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CFN 2010 Final Rankings - The Bottom 20
New Mexico CB Emmanuel McPhearson
New Mexico CB Emmanuel McPhearson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 14, 2011


Which teams had the best seasons and who deserves to be ranked where? Forgetting the opinion side of the equation, here's our annual ranking of the teams based on the CFN Season Ranking Formula. We start off with the bottom 20 teams, led by New Mexico, and reveal the top ten tomorrow. Next week ... the 2014 Pre-Preseason Rankings.


CFN 2010 Final Rankings

No. 101 to No. 120


- CFN 2009 Final Rankings 
- CFN 2008 Final Rankings

2010 CFN Final Rankings
The Top 10 | Rankings 11-25 | Rankings 26-50
- Rankings 51-75 | Rankings 76-100The Bottom 20

The Formula's Components: 
1. Wins. - If you win, everything else falls into place. Each win counts as 1.
2. Quality Wins - The number of wins over teams that finished with a winning record. Each win counts as 1.
3. Elite Wins - The number of wins over teams that finished with two losses or fewer. Each win counts as 1 with a road win over an Elite team getting an extra 0.5. Also counting as 1 is a road win over a team that finished with three losses or fewer (but the extra 0.5 isn't added). A win over a team that finishes with three losses in a bowl game counts as one.
4. Bad Loss - The number of losses to teams that finished with three wins or fewer or a loss to a FCS (DI-AA) team. Each loss counts as minus-1. Take away an additional 0.5 for a Bad Loss at home.
5. Bad Win - The number of wins to teams that finished with three wins or fewer, or a win over a D-IAA team. Each win counts as minus 0.25. 
6. Elite Loss - The number of losses to teams that finished with two losses or fewer. Each loss counts as 0.25.
7. Point Differential - Points for minus points against divided by 100. 
8. Winning Percentage - To take losses into account, winning percentage is in the mix. Total wins is the tie-breaker followed by winning percentage.

120. New Mexico (1-11)    2010 CFN Score: -6.59     
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 108
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2009 Final Ranking: 117
2009 Final Score. -2.52
2008 Final Ranking: 5.38
2008 Final Score: 80 
Key Stat: The Lobos allowed 50 yards more per game than they did in 2009. and were last in the nation in scoring defense.

Not only did New Mexico have the worst season of anyone in America; it wasn't even close. Year Two of the Mike Locksley experience hasn't exactly worked out. The Lobos managed to come up with one home win over Wyoming and lost to a slew of bad teams including New Mexico State with blowouts against Colorado State and UNLV. The team wasn't even competitive late with the nation's worst run defense and the nation's least effective offense.

119. San Jose State (1-12)    2010 CFN Score: -3-34   
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 105
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-9
2009 Final Ranking: 113
2009 Final Score. -0.57
2008 Final Ranking: 82
2008 Final Score:  5.15
Key Stat: The Spartans were 119th in the nation in rushing and 117th in total defense.

Considering the Spartans are the only FBS team to not beat an FBS team, it's sort of a gift that they didn't finish the season dead last. The lone victory came against Southern Utah, but the high point of the season might have been not getting blown away by Wisconsin, losing 27-14. The team at least put up a fight with five losses by a touchdown or less, with four coming in the final five games, but there wasn't a break to get over the hump.

118. Akron (3-9)   
2010 CFN Score: -3.10 
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 109
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2009 Final Ranking: 102
2009 Final Score. 2.11
2008 Final Ranking: 88
2008 Final Score: 4.52
Key Stat: The Zips were 119th in the nation in total offense and 118th in scoring.

Rob Ianello didn't exactly turn things around right away, and it took a last-week win over a dead Buffalo team to avoid a winless season. There were two overtime losses, including a double-OT embarrassment to Gardner-Webb, but blowouts were the norm for an offense that only scored more than 20 points three times. There wasn't any one thing the Zips did well.

117. Buffalo (2-10)     2010 CFN Score: -2.47
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 9-3
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2009 Final Ranking: 81
2009 Final Score. 4.96
2008 Final Ranking: 52
2008 Final Score:10.36
Key Stat: UB was dead-last in the nation in scoring, averaging 14.17 points per game.

The first year under Jeff Quinn was awful, getting worse as the season went on and finishing with the offense going from miserable to the worst in college football. UB failed to score more than 17 points in the final seven games including inexcusably awful performances against Eastern Michigan, Ball State, and Akron. The two wins came over Rhode Island from the FCS and a bad Bowling Green on the road.

116. Eastern Michigan (2-10)    2010 CFN Score: -2.32
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 120
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 0-12
2009 Final Ranking: 119
2009 Final Score. -4.97
2008 Final Ranking: 113
2008 Final Score: -1.43
Key Stat: EMU was next-to-last in the nation in pass efficiency defense and was 112th in turnover margin.

