ESPN's Way too Early 2022 Football Top 25

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Stewart Mandel has us at 13

Stewart Mandel's too early Top 25 for the 2022 college football season

13. Tennessee (7-6)

Standout QB Hendon Hooker put off the NFL to lead Josh Heupel’s explosive offense for another season. He’ll be joined by top WR Cedric Tillman and top RB Jabari Small. Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neyor (44 catches, 878 yards, 12 TDs) joins what should be a deep receiver group. Linebackers Jeremy Banks and Aaron Beasley and S Trevon Flowers lead an otherwise young defense. Heupel should be on the market for a transfer cornerback.


Note: he has Pitt at 11
 
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Stewart Mandel has us at 13

Stewart Mandel's too early Top 25 for the 2022 college football season

13. Tennessee (7-6)

Standout QB Hendon Hooker put off the NFL to lead Josh Heupel’s explosive offense for another season. He’ll be joined by top WR Cedric Tillman and top RB Jabari Small. Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neyor (44 catches, 878 yards, 12 TDs) joins what should be a deep receiver group. Linebackers Jeremy Banks and Aaron Beasley and S Trevon Flowers lead an otherwise young defense. Heupel should be on the market for a transfer cornerback.

Note: he has Pitt at 11
What does Pitt have coming back that would get them nearly in the Top 10? Planning on going to Heinz for this one.. Maybe
 
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What does Pitt have coming back that would get them nearly in the Top 10? Planning on going to Heinz for this one.. Maybe
Here's the Mandel thoughts on Pitt. Everyone thought that losing Pickett would cause a drop, but then they picked up transfer qb Slovis from USC.

11. Pitt (11-3)

USC transfer Kedon Slovis steps in for Heisman finalist Kenny Pickett. He’ll get to throw to Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison, Jared Wayne and Akron transfer Konata Mumpfield, a Freshman All-American. The Panthers’ top three rushers and entire O- line are coming back, too. Eight defensive starters should return, led by All-ACC DT Calijah Kancey, DL Habakkuk Baldonado, LB SirVocea Dennis and S Brandon Hill.
 
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Here's the Mandel thoughts on Pitt. Everyone thought that losing Pickett would cause a drop, but then they picked up transfer qb Slovis from USC.

11. Pitt (11-3)

USC transfer Kedon Slovis steps in for Heisman finalist Kenny Pickett. He’ll get to throw to Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison, Jared Wayne and Akron transfer Konata Mumpfield, a Freshman All-American. The Panthers’ top three rushers and entire O- line are coming back, too. Eight defensive starters should return, led by All-ACC DT Calijah Kancey, DL Habakkuk Baldonado, LB SirVocea Dennis and S Brandon Hill.
Thanks for the info. They should be pretty strong. I’m guessing this won’t be a noon kick this time around.
 
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College football rankings: Alabama, Ohio State lead way-too-early top 25 ahead of 2022 season

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Tennessee
Josh Heupel assimilated quickly at UT. Seven wins looked like a bright light at the end of a tunnel. Hendon Hooker has Heisman hopes and a rocket arm that produced 31 touchdown passes. The defense must get better. Look at the schedule. Nine wins seems more than possible.


I like where they have my Bears too:

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Baylor
After only two seasons, Dave Aranda has emerged as an elite coach. (Ask USC and LSU.) The defending Big 12 champions and Sugar Bowl champions should be Big 12 and maybe playoff contenders in 2022. By Oct. 1, the Bears will have played BYU, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.
 
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Here's the Mandel thoughts on Pitt. Everyone thought that losing Pickett would cause a drop, but then they picked up transfer qb Slovis from USC.

11. Pitt (11-3)

USC transfer Kedon Slovis steps in for Heisman finalist Kenny Pickett. He’ll get to throw to Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison, Jared Wayne and Akron transfer Konata Mumpfield, a Freshman All-American. The Panthers’ top three rushers and entire O- line are coming back, too. Eight defensive starters should return, led by All-ACC DT Calijah Kancey, DL Habakkuk Baldonado, LB SirVocea Dennis and S Brandon Hill.
Wow. And I thought we had the return match in the bag. As Lee Corso likes to say, not so fast!
 

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