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Future Power Rankings: Top Group of 5 contenders

Houston is the most likely playoff contender from the Group of 5 in 2016. Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire

Insider recently rolled out the 2016 College Football Future Power Rankings, but we did not want to leave out the promising programs on the Group of 5 level, none of which cracked this year's top 25.

To project which of these programs are best suited to compete for conference championships and high-level bowl games over the next three years, we evaluated them using similar criteria: coaching, current talent, recruiting and program foundation. However, since many of these teams are in the same conference, and the playoff is a steep climb, we took title path out of consideration.

Here are the Group of 5 programs best suited for the upcoming three-year window.