There was a little bit of improvement under Ron English, but not much. The win over Ball State ended a long and painful losing streak, but that was in overtime, and the other victory was a 21-17 win over Buffalo. The week after, EMU closed out the year with a 71-3 loss to Northern Illinois. The defense was miserable and the offense wasn't strong, but the running of QB Alex Gillett helped give the attack an identity.

115. Memphis (1-11)
2010 CFN Score: 0.36
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 115
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 1-11
2009 Final Ranking: 108
2009 Final Score.2-10
2008 Final Ranking: 78
2008 Final Score: 5.71
Key Stat: MU was dead last in America in pass efficiency defense and dead last in punt returns.

The cupboard was bare for first year head coach Larry Porter, and it showed as his team couldn't score and struggled to stop anyone. If that wasn't enough, the special teams were among the worst in college football. The lone win was over Middle Tennessee in September, and after a 16-13 loss to UTEP, the Tigers didn't come within double digits of anyone else.

114. New Mexico State (2-10)    2010 CFN Score: -1.69    
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 117
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 1-11
2009 Final Ranking: 112
2009 Final Score. -0.39
2008 Final Ranking: 109
2008 Final Score: 0.82
Key Stat: NMSU was second-to-last in the nation in sacks and tackles for loss. 

The second year under DeWayne Walker wasn't much better than the first as the team struggled to find an offensive identity. The defense didn't come up with any pass rush, and the attack had a hard time putting points up on the board, failing to score more than 29 on anyone. The two wins were over miserable New Mexico and San Jose State teams, and the two victories came by a grand total of four points.

113. UNLV (2-11)    2010 CFN Score: -1.37
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 79
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 5-8
2009 Final Ranking: 88
2009 Final Score.4.26
2008 Final Ranking: 93
2008 Final Score:3.83
Key Stat: The Rebels were 118th in the nation in total offense.

Bobby Hauck couldn't find any offense in his first season at the helm, while his defense struggled to generate any pressure and couldn't slow down any offense with a pulse. However, the team kept on fighting. The two wins over two bad teams, New Mexico and Wyoming, were blowouts, but there wasn't any prayer of keeping up with the better teams.

112. Bowling Green (2-10)     2010 CFN Score: -1.06
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 114
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2009 Final Ranking: 65
2009 Final Score.8.42
2008 Final Ranking: 84
2008 Final Score: 5.04
Key Stat: BGSU was dead last in the nation in rushing. 

It was a major rebuilding year for the Broncos, and it showed with four close losses as the offense failed to produce anywhere near the 2009 level. The offense failed to score more than 27 points in every game but one, a 44-28 blowout over Marshall. The big problem was MAC play with just one win, while an inexcusable home loss to Buffalo was a problem in the team's ranking.

111. Vanderbilt (2-10)    2010 CFN Score: -1.04
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 64
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 1-11
2009 Final Ranking: 106
2009 Final Score. 1.08
2008 Final Ranking: 43
2008 Final Score: 11.48
Key Stat: Vandy was 119th in the nation in passing efficiency.

The Commodores lost their head coach, Bobby Johnson, before the season, and they never seemed to find anything that worked. There was the obvious layup against Eastern Michigan when the offense had a 52-point cathartic performance, and there was a stunning win at Ole Miss. That was it. The season-ending home loss to Wake Forest closed out a miserable final seven games. The Commodores weren't even close.

110. Western Kentucky (2-10)    2010 CFN Score: -0.82   
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 118
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 1-11
2009 Final Ranking: 120
2009 Final Score.-5.80
2008 Final Ranking: Not Ranked
2008 Final Score: Not Ranked
Key Stat: WKU was 35th in the nation in rushing and 36th in pass defense

After finishing last year dead last in the rankings by a ten-mile wide margin, the program started to change around in the first season under Willie Taggart, who got the ground game going with Bobby Rainey finishing third in the nation averaging 137 yards per game. The long losing streak was ended with a 54-21 win over UL Lafayette, and the Hilltoppers beat Arkansas State while showing life with four losses by seven points or fewer.

109. Ball State (2-10)    2010 CFN Score: -0.68
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 103
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2009 Final Ranking: 116
2009 Final Score. -1.91
2008 Final Ranking: 18
2008 Final Score: 16.38
Key Stat: The Cardinals finished 106th in the nation in offense. 

Stan Parrish couldn't get the program turning around over the last two years and was let go. Pete Lembo will take over after being the head man at Elon, and he'll have to step up an offense that was the worst in the MAC in passing and among the worst in the nation at getting into the backfield. The four wins were the most by any of the bottom 19 teams, and the Cardinals went 3-5 in MAC play, but home losses to Liberty and Eastern Michigan were a killer to the ranking.

