Our ranking: No. 17 STANFORD Coach: David Shaw (64-17, entering the seventh season; 64-17 overall) 2016 record: 10-3, 6-3 in the Pac-12, finished third in North Division Look back: Stanford opened the 2016 season by winning its first three games for the first time since 2013. That included wins over Pac-12 South foes USC and UCLA.... Read more
Our ranking: No. 18 FLORIDA Coach: Jim McElwain (19-8, entering third season; 41-24 overall) 2016 record: 9-4 overall, 6-2 Southeastern Conference; first in East Division Look back: The Gators defended their SEC East title, but not without plenty of suspense. A second-half collapse in September at Tennessee ended the Gators’ 11-game win streak in the series and... Read more
Our ranking: No. 19 OKLAHOMA STATE Coach: Mike Gundy (104-50, entering 14th season; 104-50 overall) 2016 record: 10-3 overall, 7-2 in the Big 12 (second in Big 12) Look back: The 2016 Oklahoma State season was overshadowed by feelings of “what if.” A controversial loss to Central Michigan, which officials later agreed should... Read more
Our ranking: No. 20 UTAH Coach: Kyle Whittingham (104-50, entering 13th season; 104-50 overall) 2016 record: 9-4, 5-4 in the Pac-12, finished third in the South Division Look back: Utah opened the 2016 season with wins during seven of its first eight games before dropping a close fought contest 31-24 against eventual Pac-12... Read more
Our ranking: No. 21 NOTRE DAME Coach: Brian Kelly (59-31, entering the eighth season; 230-88-2 overall) 2016 record: 4-8 Look back: Few programs went through as much of a reversal of fortunes as Notre Dame did from 2015 to 2016. The football seemed to bounce away from the Irish, with the team struggling... Read more
Our ranking: No. 22 TENNESSEE Coach: Butch Jones (30-21, entering fifth season; 80-48 in 10 seasons overall) 2016 record: 9-4 overall, 4-4 Southeastern Conference; tied for second in East Division Look back: Tennessee started with a promising 5-0 start, including the program’s first win against UF in 12 tries, but a late season... Read more
Our ranking: No. 23 TEXAS A&M Coach: Kevin Sumlin (44-21, entering sixth season; 79-39 overall) 2016 record: 8-5 overall, 4-4 Southeastern Conference; fourth in West Division Look back: Another fast start gave way to a season-ending swoon, placing coach Kevin Sumlin firmly on the hot seat following his sixth season in College Station. On... Read more
Today at No. 24: Texas Coach: Tom Herman (0-0, entering first season; 22-4 overall) 2016 record: 5-7, 3-6 in the Big 12, seventh in the conference Look back: Despite major changes to the coaching staff and the addition of a highly-touted quarterback, Texas continued its slide under Charlie Strong. The Longhorns opened the 2016... Read more
Our ranking: No. 25 MIAMI Coach: Mark Richt (9-4, entering second season; 9-4 overall) 2016 record: 9-4, 5-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference, finished tied for second in Coastal Division Look back: Mark Richt’s first season at Miami was a program success as the Hurricanes won their first bowl game since 2006 and finished the... Read more
Today at No. 26: Washington State Coach: Mike Leach (29-34, entering sixth season; 113-77 overall) 2016 record: 8-5, 7-2 in Pac-12, second in North Division Look back: After closing 2015 with the program’s first nine-win season since 2003, imagine the surprise when Washington State dropped its first two games of the 2016 campaign.... Read more
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