NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Georgia vs Alabama

The 2022 college football season is less than two weeks away, and now we know which title contender enters the season with the coveted No. 1 ranking. The Preseason AP Top 25 was released on Monday with Alabama beginning the season as the top team in the country for the fifth time in the last seven years. The Crimson Tide boast the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in Bryce Young, star EDGE threat Will Anderson Jr. and motivation to get back to the top of the college football world after falling to Georgia in the national title game in January. 

Ohio State comes in at No. 2 after missing the College Football Playoff last season. The Buckeyes are led by star quarterback C.J. Stroud and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba -- perhaps the top wide receiver in the country. The biggest question facing coach Ryan Day's squad is on defense, though he poached defensive coordinator Jim Knowles away from Oklahoma State to fix the issues that plagued the team last season. 

Defending national champion Georgia, led by quarterback Stetson Bennett IV, enters the season in the No. 3 spot. The key question facing the Bulldogs surrounds its defense, which lost five players in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Coach Kirby Smart has transformed the program into a recruiting power, but that will be tested this year after losing a total of 15 players to the next level. Clemson jumped from No. 14 in the final AP Top 25 of 2022 to No. 4 entering this season, while Notre Dame rounded out the top five. 

Here's a look at the full top 25 (first-place votes in parenthesis):

  1. Alabama (54) 
  2. Ohio State (6)
  3. Georgia (3)
  4. Clemson
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Baylor
  11. Oregon
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. North Carolina State
  14. USC
  15. Michigan State
  16. Miami (FL)
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Arkansas
  20. Kentucky
  21. Ole Miss
  22. Wake Forest
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Houston
  25. BYU

Others receiving votes: Tennessee (180), Texas (164), Iowa (163), Penn State (160), LSU (55), Fresno State (32), Minnesota (31), UCF (27), Purdue (17), Mississippi State (15), Auburn (15), Florida (14), Kansas State (14), North Carolina (9), Boise State (5), Air Force (4), Appalachian State (4), South Carolina (2), UCLA (2), San Diego State (2), Utah State (2), Nebraska (1)