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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CFN Preseason All-Sun Belt Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022

Who are the best players in the Sun Belt going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt team and top 30 players

Who are the best players in the Sun Belt going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt team and top 30 players.


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2022 Preseason CFN Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year

QB Grayson McCall, Jr. Coastal Carolina

The star in the emergence of Coastal Carolina football, McCall has been one of the nation’s most efficient and effective passers over the last two seasons hitting 71% of his throws for close to 5.400 yards with 53 touchdowns and six picks.

He’s able to run – 870 yards and 11 career touchdowns – hit the deep ball, and get the high-octane attack rolling at will. Coastal Carolina has some rebuilding to do, but McCall will make everyone around him better.

2022 Preseason CFN Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year

LB Carlton Martial, Sr. Troy

The newly configured Sun Belt is loaded with do-it-all linebackers, but no one does-it-all more more than Martial. He’s not all that big, but the 5-9, 210-pound flash gets all over the field as a bit of a hybrid playmaker.

Going into his fifth season, he already has 443 tackles, ten sacks, 47.5 tackles for loss, and five picks with seven forced fumbles on the resumé.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team: Offense

QB Grayson McCall, Jr. Coastal Carolina

RB Rasheen Ali, Soph. Marshall

RB Nate Noel, Jr. Appalachian State

WR Ali Jennings, Jr. Old Dominion

WR Kris Thornton, Sr. James Madison

TE Zack Kuntz, Jr. Old Dominion

OT Cooper Hodges, Sr. Appalachian State

OG Khalil Crowder, Sr. Georgia Southern

C Malik Sumter, Sr. Georgia State

OG Willie Lampkin, Jr. Coastal Carolina

OT Austin Stidham, Sr. Troy

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team: Defense

DE/EDGE Javon Solomon, Soph. Troy

DT Zi’Yon Hill, Sr. Louisiana

DT Will Choloh, Sr. Troy

DE Josaiah Stewart, Soph. Coastal Carolina

LB Kivon Bennett, Sr. Arkansas State

LB Nick Hampton, Sr. Appalachian State

LB Carlton Martial, Sr. Troy

CB Derrick Canteen, Jr. Georgia Southern

S Antavious Lane, Jr. Georgia State

S Anthony Wilson, Jr. Georgia Southern

CB Steven Gilmore, Sr. Marshall

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team: Special Teams

PK Seth Keller, PK Jr. Texas State

P Rhys Byrns, Sr. Louisiana

KR LaMareon James, Soph. Old Dominion

PR Isaiah Paige, Soph. Old Dominion

CFN 2022 Team Previews
Appalachian State | Arkansas State | Coastal Carolina 
Georgia Southern | 
Georgia State | James Madison
LouisianaMarshall | Old Dominion |
South Alabama
Southern Miss
Texas State | Troy | ULM
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College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 Sun Belt Players

