Five College Football Teams That Overachieved and Underachieved in 2022

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Five College Football Teams That Overachieved and Underachieved in 2022


Five College Football Teams That Overachieved and Underachieved in 2022


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Coming into a football season, every team has different levels of expectations. For some, it will be difficult to reach sky-high expectations. For others, there are little-to-no expectations altogether. As usual, teams overachieve and underachieve. Here are five teams that exceeded expectations and five that have disappointed. 


TCU is 11-0 and on the brink of a Big 12 title and an appearance in the College Football Playoff. The Horned Frogs were predicted to finish seventh in the conference heading into the season. The job that new coach Sonny Dykes has done at TCU is immaculate and deserves a ton of praise. 



Coming into the season, some expected the Kentucky Wildcats to compete for the spot in the SEC title game. Through a quarter of the season, it appeared that they could have a chance in doing just that. They were ranked as high as seventh in the nation before a midseason collapse saw them drop five of their last seven games.


Heading into the season, Tennessee was predicted to finish third in the SEC East and fifth overall in the league. Tennessee has turned out to be one of the best teams in the country and, before losing to South Carolina this past weekend, had a chance to make the College Football Playoff for the first time. Josh Heupel has the Volunteers well ahead of schedule and is in the process of building Tennessee back to national prominence. 



In the preseason, Baylor received the most first place votes in the Big 12. Needless to say, the season has been an incredibly large disappointment in Waco, Texas. Currently sitting at 6-5, the Bears have not lived up to the preseason hype and have underachieved.


Some may suggest that it is crazy to have Georgia listed as a team that overachieved in 2022 considering they are the defending National Champions and were picked to win their division. However, with the amount of outgoing talent after their National Championship victory, some predicted the Bulldogs to take a slight step back. That was not the case, as Kirby Smart has his team looking like the best in the nation once again. 



Notre Dame came into the season ranked fifth in the nation. They would open the season by losing a game to Ohio State, immediately followed by an embarrassing loss to Marshall. Notre Dame was expected to be a playoff contender. Unfortunately, the slow start and offensive issues will prevent that from happening. They have, however, turned their season around and have won five in a row. 



Washington had a rough 2021. The Huskies finished 4-8, and it resulted in head coach Jimmy Lake being fired midway through the season. Kalen DeBoer would take over, and expectations were not high for the program. They were expected to be a mid-tier Pac-12 team, but they have risen above expectations and are now the 12th ranked team in the nation. It has been a fabulous first season in Seattle for Kalen DeBoer. 



Arkansas opened the season ranked 19th in the preseason poll. The Razorbacks would make their way all the way up to 10th before they, like Kentucky, would go on to lose five out of seven and fall out of the top 25. It certainly has not been the season that Arkansas fans expected after the great year that was 2021. 


When USC hired Lincoln Riley, some people, myself included, thought it might take a year or two for him to get it figured out in Los Angeles. Instead, Riley has the Trojans in a prime position to make the College Football Playoff as we head into Week 12. 



This was supposed to be the revenge tour for the Crimson Tide. They returned Bryce Young, Will Anderson Jr. and countless other incredible players. They were the preseason number one. The season has not gone according to plan as the Crimson Tide have lost multiple games and aren’t even attending the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.


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