Preview 2016

Preview 2016: Preseason College Football Rankings No. 1 To 128


2016 preseason college football rankings that break down every team in the sport, from No. 1 to No. 128. Here are the definitive preseason college football rankings.


It’s not about where you start, it’s about where you end up. Yet when it comes to preseason college football rankings, all that matters is how good each team appears entering the year.

Does that mean the top four teams in the 2016 preseason college football rankings are destined for the CFP? Nope – schedules will have everything to do with where each team finishes – so it’s all about how good all 128 teams are, talent-wise, from top to bottom.

Call this the baseline – this is roughly where each team stacks up, with a little bit of margin for error. Along with teams’ relative positives heading into camp, and each one’s key areas to monitor, here are the definitive 2016 preseason college football rankings.

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128. Massachusetts

Relative Positives: 1) Defensive Line, 2. Quarterback, 3) Wide Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker

127. North Texas

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Running Back, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Linebacker, 3) Defensive Line

126. Miami University

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams

125. ULM

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Linebacker

124. Eastern Michigan

Relative Positives: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Wide Receiver

123. Akron

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Linebacker

122. UTSA

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Quarterback, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker

121. New Mexico State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Receiver

120. Rice

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Special Teams, 3) Defensive Line

119. Charlotte

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Special Teams

118. Idaho

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker

117. UTEP

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line

116. Texas State

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Running Back, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Receiver, 3) Secondary

115. Florida International

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Quarterback, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Offensive Line

114. Troy

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Special Teams, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Running Back

113. Ball State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Quarterback, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Receiver

112. South Alabama

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Special Teams, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker

111. Georgia State

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker

110. Buffalo

Relative Positives: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Running Back, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Linebacker, 3) Special Teams

109. Old Dominion

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line

108. Tulane

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Special Teams, 3) Quarterback

107. Florida Atlantic

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Special Teams, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback

106. UCF

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Running Back

105. Army

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Quarterback

104. Ohio

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Linebacker, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Special Teams, 3) Quarterback

103. Kent State

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Running Back, 3) Quarterback

102. SMU

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Running Back, 3) Quarterbacks
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Secondary, 3) Offensive Line

101. Louisiana-Lafayette

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Special Teams

100. Hawaii

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Quarterback, 3) Secondary

99. Fresno State

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Quarterback, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Linebacker, 3) Defensive Line

98. UNLV

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line

97. Bowling Green

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Bowling Green, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker

96. Central Michigan

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Secondary

95. Wyoming

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker

94. Arkansas State

Relative Positives: 1) Special Teams, 2) Quarterback, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker

93. Toledo

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Linebacker, 3) Quarterback

92. Louisiana Tech

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Running Back, 3) Secondary

91. San Jose State

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Running Back

90. New Mexico

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line

89. Kansas

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Running Back

88. Navy

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Quarterback, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Offensive Line

87. Middle Tennessee

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Special Teams, 3) Offensive Line

86. Southern Miss

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Running Back, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Special Teams, 3) Defensive Line

85. Nevada

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Quarterback

84. WKU

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Linebacker, 3) Quarterback

83. Marshall

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) Special Teams

82. Georgia Southern

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Quarterback, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line

81. Utah State

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Special Teams, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Receiver

80. Appalachian State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Defensive Back, 3) Defensive Line

79. Western Michigan

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Special Teams

78. Tulsa

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams

77. East Carolina

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Secondary

76. Purdue

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Special Teams, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Running Back

75. Colorado State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Special Teams, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Defensive Back, 3) Defensive Line

74. Memphis

Relative Positives: 1) Special Teams, 2) Quarterback, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Offensive Line

73. Temple

Relative Positives: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker

72. Northern Illinois

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Quarterback

71. Connecticut

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Running Back, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback

70. Air Force

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Defensive Line

69. Syracuse

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Special Teams, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Offensive Line

68. Wake Forest

Relative Positives: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Running Back, 3) Linebacker

67. South Florida

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Special Teams

66. Cincinnati

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Running Back, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker

