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The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: 33-48

[lead align=”default”]The quality of teams increases every day in our Great CFB Power Rankings. Today we have the 33rd to 48th-best teams in the nation during the 2016 season.[/lead]

The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: 33 to 48

[alert heading=”48. Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West, 8-6)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]It was a good year for the Cowboys, who are finally finding themselves under Craig Bohl. They may have lost the Mountain West title game as well as their bowl, but Wyoming had a good offense that powered them through.[/alert]

[alert heading=”47. Toledo Rockets (Mid-American, 9-4)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Rockets were clearly the second-best team in the MAC behind Western Michigan all season, but they did not hold it together at the end. WMU pantsed them at the end of the regular season, and they lost in their bowl to App State. Toledo had one of the top 20 FBS offenses at 38 points scored per game.[/alert]

[alert heading=”46. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Conference USA, 9-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Skip Holtz helped this team to nine wins, none of which were against ranked teams, but one of which (the bowl) was against Navy. The Mids are a little further up this list because of their better quality of wins. Second place in the conference isn’t bad.[/alert]

[alert heading=”45. Troy Trojans (Sun Belt, 10-3)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Troy should know all about coming in second place in the conference, because so did they. The Trojans led much of the way but got lapped at the end by Arkansas State and App State. At one point, they were the first Sun Belt team in history to crack the AP Poll. They finished the season with a Dollar General Bowl win.[/alert]

[alert heading=”44. Old Dominion Monarchs (Conference USA, 10-3)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]ODU closed out the year very well with six straight wins. This included a hard-fought Bahamas Bowl win over Eastern Michigan. All three of their losses were blowouts, but going from FCS in 2012 to 10 FBS wins in 2016 is a quick learning curve.[/alert]

[alert heading=”43. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (American, 10-3)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Boy did Tulsa make Central Michigan look back in their bowl game. Their three losses were all to good competition, no shame there.[/alert]

[alert heading=”42. Appalachian State Mountaineers (Sun Belt, 10-3)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]App State both won the Sun Belt and won the Camellia Bowl, putting together a 10-win season. Two of their three losses were close, and they racked up decent wins against ODU, Idaho, and Toledo.[/alert]

[alert heading=”41. Iowa Hawkeyes (Big Ten, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Michigan win made the season for Iowa, who also lost to North Dakota State at home. Sure, they beat Nebraska too, but they won’t be telling their kids about that game. Of course, the Hawkeyes got stomped in the bowl by Florida.[/alert]

[alert heading=”40. North Carolina Tar Heels (Atlantic Coast, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]UNC beat two ranked teams in 2016 and should have beaten a third, Stanford, in the Sun Bowl. That was not to be, but it was a good ride for Larry Fedora’s Heels. Mitch Trubisky had a stellar season.[/alert]

[alert heading=”39. Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Another team with a pair of wins over a ranked team, while losing three more. Georgia played a tough SEC schedule, as is usually the case, but they also won their bowl game over a sagging TCU.[/alert]

[alert heading=”38. Brigham Young Cougars (Independent, 9-4)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]BYU was a good, solid football team in 2016 that played well defensively. They had a lot of heart and it helped them to a 9-4 season, including a bowl win. BYU did that despite quarterback Taysom Hill going down again.[/alert]

[alert heading=”37. Houston Cougars (American, 9-4)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Houston Cougars season is a tale of what could have been. What was is a team that rode very, very high after beating Oklahoma, lost to Navy, beat Louisville, and packed it in. The season was good enough to have the coach plucked away, but an opportunity was lost to do much more. Their loss to SMU was both inexcusable and inexplicable.[/alert]

[alert heading=”36. Navy Midshipmen (American, 9-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Can’t say it wasn’t a good season, even if they lost to Army for the first time in 15 years. Their starting quarterback was lost mid-season and they still fought hard, even though they closed the season on a three-game losing streak.[/alert]

[alert heading=”35. Pittsburgh Panthers (Atlantic Coast, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Pitt would have finished the year ranked if they held on at the Pinstripe Bowl. They were the only team to defeat national champions Clemson, and that’s worth savoring. Pitt also beat Penn State in a season where few others did.[/alert]

[alert heading=”34. Washington State Cougars (Pac-12, 8-5)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]You may be surprised to see Washington State down this far. If anything, this might be a little high from where I sit. The truth is, they got off to a bad start, surged, and then closed poorly. This season had potential, but they didn’t live up to it.[/alert]

[alert heading=”33. Temple Owls (American, 10-3)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Temple was probably the best Group of Five champion after Western Michigan. They did not win their bowl game, but they did post 10 victories, including a signature win at Navy in the conference championship. USF was also a very good win.[/alert]

The Great CFB Final Power Rankings: Next Up

We start seeing some really good teams with the 2016 FBS 17th to 32nd-best.

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