With the official release of the AP preseason top 25 in college football, 247Sports’ Brad Crawford took some time to project the teams that may be underrated heading into the 2022 season.
Taking each team’s average poll ranking, the BFC analyst narrowed down five teams in particular that people may overlook.
According to Crawford, Arkansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania State, Michigan and Tennessee are the programs to watch.
Of arguably his most underrated team, Iowa, Crawford wrote:
Another offseason of disrespect for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Look, this offense doesn’t scare any opposing team in the Big Ten, but with much of a defense that ranked in the top 10 in several categories nationally last season after winning the division. West, shouldn’t Kirk Ferentz’s team be getting more love than this as one of the top 25 teams in the country arrives?
For the most part, Iowa performs outside of expectations and is often undervalued at this time of year. This has been proven over and over again. Nine starters return from a defense that racked up 25 interceptions last fall.
One of those top veterans is Jack Campbell, who has a chance to lead college football in total tackles if he stays healthy. Riley Moss is also back, having won Big Ten Defensive Defender of the Year honors despite missing a quarter of the season through injury. Defensive coordinator Phil Parker needs to look at this roster and smile heading into the opener with the underrated tag.
Who do you think teams need to watch this fall?