The 2022 college football season is three weeks away, and a picture of what we can expect from this campaign is starting to form. Last Saturday, there was a quarter loss of the four teams listed in the top four, and there was no change in our hypothetical college football playoff bracket. If the season ended today, thank God it didn’t, we would have two fantastic semi-finals. What would that support look like if the season ended today?
College football playoff bracket
|Fiesta Bowl – December 31, 2022||#1 – Georgia vs. #4 – Michigan|
|Peach Bowl – December 31, 2022||#2 – Alabama vs. #3 – State of Ohio|
The Georgia Bulldogs look like an unstoppable machine right now. They hit the road and dismantled the South Carolina Gamecocks, making another big conference opponent look like a junior varsity team. Despite losing so much star power from last season’s national title team, the Bulldogs have yielded just ten points from three games, and offense looks sharper than at any time under Kirby Smart. Brock Bowers has emerged as a dangerous weapon that opposing defenses haven’t figured out how to deal with, and they have several options for running backs that are being deployed as pass catchers and runners. The defense has only one sack in the season, but they attack incredibly well and don’t allow their opponents any yard in the open. It’s early days, but no one on the UGA schedule seems able to scare this cast away. His opponent in the first semifinal would be the Michigan Wolverines. Maize and Blue destroyed another non-conference cupcake, beating UConn 59-0. Michigan has been as dominant in three games as anyone, but it’s unclear who they are because the competition has been so bad. We’ll learn more this weekend as the Wolverines take on the Maryland Turtles. While they are still heavily favored, this will at least show what they can do against a good quarterback with decent weapons at their disposal.
The other semifinal would feature second-place Alabama Crimson Tide and third-place Ohio State Buckeyes. These two played in the 2021 National Championship game in Miami, with Najee Harris and DeVonte Smith rolling the Buckeyes 52-24. That game has no influence in this confrontation, played two years later and with totally new personnel. Alabama smashed UL Monroe 63-7, and they narrowly sandwiched the breakout in Texas with dominant performances. Will Anderson is still a monster in defence, and we know that side of the ball is going to be great. Bryce Young looks fantastic, but the question marks for this team are in the skill positions. The Crimson Tide has a racing game they can rely on and who will emerge as a differentiator at the wide receiver? The state of Ohio does not have these questions. After a slow first game against Notre Dame, the Buckeyes’ attack has been clicking on all cylinders. Marvin Harrison Jr. is playing at a high level and has emerged as an effective weapon, and there is no doubt that they can execute the ball efficiently. Whether or not your defense can withstand a high-level attack will determine the severity of the Buckeyes threat.
When is the 2022 College Football Playoff?
The semifinals will take place at the Fiesta Bowl and the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve. The first competition will start at 16:00 ET and the second game will start at 20:00 ET so you can celebrate the New Year with the four best teams in the country. The winners of the semifinals play for the National Championship on January 9, 2023.