Alabama. Clemson. Oklahoma. Michigan. You already know who some of the best Power 5 teams are entering the season. It's time to look at the best Group of 5 teams in the country, one of which could be a College Football Playoff sleeper. Here is my Top 10 entering 2016.
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Replacing Top 5 Heisman finisher Keenan Reynolds won’t be easy, but nor will the Midshipmen, 11-2 last year, fall completely off the map. Last year: 11-2, 7-1, beat Pittsburgh in Military Bowl.
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The defensively stout Huskies improved from 2-10 to 6-7 last season and should take another step forward thanks to RB Arkeel Newsome. Last year: 6-7, 4-4, lost to Marshall in St. Petersburg Bowl.
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Coach P.J. Fleck’s Broncos should be the class of the MAC thanks to a veteran offense that’s equally potent both running and passing. Last year: 8-5, 6-2, beat Middle Tennessee State in Bahamas Bowl.
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Coach Troy Calhoun brings back an experienced defense to go with a potent offense led by RB Jacobi Owens and WR Jalen Robinette. Last year: 8-6, 6-2, lost to Cal in Armed Forces Bowl.
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The Mountaineers won 11 games in just their second full FBS season by fielding the 11th-best defense nationally. Nine starters from that unit return. Last year: 11-2, 7-1, beat Ohio in Camellia Bowl.
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The Bulls jumped from four wins to eight last season and could be even better behind dynamic QB Quinton Flowers and RB Marlon Mack. Last year: 8-5, 6-2, lost to Western Kentucky in Miami Beach Bowl.
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QB P.J. Walker and RB Jahad Thomas are both seniors, and Matt Rhule’s team should still be stingy on defense despite losing several standouts. Last year: 10-4, 7-1, lost to Toledo in Boca Raton Bowl.
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Standout QB Brett Rypien should help the Broncos rebound from a disappointing 9-4 campaign, though the defense is in flux. Last year: 9-4, 5-3, beat Northern Illinois in Poinsettia Bowl.
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San Diego State
The reigning Mountain West champs bring back 1,653-yard rusher Donnel Pumphrey and star CB Damontae Kazee. Last year: 11-3, 8-0, beat Cincinnati in Hawaii Bowl.