Teams & Conferences

CFN Week 1 College Football Rankings No. 1 To 128


The CFN Week 1 Rankings. How good are the teams now that the season has started? Based on head-to-head as well as talent, here are the rankings of all 128 teams.


The preseason rankings are based on how good the teams are supposed to be coming into the season – at least on paper. Once the fun starts, then it’s all about what happens on the field, but still keeping in mind how good the teams probably are.

Is South Alabama better than Mississippi State? Not really, but the Jaguars beat the Bulldogs in the upset and have to be ranked higher. These rankings will adapt and adjust week by week depending on the outcomes.

2016 Conference Week 1 Rankings
AAC | ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA
MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt

1. Alabama (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 4
Final Score: Alabama 52, USC 6

Remember when USC was supposed to be a big upset play? Sorry for ever, ever, ever doubting you, Crimson Tide. Alabama won’t play like that all season long, but that was beyond dominant.

2. Florida State

CFN Preseason Rank: 3
Final Score: Florida State 45, Ole Miss 34

That … was … breathtaking. It took about a half for the Seminoles to get it all together, and then came the talent, the athleticism, and the attitude that had everyone swooning this offseason. It wasn’t a perfect performance by any stretch, but it was historically amazing.

3. Ohio State

CFN Preseason Rank: 6
Final Score: Ohio State 77, Bowling Green 10

There’s no substitute for having more talent and athleticism than just about anyone else. The experience factor won’t matter much as long as J.T. Barrett is in command of the attack.

4. Michigan (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 8
Final Score: Michigan 63, Hawaii 3

Don’t blow this off as a layup over Hawaii – it’s hard to come out razor-sharp against a team with a game under its belt. Outside of the Wilton Speight opening throw, the team lived up to the hype and ridiculous expectations – there wasn’t any issue on either side of the ball.

5. Wisconsin (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 14
Final Score: Wisconsin 16, LSU 14
This might not last too long with the schedule coming up, but the Badgers outplayed and outcoached the team in the country with the best combination of NFL talent and experience. Bucky just might have beaten the eventual national champion.

6. Clemson (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 2
Final Score: Clemson 19, Auburn 13

That was way, way, way too close considering Gus Malzahn seemed to do everything possible to screw it up. This is still a top four team that’ll need just a little while to get the engine moving. Survive and advance – absolutely no complaints getting a night win at Auburn.

7. Houston

CFN Preseason Rank: 49
Final Score: Houston 33, Oklahoma 23

It’s going to be forgotten – or not even acknowledged by those who bailed on the game for the other big showdowns, but Houston was one braincramp fumble away from winning that thing 40-17. That was absolutely no fluke.

8. LSU (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 1
Final Score: Wisconsin 16, LSU 14

Don’t bury the Tigers just yet. Wisconsin really is that good defensively, and LSU just won’t play that poorly again. This might be as low as it gets considering how much talent is in place.

9. Texas (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 26
Final Score: Texas 50, Notre Dame 47, 2 OT
The Longhorns looked fantastic with the offense rumbling and the defense … the offense was rumbling. There’s still work to do to get the defense to not give up the big plays like it did in the second half, but for a program starving to be a big deal again, there you go.

10. Oregon (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 9
Final Score: Oregon 52, UC Davis 28

Dakota Prukop looked the part and the offense rolled at will – even if it wasn’t quite fast enough. Once the Ducks get the tempo down, watch out.

11. Stanford (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 18
Final Score: Stanford 26, Kansas State 13

Kansas State is better than you think. Stanford had to try rebuilding and reloading on the fly against a rock-solid Wildcat team that might end up with the Big 12’s best D.

12. Washington (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 11
Final Score: Washington 48, Rutgers 13

The total dominance over Rutgers was completely ignored on the day full of epic showdowns. The running game might not be there quite yet, but that’ll quickly coming around.

13. Georgia (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 19
Final Score: Georgia 33, North Carolina 24

Exhale. Georgia didn’t play all that well, but Mr. Chubb looked back to form. As long as the running back situation is fine, this is a team that’ll look better and better each week. Once Jacob Eason gets a few more at bats, look out.