108. Kansas (3-9)   2010 CFN Score: -0.33
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 58
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2009 Final Ranking: 74
2009 Final Score. 6.54
2008 Final Ranking: 39
2008 Final Score: 12.46
Key Stat: KU was 113th in the nation in offense and 98th in defense

A disastrous nightmare, Turner Gill's first season had one shocking win over Georgia Tech, one stunning quarter against Colorado, and a blowout layup against New Mexico State. The offense was awful, the defense was worse as the season went on, and after starting out with a loss to North Dakota State, and finished with a total of 24 points in the final three games.

107. Louisiana-Lafayette (3-9)    2010 CFN Score: -0.01
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 116
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2009 Final Ranking: 92
2009 Final Score. 3.77
2008 Final Ranking: 75
2008 Final Score: 6.18
Key Stat: ULL was 118th in the nation in kickoff returns in 2009 and dead last, 120th, this year. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns were a raging disappointment with a rough seven-loss run before closing out with a nice 23-22 rivalry win over ULM. The 54-21 home loss to Western Kentucky was the low point, but being unable to hang around with the better Sun Belt teams was a bit worse, showing how far the program is away from being a contender.

106. Colorado State (3-9)
2010 CFN Score: 2.27
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 101
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2009 Final Ranking: 101
2009 Final Score. 2.27
2008 Final Ranking: 55
2008 Final Score: 9.13
Key Stat: The Rams were 118th in the nation in pass efficiency defense and 118th in sacks allowed. 

The Rams couldn't find their offense early on, scoring just 19 points in four of the first five games, and they were wildly inconsistent throughout the year with the wins coming against the true dregs of the Mountain West, UNLV and New Mexico, and against a bad Idaho defense. However, as bad as things were at times, they ended worse with a 44-0 loss to an awful Wyoming.

105. Washington State (2-10)
2010 CFN Score: -1.10    
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 89
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2009 Final Ranking: 115
2009 Final Score.-1.10
2008 Final Ranking: 115
2008 Final Score: -2.15
Key Stat: Wazzu finished 118th in the nation in total defense and second-to-last in sacks allowed. 

2010 wasn't as bad as 2009, but it wasn't far off. The Cougars were able to come up with a stunning win over Oregon State, with a bowl-crushing 31-14 win over the Beavers, and came up with a 23-22 win over Montana State early on. That was it for the fun. However, they were more competitive as the year went on, losing to Cal and Washington by a touchdown.

104. Wyoming (3-9)   2010 CFN Score: 0.91
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 107
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2009 Final Ranking: 75
2009 Final Score. 6.37
2008 Final Ranking: 103
2008 Final Score: 2.77
Key Stat: The Cowboys were 116th in the nation in total offense. 

Dave Christensen’s second year was a disaster compared to the successful, first season with just two FBS wins. The Cowboys started the year with a win over Southern Utah and ended with a stunning 44-0 win over Colorado State, and the lone oasis was a stunner at Toledo, that looked better as the season went on. bad losses to New Mexico and UNLV late in the year were disastrous for the ranking.

103. Wake Forest (3-9)
2010 CFN Score: 1.18
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 55
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2009 Final Ranking: 76
2009 Final Score.5.93
2008 Final Ranking: 32
2008 Final Score: 13.97
Key Stat: Wake Forest was last in the ACC in scoring defense and 11th in scoring offense. 

After starting out 2-0 with 107 points put on the board against Presbyterian and Duke. nothing seemed to work as the quarterback situation couldn't get settled because of injures, and the defense struggled throughout getting obliterated by Stanford, Virginia Tech, and Maryland. The Demon Deacons scored 141 points in the three wins and 132 in the nine losses.

102. Central Michigan (3-9)     2010 CFN Score: 1.31
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 96
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2009 Final Ranking: 12
2009 Final Score. 17.96
2008 Final Ranking: 56
2008 Final Score: 9.03
Key Stat: CMU was 112th in the nation in turnover margin

One of the biggest ranking drops in the history of college football, let's just say it was a rebuilding year under Dan Enos after losing Dan LeFevour and a slew of key stars from the 2009 MAC championship juggernaut. The offense couldn't run the ball, but the defense wasn't bad; the wins weren't there. Five losses came by seven points or fewer, and the hope has to be that experience equals production next year.

101. Arkansas State (4-8)  
2010 CFN Score: 3.51
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 94
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2009 Final Ranking: 95
2009 Final Score. 3.51
2008 Final Ranking: 64
2008 Final Score: 7.64
Key Stat: ASU was last in the Sun Belt and 110th in the nation in run defense.

Never able to find any consistency. the offense revolved around Ryan Aplin and his all-around ability to get the attack moving, but the defense couldn't stop anyone. The run defense was a particular disaster. An overtime loss to Western Kentucky and a road defeat to Louisiana-Lafayette were a problem for the ranking as part of five losses by seven points or fewer.

2010 CFN Final Rankings
The Top 10 | Rankings 11-25 | Rankings 26-50
- Rankings 51-75 | Rankings 76-100The Bottom 20