College Football Power Rankings (2022) - The Delite

College Football Power Rankings (2022)

College football seems to be almost as popular as football at the professional level. In some states it is more popular. It’s widely televised and everyone wants to see who wins in the end. However, with all the twists and turns, things can be a little confusing. To show the skill of the top college football teams right now, here are their current power rankings.

25. Washington State Cougars (4-1)

They may have suffered their first defeat in Week 4 against Oregon, but Washington State has come back with a vengeance. They won their game against Cal in Week 5 with a commanding 28-9 lead. QB Cameron Ward also topped 300-yard passing mark for a consecutive week as well. He completed 27 out of 40 passes and scored three touchdowns. Although, their victory that week had more to deal with their defense than their offense.

24. Syracuse Orange (5-0)

During their game in Week 5, Syracuse played all over Wagner with a 59-0 shutout. They managed to get 631 total yards, with two players passing the 100-yard mark. Sean Tucker even ran for 232 yards on 23 carries. And their defense proved to be so effective that they limited the Seahawks to only 50 total yards and four first downs. THey’re at 5-0 for the first time since 1987.

23. Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1)

The Razorbacks followed up Week 1’s victory against Cincinnati with another one against South Carolina. South Carolina had managed to close the gap between their scores to just five points, but Arkansas came back and gained a comfortable lead once again. Raheim Sanders rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown, KJ Jefferson completed 18 out of 21 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown, and the defense sacked the opposing quarterback six times.

22. Baylor Bears (3-2)

The Bears held the ball for a majority of their game in Provo, Utah, yet they still found themselves stuck on a disadvantage. It’s strange how a team can play so well, yet find themselves on the backfoot. They averaged less than six yards per pass and only three yards per rush. And the over 100 yards lost in penalties didn’t really help either.

21. Washington Huskies (4-1)

New coach Kalen DeBoer has really made his mark on Washington’s team. The Huskies have been able to win be pretty good margins, as well as having an overall solid offense, led by quarterback Michael Penix Jr. The defense has proven to be pretty strong as well, stopping their opposition from gaining any meaningful yardage from rushing plays.

20. BYU Cougars (4-1)

Jake Oldroyd’s missed kicking attempts almost cost them the game when they played against Baylor. It would have at least prevented them from going into overtime. Fortunately, some playcalling in overtime allowed their defense to stop the Bears and pull off a 26-20 victory. The defense was what really carried the Cougars in that game, as the offense took four quarters to run a play that net them more than ten yards.

19. Kansas State Wildcats (4-1)

The Wildcats really made an upset against Oklahoma in Week 4 with the final score being 41-34. They’ve demonstrated a balanced offense, with 511 total yards 277 of which were on the ground. Adrian Martinez, the new quarterback transfer, accounted for 382 of those yards as well as five touchdowns.

18. UCLA Bruins (5-0)

In their Week 5 game against the Huskies, the Bruins proved to have a capable offense, despite a hiccup early on. UCLA’s offense got almost 500 yards  and 40 points total for the team. They managed to pull off an upset that made them a surprise contender for the Pac-12.

17. TCU Horned Frogs (5-0)

The Horned Frogs decimated Oklahoma during their Week 5 game, with a 55-24 win. It’s only the second win they’ve had over OU since joining the Big 12 in 2012. They gained 668 yards, which included 361 rushing yards and average 8.8 yards per carry. It truly was a dominating performance. Max Duggan even became the first player with three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns against Oklahoma since Patrick Mahomes in 2016.

16. Kansas Jayhawks (5-0)

The Kansas Jayhawks victory over Duke in Week 4 got them to 4-0 for the first time since 2009. Jalon Daniels, the quarterback, has continued to play at a high level, and may even end up at Heisman level. The Jayhawks have really made an underdog story for themselves. It’ll be interesting to see how far they can go.

15. NC State Wolfpack (4-0)

The Wolfpack had a poor opening performance, but still managed to eek out a victory against ECU in Week 1. Devin Leary, the quarterback, actually played on his birthday. And he did a good job, throwing four touchdowns and running two more for a 55-3 victory.

14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-1)

Sam Hartman is back on the Demon Deacons’ starting lineup as the quarterback. He missed the season opener thanks to a blood clot near his collarbone, but his return has allowed for the team to improve their game. He’s a fifth-year senior that led Wake Forest to the ACC title game last year, threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He’s definitely certified. It’s just a matter of seeing if he can elevate the rest of his team in the coming weeks enough to improve their ranking.

