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Comparing 2016's Final FPI Rankings To 2017's Preseason FPI Rankings

Let's compare the final ESPN FPI rankings for 2016 with the preseason ESPN FPI rankings for 2017.

It's the college football offseason, but thankfully, ESPN has already released its 2017 preseason FPI rankings - naming Ohio State the top team heading into next season. The Buckeyes, who lost in the College Football Playoff to Clemson last year, finished at No. 4 in ESPN's final 2016 FPI rankings.

We thought it'd be interesting to take a look at where each team finished last season and where they're projected to finish next season. Oregon and South Carolina, which both had disappointing campaigns in 2016, are expected to improve the most next year.

Here's a chart of all 128 teams that played last year and will play this year. The chart doesn't compute the FPI difference - it computes the FPI rank difference.

<p>Team</p><p>2016 Final Rank</p><p>2017 Preseason Rank</p><p>Difference</p>

Oregon

61

21

40

South Carolina

72

32

40

Syracuse

81

46

35

Arizona State

70

40

30

Georgia

41

13

28

Kentucky

62

34

28

Marshall

115

87

28

Rutgers

113

88

25

Arizona

79

55

24

Missouri

64

41

23

UCLA

43

23

20

Texas

44

24

20

Duke

65

45

20

Oregon State

71

52

19

Miss St

51

33

18

FAU

119

101

18

Tulane

95

78

17

Notre Dame

32

17

15

TCU

34

19

15

NC State

37

22

15

Arkansas

50

36

14

Northwestern

42

29

13

SMU

92

79

13

Miami (OH)

97

85

12

Fresno State

120

108

12

Baylor

39

28

11

UVA

84

73

11

Illinois

94

83

11

Colorado State

74

64

10

Georgia Tech

46

37

9

Memphis

52

43

9

Wake Forest

63

54

9

Maryland

78

69

9

UL Monroe

126

117

9

Vanderbilt

55

47

8

Stanford

18

11

7

Florida

22

15

7

Indiana

67

60

7

UCF

73

66

7

Auburn

11

5

6

UTSA

101

95

6

Penn State

13

8

5

Texas Tech

53

48

5

Bowling Green

116

111

5

Buffalo

127

122

5

Oklahoma

7

3

4

Florida State

8

4

4

UNLV

107

103

4

Akron

108

104

4

Hawai'i

111

107

4

Ohio State

4

1

3

Boston College

75

72

3

UMass

118

115

3

Rice

121

118

3

Wisconsin

12

10

2

Michigan State

60

58

2

Army

77

75

2

Cent Michigan

91

89

2

Kansas

104

102

2

ECU

98

97

1

Purdue

99

98

1

LSU

6

6

0

Mid Tennessee

86

86

0

Cincinnati

90

90

0

Alabama

1

2

-1

FIU

122

123

-1

USC

10

12

-2

Miami (FL)

14

16

-2

Iowa State

66

68

-2

Ball State

103

105

-2

Texas State

128

130

-2

Tennessee

17

20

-3

Kansas State

27

30

-3

UL Lafayette

106

109

-3

New Mexico St

123

126

-3

Washington

5

9

-4

Cal

58

62

-4

Wyoming

76

80

-4

Arkansas State

80

84

-4

Ohio

87

91

-4

UTEP

124

128

-4

Charlotte

125

129

-4

Clemson

2

7

-5

Louisville

9

14

-5

Washington St

20

25

-5

Nevada

100

106

-6

Troy

69

76

-7

E Michigan

105

112

-7

Kent State

109

116

-7

South Alabama

114

121

-7

VT

23

31

-8

Old Dominion

85

93

-8

San Jose State

102

110

-8

UConn

112

120

-8

North Texas

117

125

-8

Ole Miss

29

38

-9

Iowa

30

39

-9

Nebraska

48

57

-9

Toledo

56

65

-9

Oklahoma State

15

26

-11

Texas A&M

16

27

-11

Utah State

88

99

-11

Southern Miss

89

100

-11

N Illinois

82

94

-12

New Mexico

83

96

-13

UNC

21

35

-14

Minnesota

47

61

-14

Navy

57

71

-14

Georgia State

110

124

-14

Michigan

3

18

-15

USF

36

51

-15

Utah

33

50

-17

BYU

31

49

-18

San Diego State

45

63

-18

Tulsa

49

67

-18

Pitt

25

44

-19

Appalachian St

54

74

-20

Boise State

35

56

-21

Houston

38

59

-21

Ga Southern

93

114

-21

LA Tech

59

81

-22

Colorado

19

42

-23

Idaho

96

119

-23

Air Force

68

92

-24

West Virginia

24

53

-29

Temple

40

82

-42

W Michigan

26

70

-44

W Kentucky

28

77

-49

Four of the 10 teams expected to improve the most call the SEC home.

The 'Power 5' team expected to fall off the most in 2017? As you can see, ESPN does not think West Virginia will have nearly as good a 2017 campaign as it did in 2017.

What do you think of these rankings? Will Oregon and South Carolina improve the most?