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The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: 81-96

[lead align=”default”]We’re almost at the top 80 of college football in the 2016 season, but today, it’s the teams from 81 to 96 in the Great CFB Final Power Rankings.[/lead]

With one exception, all of the teams to follow failed to make a bowl game. Perhaps most surprising among them was Notre Dame, who suffered a 4-8 season. Oregon and UCLA stinking it up this season were also shocking outcomes. Not so surprising, Oregon State and SMU. Here’s how these sixteen teams rank.

CFB Final Power Rankings: 81 to 96

[alert heading=”96. Cincinnati Bearcats (American, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Things actually started well for Cincy at 2-0 (they didn’t play much of anyone). From the Houston game onward, they won just two of ten. In the BYU, UCF, and Memphis games in three straight weeks, they scored a whopping 13 points.[/alert]

[alert heading=”95. Syracuse Orange (Atlantic Coast, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Syracuse actually beat a ranked team, Virginia Tech, but their defense stunk. In terms of yardage, it was 122nd in FBS.[/alert]

[alert heading=”94. Georgia Southern Eagles (Sun Belt, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]GSU actually opened with a 3-0 record but it all went straight to hell after playing Western Michigan. They did lose a bunch of close games.[/alert]

[alert heading=”93. Oregon Ducks (Pac-12, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]It wasn’t until the second to last game of the season that they actually accomplished something by beating Utah. Otherwise, the Ducks were a massive disappointment in 2016. After all, it got the coach fired.[/alert]

[alert heading=”92. Oregon State Beavers (Pac-12, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Beavers closed strongly with wins over Arizona and Oregon. That Civil War game counts for bragging rights, but neither team was any good.[/alert]

[alert heading=”91. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]A season like this is about as bad as it gets for the Fighting Irish. They tanked mid-way through the year, and people actually even talked about Brian Kelly’s job status.[/alert]

[alert heading=”90. Akron Zips (Mid-American, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Terry Bowden’s team had four chances at the end of the season to win and qualify for a bowl. They didn’t win a single one, not even Buffalo or Bowling Green.[/alert]

[alert heading=”89. Nevada Wolf Pack (Mountain West, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Nevada’s season started well, was lousy in the middle, and ended well. Their defense was 108th overall in FBS with 456 yards allowed per game.[/alert]

[alert heading=”88. UCLA Bruins (Pac-12, 4-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Early on, UCLA was thought of as an up-and-coming team with Josh Rosen as quarterback. They were 3-2 to start and were ranked #16 to begin the season. That surely didn’t last.[/alert]

[alert heading=”87. Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Arizona State was on a roll to open the 2016 season with four wins in a row. After losing to USC, they got their final win of the season at home against UCLA. From there, it was six straight losses, and most of them were blowouts. Arizona State had the second-worst defense in the country (520.5 yards allowed per game).[/alert]

[alert heading=”86. Northern Illinois Huskies (Mid-American, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]NIU really had to turn on the jets just to get to 5-7 late in the season. They won four of their last five games, mostly against inferior teams. Yet, they opened with a 1-6 record which included a loss to Western Illinois.[/alert]

[alert heading=”85. SMU Mustangs (American, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]One of the worst losses Houston took all year was to this team, when SMU ran them out of the building. That was the highlight of an otherwise blah season for the Mustangs.[/alert]

[alert heading=”84. California Golden Bears (Pac-12, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Cal opened the season with a win in Australia and ended it with a win in Berkeley. A 4-3 start had them thinking bowl, but after their double-overtime in against Oregon, they got crushed in the Pac-12 gauntlet. USC, Washington, Washington State, and Stanford, all multiple touchdown losses.[/alert]

[alert heading=”83. Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The worst defense in FBS was right here in Lubbock. TTU coughed up an astounding 554.3 yards per game this season and 43.5 points per game. It’s a shame, because quarterback Patrick Mahomes had an excellent season.[/alert]

[alert heading=”82. Texas Longhorns (Big 12, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Only the “Strong” survive, but Charlie didn’t make it through the 2016 season. Texas was the #11 team in the nation at one point, but they cratered at times. The loss to Kansas screwed Strong and virtually assured they wouldn’t be bowling.[/alert]

[alert heading=”81. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (Sun Belt, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]This was perhaps the worst team to make a bowl, or at least one of them. ULL was 4-6 and at least fought their way to 6-6, but aside from Arkansas State, their quality of wins is lacking.[/alert]

CFB Final Power Rankings: Next Up

We get into the top 80 of 2016 in FBS with the teams ranked from 65th to 80th.

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