Pat’s POV: Early college football top 25 rankings

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The start of the 2022 college football season is just under a month away. It all begins during week zero and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will begin their campaign the following week.

It could be gearing up for a top-10 showdown during week one with the Irish tangle with Marcus Freeman’s alma mater, the Ohio State Buckeyes. It will surely set the tone for the debut season under Freeman.

Prior to the season the USA TODAY Sports preseason top 25 will be released on Aug. 8. Prior to the initial poll, College Wires regional editor Patrick Conn released his own version of what the poll could look like.

Let’s check in and see where the Fighting Irish land:

Alabama Crimson Tide

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 13-2

For more Alabama coverage check Roll Tide Wire.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 11-2

For more Ohio State coverage check out Buckeyes Wire.

Georgia Bulldogs

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 14-1

For more Bulldogs coverage check out UGA Wire.

Utah Utes

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 10-4

Clemson Tigers

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 10-3

For more Tigers coverage check out Clemson Wire.

Michigan Wolverines

Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 12-2

For more Michigan coverage check out Wolverines Wire.

North Carolina State Wolfpack

Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 9-3

BYU Cougars

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 10-3

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 11-2

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Texas A&M Aggies

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 8-4

For more Texas A&M coverage check out Aggies Wire.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

2021 Final Record: 12-2

Oregon Ducks

Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA TODAY NETWORK

2021 Final Record: 10-4

For more Oregon coverage check out Ducks Wire.

USC Trojans

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 4-8

For more USC coverage check out Trojans Wire.

Texas Longhorns

Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK

2021 Final Record: 5-7

For more Texas coverage check out Longhorns Wire.

Michigan State Spartans

Syndication: Detroit Free Press

2021 Final Record: 11-2

For more Michigan State coverage check out Spartans Wire.

Tennessee Volunteers

Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

2021 Final Record: 7-6

For more Tennessee coverage check out Vols Wire.

Oklahoma Sooners

BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY NETWORK

2021 Final Record: 11-2

For more Oklahoma coverage check out Sooners Wire.

Baylor Bears

Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 12-2

Arkansas Razorbacks

Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 9-4

For more Arkansas coverage check out Razorbacks Wire.

Pittsburgh Panthers

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 11-3

Penn State Nittany Lions

Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 7-6

Miami Hurricanes

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 7-5

Wisconsin Badgers

Mark Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 9-4

For more Wisconsin coverage check out Badgers Wire.

LSU Tigers

JDale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

2021 Final Record: 6-7

For more Tigers coverage check out LSU Tigers Wire.

Kentucky Wildcats

Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen / USA TODAY NETWORK

2021 Final Record: 10-3

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Story originally appeared on Fighting Irish Wire