Ranking every National Champion in the four-team College Football Playoff era

The College Football Playoff will be expanding to 12 teams in 2025. Let's take a look back at each National Champion that made it through the four-team playoff and find out who was the best.

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Trevor Keegan (77) and quarterback J.J. McCarthy hold up the National Championship trophy after their win over the Washington Huskies.
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Trevor Keegan (77) and quarterback J.J. McCarthy hold up the National Championship trophy after their win over the Washington Huskies. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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College football playoff rankings. . 2022 National Champions. . 2. . . . 527.

Now I know a lot of Georgia fans might come for me here. Yes, this team was so dominant that nothing was stopping them from winning back-to-back championships. I struggled with this choice and the margin that separates this team from the team I ranked first is incredibly small.

This Georgia defense was unreal. In the regular season, they didn't allow more than 20 points to any opponent. In the SEC Championship against No. 14 LSU, they allowed 30 points, but the Bulldogs handled business there winning the game 50-30. They beat No. 1 Tennessee in the middle of the season holding the Volunteers to just 13 points. To open up the season, they completely stifled No. 11 Oregon's offense holding them to only three points.

In the semifinal of the playoff, the Bulldogs had a close call, barely making it past the Buckeyes 42-41 as Ohio State missed the game-winning field goal as the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve.

The Bulldogs bounced back in the National Championship. They played a TCU team that at the beginning of the season no one would have guessed would make the Championship. TCU barely beat Michigan in the semifinal round, but a lot of people thought they could take down the Bulldogs. Well, those people were horribly wrong. Georgia came in and steamrolled the Horned Frogs 65-7, winning back-to-back championships for the first time in school history.

This Georgia team was so good that I probably should have just made it a tie between the top two teams, but the team I ranked first just barely beat out this Bulldog team and that is why they are second in these rankings.

527. Final. 7. 466. 2022 College football playoff. 65