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The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: 97-112

[lead align=”default”]Now moving up from the worst FBS had to offer in 2016 to the second-worst batch. From 97th to 112th in The Great CFB Final Power Rankings we go today.[/lead]

Among the teams you’ll see today are a mix of both major and minor conference teams. The Power Five and Group of 5 living together in misery.

CFB Final Power Rankings: 97 to 112

[alert heading=”112. Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten, 3-9)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Lovie Smith’s first year was hardly memorable. At least they managed two big ten wins.[/alert]

[alert heading=”111. Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten, 3-9)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Boilermakers got off to a 3-2 start, though not against great teams, but it was all downhill after the win against Illinois. Purdue lost seven in a row, fired the coach, and finished near the bottom of the Big Ten.[/alert]

[alert heading=”110. Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12, 3-9)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Until the Territorial Cup game to end the season, Arizona had no Pac-12 wins. By a nose, this was the worst offense in the conference this year at 297 points.[/alert]

[alert heading=”109. Iowa State Cyclones (Big 12, 3-9)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Cyclones got a little better as the season wore on, but it’s hard to escape a ranking like this when you’re 3-9.[/alert]

[alert heading=”108. Louisiana-Monroe WarHawks (Sun Belt, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Four wins is all the WarHawks got. Far away are the days when they went to Little Rock and beat Arkansas.[/alert]

[alert heading=”107. Ball State Cardinals (Mid-American, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Last place in the MAC West is where Ball State falls. They didn’t have losing streaks as long as some of the teams behind them, but eight losses wound up on the board. One thing saving them from a worse ranking: three road wins.[/alert]

[alert heading=”106. Florida International Panthers (Conference USA, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Here lies the least productive offense in Conference USA from 2016. The Panthers scored just 24 points per game.[/alert]

[alert heading=”105. Texas-El Paso Miners (Conference USA, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]UTEP actually picked things up as the season went on, closing with a win against North Texas.[/alert]

[alert heading=”104. Charlotte 49ers (Conference USA, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Charlotte won a few games, had a few laughs, and ended up on the wrong side of the bowl picture. They lost two games by one point: had they won both, they’d have made a bowl.[/alert]

[alert heading=”103. San Jose State Spartans (Mountain West, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]True story: their defensive line coach was named Barry Sacks. Too bad their quarterbacks coach wasn’t named Joe Touchdowns, because they could have used some more.[/alert]

[alert heading=”102. Tulane Green Wave (American, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Tulane took several close losses this season. Unfortunately for them, “almost” doesn’t count in the win column.[/alert]

[alert heading=”101. Missouri Tigers (Southeastern, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Mizzou moved up the rankings in the final few weeks by winning two of their last three. Three of their wins were against bowl teams, which may not be that impressive, since 80 teams made it.[/alert]

[alert heading=”100. Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten, 3-9)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Bet you never thought you’d see Michigan State here following the 2015 season they had. They got to the top ten early in the year and collapsed.[/alert]

[alert heading=”99. Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels (Mountain West, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Wyoming was a good win for the Runnin’ Rebels, but there weren’t many others.[/alert]

[alert heading=”98. Bowling Green Falcons (Mid-American, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Falcons closed the season hot, with three MAC wins in a row. At least they also beat the only FCS team they faced. Yet, while sparing themselves the indignity of an FCS loss, they lost to Ohio State 77-10.[/alert]

[alert heading=”97. Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Duke caught some bad breaks this season, and it showed in their 4-8 record. This is a well-coached team, but it wasn’t their year.[/alert]

CFB Final Power Rankings: Next Up

Tomorrow, see who we have ranked 81st to 96th from the 2016 season of college football.

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