College Football Playoff Bracket if 2022 Season Ended Today

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Oct 03, 2022, 3:15 PM
  • Here is what the college football playoff bracket would look like today.
  • Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan are the top 4 teams.

College football is back, which means teams are battling it out to see who will reach the College Football Playoff at the end of the season.

There are a number of teams with good college football championship odds, and these will change a great deal over the course of the year.

Here’s how the playoff would look if the season ended today.

College Football Playoff Bracket

3Ohio State
4 Michigan

Two weeks ago, Georgia was unspectacular in a routine win over Kent State. This past Saturday, they had to survive a real scare from the Missouri Tigers.

One of the doormats of the SEC had the Bulldogs down by 10 points in the fourth quarter before Georgia escaped Columbia with a 26-22 victory. The performance cost them the No. 1 spot in the top 25 poll and the No. 1 seed in our hypothetical College Football Playoff bracket.

Alabama moves to No. 1, leaving Georgia with a Peach Bowl matchup against the Ohio State Buckeyes. While the Georgia defense is still elite and the Bulldogs have some real weapons on offense, there are some legitimate questions about the overall ability of the Georgia receivers (minus tight end Brock Bowers) and the effectiveness of the running game. Would Georgia have enough firepower to keep up with the Ohio State Buckeyes?

The Buckeyes steamrolled Rutgers and remained the three-seed. Miyan Williams has emerged as yet another offensive weapon this team can rely on, and they have coasted thus far after an interesting first-week struggle against Notre Dame.

The defense certainly looks improved, but they have not been tested by an offense with any juice. That may not come until October 29, when they travel to Penn State (who has a questionable offense themselves). A battle of Georgia and Ohio State would be a treat. The two storied programs have only played one, a contest in 1993 that the Bulldogs won.

The other semifinal would feature the new No. 1 seed, the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines.

Alabama was incredibly impressive in a win at Arkansas, prevailing 49-26 despite an AC joint sprain suffered by Bryce Young. The Razorbacks were within striking distance as the game turned to the fourth quarter, but the Tide outscored Arkansas 21-3 in the final stanza and left Fayetteville unbeaten.

Perhaps most encouraging for Alabama was the dominance of the running game as they ran for 317 rushing yards on 7.5 yards per carry and went 9-for-14 on third down.

Jahmyr Gibbs rushed for 206 yards and two scores and is a bonafide star, while backup quarterback Jalen Milroe 91 yards and a score of his own. The receivers are still emerging and a question, but this was a big-time win for Alabama, and they appear to be getting better each week.

The fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines would await them in the second semifinal.

The Wolverines won at Iowa behind a good start and a defense that did not allow the putrid Iowa offense to get back into the game. Michigan has a dominant rushing attack led by Blake Corum. Corum has the most rushing touchdowns in the country (10) and is among the leaders in yards per rush and rushing yards.

They have not been pushed, and the defense is top 15 nationally in basically every major statistical category. The only question might be whether or not the passing game can deliver in third and long situations if a defense could stymie the rushing game.

Alabama leads the overall series 3-2, with the last meeting coming in 2020, a 35-16 victory for the Crimson Tide. Michigan has changed a lot since that game, and this would be a fascinating tilt.

When is the 2022 College Football Playoff?

The semifinals will occur at the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve. The first contest will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET and the second game will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET so that you can ring in the New Year with the four best teams in the country. The semifinal winners will battle for the National Championship on January 9, 2023.

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