Big Ten 2022 Preseason Rankings By College Football America

Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Ohio State is the front-runner, followed by defending Big Ten champion Michigan and Wisconsin, in the 2022 College Football America Yearbook Preseason Big Ten Rankings.

The Big Ten rankings are based off the College Football America Yearbook’s overall Top 131 rankings, which ranks every team in FBS entering the season.

Ohio State is the favorite, as the Buckeyes return a slew of talent, including quarterback C.J. Stroud. He enters 2022 as a Heisman candidate after a 2021 in which he threw for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns. He helped the Buckeyes win 11 games and beat Utah in the Rose Bowl.

Michigan won the Big Ten for the first time under head coach Jim Harbaugh in 2021 and lost in the College Football Playoff semifinals to Georgia. The Wolverines will be without players like pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson, who is now in the NFL. But, Michigan still has plenty of returnees like quarterback Cade McNamara.

Both Ohio State and Michigan are in the 2022 College Football America Yearbook Preseason Top 10, with Ohio State No. 3 and Michigan No. 7.

Wisconsin is the highest-ranked Big Ten West Division, ranked third overall in the Big Ten and is No. 11 overall in the FBS 131.

The 2022 College Football America Yearbook features nine pages of Big Ten content, including an overall preview of the conference race, a spotlight piece on a stadium, the Big Ten Starting Lineup, all team schedules and a half-page devoted to each program.

The 2022 College Football America Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

The print edition is available online via and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

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2022 College Football America Big Ten Preseason Rankings

1. (3) Ohio State

2. (7) Michigan

3. (11) Wisconsin

4. (13) Penn State

5. (24) Michigan State

6. (30) Iowa

7. (31) Purdue

8. (35) Minnesota

9. (41) Maryland

10. (58) Nebraska

11. (66) Illinois

12. (70) Rutgers

13. (76) Northwestern

14. (79) Indiana

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