30. Nick Kidwell, OT Jr. James Madison

29. Steven Jones, CB Sr. Appalachian State

28. Hayes Maples, LB Jr. Southern Miss

27. Cooper Hodges, OT Sr. Appalachian State

26. James Blackman, QB Sr. Arkansas State

25. Micah Abraham, CB Jr. Marshall

24. Zack Kuntz, TE Jr. Old Dominion

23. Keith Gallmon, S Sr. South Alabama

22. Malik Sumter, C Sr. Georgia State

21. Javon Solomon, LB/EDGE Soph. Troy

20. Darren Grainger, QB Sr. Georgia State

19. Willie Lampkin, OG Jr. Coastal Carolina

18. Eric Garror, Sr. CB/KR Louisiana

17. Quavian White, CB Sr. Georgia State

16. Kris Thornton, WR Sr. James Madison

15. D’Jordan Strong, CB Sr. Coastal Carolina

14. Anthony Wilson, S Jr. Georgia Southern

13. Austin Stidham, OT Sr. Troy

12. Zi’Yon Hill, DT Sr. Louisiana

11. Derrick Canteen, CB Jr. Georgia Southern

10. Abraham Beauplan, LB Sr. Marshall

9. Antavious Lane, S Jr. Georgia State

8. Steven Gilmore, CB Sr. Marshall

7. Kivon Bennett, LB Sr. Arkansas State

6. Darrell Luter, CB Sr. South Alabama

5. Nick Hampton, LB Sr. Appalachian State

4. Josaiah Stewart, DE Soph. Coastal Carolina

3. Carlton Martial, LB Sr. Troy

2. Rasheen Ali, RB Soph. Marshall

1. Grayson McCall, QB Jr. Coastal Carolina

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CFN 2022 Team Previews
Appalachian State | Arkansas State | Coastal Carolina 
Georgia Southern | 
Georgia State | James Madison
LouisianaMarshall | Old Dominion |
South Alabama
Southern Miss
Texas State | Troy | ULM
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Sun Belt Preseason Predictions For Every Game: Preview 2022

Sun Belt predictions for every team and every game in the 2022 college football season

The Sun Belt just got a whole lot more interesting with the addition of Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss from Conference USA – and getting them a year before it seemed possible – and also brought in FCS powerhouse James Madison to a be a part of the fun.

The divisions are staying for now, but the great additions will make it far, far tougher for Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, and Louisiana to keep on dominating – even though they might not take that big a step back, if any.

While it might seem a bit cut-and-dry with the way the league is set up, watch out for some potentially big moves from some teams that struggled. The problem will be the schedules for Troy, South Alabama, and Arkansas State. Georgia State and Old Dominion programs that got to bowl games last season will have to fight, too.

The Sun Belt is stronger than ever and the season should be the best yet. The Sun Belt predictions for 2022 are …

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Sun Belt Preseason Predictions: West

Sun Belt East Predicted Finish

1. Coastal Carolina
2. Appalachian State
T3. Georgia State
T3. Marshall
T5. Georgia Southern
T5. James Madison
T5. Old Dominion

Appalachian State Mountaineers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 6-1
2021: 10-4, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 9-3, 2019: 13-1, 2018: 11-2

Sept 3 North Carolina L
Sept 10 at Texas A&M L
Sept 17 at Troy W
Sept 24 James Madison W
Oct 1 The Citadel W
Oct 8 at Texas State W
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 19 Georgia State W
Oct 29 Robert Morris W
Nov 3 at Coastal Carolina L
Nov 12 at Marshall L
Nov 19 Old Dominion W
Nov 26 at Georgia Southern W
Appalachian State 2022 Preview
Appalachian State 10 Best Players 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 7-1
2021: 11-2, Prediction: 10-2
2020: 11-1, 2019: 5-7, 2018: 5-7

Sept 3 Army W
Sept 10 Gardner-Webb W
Sept 17 Buffalo W
Sept 22 at Georgia State W
Oct 1 Georgia Southern W
Oct 8 at ULM W
Oct 15 Old Dominion W
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 29 at Marshall L
Nov 3 Appalachian State W
Nov 12 Southern Miss W
Nov 19 at Virginia L
Nov 26 at James Madison W
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Coastal Carolina 10 Best Players 

Georgia Southern Eagles

2022 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 3-5
2021: 3-9, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 8-5, 2019: 7-6, 2018: 10-3

Sept 3 Morgan State W
Sept 10 at Nebraska L
Sept 17 at UAB L
Sept 24 Ball State W
Oct 1 at Coastal Carolina L
Oct 8 at Georgia State L
Oct 15 James Madison W
Oct 22 at Old Dominion L
Oct 29 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 South Alabama W
Nov 10 at Louisiana L
Nov 19 Marshall W
Nov 26 Appalachian State L
Georgia Southern 2022 Preview
Georgia Southern 10 Best Players 

Georgia State Panthers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 5-3
2021: 8-5, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 6-4, 2019: 7-6, 2018: 2-10

Sept 3 at South Carolina L
Sept 10 North Carolina L
Sept 17 Charlotte W
Sept 22 Coastal Carolina L
Oct 1 at Army L
Oct 8 Georgia Southern W
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 19 at Appalachian State L
Oct 29 Old Dominion W
Nov 5 at Southern Miss W
Nov 12 ULM W
Nov 19 at James Madison W
Nov 26 at Marshall L
Georgia State 2022 Preview
Georgia State 10 Best Players 

