25. UCLA Bruins
Opening Week: vs. Bowling Green
Will 2022 be the year that Chip Kelly finally brings UCLA back to national relevancy? Entering his fifth year with the Bruins, Kelly has only finished one season with a winning record. Overall, Kelly is 18-25 — with UCLA’s 8-4 mark last year being his only winning season. The Bruins return one of the top QB-RB tandems in the country. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, a fifth-year starter, is a true dual-threat at QB. At tailback, Zach Charbonnet rushed for over 1,100 yards and 13 TDs last season.
As has been the case throughout Kelly’s tenure, the defense will be the key to success this year. UCLA’s offense was potent in 2021, but the defense struggled at times and is now under the tutelage of a new defensive coordinator (Bill McGovern). With a rather favorable schedule, there is no excuse for the Bruins to not win at least nine games.
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