7. North Carolina
The 2022 season marks an intriguing hinge point for North Carolina. As the Mack Brown 2.0 era enters its fourth season, this will be the first go of things without star quarterback Sam Howell.
As the offense looks for a new identity, it’ll the defense that also finds itself under the microscope. With several strong recruiting class, filled with talent on the defensive side of the ball, plus a shake-up of the coaching staff (Welcome back, Gene Chizik!), it’s time to see some improved results.