College football: ESPN computer predicts undefeated teams in 2022

Seeing an undefeated team in college football is something we’ve seen with some regularity throughout the 21st century.

So far, 19 teams have run the roster since 2000, with Alabama being the most recent, going 13-0 in 2020 en route to a college football playoff national title.

But there has been more than one perfect team in a season just three times during this period, in 2004, 2009 and 2010.

Which teams have the best chance of leading the table in the 2022 season? Recently, the ESPN Football Power Index set to making its predictions for the coming year.

1. State of Ohio — 32.5%

2. Georgia — 20.0%

3. Alabama — 16.4%

4. Clemson—15.0%

In the future, this could also be what the final college football playoff standings will look like.

Ohio State and Clemson seem to have the easiest paths of the four, given that those teams don’t have to play the always brutal SEC schedule.

+ ohio state has a few notable dates on its schedule, namely in Week 1 at home against potentially Top-10 ranked Notre Dame and in the season finale against upgraded rival Michigan.

+ Clemson failed to win the ACC last season for the first time in six years, but with some improvements on offense he has the opportunity to reassert his league dominance, with games at Notre Dame, against NC State, Wake and Miami.

+ Alabama is the consensus No. 1 team in college football again this preseason, but has a Texas road date in Week 2, a home tilt with Texas A&M midseason, and games on the road to LSU and Ole Miss.

+ Reigning National Champion Georgia opens against Pac-12 runners-up Oregon in Week 1, but otherwise has a winning slate that includes a November game at Kentucky that could decide the SEC East.

Michigan leads all current Division I FBS college football programs with 15 undefeated seasons, a number that jumps to 23, also the most, when adding ties to the record.

Notre Dame is second with 13 perfect seasons (undefeated with no ties), followed by Oklahoma and Alabama (11 each) and USC, Nebraska and Texas (9 each).

(h/t ESPN College Football Power Index)


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