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The 10 College Football Teams With The Best Chances Of Going Undefeated In 2016

Tired of reading about March Madness when the NCAA Tournament hasn't even started yet? We've got you covered, college football fans. It's never too early to look ahead to next season, right?

In 2015, thanks to Alabama's victory over Clemson in the national title game, there were zero teams that finished undefeated. The Tigers, up until that point, were the only 14-0 team in the country.

While it's unlikely that any team runs the table in 2016, we have some ideas regarding the teams that have the best chances. Of course, it doesn't just have to do with talent and experience. Schedule plays a huge role too - the easier, the better, at least for our purposes.

Without further ado, here are the 10 college football teams that have the best chances of going undefeated next year. 

Get Started: No. 10 - Iowa Hawkeyes >>>

10. Iowa Hawkeyes

In 2015, behind a strong running game and a stingy defense, the Iowa Hawkeyes actually did finish undefeated - at least in the regular season. Iowa went 12-0, winning the Big Ten West before taking on Michigan State in the league's title game. The Hawkeyes lost that one, 16-13, and then stumbled against Stanford in the Rose Bowl. In 2016, they'll have the opportunity to post another solid record again.

Let's take a look at their 2016 slate:

Sept. 3 - Miami (OH)
Sept. 10 - Iowa State
Sept. 17 - North Dakota State
Sept. 24 - @Rutgers
Oct. 1 - Northwestern
Oct. 8 - @Minnesota
Oct. 15 - @Purdue
Oct. 22 - Wisconsin
Nov. 5 - @Penn State
Nov. 12 - Michigan
Nov. 19 - @Illinois
Nov. 25 - Nebraska

Fun fact - we have Iowa's schedule as the third-easiest among college football's major conferences earlier this year.

As you'd guess, Iowa's relatively weak schedule is a big reason why the Hawkeyes are on this list. Iowa plays in the easier Big Ten division, and avoids both Ohio State and Michigan State in crossover games. They do get Penn State and Michigan, but it could be worse.

With quarterback C.J. Beathard returning in 2016 (and being at full-strength), Iowa will have a chance to have another special season. 

Next: No. 9 - Baylor Bears >>>

9. Baylor Bears

It isn't clear whether Baylor will start Seth Russell or Jarrett Stidham at quarterback in 2016, but against most teams, it may not even matter. Against North Carolina in this past year's Russell Athletic Bowl, the Bears ran for a record 645 yards without either of them. Given the team's non-conference schedule, they'll have time to figure it all out too. In fact, it's hard to see Baylor losing a game before November.

Here's Baylor 2016 slate:

Sept. 3 - Northwestern State
Sept. 10 - SMU
Sept. 17 - @Rice
Sept. 24 - Oklahoma State
Oct. 1 - @Iowa State
Oct. 15 - Kansas
Oct. 29 - @Texas
Nov. 5 - TCU
Nov. 12 - @Oklahoma
Nov. 19 - Kansas State
Nov. 25 - @Texas Tech
Dec. 3 - @West Virginia

We had Iowa with third-easiest schedule in 2016. We actually have Baylor as No. 2.

Between Baylor's always-ridiculous offense and what seems like a relatively easy schedule, the Bears are almost a lock for 9-10 wins. Where could it all come unraveled? Back-to-back contests against TCU and Oklahoma - at Norman - could spell doom. But if Baylor can escape with victories, it'll have a real shot at an undefeated campaign and a College Football Playoff trip.

Next: No. 8 - Oregon >>>

8. Oregon

Oregon had a down season, for its standards, winning just nine games in 2015. It's unlikely the Ducks stay down for long, though.

Oregon fans, despite losing the Alamo Bowl in historic fashion against TCU, are excited for next year. The Ducks, in December, landed one of the biggest transfers in college football - Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop. They also return a number of stars, including running back Royce Freeman and wideout Darren Carrington. Their schedule is tough, but it isn't impossible.

Sept. 3 - UC Davis
Sept. 10 - Virginia
Sept. 17 - @Nebraska
Sept. 24 - Colorado
Oct. 1 - @Washington State
Oct. 8 - Washington
Oct. 21 - @California
Oct. 29 - Arizona State
Nov. 5 - @USC
Nov. 12 - Stanford
Nov. 19 - @Utah
Nov. 26 - @Oregon State

Going to Lincoln in September is tricky, but the Ducks should be favored. There's also a tough stretch that includes USC, Stanford and Utah. Winning every game against Pac-12 competition, per usual, will be tough. But the Ducks could probably drop one and still reach the College Football Playoff.

If the Ducks can somehow make it to November 26 undefeated, consider it a lock. The Beavers haven't beaten their rival in almost a decade.

Next: No. 7 - Michigan >>>

7. Michigan

Is there a fan base with more hope right now than Michigan? Jim Harbaugh, in his first season in Ann Arbor, produced a 10-win team that blew out an SEC opponent in its bowl game. The Wolverines may have a somewhat-difficult slate in 2016, but with Harbaugh at the helm, don't be surprised if they over-perform. Michigan will have time, too, to get it all right before Big Ten play starts.

Hawaii, UCF and Colorado likely won't pose much of a threat to Michigan's quest for an undefeated campaign.