14. Michigan State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 12
Final Score: Michigan State 28, Furman 13

Ehhhhhh, okay, fine, but the performance against Notre Dame needs to be much, much better. The Spartans had to still play in the fourth quarter against a badly overmatched team, but there’s no need to panic.

15. Louisville (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 20
Final Score: Louisville 70, Charlotte 7

And how was YOUR debut of the 2016 college football season? It might have been Charlotte on the other side, but it’s impossible to have a first half any better than what Lamar Jackson and company came up with.

16. Notre Dame

CFN Preseason Rank: 16
Final Score: Texas 50, Notre Dame 47 2 OT

There’s still time. The Irish overcame a rough first half to fight back in the second, and while they lost, they came really, really close to pulling off an epic comeback making a massive statement on the road. Run the table, and the Irish will get into the playoff.

17. Oklahoma (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 7
Final Score: Houston 33, Oklahoma 23

Houston might really be that good, but that wasn’t okay. The Sooners are supposed to be the ones to dictate and dominate, and they didn’t get enough push on either line to keep up.

18. Tennessee (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 5
Final Score: Tennessee 20, Appalachian State 13 OT

You get a one week free pass, Tennessee, because it was Week One. Appalachian State might be the best team in the Sun Belt and it’s full of veterans, but that still wasn’t okay. On the plus side, the Vols laid an egg and found a way to win.

19. Baylor (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 22
Final Score: Baylor 55, Northwestern State 7

Ooooooh, the offense rocked against Northwestern State. Oooooh. Not much changed on the field in Game One post-Briles – including all the penalties.

20. Ole Miss

CFN Preseason Rank: 27
Final Score: Florida State 45, Ole Miss 34

Yeah, it was a brutally painful second half, but Florida State is really that good. This is still an Ole Miss team that has to replace a whole lot of key parts – and is showed. But this team will be a whole bunch of fun this year.

21. Oklahoma State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 23
Final Score: Oklahoma State 61, Southeastern Louisiana 7

It was about as perfect a tune-up as a Power 5 team could ask for. It’s why you schedule a SE Louisiana to start the season – it’s to get everything in place and get in some work for the twos and threes.

22. Texas A&M (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 35
Final Score: Texas A&M 31, UCLA 24 OT

It might have taken a gutsy OT call to avoid a collapse that would’ve been a soul-crusher for the program – and maybe the Kevin Sumlin era – but the Aggies probably just beat the Pac-12 South champion.

23. Iowa (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 24
Final Score: Iowa 45, Miami University 21

It’s a bit nitpicky, but the defense shouldn’t have allowed 21 points to a punchless Miami University offense. The ground game made it a laugher, but in a perfect world for coaches, the team gets to be screamed at after a blowout.

24. North Carolina (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 30
Final Score: Georgia 33, North Carolina 24

It would’ve been nice to have seen if the Tar Heels could’ve pulled it out without all the penalties and mistakes in the second half. The defense did a strong job, but it couldn’t hold up once the Bulldog ground game kicked in.

25. UCLA (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 13
Final Score: Texas A&M 31, UCLA 24 OT

The new more physical style didn’t kick in, but as poorly as the team played outside of a great ten minutes, it almost pulled out a win in a hostile SEC environment against a charged up team.

2016 Conference Week 1 Rankings
AAC | ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA
MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt

26. Florida (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 15
Final Score: Florida 24, UMass 7

27. Auburn (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 31
Final Score: Clemson 19, Auburn 13

28. USC (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank:
Final Score: Alabama 52, USC 6

29. Miami (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 25
Final Score: Miami 70, Florida A&M 3

30. TCU (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 17
Final Score: TCU 59, South Dakota State 41

31. West Virginia (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 29
Final Score: West Virginia 26, Missouri 11

32. Kansas State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 38
Final Score: Stanford 26, Kansas State 13

33. Boise State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 33
Final Score: Boise State 45, Louisiana-Lafayette 10

