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The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: 65-80

[lead align=”default”]The Great CFB Final Power Rankings take a turn towards the middle of the pack with the 65th to 80th-best teams of 2016.[/lead]

You’ll see both of the Egg Bowl contenders here today, as well as some Group of Five teams that snuck into bowl games. Some are thrilled to be here, and others wonder how they got here. Regardless, they’re here.

The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: 65 to 80

[alert heading=”80. North Texas Mean Green (Conference USA, 5-8)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]After beating Army, North Texas was 4-3 and looking towards a bowl. They then lost five of six, which included a bowl rematch against the Black Knights.[/alert]

[alert heading=”79. South Alabama Jaguars (Sun Belt, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]USA actually beat Mississippi State and San Diego State, but as well as they played outside the Sun Belt, they stunk inside it. Unfortunately, they didn’t win their bowl, either, despite having a comfortable early lead.[/alert]

[alert heading=”78. Miami-Ohio RedHawks (Mid-American, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]No team in FBS history before this one started 0-6 and finished with a 6-6 record. They could have been the first to then make it 7-6, but they had to go on and lose the bowl game. In fact, it was on a missed field goal.[/alert]

[alert heading=”77. Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (Conference USA, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Making a bowl game for the first time in program history is not a bad haul. Despite the fact that they lost the game, anyway. Wins over Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee helped get them there.[/alert]

[alert heading=”76. Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Just think: if it weren’t for a very bad call at the end of the Oklahoma State game, they’d have never gotten the chance to lose to Tulsa by 45 in the Miami Beach Bowl. The Chips really struggled at the end of the year and were fortunate to play a bowl game.[/alert]

[alert heading=”75. Mississippi Rebels (Southeastern, 5-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Ole Miss had so much going for them, but despite being ranked most of the season, they fell apart. Sure, they beat a couple ranked teams, but you are what your record says you are.[/alert]

[alert heading=”74. Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Vandy had to beat #24 Tennessee to get to a bowl, which they did. They summarily got their asses beat by 24 in the Independence Bowl. Still, 2016 was a building block.[/alert]

[alert heading=”73. Central Florida Knights (American, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]UCF went from 0-12 last year to 6-6 and a bowl loss this season. The season didn’t end the right way, but it was a major step in the right direction.[/alert]

[alert heading=”72. TCU Horned Frogs (Big 12, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Horned Frogs were a disappointment in 2016. Kenny Hill had average production this season at quarterback, and part of that was because of receiver drops. The team around him never clicked, and so it was a mediocre year.[/alert]

[alert heading=”71. Maryland Terrapins (Big Ten, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Terps climbed out to a 4-0 start but suffered greatly in Big Ten play. A 3-6 record in conference was followed by a loss to Boston College in their bowl.[/alert]

[alert heading=”70. South Carolina Gamecocks (Southeastern, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Will Muschamp’s first year in Columbia was an interesting one. In spite of all the highs and lows, they only got blown out once (by Clemson). Now the question is if the Gamecocks can building something in the SEC East.[/alert]

[alert heading=”69. Indiana Hoosiers (Big Ten, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Indiana hung in there in a number of their losses this season, but still ended up with seven.[/alert]

[alert heading=”68. Colorado State Rams (Mountain West, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]So, the Rams bookended their season with losses. They collected six wins in the middle. This was thanks in part to their offense that averaged 35.3 points per game.[/alert]

[alert heading=”67. Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern, 6-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]After a bitter loss in their first game of the season, the Bulldogs steadied. This wasn’t supposed to be a great season after losing Dak Prescott, but they did okay. Beating Ole Miss, APR’ing into a bowl, and then winning it almost made the year tolerable.[/alert]

[alert heading=”66. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Mountain West, 7-7)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Hawaii played 13 regular season games, and got to a bowl because (1) they won six of them and (2) there are too many bowls. They even got to play it on their home field and win. That leads to a 7-7, 14-game season for a team that didn’t even win its conference.[/alert]

[alert heading=”65. Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Eastern Michigan was one of the most improved teams in the nation from 2015 to 2016. They lost their bowl game, but going from one win to seven is quite an accomplishment.[/alert]

The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: Next Up

We creep up into the top 50 with the 49th to 64th-best teams in college football this season.

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