You’re going to like where Ohio State is on ESPN’s SP+ Rankings projections for 2022

Ohio State football has continually been at or near the top of ESPN’s SP+ Rankings over the last few years. It’s a predictive formula that Bill Connelly manages and includes returning production, recruiting, recent history, and other data elements that — according to ESPN — are built as a “tempo and opponent-adjusted measure of college football efficiency. It is a predictive measure of the most sustainable and predictable aspects of football … These are simply early offseason power rankings based on the information that we have been able to gather to date.”

With so many skill players returning on the offensive side of the ball and with the recent success on the field and recruiting, you would naturally expect Ohio State to be pretty high on the projections for the 2022 season. You would not be wrong.

In fact, the ESPN SP+ Rankings projections (subscription required) have Ohio State among the top few teams in the country, but how high exactly? We go through the top 25 for you based on whatever formula goes into making the college football sausage.

Auburn Tigers

Aug 31, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Auburn Tigers mascot Aubie the Tiger celebrates with cheerleaders after the victory against the Oregon Ducks at AT&T Stadium. Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Numbers

Projected SP+: 13.2
Offensive SP+: 31.4 (45th)
Defensive SP+: 18.2 (14th)

Florida State Semionoles

Sep 28, 2019; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles symbols Osceola and Renegade during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium. Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Numbers

Projected SP+: 13.4
Offensive SP+: 31.2 (47th)
Defensive SP+: 17.8 (13th)

BYU Cougars

Oct. 30, 2021; Provo, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars running back Tyler Allgeier (25) runs in for a fourth-quarter touchdown against the…


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