The Final FBS Top 50 College Football Teams Poll

THE FINAL FBS TOP 50 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAMS POLL
The final ranking of the Top 50 Football Bowls Subdivision teams. Listed is team, its final record, its final rankings in the Associated Press media/USA Today-American Football Coaches Association polls and its 2017 opening opponent.

1. CLEMSON (14-1, 7-1 ACC Atlantic) (1/1) beat Alabama (14-1, 8-0 SEC West), 35-31, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Tampa, Fla. (Raymond James Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Kent State.

2. ALABAMA (14-1, 8-0 SEC West) (2/2) lost to Clemson (14-1, 7-1 ACC Atlantic), 35-31, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Tampa, Fla. (Raymond James Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Florida State at Atlanta, Ga. (Mercedes-Benz Stadium).

3. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (10-3, 7-2 Pac-12 South) (3/5) beat Penn State (11-3, 8-1 Big Ten East), 52-49, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Western Michigan.

4. OKLAHOMA (11-2, 9-0 Big 12) (5/3) beat Auburn (8-5, 5-3 SEC West), 35-19, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Allstate Sugar Bowl at New Orleans, La. (Mercedes-Benz Superdome). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Texas-El Paso.

5. WASHINGTON (12-2, 8-1 Pac-12 North) (4/4) lost to Alabama (14-1, 8-0 SEC West), 24-7, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in College Football Playoff Semifinal at Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome). 2017 opener: Friday, Sept. 1 at Rutgers.

6. OHIO STATE (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten East) (6/6) lost to Clemson (14-1, 7-1 ACC Atlantic), 31-0, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Ariz. (University of Phoenix Stadium). 2017 opener: Thursday, Aug. 31 at Indiana.

7. PENN STATE (11-3, 8-1 Big Ten East) (7/7) lost to Southern California (10-3, 7-2 Pac-12 South), 52-49, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Akron.

8. FLORIDA STATE (10-3, 5-3 ACC Atlantic) (8/8) beat Michigan (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten East), 33-32, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Capital One Orange Bowl at Miami Gardens, Fla. (Hard Rock Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Alabama at Atlanta, Ga. (Mercedes-Benz Stadium).

9. WISCONSIN (11-3, 7-2 Big Ten West) (9/9) beat Western Michigan (13-1, 8-0 MAC West), 24-16, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium). 2017 opener: Friday, Sept. 1 vs. Utah State.

10. MICHIGAN (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten East) (10/10) lost to Florida State (10-3, 5-3 ACC Atlantic), 33-32, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Capital One Orange Bowl at Miami Gardens, Fla. (Hard Rock Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Florida at Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium).

11. OKLAHOMA STATE (10-3, 7-2 Big 12) (11/11) beat Colorado (10-4, 8-1 Pac-12 South), 38-8, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 in Valero Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Tulsa.

12. STANFORD (10-3, 6-3 Pac-12 North) (12/12) beat North Carolina (8-5, 5-3 ACC Coastal), 25-23, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Hyundai Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas (Sun Bowl). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 at Rice.

13. FLORIDA (9-4, 6-2 SEC East) (14/13) beat Iowa (8-5, 6-3 Big Ten West), 30-3, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Outback Bowl at Tampa, Fla. (Raymond James Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Michigan at Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium).

14. LOUISIANA STATE (8-4, 5-3 SEC West) (13/14) beat Louisville (9-4, 7-2 ACC Atlantic), 29-9, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Orlando, Fla. (Camping World Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Brigham Young at Houston, Texas (NRG Stadium).

15. VIRGINIA TECH (10-4, 6-2 ACC Coastal) (16/16) beat Arkansas (7-6, 3-5 SEC West), 35-24, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 in Belk Bowl at Charlotte, N.C. (Bank of America Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. West Virginia at Landover, Md. (FedEx Field).

16. COLORADO (10-4, 8-1 Pac-12 South) (17/15) lost to Oklahoma State (10-3, 7-2 Big 12), 38-8, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 in Valero Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Colorado State at Denver, Colo. (Sports Authority Field at Mile High).

17. WESTERN MICHIGAN (13-1, 8-0 MAC West) (15/18) lost to Wisconsin (11-3, 7-2 Big Ten West), 24-16, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 at Southern California.

