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No. 1-128 College Football Rankings – Final 2016-17 Edition

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Campus Insiders’ 1-128 college football rankings following each and every game of the 2016-17 season. This is how all 128 FBS teams grade out after Clemson’s College Football Playoff title game victory.


It wasn’t always pretty, but it never lacked intensity. And the ending was spectacular.

Alabama and Clemson played yet another memorable game on Monday night in Tampa, as two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson once again threw for over 400 yards against the Crimson Tide to deliver the Tigers their first national championship since 1981 in a thrilling 35-31 win.

The Tigers are now on top of the college football mountain, although Alabama will continue to remain an annual threat to regain the crown.

Where did your team finish in the final installment of the 2016-17 1-128 rankings?

No. 1-128 College Football Rankings

128. Fresno State (1-11)
127. Texas State (2-10)
126. Rice (3-9)
125. Buffalo (2-10)
124. New Mexico State (3-9)
123. UMass (2-10)

122. Rutgers (2-10): The Scarlet Knights finished their first year under Chris Ash with nine consecutive defeats, and they were outscored 360-86 in Big Ten games. It’s an uphill battle in Piscataway, NJ.

121. UTEP (4-8)
120. San Jose State (4-8)
119. Kent State (3-9)
118. Georgia State (3-9)
117. Kansas (2-10)
116. Bowling Green (4-8)
115. Marshall (3-9)
114. FAU (3-9)
113. Louisiana-Monroe (4-8)
112. FIU (4-8)

111. UNLV (4-8): The Runnin’ Rebels improved their win total by just one game from their 2015 campaign, but Tony Sanchez’s squad was able to beat two bowl teams: Hawaii and Wyoming. A postseason game should be expected in 2017.

110. Charlotte (4-8)
109. Utah State (3-9)
108. Northern Illinois (5-7)
107. Illinois (3-9)
106. Virginia (2-10)
105. East Carolina (3-9)
104. UConn (3-9)
103. Ball State (4-8)
102. Nevada (5-7)
101. Tulane (4-8)
100. Purdue (3-9)
99. Hawaii (7-7)

98. Louisiana-Lafayette (6-7)

97. Iowa State (3-9): Matt Campbell’s first year with the Cyclones was promising, so fans and alums should feel good about the program being led by someone who was 20 games over .500 at Toledo. Iowa State has a chance to go bowling in ’17 if it can steal a few Big 12 games (possibly against Texas Tech, TCU or Baylor) and the in-state rivalry game against Iowa.

96. Arizona (3-9)
95. Georgia Southern (5-7)
94. Akron (5-7)
93. Cincinnati (4-8)
92. Michigan State (3-9)
91. Oregon State (4-8)
90. North Texas (5-8)
89. Missouri (4-8)
88. SMU (5-7)
87. UCLA (4-8)
86. Oregon (4-8)
85. Central Michigan (6-7)

84. Eastern Michigan (7-6)
83. South Alabama (6-7)
82. Maryland (6-7)
81. UTSA (6-7)
80. Syracuse (4-8)

79. Notre Dame (4-8): The Fighting Irish suffered through a brutal fall, as Brian Kelly’s team struggled mightily on defense with a young secondary and was not consistent enough on offense. Missing the postseason for a team that had designs on a CFP run was shocking.

78. Duke (4-8)
77. Texas Tech (5-7)
76. Arizona State (5-7)
75. Miami, OH (6-7)
74. Colorado State (7-6)
73. Idaho (9-4)

72. Vanderbilt (6-7)
71. Boston College (7-6)

70. Southern Miss (7-6)
69. UCF (6-7)

68. Cal (5-7)
67. Army (8-5)
66. Ohio (8-6)

65. Mississippi State (6-7)

64. Texas (5-7): The Longhorns failed to reach the postseason and actually lost to Kansas, prompting the administration to eventually dismiss Charlie Strong. Tom Herman is now tasked with getting the Longhorns back onto the national stage.