James Madison Dukes

2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2021 Sun Belt Prediction: 3-5
2021: 12-2, 2020: 7-1, 2019: 14-2, 2018: 9-4

Sept 3 Middle Tennessee W
Sept 10 Norfolk State W
Sept 17 OPEN DATE
Sept 24 at Appalachian State L
Oct 1 Texas State W
Oct 8 at Arkansas State W
Oct 15 at Georgia Southern L
Oct 22 Marshall W
Oct 27 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 at Louisville L
Nov 12 at Old Dominion L
Nov 19 Georgia State L
Nov 26 Coastal Carolina L
James Madison 2022 Preview
James Madison 10 Best Players 

Marshall Thundering Herd

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 5-3
2021: 7-6, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 7-3, 2019: 8-5, 2018: 9-4

Sept 3 Norfolk State W
Sept 10 at Notre Dame L
Sept 17 at Bowling Green W
Sept 24 at Troy L
Oct 1 Gardner-Webb W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 12 Louisiana W
Oct 22 at James Madison L
Oct 29 Coastal Carolina W
Nov 5 at Old Dominion W
Nov 12 Appalachian State W
Nov 19 at Georgia Southern L
Nov 26 Georgia State W
Marshall 2022 Preview
Marshall 10 Best Players 

Old Dominion Monarchs

2022 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 3-5
2021: 6-7, Prediction: 2-10
2020: 0-0, 2019: 1-11, 2018: 4-8

Sept 2 Virginia Tech L
Sept 10 at East Carolina L
Sept 17 at Virginia L
Sept 24 Arkansas State W
Oct 1 Liberty W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 15 at Coastal Carolina L
Oct 22 Georgia Southern W
Oct 29 at Georgia State L
Nov 5 Marshall L
Nov 12 James Madison W
Nov 19 at Appalachian State L
Nov 26 at South Alabama L
Old Dominion 2022 Preview
Old Dominion 10 Best Players 

NEXT: Sun Belt Preseason Predictions: West

CFN Preseason All-ACC Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022

Who are the best players in the ACC going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-ACC team and top 30 players.

Who are the best players in the ACC going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-ACC team and top 30 players.


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2022 Preseason CFN ACC Offensive Player of the Year

RB Sean Tucker, Soph. Syracuse

Go ahead and name any one of about six or so ACC quarterbacks that might be the star of the league, and you probably won’t be wrong. Or, there’s a chance one of the others in the deep lot will rise up and be the best of the bunch. Meanwhile …

Sean Tucker might be the best running back in college football.

Everyone knows what’s coming with 34, and he still able to produce, running for almost 1,500 yards last year with 20 touchdowns with two receiving scores. He’s not all that big, but he’s tough, shifty, and really, really fast.

So yeah, the air attacks will take center stage in the conference, but Tucker should be the best of the offensive bunch.

2022 Preseason CFN ACC Defensive Player of the Year

DT Bryan Bresee, Jr. Clemson

Bresee has only been able to make 36 tackles with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in his two seasons, but that’s partly because he suffered a torn ACL early last year to go along with a shoulder issue.

When he’s right – and he’s expected to be ready to go – the 6-5, 300-pounder has the talent to be the best overall player in the country and possible No. 1 overall pick with too much athleticism, skill, and quickness to go along with his size.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-ACC Team: Offense