18. WEST VIRGINIA (10-3, 7-2 Big 12) (18/17) lost to Miami, Fla. (9-4, 5-3 ACC Coastal), 31-14, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, Fla. (Camping World Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Virginia Tech at Landover, Md. (FedEx Field).

19. SOUTH FLORIDA (11-2, 7-1 American East) (19/19) beat South Carolina (6-7, 3-5 SEC East), 46-39 (OT), Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 in Birmingham Bowl at Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Bowl). 2017 opener: Saturday, Aug. 26 at San Jose State.

20. LOUISVILLE (9-4, 7-1 ACC Atlantic) (21/20) lost to Louisiana State (8-4, 5-3 SEC West), 29-9, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Orlando, Fla. (Camping World Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Purdue at Indianapolis, Ind. (Lucas Oil Stadium).

21. MIAMI, FLA. (9-4, 5-3 ACC Coastal) (20/23) beat West Virginia (10-3, 7-2 Big 12), 31-14, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, Fla. (Camping World Stadium). 2017 opener: To be determined.

22. UTAH (9-4, 5-4 Pac-12 South) (23/21) beat Indiana (6-7, 4-5 Big Ten East), 26-24, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Foster Farms Bowl at Santa Clara, Calif. (Levi’s Stadium). 2017 opener: Thursday, Aug. 31 vs. North Dakota.

23. TENNESSEE (9-4, 4-4 SEC East) (22/24) beat Nebraska (9-4, 6-3 Big Ten West), 38-24, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Franklin American Mortgate Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tenn. (Nissan Stadium). 2017 opener: Monday, Sept. 4 vs. Georgia Tech at Atlanta, Ga. (Mercedes-Benz Stadium).

24. AUBURN (8-5, 5-3 SEC West) (24/22) lost to Oklahoma (11-2, 9-0 Big 12), 35-19, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Allstate Sugar Bowl at New Orleans, La. (Mercedes-Benz Superdome). 2017 opener; Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Georgia Southern.

25. SAN DIEGO STATE (11-3, 6-2 MW West) (25/25) beat Houston (9-4, 5-3 American West), 34-10, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 in Las Vegas Bowl presented by Geico at Las Vegas, Nev. (Sam Boyd Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. UC Davis.

26. KANSAS STATE (9-4, 6-3 Big 12) (26/27) beat Texas A&M (8-5, 4-4 SEC West), 33-28, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at Houston, Texas (NRG Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Central Arkansas.

27. NEBRASKA (9-4, 6-3 Big Ten West) (28/26) lost to Tennessee (9-4, 4-4 SEC East), 38-24, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tenn. (Nissan Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Arkansas State.

28. GEORGIA TECH (9-4, 4-4 ACC Coastal) (27/28) beat Kentucky (7-6, 4-4 SEC East), 33-18, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in TaxSlayer Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field). 2017 opener: Monday, Sept. 4 vs. Tennessee at Atlanta, Ga. (Mercedes-Benz Stadium).

29. WESTERN KENTUCKY (11-3, 7-1 C-USA East) (29/29) beat Memphis (8-5, 5-3 American West), 51-31, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Marmot Boca Raton Bowl in Boca Raton, Fla. (FAU Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Eastern Kentucky.

30. AIR FORCE (10-3, 5-3 MW Mountain) (30/31) beat South Alabama (6-7, 2-6 Sun Belt), 45-21, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl at Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona Stadium). 2017 opener: Friday, Sept. 1 vs. Virginia Military Institute.

31. BOISE STATE (10-3, 6-2 MW Mountain) (32/30) lost to Baylor (7-6, 3-6 Big 12), 31-12, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 in Motel 6 Cactus Bowl at Phoenix, Ariz. (Chase Field). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Troy.

32. IOWA (8-5, 6-3 Big Ten West) (33/32) lost to Florida (9-4, 6-2 SEC East), 30-3, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Outback Bowl at Tampa, Fla. (Raymond James Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Wyoming.

