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The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: 49-64

[lead align=”default”]Our Great CFB Final Power Rankings for the 2016 season cross the top 50 today with the 49th to 64th-best teams.[/lead]

The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: 49th to 64th

[alert heading=”64. Ohio Bobcats (Mid-American, 8-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Bobcats gave Western Michigan a run for their money in the MAC title game thanks to a strong defense. Toledo was their only good win this season, with Miami-Ohio borderline (they were in the bad half of their year).[/alert]

[alert heading=”63. Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Early in the season at 2-3, it looked like Mark Stoops was in trouble. He beat South Carolina, Mississippi State, and eventually Louisville to get to a bowl game. They couldn’t keep up with Georgia Tech, however.[/alert]

[alert heading=”62. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (Conference USA, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Start with two straight wins, end with two straight wins, and bag three in the middle. USM opened the year with a win at Kentucky, and though their only other decent win was Louisiana Tech, they made and won a bowl.[/alert]

[alert heading=”61. Arkansas Razorbacks (Southeastern, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Arky opened up at 3-0 and climbed as high as 16th in the AP poll. After beating Texas State, they wouldn’t win consecutive games again for the rest of the season. They did beat three ranked (at the time) teams, however.[/alert]

[alert heading=”60. Memphis Tigers (American, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Memphis did admirably in their first season without Justin Fuente. They opened the season at 5-1 and finished 8-5 with a bowl loss. Yet, they didn’t have any bad losses in terms of opponent quality — just in terms of score.[/alert]

[alert heading=”59. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Atlantic Coast, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Considering that the Deacs literally had a mole feeding information to opposing teams, a 7-6 season is an admirable outcome. Sure, they started 4-0 and then kind of putted around until the bowl game, but it was an improvement.[/alert]

[alert heading=”58. North Carolina State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Four losses in a row mid-season prevented this year from being more than it could have been for Dave Doeren’s crew. They finished strong with a win over North Carolina, and then over Vandy in the Independence Bowl.[/alert]

[alert heading=”57. Baylor Bears (Big 12, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Baylor literally did the opposite of what Miami-Ohio did: the Bears won six, then lost six, then won their bowl. Talk about peaks and valleys.[/alert]

[alert heading=”56. Boston College Eagles (Atlantic Coast, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]BC won their first bowl game in almost a decade on the back of their stout defense. 7-6 was a bit of an overachievement, if that, but the Eagles played a very manageable schedule.[/alert]

[alert heading=”55. Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten, 7-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Wildcats got off to a bad start, especially after losing to Illinois State. They picked it up in Big Ten play and managed a win in the Pinstripe Bowl. Northwestern’s offense only managed 26 points per game, but the 23rd-ranked defense kept them in enough games.[/alert]

[alert heading=”54. Idaho Vandals (Sun Belt, 9-4)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Just like the team above them, Idaho won seven of their last eight this season. Idaho had the second-most potent offense in the Sun Belt behind Troy.[/alert]

[alert heading=”53. New Mexico Lobos (Mountain West, 9-4)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Bob Davie has done a fine job at New Mexico, getting them to nine wins this season. The Lobos won seven of their final eight games, which included the New Mexico Bowl. Lucky them, they got to play in their own stadium.[/alert]

[alert heading=”52. Arkansas State Red Wolves (Sun Belt, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Sun Belt champions of 2016 had an impressive rise after a terrible start in non-conference play. They won seven of their eight games against Sun Belt opponents, and their bowl game.[/alert]

[alert heading=”51. Texas A&M Aggies (Southeastern, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Aggies actually cracked the College Football Playoff top four in its first release. What happened after that was losing to Alabama, and four of six thereafter. Texas A&M fell slowly out of the rankings, and lost their bowl to K-State.[/alert]

[alert heading=”50. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (Conference USA, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Middle Tennessee lost some steam towards the end of the year, and they didn’t play well in the Hawaii Bowl. Their third-best offense in C-USA averaged almost 40 points per game, but their third-worst defense allowed almost 36.[/alert]

[alert heading=”49. Army Black Knights (Independent, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Army polished off its best season in 20 years with a bowl victory in overtime. Beating Navy helped as well. This team was all over it this year and good for them.[/alert]

The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: Next Up

33rd through 48th in FBS this season is what comes up next, with only two segments remaining thereafter.

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