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College Football's Most Improved Teams from 2016

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.

 

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.

 

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