33. MINNESOTA (9-4, 6-3 Big Ten West) (34/35) beat Washington State (8-5, 7-2 Pac-12 North), 17-12, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 in National Funding Holiday Bowl at San Diego, Calif. (Qualcomm Stadium). 2017 opener: Thursday, Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo.

34. TULSA (10-3, 6-2 American West) (35/34) beat Central Michigan (6-7, 3-5 MAC West), 55-10, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 in Miami Beach Bowl at Miami, Fla. (Marlins Park). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 at Oklahoma State.

35. TEMPLE (10-4, 7-1 Atlantic East) (37t/33) lost to Wake Forest (7-6, 3-5 ACC Atlantic), 34-26, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 in Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman at Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 at Notre Dame.

36. BRIGHAM YOUNG (9-4 Independent) (36/42) beat Wyoming (8-6, 6-2 MW Mountain), 24-21, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 in San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at San Diego, Calif. (Qualcomm Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Aug. 26 vs. Portland State.

37. WASHINGTON STATE (8-5, 7-2 Pac-12 North) (40t/39t) lost to Minnesota (9-4, 5-4 Big Ten West), 17-12, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 in National Funding Holiday Bowl at San Diego, Calif. (Qualcomm Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Montana State.

38. PITTSBURGH (8-5, 5-3 ACC Coastal) (31/nr) lost to Northwestern (7-6, 5-4 Big Ten West), 31-24, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Bronx, N.Y. (Yankee Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Youngstown State.

39. GEORGIA (8-5, 4-4 SEC East) (nr/36) beat Texas Christian (6-7, 4-5 Big 12), 31-23, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tenn. (Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Appalachian State.

40. HOUSTON (9-4, 5-3 American West) (37t/nr) lost to San Diego State (11-3, 6-2 MW West), 34-10, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 in Las Vegas Bowl presented by Geico at Las Vegas, Nev. (Sam Boyd Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 at Texas San Antonio.

41. NORTH CAROLINA (8-5, 5-3 ACC Coastal) (37t/nr) lost to Stanford (10-3, 6-3 Pac-12 North), 25-23, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Hyundai Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas (Sun Bowl). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. California.

42. ARMY (8-5 Independent) (nr/nr) beat North Texas (5-8, 3-5 C-USA West), 38-31 (OT), Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 in Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl Stadium). 2017 opener: Friday, Sept. 1 vs. Fordham.

43. NAVY (9-5, 7-1 American West) (40t/37t) lost to Louisiana Tech (9-5, 6-2 C-USA West), 48-45, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 in Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas (Amon G. Carter Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 at Florida Atlantic.

44. MEMPHIS (8-5, 5-3 American West) (nr/nr) lost to Western Kentucky (11-3, 7-1 C-USA East), 51-31, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Marmot Boca Raton Bowl in Boca Raton, Fla. (FAU Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Louisiana Monroe.

45. NEW MEXICO (9-4, 6-2 MW Mountain) (nr/nr) beat Texas San Antonio (6-7, 5-3 C-USA West), 23-20, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 in Gildan New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque, N.M. (University Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Abilene Christian.

46. APPALACHIAN STATE (10-3, 7-1 Sun Belt) (nr/nr) beat Toledo (9-4, 6-2 MAC West), 31-28, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 in Raycom Media Camellia Bowl at Montgomery, Ala. (Cramton Bowl). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 at Georgia.

47. TEXAS A&M(8-5, 4-4 SEC West) (nr/nr) lost to Kansas State (9-4, 6-3 Big 12), 33-28, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at Houston, Texas (NRG Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 at UCLA

48. WAKE FOREST (7-6, 3-5 ACC Atlantic) (nr/37t) beat Temple (10-4, 7-1 American East), 34-26, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 in Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman at Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium). 2017 opener: To be determined.

49. OLD DOMINION (10-3, 7-1 C-USA East) (nr/nr) beat Eastern Michigan (7-6, 4-4 MAC West), 24-20, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 in Popeyes Bahamas Bowl at Nassau, Bahamas (Thomas A Robinson National Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Albany, N.Y.

50. LOUISIANA TECH (9-5, 6-2 C-USA West) (nr/nr) beat Navy (9-5, 7-1 American West), 48-45, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 in Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas (Amon G. Carter Stadium). 2017 opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Northwestern State.

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