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College Football's Most Improved Teams from 2016

Sefo Liufau

Sefo Liufau

The 2016 college football season concluded on Monday night in Tampa, Fla., as Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 to take home the program’s first title since 1981. While the party in Death Valley won’t end anytime soon, plenty of other programs had seasons to remember in 2016.

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With every game officially in the books, it’s time to take a look back at last year’s records and the win improvement or regression from all 128 teams in 2016. Colorado, Army, Eastern Michigan and Georgia Tech were just a few of the programs that improved their win total by six games this season. On the other side, Michigan State (minus-nine) and Marshall (minus-seven) were two of the teams that regressed the most in the win column.

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College Football's Most Improved Teams from 2016

Team

2015 Record

2016 Record

Improvement/ Regression

Army

2-10

8-5

+6

Colorado

4-9

10-4

+6

Eastern Michigan

1-11

7-6

+6

Georgia Tech

3-9

9-4

+6

Troy

4-8

10-3

+6

UCF

0-12

6-7

+6

Wyoming

2-10

8-6

+6

Idaho

4-8

9-4

+5

Old Dominion

5-7

10-3

+5

Washington

7-6

12-2

+5

Western Michigan

8-5

13-1

+5

Boston College

3-9

7-6

+4

Hawaii

3-10

7-7

+4

North Texas

1-11

5-8

+4

Penn State

7-6

11-3

+4

Wake Forest

3-9

7-6

+4

Kansas State

6-7

9-4

+3

Maryland

3-9

6-7

+3

Miami (Ohio)

3-9

6-7

+3

Minnesota

6-7

9-4

+3

Nebraska

6-7

9-4

+3

SMU

2-10

5-7

+3

South Carolina

3-9

6-7

+3

South Florida

8-5

11-2

+3

Tulsa

6-7

10-3

+3

UTSA

3-9

6-7

+3

Virginia Tech

7-6

10-4

+3

Air Force

8-6

10-3

+2

Charlotte

2-10

4-8

+2

Kansas

0-12

2-10

+2

Kentucky

5-7

7-6

+2

New Mexico

7-6

9-4

+2

Oregon State

2-10

4-8

+2

UL Lafayette

4-8

6-7

+2

ULM

2-11

4-8

+2

USC

8-6

10-3

+2

Vanderbilt

4-8

6-7

+2

West Virginia

8-5

10-3

+2

Auburn

7-6

8-5

+1

Ball State

3-9

4-8

+1

Boise State

9-4

10-3

+1

Louisville

8-5

9-4

+1

Miami

8-5

9-4

+1

MTSU

7-6

8-5

+1

Purdue

2-10

3-9

+1

South Alabama

5-7

6-7

+1

Tulane

3-9

4-8

+1

UNLV

3-9

4-8

+1

Wisconsin

10-3

11-3

+1

Alabama

14-1

14-1

0

BYU

9-4

9-4

0

Clemson

14-1

14-1

0

Colorado State

7-6

7-6

0

FAU

3-9

3-9

0

Florida State

10-3

10-3

0

Indiana

6-7

6-7

0

Iowa State

3-9

3-9

0

Kent State

3-9

3-9

0

Louisiana Tech

9-4

9-5

0

Michigan

10-3

10-3

0

NC State

7-6

7-6

0

New Mexico State

3-9

3-9

0

Ohio

8-5

8-6

0

Oklahoma

11-2

11-2

0

Oklahoma State

10-3

10-3

0

Pitt

8-5

8-5

0

San Diego State

11-3

11-3

0

Syracuse

4-8

4-8

0

Temple

10-4

10-4

0

Tennessee

9-4

9-4

0

Texas

5-7

5-7

0

Texas A&M

8-5

8-5

0

Appalachian State

11-2

10-3

-1

Arizona State

6-7

5-7

-1

Arkansas

8-5

7-6

-1

Arkansas State

9-4

8-5

-1

Central Michigan

7-6

6-7

-1

FIU

5-7

4-8

-1

Florida

10-4

9-4

-1

LSU

9-3

8-4

-1

Memphis

9-4

8-5

-1

Missouri

5-7

4-8

-1

Ohio State

12-1

11-2

-1

Texas State

3-9

2-10

-1

Toledo

10-2

9-4

-1

UMass

3-9

2-10

-1

Utah

10-3

9-4

-1

UTEP

5-7

4-8

-1

Washington State

9-4

8-5

-1

WKU

12-2

11-3

-1

East Carolina

5-7

3-9

-2

Fresno State

3-9

1-11

-2

Georgia

10-3

8-5

-2

Illinois

5-7

3-9

-2

Navy

11-2

9-5

-2

Nevada

7-6

5-7

-2

Rice

5-7

3-9

-2

Rutgers

4-8

2-10

-2

San Jose State

6-7

4-8

-2

Southern Miss

9-5

7-6

-2

Stanford

12-2

10-3

-2

Texas Tech

7-6

5-7

-2

Virginia

4-8

2-10

-2

Akron

8-5

5-7

-3

Baylor

10-3

7-6

-3

Buffalo

5-7

2-10

-3

California

8-5

5-7

-3

Cincinnati

7-6

4-8

-3

Georgia State

6-7

3-9

-3

Mississippi State

9-4

6-7

-3

North Carolina

11-3

8-5

-3

Northern Illinois

8-6

5-7

-3

Northwestern

10-3

7-6

-3

UConn

6-7

3-9

-3

Utah State

6-7

3-9

-3

Arizona

7-6

3-9

-4

Duke

8-5

4-8

-4

Georgia Southern

9-4

5-7

-4

Houston

13-1

9-4

-4

Iowa

12-2

8-5

-4

UCLA

8-5

4-8

-4

Ole Miss

10-3

5-7

-5

Oregon

9-4

4-8

-5

TCU

11-2

6-7

-5

Bowling Green

10-4

4-8

-6

Notre Dame

10-3

4-8

-6

Marshall

10-3

3-9

-7

Michigan State

12-2

3-9

-9