63. Arkansas State (8-5)
62. Baylor (7-6)
61. South Carolina (6-7)
60. TCU (6-7)
59. Memphis (8-5)

58. NC State (7-6)
57. Indiana (6-7)
56. Northwestern (7-6)

55. Wake Forest (7-6)
54. Ole Miss (5-7)
53. New Mexico (9-4)
52. Old Dominion (10-3)
51. Appalachian State (10-3)

50. Kentucky (7-6)
49. Wyoming (8-6)
48. Middle Tennessee (8-5)
47. Temple (10-4)
46. Western Kentucky (11-3)

45. Troy (10-3): The Trojans finished off their first 10-win season since moving up to the FBS in 2001, as they forced 18 turnovers in their last five games, including a 28-23 victory over Ohio in the Dollar General Bowl. This is a team that could be even stronger in ’17.

44. Louisiana Tech (9-5)
43. Georgia (8-5)
42. Arkansas (7-6)

41. Georgia Tech (9-4)
40. Toledo (9-4)

39. Air Force (10-3)
38. Nebraska (9-4)

37. Iowa (8-5)
36. Miami (9-4)
35. Minnesota (9-4)
34. Pittsburgh (8-5)

33. North Carolina (8-5)

32. BYU (9-4): The Cougars enjoyed a strong debut for head coach Kalani Sitake. They went 9-4 with three wins over Power Five schools, a victory over Toledo, one-point losses to Utah and Boise State, and a three-point setback to West Virginia. BYU finished off its nice year with a 24-21 victory over Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl.

31. Kansas State (9-4)
30. Houston (9-4)
29. Auburn (7-5)
28. Navy (9-5)

27. Tennessee (9-4)
26. Stanford (10-3)
25. Washington State (8-5)
24. Texas A&M (8-5)
23. Boise State (10-3)
22. Tulsa (10-3)
21. Louisville (9-4)
20. San Diego State (11-3)
19. USF (11-2)

18. Virginia Tech (10-4)
17. Utah (9-4)
16. Colorado (10-4)
15. West Virginia (10-3)
14. LSU (8-4)

13. Florida (9-4)
12. Western Michigan (13-1)
11. Florida State (10-3)

10. Oklahoma State (10-3): The Cowboys routed Colorado, 38-8, in the Alamo Bowl behind Mason Rudolph’s 314 passing yards and three touchdowns. James Washington caught nine passes for 171 yards and a score, and the pair will return to Stillwater next fall.

9. Wisconsin (11-3): Paul Chryst’s team received a leaping eight-yard touchdown catch from tight end Troy Fumagalli in the fourth quarter to help the Badgers claim a 24-16 win over Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl to deny the Broncos an undefeated season.

8. Michigan (10-3): The Wolverines played their Orange Bowl contest against Florida State without Heisman Trophy finalist Jabrill Peppers, and they lost standout tight end Jake Butt to a serious knee injury in the second quarter of a 33-32 loss.

7. Ohio State (11-2): Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes were essentially rebuilt, coming into the season with only six returning starters, but they still reached the College Football Playoff. However, the Buckeyes’ offensive line issues and inability to stretch the field vertically made it impossible for them to do much against Clemson in a shutout loss in the Fiesta Bowl.

6. Penn State (11-3): The Nittany Lions fell to USC in a thrilling Rose Bowl, but the future is bright for James Franklin and Co. Penn State is back on the national stage, and a lot of talent will return next season as it hopes to defend its Big Ten title.

5. USC (10-3): Clay Helton’s squad received a special performance from freshman quarterback Sam Darnold, who passed for 453 yards and five touchdowns while leading a comeback by the Trojans over Penn State in an epic Rose Bowl. It was the Trojans’ ninth consecutive win.

4. Oklahoma (11-2): Baker Mayfield passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns to help the Sooners beat Auburn, 35-19, in the Sugar Bowl for their 10th-straight victory. Early season losses to Houston and Ohio State kept Bob Stoops and Co. out of the CFP.

3. Washington (12-2): Chris Petersen’s Huskies fell to Alabama in the Peach Bowl, 24-7, as Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough carved up a Huskies defense that was ready for a fight against the Tide. It was a breakthrough year for U-Dub, however, despite the loss.

2. Alabama (14-1): Nick Saban failed to win his second straight national title and fifth in eight years, as the Crimson Tide ultimately didn’t get enough offense to put away Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

1. Clemson (14-1): Dabo Swinney claimed his first national title as the Tigers head coach, as the aforementioned Watson had yet another strong game against the Crimson Tide defense to gain revenge for last year’s loss in the CFP title game.

MORE: Way-Too-Early College Football Playoff Predictions For 2017 Season

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