34. Penn State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 21
Final Score: Penn State 33, Kent State 13

35. San Diego State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 43
Final Score: San Diego State 31, New Hampshire 0

36. Arizona State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 34
Final Score: Arizona State 44, Northern Arizona 13

37. North Carolina State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 57
Final Score: NC State 48, William & Mary 14

38. Utah (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 37
Final Score: Utah 24, Southern Utah 0

39. BYU (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 50
Final Score: BYU 18, Arizona 16

40. Virginia Tech

CFN Preseason Rank: 36
Final Score: Virginia Tech 36, Liberty 13

41. Minnesota (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 48
Final Score: Minnesota 30, Oregon State 23

42. Nebraska (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 41
Final Score: Nebraska 43, Fresno State 10

43. Texas Tech (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 54
Final Score: Texas Tech 69, Stephen F. Austin 17

44. Southern Miss (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 87
Final Score: Southern Miss 44, Kentucky 35

45. Arkansas (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 28
Final Score: Arkansas 21, Louisiana Tech 20

46. Colorado (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 65
Final Score: Colorado 44, Colorado State 7

47. Missouri (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 44
Final Score: West Virginia 26, Missouri 11

48. Western Michigan (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 80
Final Score: Western Michigan 22, Northwestern 21

49. South Carolina (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 52
Final Score: South Carolina 13, Vanderbilt 10

50. Toledo (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank:
Final Score: Toledo 31, Arkansas State 10

51. Indiana (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 46
Final Score: Indiana 34, FIU 13

52. Arizona (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 51
Final Score: BYU 18, Arizona 16

53. Appalachian State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 81
Final Score: Tennessee 20, Appalachian State 13 OT

54. Georgia Tech (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 64
Final Score: Georgia Tech 17, Boston College 14

55. Syracuse (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 69
Final Score: Syracuse 33, Colgate 7

56. South Florida (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 67
Final Score: South Florida 56, Towson 20

57. Pitt (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 32
Final Score: Pitt 28, Villanova 7

58. Air Force (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 73
Final Score: Air Force 37, Abilene Christian 21

59. Maryland (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 55
Final Score: Maryland 52, Howard 13

60. Northwestern (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 40
Final Score: Western Michigan 22, Northwestern 21

61. Vanderbilt (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 47
Final Score: South Carolina 13, Vanderbilt 10

62. California (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 58
Up Next: at San Diego State

63. Duke (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 62
Final Score: Duke 49, NC Central 6

64. Oregon State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 63
Final Score: Minnesota 30, Oregon State 23

65. Illinois (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 53
Final Score: Illinois 52, Murray State 3

66. Kentucky (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 45
Final Score: Southern Miss 44, Kentucky 35

67. Western Kentucky (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 85
Final Score: WKU 46, Rice 14

68. Middle Tennessee (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 88
Final Score: Middle Tennessee 55, Alabama A&M 0

69. Boston College (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 56
Final Score: Georgia Tech 17, Boston College 14

70. East Carolina (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 78
Final Score: East Carolina 52, Western Carolina 7

71. Cincinnati (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank:
Final Score: Cincinnati 28, UT Martin 7

72. Navy (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 89
Final Score: Navy 52, Fordham 16

73. Louisiana Tech (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 93
Final Score: Arkansas 21, Louisiana Tech 20

74. Utah State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 82
Final Score: Utah State 45, Weber State 6

75. Marshall

CFN Preseason Rank: 84
Up Next: Morgan State

76. Tulsa (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 79
Final Score: Tulsa 45, San Jose State 10

77. Georgia Southern (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 83
Final Score: Georgia Southern 54, Savannah State 0

