The 2022 season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to put an end to the annual crystal exercise known as the Future Strength Rating. The list of commands is here.
If you’ve already looked at the top 25 rankings for quarterbacks, offense and defense, you have a good idea of what’s coming. However, team rankings are slightly different and we are looking into programs at the macro level for Seasons 2022, 2023 and 2024. Factors such as manager changes and stability, as well as recent on-pitch/hiring trajectory, carry more weight on this list. The increasing importance of the transmission portal and even the name, image and likeness cannot be discounted when creating a projection such as this one.
At its core, FPR remains staff-focused and evaluates how current and future players will impact the performance of their teams. Recruitment in the past few seasons or projected success in 2023 carries some weight. But some programs consistently outperform their recruiting rankings and deserve corresponding recognition on the team roster.
Here’s a look at last year’s team rankings, which started with Alabama but ended up with national champion Georgia in 5th place. I also skipped Michigan entirely and the Wolverines ended up winning the Big Ten and reaching their first CFP. Jim Harbaugh’s team will appear below, but how much hesitation will there be with programs like Clemson (last year’s No. 2), Oklahoma (No. 4), Miami (No. 19), and Utah (No. 25)?
It’s time to explore the top 25 American Football teams over the next three seasons.