24. TENNESSEE: T-103
Tennessee was one in all faculty soccer’s most enjoyable groups in 2021. The Vols ranked seventh nationally in factors per recreation at 39.3 beneath first-year head coach Josh Heupel, who arrived from UCF. Quarterback Hendon Hooker returns after a robust season, wherein the Vols went 7-6, shedding a thriller to Purdue within the Music Metropolis Bowl to conclude its marketing campaign. In Hooker’s first season at Tennessee after transferring from Virginia Tech, he accomplished 68.2% of his passes for two,945 yards and threw 31 touchdowns to simply three interceptions. The protection stays a priority, which one other coach identified. The Vols allowed a mean of 421.7 yards per recreation and 29.7 factors per contest, with the latter rating ninetieth out of 130 FBS groups. How the offense adjusts after a complete yr of tape being out there’s necessary, in addition to enchancment on the opposite aspect of the ball.
25. PITTSBURGH: T-59
Pitt is among the most skilled groups in the complete nation, but it surely additionally occurred to have a few the extra notable departures of the offseason. The primary was Kenny Pickett, who ran out of eligibility and have become the one quarterback taken within the first spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft. Changing him needs to be a reasonably straightforward job, because the Panthers nabbed former USC beginning quarterback Kedon Slovis by way of the switch portal. In a way more surprising transfer, Addison entered the switch portal and — mockingly — ended up at USC. Discovering somebody to step up for him is a tall job.