78. Nevada (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 86
Final Score: Nevada 30, Cal Poly 27 OT

79. Purdue (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 77
Final Score: Purdue 45, Eastern Kentucky 24

80. Wake Forest (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 68
Final Score: Wake Forest 7, Tulane 3

81. New Mexico (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 91
Final Score: New Mexico 48, South Dakota 21

82. Rutgers (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 59
Final Score: Washington 48, Rutgers 13

83. Colorado State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 76
Final Score: Colorado 44, Colorado State 7

84. UNLV (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 98
Final Score: UNLV 63, Jackson State 13

85. Central Michigan (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 96
Final Score: Central Michigan 49, Presbyterian 3

86. Connecticut (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 71
Final Score: Connecticut 24, Maine 21

87. Wyoming (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 95
Final Score: Wyoming 40, NIU 34 2OT

88. South Alabama (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 112
Final Score: South Alabama 21, Mississippi State 20

89. Mississippi State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 39
Final Score: South Alabama 21, Mississippi State 20

90. Memphis (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 75
Final Score: Memphis 35, SE Missouri State 17

91. Northern Illinois (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 72
Final Score: Wyoming 40, Northern Illinois 34, 2 OT

92. Bowling Green (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 97
Final Score: Ohio State 77, Bowling Green 10

93. Arkansas State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 94
Final Score: Toledo 31, Arkansas State 10

94. Washington State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 42
Final Score: Eastern Washington 45, Washington State 42

95. Iowa State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 61

Final Score: Northern Iowa 25, Iowa State 20

96. Army (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 105
Final Score: Army 28, Temple 13

97. Texas State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 116
Final Score: Texas State 56, Ohio 54, 3 OT

98. Temple (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 74
Final Score: Army 28, Temple 13

99. Virginia (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 60
Final Score: Richmond 37, Virginia 20

100. Ohio (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 104
Final Score: Texas State 56, Ohio 54, 3 OT

101. UCF (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 106
Final Score: UCF 38, South Carolina State 0

102. Ball State (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 113
Final Score: Ball State 31, Georgia State 21

103. Akron (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 123
Final Score: Akron 47, VMU 24

104. Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 101
Final Score: Boise State 45, Louisiana-Lafayette 10

105. Kent State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 103
Final Score: Penn State 33, Kent State 13

106. UTEP (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 117
Final Score: UTEP 38, New Mexico State 22

107. Florida Atlantic (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 106
Final Score: Florida Atlantic 38, Southern Illinois 30

108. SMU (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 102
Final Score: SMU 34, North Texas 21

109. FIU (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 115
Final Score: Indiana 34, FIU 13

110. Tulane

CFN Preseason Rank: 108
Final Score: Wake Forest 7, Tulane 3

111. Troy (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 114
Final Score: Troy 57, Austin Peay 17

112. Kansas (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 90
Final Score: Kansas 55, Rhode Island 6

113. Georgia State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 111
Final Score: Ball State 31, Georgia State 21

114. Fresno State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 99
Final Score: Nebraska 43, Fresno State 10

115. Hawaii (0-2)

CFN Preseason Rank: 100
Final Score:
Michigan 63, Hawaii 3

116. San Jose State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 92
Final Score: Tulsa 45, San Jose State 10

117. Miami University

CFN Preseason Rank: 126
Final Score: Iowa 45, Miami University 21

118. Old Dominion

CFN Preseason Rank: 109
Final Score: Old Dominion 54, Hampton 21

119. ULM (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 125
Final Score: ULM 38, Southern 21

120. Rice (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 120
Final Score: WKU 46, Rice 14

121. Eastern Michigan (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 124
Final Score: Eastern Michigan 61, Mississippi Valley State 14

122. Idaho (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 118
Final Score: Idaho 20, Montana State 17

123. Massachusetts (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 128
Final Score: Florida 24, UMass 7

124. Charlotte (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 119
Final Score: Louisville 70, Charlotte 7

125. UTSA (1-0)

CFN Preseason Rank: 122
Final Score: UTSA 26, Alabama State 13

126. North Texas (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 127
Final Score: SMU 34, North Texas 21

127. Buffalo (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 110
Final Score: Albany 22, Buffalo 16

128. New Mexico State (0-1)

CFN Preseason Rank: 121
Final Score: UTEP 38, New Mexico State 22