65. Colorado

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Special Teams, 3) Receiver

64. Georgia Tech

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, Secondary, 3) Defensive Line

63. Oregon State

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Secondary, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Linebacker, 3) Running Back

62. Duke

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) Defensive Line

61. Iowa State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Secondary

60. Virginia

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Receiver

59. Rutgers

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Running Back, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Secondary, 3) Offensive Line

58. California

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Secondary, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) Defensive Line

57. NC State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams

56. Boston College

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams

55. Maryland

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Special Teams, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Secondary

54. Texas Tech

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Secondary

53. Illinois

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Secondary, 3) Running Backs

52. South Carolina

Relative Positives: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Linebacker, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Backs, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams

51. Arizona

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Special Teams

50. BYU

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Special Teams

49. Houston

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams

48. Minnesota

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Running Back, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Special Teams, 3) Defensive Line

47. Vanderbilt

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Special Teams, 3) Quarterback

46. Indiana

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Quarterback

45. Kentucky

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Defensive Line

44. Missouri

Relative Positives: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Running Back, 3) Special Teams

43. San Diego State

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Running Back, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Offensive Line

42. Washington State

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Running Back, 3) Defensive Line

41. Nebraska

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Secondary

40. Northwestern

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Defensive Line

39. Mississippi State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Offensive Line

38. Kansas State

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Running Back

37. Utah

Relative Positives: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker

36. Virginia Tech

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, Linebacker, 3) Offensive Line

35. Texas A&M

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Secondary, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams

34. Arizona State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Quarterback, 3) Secondary

33. Boise State

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Secondary

32. Pitt

Relative Positives: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Secondary

31. Auburn

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback

30. North Carolina

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Running Back, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Quarterback

29. West Virginia

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Quarterback, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Secondary, 2) Linebacker, 3) Special Teams

28. Arkansas

Relative Positives: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Running Back, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Secondary, 3) Quarterback

27. Ole Miss

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Special Teams, 3) Receiver

26. Texas

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Quarterback

25. Miami

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Running Back, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Linebacker, 2) Secondary, 3) Offensive Line

24. Iowa

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Quarterback, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Special Teams, 3) Defensive Line

23. Oklahoma State

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Secondary

22. Baylor

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Linebacker

21. Penn State

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Secondary, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams

20. Louisville

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Special Teams

19. Georgia

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Special Teams

18. Stanford

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Linebacker, 3) Secondary
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Quarterback

17. TCU

Relative Positives: 1) Linebacker, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Running Back, 3) Quarterback

16. Notre Dame

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Linebacker, 3) Secondary

15. Florida

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Running Back

14. Wisconsin

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Secondary

13. UCLA

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Secondary, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Special Teams, 3) Defensive Line

12. Michigan State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker

11. Washington

Relative Positives: 1) Secondary, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Running Back
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Receiver, 3) Linebacker

10. USC

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Special Teams

9. Oregon

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Special Teams
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Secondary

8. Michigan

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Running Back, 3) Linebacker

7. Oklahoma

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Quarterback, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Receiver, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Defensive Line

6. Ohio State

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Offensive Line, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Running Back, 2) Receiver, 3) Secondary

5. Tennessee

Relative Positives: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Special Teams, 3) Quarterback
What To Watch Out For: 1) Offensive Line, 2) Linebacker, 3) Receiver

4. Alabama

Relative Positives: 1) Receiver, 2) Defensive Line, 3) Linebacker
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Secondary, 3) Special Teams

3. Florida State

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Defensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Special Teams, 3) Offensive Line

2. Clemson

Relative Positives: 1) Quarterback, 2) Receiver, 3) Offensive Line
What To Watch Out For: 1) Defensive Line, 2) Secondary, 3) Special Teams

1. LSU

Relative Positives: 1) Running Back, 2) Secondary, 3) Receiver
What To Watch Out For: 1) Quarterback, 2) Linebacker, 3) Special Teams

CFN 2016 Rankings Based On Where Everyone Will Finish
Preview 2016: Previews of Every College Football Team