13. Utah Utes (4-1)

The Utes had a poor opening week against Florida, but have been improving their standing since defeating Southern Utah. Scoring 38 points in the second quarter, only eight FBS team have scored more in a single quarter. Ten different players actually got at least one carry during the game.

12. Kentucky Wildcats (4-1)

It wasn’t the best of performances, but the Wildcats got a win against Florida with a 26-16 score. With his 61st career victory, he actually passed Paul “Bear” Bryant for the coach with the most victories in Kentucky’s history. The defense played particularly well, forcing Anthony Richardson to throw two interceptions and limiting his rushing yards.

11. Oregon Ducks (4-1)

The Ducks had a decisive win in Week 3, giving them the confidence they needed. They’ve displayed a balanced offense and a strong run defense in their games so far. It seems as though a prior loss might be one of the only things keeping them away from a a higher ranking on this list.

10. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0)

The Nittany Lions’ running game had been lost for years. Bit it seems as though they might have finally found it thanks to freshman Nick Singleton. He’s already had ten carries and run for 179 yards this season. Penn State’s seems just about ready for their next game.

9. Ole Miss Rebels (5-0)

Luke Altmyer’s turn as the starting quarterback for the Rebels led to a quick 28-0 lead. Unfortunately, he injured his throwing shoulder and was forced to leave the game. While they still won 59-3, Altmyer’s been replaced as the opener due to his injury. Fortunately, they seem tstrong enough to keep pushing forward, even without him as the starter.

8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-0)

The Cowboys rebounded after giving up 546 yards to Central Michigan. In their game against Arizona State, they held the Sun Devils back to only gave up 354 yards. Dominic Richardson also did an incredible job as a running back, getting his third 100-yard game and making five receptions. The power ranking for the Cowboys could possibly move up to the top ten in the coming weeks if they keep playing like this.

7. Tennessee Volunteers (4-0)

The Volunteers managed to barely get an overtime victory at Pittsburgh last Saturday. It was a real back and forth game, taking opposing players out of commission, while several fumbles and other mistakes almost cost them the game. Tennessee’s defense really pulled through, keeping them in the game until the bitter end.

6. USC Trojans (5-0)

The Trojans have displayed that they currently have one of the best offenses in college football. Caleb Williams completed 20 of his 27 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns in Week 2. The team was held up a little during the second half, but their victory was never in doubt. The defense of the Trojans is a little mixed in comparison though, but the team’s overall managed to consistently score more than 40 points in each game.

5. Michigan Wolverines (5-0)

J.J. McCarthy got to start as the quarterback in Week 2, leaving Jim Harbaugh to battle for the spot back. He threw the ball 12 times, only missing the target once and getting 229 yards and three touchdowns from it. Although, he also didn’t play the whole game. The Wolverines’ defense has also continued to have success, holding Hawaii at only 47 yards in the first half of the game.

4. Clemson Tigers (5-0)

DJ Uiagalelei completed 21 of the 27 throws he made for 231 yards in Week 2. The Tigers’ offense looks sharp, and even the backups seem capable enough to hold down the fort. They should have plenty of encouragement moving forward. Although, more recent games have shown that they still have areas they can improve

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0)

The Buckeyes passing game really surged in Week 2. Marving Harrison Jr. got 184 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while Emeka Egbuka got 118 yards and one touchdown. C.J. Stroud’s cannon arm averages 19.5 yards per completion. While the offense is thriving, the defense seems to be struggling a little bit, but still didn’t allow a single touchdown in the game.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0)

15 penalties and a terrible showing from the offensive line, and almost no production from its receivers. Yet, Alabama still managed to beat Texas. They’re currently relying too much on Bryce Young, and those mental mistakes could really cost the Crimson Tide in the future.

1. Georgia Bulldogs (5-0)

The Bulldogs have been really excelling with quarterback Stetson Bennett. His plays haven’t been perfect, but at the end of Week 2 they had another blowout victory (33-0). Bennett was done by the third quarter, having passed for 300 yards and a touchdown, as well as rushing for a score. Despite emptying the bench in the second half of the game, the Bulldogs have yet to give up a single touchdown, at least in their first two games this season.