QB Tyler Van Dyke, Soph. Miami

RB Will Shipley, Soph. Clemson

RB Sean Tucker, Soph. Syracuse

WR Josh Downs, Jr. North Carolina

WR Zay Flowers, Sr. Boston College

TE Will Mallory, Sr. Miami

OT Jordan McFadden, Sr. Clemson

OG Caleb Chandler, Sr. Louisville

C Grant Gibson, Sr. NC State

OG Christian Mahogany, Jr. Boston College

OT Zion Nelson, Jr. Miami

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-ACC Team: Defense

DE Habakkuk Baldonado, Sr. Pitt

DT Bryan Bresee, Jr. Clemson

DT Tyler Davis, Sr. Clemson

DE Myles Murphy, Jr. Clemson

LB Mikel Jones, Jr. Syracuse

LB Drake Thomas, Jr. NC State

LB Payton Wilson, Jr. NC State

CB Josh DeBerry, Sr. Boston College

S Nasir Peoples, Jr. Virginia Tech

S Jammie Robinson, Jr. Florida State

CB Kei’Trel Clark, Jr. Louisville

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-ACC Team: Special Teams

PK BT Potter, Sr. Clemson

P Lou Hedley, Sr. Miami

KR Jaylen Stinson, Jr. Duke

PR Jacolby George, Soph. Miami

CFN 2022 Team Previews
Boston College | Clemson | Duke | Florida State
Georgia Tech | LouisvilleMiami | North Carolina
NC State | Pitt | SyracuseVirginia | Va TechWake Forest
ACC Predictions For Every Game | CFN Preview 2022
Bowl Projections | Preseason Rankings

College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 ACC Players

30. Josh DeBerry, CB Sr. Boston College

29. Jeff Sims, QB Soph. Georgia Tech

28. Jordan McFadden, OT Sr. Clemson

27. Robert Cooper, DT Sr. Florida State

26. Ayinde Eley, LB Sr. Georgia Tech

25. DJ Uiagalelei, QB Jr. Clemson

24. Myles Murphy, DT Jr. North Carolina

23. Yasir Abdullah, LB Sr. Louisville

22. Mikel Jones, LB Jr. Syracuse

21. Dontayvion Wicks, WR Jr. Virginia

20. Phil Jurkovec, QB Sr. Boston College

19. Drake Thomas, LB Jr. NC State

18. Zion Nelson, OT Jr. Miami

17. Myles Murphy, DE Jr. Clemson

16. Calijah Kancey, DT Jr. Pitt

15. AT Perry, WR Jr. Wake Forest

14. Habakkuk Baldonado, DE Sr. Pitt

13. Kedon Slovis, QB Sr. Pitt

12. Jammie Robinson, S Jr. Florida State

11. Brennan Armstrong, QB Sr. Virginia

10. Sam Hartman, QB Jr. Wake Forest

9. Zay Flowers, WR Sr. Boston College

8. Tyler Davis, DT Sr. Clemson

7. Malik Cunningham, QB Sr. Louisville

6. Josh Downs, WR Jr. North Carolina

5. Devin Leary, QB Jr. NC State

4. Tyler Van Dyke, QB Soph. Miami

3. Payton Wilson, LB Jr. NC State

2. Sean Tucker, RB Soph. Syracuse

1. Bryan Bresee, DT Jr. Clemson

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CFN 2022 Team Previews
Boston College | Clemson | Duke | Florida State
Georgia Tech | LouisvilleMiami | North Carolina
NC State | Pitt | SyracuseVirginia | Va TechWake Forest
ACC Predictions For Every Game | CFN Preview 2022
Bowl Projections | Preseason Rankings

ACC Preseason Predictions For Every Game: Preview 2022

ACC predictions for every team and every game in the 2022 college football season

The ACC is sticking with the divisions for one more year, and then it all changes in 2023.

Next season, the conference will become one big blob of ACC, with each team getting three permanent opponents to deal with and a rotation happening among the other five teams on the slate.

Make sense?

It’ll be a 3-5-5 format, basically meaning every team plays everyone else in the conference over two seasons.

For now, the ACC continues to be just about the same.

Duke and Georgia Tech will fight for scraps, Clemson – despite not playing for the ACC Championship last year – should be in a battle with NC State for the top spot, and everyone else can beat anybody else in the ACC depending on the moment.

Road games matter, off weeks are huge, and the teams that don’t get Clemson – or, this year, NC State – will be very, very happy.

