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CFB Analyst Names 7 Teams With "Most To Prove" In 2022

Clemson and North Carolina lined up against each other.

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 28: The Clemson Tigers offense lines up against the North Carolina Tar Heels defense during the first half of their game at Kenan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Just as there is every season, this coming year's college football landscape features several teams with quite a few doubters.

On Wednesday, college football analyst Brad Crawford of 247Sports compiled a list of his top-seven programs with the "most to prove" heading into the 2022 season.

Whether it be a team coming off a disappointing 2021 campaign or entering a year with a brand new coaching staff, each of these programs have quite a bit to show before they can re-etch their names into college football prominence.

Here's Crawford's list:

  • North Carolina -- The Tar Heels are coming off a 6-7 season after starting the year as a preseason top-10 team.
  • Penn State -- Head coach James Franklin signed a massive contract extension after a 7-6 season in 2021.
  • USC -- Former Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley arrives with an elite transfer/recruiting class
  • Clemson -- The Tigers are coming off their first three-loss season since 2014.
  • Nebraska -- Head coach Scott Frost is in search of his first winning season since joining the program in 2018.
  • Oklahoma -- Former Clemson DC Brent Venables takes over with UCF transfer QB Dillon Gabriel.
  • Notre Dame -- Marcus Freeman takes over as head coach following the departure of longtime leader Brian Kelly.

Who do you think has the most to prove in 2022?