As we anxiously await the official preseason coaches poll for 2022 on Road to Nationals and all the drama and laughs it will surely bring, we once again conducted our own to determine team rankings for the upcoming season in a similar vein to the AP Top 25 for college football.
Our methodology is simple. Each editor that wanted to participate submitted their top 36 teams for the 2022 season. Lists were submitted privately and no discussion was allowed beforehand to be able to produce as unbiased and accurate a ranking as possible. We then assigned a numerical value to each place, with each editor’s first-place team earning 36 points, second place taking 35 points and so on through No. 36. Each team’s points were then added up to determine the overall order.
The top 36, their point totals and the amount of first-place votes where applicable can be found below, as well as additional teams that earned points but did not make the top 36.
Does your order match up with ours? Where would you make changes? Let us know your top 36 in the comments or on social media! Finally, stay tuned for the announcement of the official 2022 preseason coaches poll on Road to Nationals, which should be released soon.
Finally, if you’re interested in the reasoning behind some of our decisions, stay tuned for our roundtable on Friday where we’ll share the thought process behind some of our choices.
|1. Florida (6 first-place votes)||558|
|2. Utah (2 first-place votes)||550|
|3. Michigan (6 first-place votes)||545|
|4. Oklahoma (2 first-place votes)||540|
|14. Arizona State||341|
|18. Iowa State||286|
|19. Oregon State||280|
|20. Ohio State||275|
|23. N.C. State||213|
|24. Boise State||190|
|25. Southern Utah||189|
|27. Michigan State||126|
|28T. Central Michigan||125|
|30. Penn State||106|
|31T. Utah State||103|
|34. North Carolina||80|
|35. West Virginia||74|
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Votes cast by Elizabeth Grimsley, Allison Freeman, Carolyn Lien, Emily Minehart, Rebecca Scally, Brandis Heffner, Claire Billman, Mary Emma Burton, Ryan Wichtendahl, Tavia Smith, Katie Walsh, Talitha Ilacqua, Kalley Leer, Katherine Weaver, Jenna King and Tara Graeve
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