Sept. 3 - Hawaii
Sept. 10 - UCF
Sept. 17 - Colorado
Sept. 24 - Penn State
Oct. 1 - Wisconsin
Oct. 8 - @Rutgers
Oct. 22 - Illinois
Oct. 29 - @Michigan State
Nov. 5 - Maryland
Nov. 12 - @Iowa
Nov. 19 - Indiana
Nov. 26 - @Ohio State

Michigan returns a great deal of talent, especially at wide receiver, but the Wolverines will need to find a new signal-caller since Jake Rudock is out of eligibility. The early favorites seem to be John O'Korn and Shane Morris. Whoever wins the job will need to perform well against Michigan State and Ohio State - both road games - for UM to have a shot at representing the conference later in the year.

Michigan's schedule is very backloaded, but there really aren't that many tough games. Expect at least 10 wins out of a Harbaugh-coached squad yet again.

Next: No. 6 - Tennessee >>>

6. Tennessee

Tennessee is having a tough offseason, that's for sure. But the product on the field this past year was solid, and there are some who think that in 2016, the Vols will finally have their breakthrough season. After a dominating Outback Bowl victory over Northwestern, we don't necessarily disagree.

Yes, Tennessee plays in the SEC, and yes, it gets Alabama again. But the Vols play in the weaker half of the league and they don't have an overly challenging non-conference game. An undefeated campaign is possible - though it'll be extremely difficult.

Sept. 3 - Appalachian State
Sept. 10 - Virginia Tech (Bristol, TN)
Sept. 17 - Ohio
Sept. 24 - Florida
Oct. 1 - @Georgia
Oct. 8 - @Texas A&M
Oct. 15 - Alabama
Oct. 29 - @South Carolina
Nov. 5 - Tennessee Tech
Nov. 12 - Kentucky
Nov. 19 - Missouri
Nov. 26 - @Vanderbilt

Between a manageable schedule and the return of stars like quarterback Joshua Dobbs and running backs Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara, Tennessee looks like a good bet to pick up where it left off in 2015. We aren't sure it means that UT will run the table with ease, but they'll certainly be a contender. Get past Alabama and the sky is the limit.

Tennessee isn't the only SEC team on our list, though.

Next: No. 5 LSU >>> 

5. LSU

From a talent perspective, LSU is always loaded, but this might be Les Miles' most well-stocked roster. The defense is insanely stacked, with 10 of the 11 leading tacklers from last season returning. On offense, all-world running back Leonard Fournette will carry the load, but quarterback Brandon Harris is one year older and wiser and the Tigers bring back leading receivers Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural. 

Sept. 3 – Wisconsin (neutral)
Sept. 10 –Jacksonville State 
Sept. 17 – Mississippi State
Sept. 24 – @Auburn
Oct. 1 – Missouri
Oct. 8 – @Florida
Oct. 15 – Southern Miss
Oct. 22 – Ole Miss
Nov. 5 – Alabama
Nov. 12 – @Arkansas
Nov. 19 – South Alabama
Nov. 24 – @Texas A&M

With only four true road games on the docket, LSU catches a slight break. The SEC West is still a bear though, and it has been five years since the Tigers last beat Alabama. 

Miles is going to be under the gun this season after nearly being fired last year. An undefeated season would quell all pressure, and while it won't be easy, the Tigers have the pieces to break through and snap Alabama's stranglehold on the SEC. 

Next: No. 4 - Florida State >>>

4. Florida State

Just three years ago, the Seminoles went undefeated, reeling off a 14-0 record and capturing the national championship. Since then, they've gone 23-4, but two of those losses have come in bowl games. Jimbo Fisher's team also saw Clemson break the 'Noles' reign of dominance in the ACC and reach the CFP title game.

Looking ahead to 2016, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about FSU. Running back Dalvin Cook is a Heisman contender, and the team returns its top five receivers from 2015. Who will be throwing them passes is up for debate as of now, but Fisher has options in Sean Maguire and Deandre Francois. Defensively, Florida State loses star DB Jalen Ramsey and key starters Terrance Smith, Reggie Northrup and Lamarcus Brutus, but safety Derwin James and defensive end Josh Sweat are among the underclassmen ready to take over. 

Sept. 5 – Ole Miss (neutral)
Sept. 10 – Charleston Southern
Sept. 17 - @Louisville
Sept. 24 – @USF
Oct. 1 - North Carolina
Oct. 8 - @Miami
Oct. 15 - Wake Forest
Oct. 29 - Clemson
Nov. 5 - @NC State
Nov. 11 - Boston College
Nov. 19 - @Syracuse
Nov. 26 – Florida

October is the toughest month for the 'Noles, as they play defending Coastal champion North Carolina, as well as rivals Miami and Clemson. That Clemson game should be for the Atlantic division title and might decide a CFP berth.

If FSU makes it to November undefeated, the odds are pretty good they can run the table entirely. 

Next: No. 3 - Clemson >>>

3. Clemson

The Tigers rolled to a 14-1 record in 2015, falling just short against Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. Clemson fans are optimistic heading into 2016, and they have plenty of reasons to feel that way.

First and foremost, quarterback Deshaun Watson was a Heisman finalist last season, and no one would be surprised if he took home the hardware this year. Accompanying Watson on offense are workhorse running back Wayne Gallman and an array of receivers that are the envy of almost any school in the country. Defensively, there are a lot of holes to fill, but the Tigers have recruited at a high enough level recently that head coach Dabo Swinney has options at his disposal. 

Sept. 3 – @Auburn
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