we’ll throw in the possible teams that should receive at least a few votes in the mix. Here are the teams that will be on some of the coaches’ Top 25 lists, but will probably miss out on being in the big poll.

Predicted Preseason Coaches Poll Also Receiving Votes: WisconsinWake Forest, PittCincinnati, UCLANorth Carolina, Purdue, LSU, Miami, Boise State, Minnesota, San Diego State, Army,  UCF

25 Florida Gators (NR)

24 Penn State Nittany Lions (NR)

23 Kentucky Wildcats (18)

22 Texas Longhorns (NR)

21 BYU Cougars (22)

2022 CFN College Football Preview of Every Team

20 Tennessee Volunteers (NR)

19 Baylor Bears (5)

18 Iowa Hawkeyes (23)

17 Arkansas Razorbacks (20)

16 Houston Cougars (17)

AP Poll Preseason Prediction

15 Oregon Ducks (21)

14 Ole Miss Rebels (11)

13 NC State Wolfpack (19)

12 Oklahoma Sooners (7)

Bowl Projections: Post-Spring Football

11 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7)

10 Utah Utes (12)

9 USC Trojans (NR)

8 Michigan State Spartans (8)

7 Texas A&M Aggies (25)

6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9)

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5 Michigan Wolverines (3)

Clemson Tigers (16)

3 Georgia Bulldogs (1)

2 Ohio State Buckeyes (5)

1 Alabama Crimson Tide (2)

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Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings: 2020 to 2021 Top 25

Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings for 2020 and 2021

Where did all the top teams rank in the preseason top 25 USA TODAY Coaches college football polls in the 2020s?


Where were the top college football teams ranked in the preseason college football Coaches Polls?

Here are the USA TODAY Coaches Polls in the 2020s along with the combined preseason rankings.

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Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings: 2010 to 2019 Top 25

Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings for 2010 through 2019

Where did all the top teams rank in the preseason top 25 USA TODAY Coaches college football polls in the 2010s?


Where were the top college football teams ranked in the preseason college football Coaches Polls?

Here are the USA TODAY Coaches Polls in the 2010s along with the combined preseason rankings.

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All-Time Preseason Rankings

Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings: 2000 to 2009 Top 25

Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings for 2000 through 2009

Where did all the top teams rank in the preseason top 25 USA TODAY Coaches college football polls in the 2000s?


Where were the top college football teams ranked in the preseason college football Coaches Polls?

Here are the USA TODAY Coaches Polls in the 2000s along with the combined preseason rankings.

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1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s | AP Top Programs of All-Time
USA TODAY Coaches Poll Final Top 25
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009
USA TODAY Preseason Coaches Polls
1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
All-Time Preseason Rankings

Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings: 1990 to 1999 Top 25

Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings for 1990 through 1999

Where did all the top teams rank in the preseason top 25 USA TODAY Coaches college football polls in the 1990s?


Where were the top college football teams ranked in the preseason college football Coaches Polls?

Here are the USA TODAY Coaches Polls in the 1990s along with the combined preseason rankings.

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1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s | AP Top Programs of All-Time
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1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999
USA TODAY Preseason Coaches Polls
1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
All-Time Preseason Rankings

Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings: 1980 to 1989 Top 25

Coaches Poll Preseason College Football Rankings for 1980 through 1989

Where did all the top teams rank in the preseason top 25 USA TODAY Coaches college football polls in the 1980s?


Where were the top college football teams ranked in the preseason college football Coaches Polls?

Here are the USA TODAY Coaches Polls in the 1980s along with the combined preseason rankings.

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USA TODAY Coaches Poll Final Top 25 
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989
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1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
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Coaches Poll Top 25, College Basketball Rankings: 2022 Season Final

Coaches Poll top 25 powered by USA TODAY – where do all the top teams stand in the latest college basketball rankings after the end of the 2022 season?

Where do all the top teams rank in the final 2022 Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY college basketball poll? Which teams just missed out, but received votes?


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Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports College Basketball Rankings: 2022 Season Final

Others Receiving Votes
Texas 104; UConn 59; USC 45; Michigan State 35; Virginia Tech 24; Ohio State 23; Creighton 22; Notre Dame 20; TCU 19; Memphis 15; Xavier 9; Boise State. 9; San Francisco 4; Colorado State. 4; Seton Hall 3; Rutgers 2; LSU 2; Texas A&M 1

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