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ACC Preseason Predictions: Atlantic

ACC Atlantic Predicted Finish

1. Clemson
T2. NC State
T2. Florida State
T4. Louisville
T4. Boston College
T6. Syracuse
T6. Wake Forest

Boston College Eagles

2022 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2022 ACC Prediction: 4-4
2021: 6-6, Prediction: 7-5
2020: 6-5, Prediction: 5-6
2019: 6-7, Prediction: 7-5

Sept 3 Rutgers W
Sept 10 at Virginia Tech W
Sept 17 Maine W
Sept 24 at Florida State L
Oct 1 Clemson L
Oct 8 Louisville W
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 22 at Wake Forest L
Oct 29 at UConn W
Nov 4 Duke W
Nov 12 NC State L
Nov 19 at Notre Dame L
Nov 26 Syracuse W
Boston College 2022 Preview
Boston College 10 Best Players
Boston College Schedule & Analysis

Clemson Tigers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 11-1
2022 ACC Prediction: 7-1
2021: 10-3, Prediction: 12-0
2020: 10-2, Prediction: 10-1
2019: 14-1, Prediction: 11-1

Sept 5 at Georgia Tech W
Sept 10 Furman W
Sept 17 Louisiana Tech W
Sept 24 at Wake Forest W
Oct 1 NC State W
Oct 8 at Boston College W
Oct 15 at Florida State L
Oct 22 Syracuse W
Oct 29 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 at Notre Dame W
Nov 12 Louisville W
Nov 19 Miami W
Nov 26 South Carolina W
Clemson 2022 Preview
Clemson 10 Best Players
Clemson Schedule & Analysis

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Florida State Seminoles

2022 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2022 ACC Prediction: 6-2
2021: 5-7, Prediction: 5-7
2020: 3-6, Prediction: 6-5
2019: 6-7, Prediction: 7-5

Aug 27 Duquesne W
Sept 4 vs LSU (in New Orleans) L
Sept 10 OPEN DATE
Sept 16 at Louisville W
Sept 24 Boston College W
Oct 1 Wake Forest W
Oct 8 at NC State L
Oct 15 Clemson W
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 29 Georgia Tech W
Nov 5 at Miami L
Nov 12 at Syracuse L
Nov 19 Louisiana W
Nov 25 Florida L
Florida State 2022 Preview
Florida State 10 Best Players
Florida State Schedule & Analysis

Louisville Cardinals

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 ACC Prediction: 4-4
2021: 6-7, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 4-7, Prediction: 6-5
2019: 8-5, Prediction: 4-8

Sept 3 at Syracuse L
Sept 10 at UCF L
Sept 16 Florida State L
Sept 24 USF W
Oct 1 at Boston College L
Oct 8 at Virginia W
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 22 Pitt W
Oct 29 Wake Forest W
Nov 5 James Madison W
Nov 12 at Clemson L
Nov 19 NC State W
Nov 26 at Kentucky L
Louisville 2022 Preview
Louisville 10 Best Players
Louisville Schedule & Analysis

NC State Wolfpack

2022 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2022 ACC Prediction: 6-2
2021: 9-3, Prediction: 8-4
2020: 8-4, Prediction: 6-5
2019: 4-8, Prediction: 7-5

Sept 3 at East Carolina W
Sept 10 Charleston Southern W
Sept 17 Texas Tech W
Sept 24 UConn W
Oct 1 at Clemson L
Oct 8 Florida State W
Oct 15 at Syracuse W
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 27 Virginia Tech W
Nov 5 Wake Forest W
Nov 12 Boston College W
Nov 19 at Louisville L
Nov 25 at North Carolina W
NC State 2022 Preview
NC State 10 Best Players
NC State Schedule & Analysis

Syracuse Orange

2022 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2022 ACC Prediction: 3-5
2021: 5-7, Prediction: 4-8
2020: 1-10, Prediction: 5-6
2019: 5-7, Prediction: 7-5

Sept 3 Louisville W
Sept 10 at UConn W
Sept 17 Purdue L
Sept 23 Virginia W
Oct 1 Wagner W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 15 NC State L
Oct 22 at Clemson L
Oct 29 Notre Dame L
Nov 5 at Pitt L
Nov 12 Florida State W
Nov 19 at Wake Forest L
Nov 26 at Boston College L
Syracuse 2022 Preview
Syracuse 10 Best Players
Syracuse Schedule & Analysis

