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2017 Prespring College Football Rankings: The Bottom 50

2017 Prespring Rankings: The Bottom 50


The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking at all the teams from the bottom up, starting with 81 to 130.


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2017 CFN Prespring College Football Rankings

We know who’s leaving early for the NFL, and we know the recruits coming in. Now, taking an early look before all the pieces start to come together, how do all the teams rank as 2017 begins?

81. Temple Owls

The AAC champ dealing with a do-over …
Temple Prespring Analysis

82. Western Michigan Broncos

No more boat rowing, but the defense could be the difference …
Western Michigan Prespring Analysis

83. Appalachian State Mountaineers

Welcome to the star of the Sun Belt …
Appalachian State Prespring Analysis

84. New Mexico Lobos

After improving for four straight years, now what? …
New Mexico Prespring Analysis

85. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Year One under Nick Rolovich was good, now …
Hawaii Prespring Analysis

86. Troy Trojans

The passing game could be unstoppable, but …
– Troy Prespring Analysis

87. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

The team might be flaky, but it’s a whole lot of fun …
Middle Tennessee Prespring Analysis

88. Army Black Knights

And here’s the best part – this is supposed to be the big year …
Army Prespring Analysis

89. Ohio Bobcats

Can the Bobcats start to make that next step forward? …
Ohio Prespring Analysis

90. Arkansas State Red Wolves

D line, D line, D line, D line, D line, D line …
Arkansas State Prespring Analysis

91. Old Dominion Monarchs

Is ODU for real? This is the year to find out …
Old Dominion Prespring Analysis

92. Southern Miss Golden Eagles

This could be one of the sneaky teams in the C-USA race …
Southern Miss Prespring Analysis

93. Nevada Wolf Pack

Get ready for the Wolf Pack to start winging in …
Nevada Prespring Analysis

94. Cincinnati Bearcats

The Luke Fickell era gets started, and it could be good …
Cincinnati Prespring Analysis

95. East Carolina Pirates

After a big collapse, the Pirates need to find a D …
East Carolina Prespring Analysis

96. Utah State Aggies

The Aggies have to make the Utah State defense great again …
Utah State Aggies Prespring Analysis

97. Marshall Thundering Herd

The Herd will be much, much better than this, right? …
Marshall Prespring Analysis

98. South Alabama Jaguars

The Jaguars might have the veterans, but can they improve? …
South Alabama Prespring Analysis

99. Connecticut Huskies

Randy Edsall is back, but it might take a while to make a big difference …
Connecticut Prespring Analysis

100. Eastern Michigan Eagles

After last year’s shockingly great season, is there any staying power? …
Eastern Michigan Prespring Analysis

101. UNLV Rebels

It’s time for the Rebels to start to break through …
UNLV Prespring Analysis

102. Northern Illinois Huskies

The perennial MAC power should be better if …
Northern Illinois Prespring Analysis

103. Miami University RedHawks

After a breakthrough year, there are still a slew of question marks …
Miami University Prespring Analysis

104. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

There’s a ton of hope for a Sun Belt team that should be in the hunt …
Louisiana-Lafayette Prespring Analysis

105. Central Michigan Chippewas

All the pieces are there except for …
Central Michigan Prespring Analysis

106. Bowling Green Falcons

The Falcons might not be the 2015 MAC champ version, but …
Bowling Green Prespring Analysis

107. SMU Mustangs

This might be way too low, but the D …
SMU Prespring Analysis

108. UTSA Roadrunners

Was 2016 for real? Maybe, but the Roadrunners have to prove it …
UTSA Prespring Analysis

109. North Texas Mean Green

Seth Littrell did wonders, there’s still a long way to go …
North Texas Prespring Analysis

110. Ball State Cardinals

Mike Neu made some strides forward, now …
Ball State Prespring Analysis

111. Florida Atlantic Owls

Lane Kiffin won’t make things boring …
Florida Atlantic Prespring Analysis

112. Akron Zips

Terry Bowden has done a lot with less, but help is needed …
Akron Prespring Analysis

113. Rice Owls

After a miserable year, the potential is there to jump up in a hurry …
Rice Prespring Analysis

114. Idaho Vandals

After a special year, the Vandals have to try proving it was for real …
Idaho Prespring Analysis

115. Georgia State Panthers

With a new place to play, and some going parts to build around, there’s hope …
Georgia State Prespring Analysis

116. Tulane Green Wave

The promise is there in Willie Fritz’s second year, but …
Tulane Prespring Analysis

117. Charlotte 49ers

It’s a bit of a rebuilding year, but with plenty of good parts …
Charlotte Prespring Analysis

118. Georgia Southern Eagles

It might be tough to improve with so many lost starters, but …
Georgia Southern Prespring Analysis

119. FIU Golden Panthers

The Butch Davis era begins with a whole slew of concerns.
FIU Prespring Analysis

120. Fresno State Bulldogs

It’s Jeff Tedford’s show now, and he has way too much work to do …
Fresno State Prespring Analysis

121. Buffalo Bulls

The miserable 2016 has to be in the rearview mirror …
Buffalo Prespring Analysis

122. San Jose State Spartans

New coach, lots of improvements needed …
San Jose State Prespring Analysis

123. UTEP Miners

With so many key personnel losses, the inconsistent team might have a hard time …
UTEP Prespring Analysis

124. Kent State Golden Flashes

The defense has to reload, while the offense has to work with the veterans …
Kent State Prespring Analysis

125. ULM Warhawks

This might be the Sun Belt’s biggest surprise, but that D …
ULM Prespring Analysis

126. Texas State Bobcats

After a lousy year, there’s still a long way to go, but …
Texas State Prespring Analysis

127. New Mexico State Aggies

The veterans are there, but the program is in limbo …
New Mexico State Prespring Analysis

128. Massachusetts Minutemen

Experienced, but improved? The Minutemen need to be more competitive …
Massachusetts Prespring Analysis

129. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

The new FBS new guy might be better than expected in the Sun Belt …
Coastal Carolina Prespring Analysis

130. UAB Blazers

The Blazers are starting over being brought back to college football life …
UAB Prespring Analysis