There isn’t much else to say about this team. A 65-7 stomping of TCU in the National Championship game kind of does it all. This program has won back-to-back titles and doesn’t seem like they will be slowing down at all. They will be back again next season and could wind up winning it all once again.
2- Ohio State
It was a good season for TCU, but we all saw what happened in the National Championship. Ohio State gave Georgia a run for the money, showing they should be regarded as the second-best team. They rebounded well from their loss against Michigan, and with the playmakers at wide receiver, completely set the tone for what should be a great 2023.
Yes, I know that the Horned Frogs got embarrassed in the National Championship game. But that doesn’t take away from the special season that they just had. They made the playoff and took down Michigan when nobody expected them to even come close to making a run for a title. TCU will still be in the conversation going forward and should have plenty of chances to redeem themselves, especially as the playoffs become expanded here soon.
The Rose Bowl champions deserve all the praise. They beatdown Utah in their bowl game and finished 11-2 on the year. The Nittany Lions have a lot to hang their hats on for the season and will be major contenders in the Big-10 again next year.
What a way to end a phenomenal season for Tulane! The Green Wave took down USC in the Cotton Bowl with a 46-45 victory. This team under Willie Fritz should not be overlooked any longer, as Tulane showed they have the team culture to take down top Power Five teams.
The Seminoles went 10-3 in 2022 finishing with a thrilling 35-32 win over Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl. Jordan Travis continued to elevate his play and the defense had their playmakers step up. Their season showed they have the talent to be regarded as a top 10 team. With the returning talent as well, Florida State should be a team seen consistently in the top 10 for the 2023 season.
LSU exceeded all expectations this season and won the SEC West. They fell short of a conference title against Georgia but this team still had major accomplishments. Going into year two with Brian Kelly, the Tigers are primed to be even more dangerous and possibly compete for a College Football Playoff spot.
14- Kansas State
Dabo Swinney, refusing to adapt to the new era of college football, caught up to him once again. Heading into the Orange Bowl against a Tennessee team that was without their star quarterback and two leading receivers, expectations were for Clemson to win. That was not the case as they lost 31-14. Between the offense and the defense, Clemson ends the season with more questions than answers.
17- Notre Dame
18- Oregon State
19- Mississippi State
Texas showed improvement under Steve Sarkisian in his second year, unfortunately that wasn’t enough to get a bowl win. They lost 27-20 to Washington, but Quinn Ewers put together his best game of the season. There are things to improve on, but Texas has a bright future and should rank higher this time next year.
23- Fresno State
It was the tale of two seasons for UCLA. For a quick minute, some thought that they could make a run for the PAC-12 title. But slip ups down the stretch of the season and the Bruins special season came to a halt. They stumbled in their bowl game as well and finished 9-4. A good year for this program but with how they started, it was certainly a disappointment for them.