Each Power 5 Conference's Most Likely Candidate to Finish Dead Last

Zach Brunner
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To find out which college football teams will likely finish dead last in their respective conferences, we take to crowdsourcing and head to Reddit to see the general consensus.

These are each of the schools from the Power 5 conferences that have the highest likelihood to finish last, along with the percent of votes each team received.

1. ACC — Louisville (27.7 percent)

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After finishing winless in the ACC with a 2-10 record, Louisville finished last in the conference in 2018 and they're seemingly the consensus to repeat. They're still looking for a playmaker since no one has seemingly been able to consistently step up since Lamar Jackson graduated to the NFL. Close behind the Cardinals in votes was Wake Forest (20.9 percent) and Georgia Tech (20.4 percent).

2. Big 12 — Kansas (56.3 percent)

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When you think about Kansas football, one of the first things that likely pops into your mind is a team that refused to shake Baker Mayfield's hand prior to a 2017 matchup with Oklahoma. Unfortunately, that's about how much respect this program has sadly earned. Kansas has failed to reach four wins in each of the past nine seasons and new head coach Les Miles has a lot of work to do with this program in order to get out of last place in the Big 12.

3. Big Ten — Rutgers (75.3 percent)

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This landslide victory (if we can even call it that) may be Rutgers' only of the season, but it's not one worth celebrating. They reached a bowl game back in 2014, which was their first season in the Big Ten, but the school has sadly continued to get worse. They failed to win a conference game last season and in such a competitive, hard-nosed conference history may repeat itself in 2019.

4. Pac-12 — Oregon State (73.8 percent)

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Quite simply, Oregon State is a mediocre team. They are capable of putting up points, but not enough with how terrible their defense has been. They started last season off by giving up 77 points to Ohio State and it was only downhill from there. The Beavers gave up 45-plus points six different times last season, with the least points they gave up being 25 to Southern Utah.

5. SEC — Vanderbilt (43.8 percent)

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Vanderbilt didn't finish last in the conference last season, but many feel they're headed in that direction. They actually went 3-5 within the conference in 2018, but their biggest issue was their inability to stop the run – a big problem when playing in the SEC. They ranked in the bottom three of the conference in run defense, total defense and third-down stops, and it doesn't appear they've fixed any of those problems heading into this upcoming season.


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