The Sooners aren't extinct just because Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams are gone. Baylor and Oklahoma State will compete for the Big 12 title once more.
Mario Cristobal may have left for Miami, but incoming coach and former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning has the potential to be a star in the making.
Let's put Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban's shenanigans on hold and see if the Aggies are genuinely capable of upsetting Alabama on the road – and winning the SEC West.
8. Texas A&M
Clemson's record of six consecutive ACC titles ended in 2021, when they failed to even win the Atlantic Division.
Coming off their first Pac-12 championship, the Utes are favourites to repeat as overall champs because they return a slew of talent from last season's 10-4 squad.
The best-case regular-season scenario for Michigan is that it will be undefeated when visiting Ohio State on Nov. 26.
Brian Kelly will be missed. This is Marcus Freeman's team, and the former Irish defensive coordinator has a strong supporting cast.
4. Notre Dame
The Bulldogs are attempting to become the first team to repeat as national champions since Alabama in 2011 and 2012.
In terms of top-line star power, Ohio State can compete with anyone in the country. Stroud, C.J. (4,435 passing yards, 44 touchdowns, six interceptions)
2. Ohio State
The Crimson Tide must win the national championship or go home. But isn't that often the case with Nick Saban's team? Yes
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