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

2022 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2022 ACC Prediction: 3-5
2021: 11-3, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 4-5, Prediction: 4-7
2019: 8-4, Prediction: 6-6

Sept 1 VMI W
Sept 10 at Vanderbilt W
Sept 17 Liberty W
Sept 24 Clemson L
Oct 1 at Florida State L
Oct 8 Army W
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 22 Boston College W
Oct 29 at Louisville L
Nov 5 at NC State L
Nov 12 North Carolina L
Nov 19 Syracuse W
Nov 26 at Duke W
Wake Forest 2022 Preview
Wake Forest 10 Best Players
Wake Forest Schedule & Analysis

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NC State Wolfpack Preview 2022

NC State was the overlooked really, really good team of 2021 – two of its three losses were on the road by a total of four points.

Devin Leary was the overlooked really, really good quarterback of last year – Kenny Pickett and other ACC stars got all the attention.

NC State overall has become an overlooked really, really good program under Dave Doeren.

It hasn’t been able to bust through and get to an ACC Championship game, much less win one, but outside of a 4-8 clunker in 2019, the Wolfpack have been consistently solid with three nine-win seasons in five years and an 8-4 2020 that might have been nine with a regular schedule.

That was coming off a nice run of three straight winning seasons and 22 wins before taking things up a few notches.

How good has NC State been under Doeren? Clemson is obviously the star of the conference, and not counting Notre Dame – put a ring on it, ACC – NC State has the second-most wins of any ACC program over the last eight seasons.

And this might just be the best team yet under Doeren.

The offense gets back Leary working behind a veteran offensive line that really and truly might be overlooked.

The defense not only should get back eight starters, but returns a few injured stars to form what could be the nation’s best linebacking corps – or close to it.

So no overlooking NC State this year. Put the pressure on.

Clemson is still the most talented team and should rise back up and take the ACC – getting to the ACC Championship could be tough with the Atlantic Division date with the Tigers in Death Valley – but being the second best team in the conference is the reasonable goal.

Ten wins, possibly 11, and the program’s best season than the 11-3 2022 season …

That wouldn’t be overlooked.

Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen
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ACC Top Letdown Games for Every Team: 2022 College Football Season

ACC letdown games – the date on every team’s college football schedule that might be dangerous.

What game on every ACC team’s schedule might cause some trouble? Each team should win these games, but focus, interest, and big games before and/or after could be a problem in these letdown dates.

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NC State Wolfpack Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the top 10 NC State players going into the 2022 college football season?

NC State Wolfpack Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


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NC State Wolfpack Preview 
2022 NC State Preview
Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen
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NFL Draft Best Picks of All-Time From Every ACC School

Who are the ACC’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each ACC program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from every ACC program? Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


The ACC takes a backseat to no one when it comes to NFL draft bragging rights from its current programs.

The bulk players might not be there like it is from the SEC and the Big Ten, but you want high-end talent?

From Dan Marino to Jim Brown, and from Lawrence Taylor to Derrick Brooks to Aaron Donald, there’s a lot for the ACC to chirp about.

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the ACC schools – these are the best draft picks.

Players who had great careers for teams other than the ones that drafted them don’t get enough credit, or aren’t on the list at all.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters over one short burst of greatness.

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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings, Analysis
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTsOGs & Cs | DEs & Edge | DTs
LBs | Ss | CBs | 50 Greatest Value Draft Picks Ever
NFL Draft by college over last 5 years: 1-130 rankings

College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: ACC Spring Version 2022

ACC spring football rankings and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

ACC college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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It’s going to be one of the craziest offseasons yet with the transfer portal, a whole lot of big transitions, and several key teams needing to do a whole lot of work.

Before diving into the nuts and bolts of each team with our team-by-team Preview 2022, here’s the spring version quick look, prediction, and ranking of each ACC team.

Don’t get into any sort of a twist with these ACC rankings – you could take about ten of the teams, mix them up in any order, and you’ll probably be right.

Seriously, if you want to swap 11 and 12 on this with, say, 4 and 5, go for it – that’s how even this league should be. If you thought last year was weird in the conference, just wait.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools