2016 College Football Conference Power Rankings
For longtime College Football fans across the country, it appears that the dominance traditionally commanded by the SEC is starting to diminish, based on their productivity over the last three seasons.
Florida State upset Auburn at the 2014 BCS Championships, The Alabama Crimson Tide were eliminated by Ohio State in 2015 on their way to their first playoff title, and the Bing Ten seems to be experiencing a renaissance of their own, as Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State are all formidable contenders as of now.
In fact, when you consider who has been able to boast undefeated records over the last three years, it’s been teams coming out of the ACC!
Although none of this seemed to make a difference when Alabama eventually shut down Michigan State in the semifinals last year before running away from Clemson, it is safe to say that their automatic pass into the championships is no longer a guarantee.
As the 2016 College Football season quickly approaches, take a look at the following Power 5 landscape to see which teams are prepared to face the best the SEC has to offer.
Until other conferences are able to win consecutive championships, the SEC is still the big dog in College Football.
In the CBF playoff last year, Alabama destroyed the Bing Ten champs Michigan State, before dealing Clemson its only loss of the season.
As the Crimson Tide heads into 2016 as the National Champs, their history of dominance is expected to continue based on a rap sheet that includes:
- Every team within the SEC West successfully qualified for national bowls over the last two consecutive years
- The entire league commanded a 9 – 2 winning record in the post season
- The SEC Conference contains five teams on the final AP top 25 list
Teams that compete within the East have not produced a champion in eight years, which will most likely not change unless teams like Tennessee or Florida are able to continue to improve.
Our Pick: Alabama
2. Big Ten
Not to be ignored, the Big Ten saw six different teams successfully win at least 10 games, which was more than any other conference in 2015.
Despite this, the East remained as an unstoppable force that could not be overthrown.
Adding the experience of the former Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh to a division that already consists of Mark Dantonio, Urban Meyer, and Jame Franklin does improve the recruiting capabilities of the Big Ten; almost guaranteeing that they will no long be left behind by the Power 5.
Still the West will most likely struggle to compete as Wisconsin’s success last year turned out to be nothing but smoke and mirrors, while Nebraska wasn’t able to produce a winning record for the season.
Our Pick: Ohio State
Only two colleges have sent their teams to the conference championships in the last seven years, Stanford and Oregon.
For fans who are keeping a close eye, this could very well be the year that things completely turn around.
Both Stanford and Oregon are expected to produce winning records this year, while UCLA is poised for greatness considering the acquisition of the league’s best quarterback Josh Rosen.
Our Pick: Washington
Both Clemson and Florida State have transformed the ACC into a two-team league, claiming each of the last five conference championships.
In just the last three years alone, either the Seminoles or the Tigers have gone on to the bowl season as the nation’s last teams to hold undefeated records.
However, the ACC should be wary this season as North Carolina continues to become more competitive, while Virgina Tech and Miami have both refocused their positions around coaching.
Our Pick: Florida State
5. Big 12
Perhaps the most volatile conference in College Football, speculation continues around whether or not the Big 12 will expand one day.
Oklahoma will certainly serve as a playoff contender, while Baylor is completely up in the air with its new head coach Jim Grobe.
Our Pick: Oklahoma…Maybe Texas
The Best College Football Town in America
Rich in talent and history, the City of Athens offers a unique sense of charm that continues to serve as a beacon for hardcore college football fans across the country.
The downtown area serves as a primary destination for some of the best bars, restaurants, and music venues in the South, while also existing next door to a vast list of trails, parks, and greenways for those who prefer outdoor activities.
Add in the fact that Athens is also home to a variety of historic mansions, excellent fine dining, and Five Points, and it’s easy to see why the city has been voted as the Best College Football Town in the United States by Travel and Leisure
The remaining top five College Football Towns are:
Ann Arbor, Mich.
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