Georgia broke the mold in two ways last season. The Bulldogs showed they could win a national championship after four decades without one. They also proved that defense could go the distance in the College Football Playoff.
Before Georgia, every other CFP winner had been propelled mainly by its offense and/or quarterback play. There’s a good chance the trend will resume in 2022, especially with Alabama (Bryce Young) and Ohio State (C.J. Stroud) as the two strongest title favorites.
At the top, college football is still largely driven by quarterbacks and record-setting offenses. Here at Future Power Rankings headquarters, it’s time to project the nation’s 25 best offenses over the next three seasons: 2022, 2023 and 2024. This list will have some crossover with the quarterback rankings unveiled last month, but there will be some key differences, too.
Several teams that just missed the cut for QB rankings — mainly because they lacked depth behind strong players who would depart after the 2022 season — project better for overall offense. Tennessee fits the description. So does Purdue. Other teams that look strong at quarterback had too many question marks with the offensive unit to make this list.
As always, coaching changes and transfers factor into the rankings. Several offenses that placed in last year’s FPR top 10 — Oklahoma, Clemson, USC, North Carolina — could look quite different entering the 2022 season. A reminder: All of the offenses were evaluated based on who is on the roster right now and the recruits committed to play for the teams. While transfers and other changes are inevitable, these projections are based on a snapshot of what we know now.
2022 future QB ranking: 1
2021 future offense ranking: 4