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Vuk’s Week 1 College Football Rankings



Following tonight’s primetime matchup between LSU and Florida State, the first official week of college football for 2022 is in the books.

The weekend was filled with down to the wire matchups, including No. 17 Pitt’s 38-31 win over West Virginia.

Exciting matchups and upsets this week included Penn State over Purdue 35-31, Indiana over Illinois 23-20, Rutgers over Boston College 22-21, North Carolina squeaking by Appalachian State 63-31, No. 13 NC State just getting by East Carolina 21-20, No. 19 Arkansas over No. 23 Cincinnati 31-24, No. 24 Houston besting UTSA in triple overtime 37-35, No. 3 Georgia blasting No. 11 Oregon 49-3, and No. 2 Ohio State outlasting No. 5 Notre Dame, 21-10.

Starting today and on every Sunday this college football season, I will be posting my own Top 25 rankings and we’ll see where they stack up against the other national outlets. My rankings will be based on what I see on the field combined with the competition teams have played.

As always, I encourage your comments on these rankings and what you think I got right and what I messed up.


  1. Alabama- Until someone beats them, they’re the most talented team.
  2. Ohio State- The Buckeyes didn’t dominate like the oddsmakers thought but opened up against a talented Notre Dame team and won. This offense will get a lot better.
  3. Georgia- The defending champions will be the biggest test for No. 1 Alabama. Surprised that they dismantled Oregon.
  4. Notre Dame- Despite losing, impressed with the Irish going on the road and competing with Ohio State for 4 quarters.
  5. Clemson- I’m not that comfortable ranking Clemson this high because of concerns at quarterback but the defense is really good.
  6. Michigan
  7. Baylor
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Utah
  11. Oklahoma
  12. Miami, Fla.
  13. Arkansas
  14. Pitt
  15. USC
  16. Michigan State
  17. Kentucky
  18. Wake Forest
  19. NC State
  20. Cincinnati
  21. Wisconsin
  22. BYU
  23. Florida
  24. Ole Miss
  25. Houston

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 year ago

Looks pretty good except I don’t know how you’re not ranking Georgia as #1 after they completely dismantled a talented Oregon team and having beaten Alabama in their most recent matchup with them.

1 year ago
Reply to  John

I agree. Georgia looked spectacular.

1 year ago

Florida beat Utah by 3 at home. How can Utah be ranked 10th and Florida 23rd? I would rank Florida 14th and Utah 15th. Also, NC State should not be ranked ahead of Wisconsin. Drop NCS to 23rd. Hail to Pitt!

1 year ago

A few comments:

  1. Georgia should be no worse then #2 (possibly #1). They would be favored over Ohio State right now if the two met.
  2. ND at #4 after a loss? No way. I agree they put up a decent fight, but they don’t seem to have the weapons to be in the top 5.
  3. Utah should not be in the top 10.
  4. A&M should be a bit higher.
  5. NC State absolutely lucked into a W. Should be around #25 at best.
1 year ago
Reply to  Cruzer

NC state and ECU is a big rivalry game. As the saying goes, many things can happen in a rivalry game. They did luck into a victory, but it was close because it was a rivalry

Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson
1 year ago

What about Tennessee not in your top 25

1 year ago

tough to argue this early. in any case, I like Tennessee, at least at #25. I think they could beat Wake, Houston, Cincy, Ole Miss and maybe (but hopefully not) Pitt.

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