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CFN 2010 Final Rankings - No. 76-100
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Posted Jan 14, 2011


Which teams had the best seasons? Here's CFN's 2010 final ranking based on who earned it on the field. - No. 76-100


CFN 2010 Final Rankings

No. 76 to No. 100


- 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.
  
100. Duke (3-9)    2010 CFN Score: 1.78
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 75
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2009 Final Ranking: 97
2009 Final Score.2.79
2008 Final Ranking: 79
2008 Final Score: 5.68
Key Stat: Duke was 113th in the nation in run defense and last in the ACC in sacks, tackles for loss and total defense. 

The Blue Devil offense was fun at winging it around, but it didn't translate to wins thanks to a defense that couldn't stop anyone. The midseason wins over Navy and Virginia helped, but the loss to Wake Forest hurt the overall ranking. Duke was 3-1 when scoring more than 21 points, and 0-8 when under. The biggest problem was the defensive line that failed to do anything to get into the backfield.

99. North Texas (3-9)    2010 CFN Score: 1.81  
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 102
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2009 Final Ranking: 110
2009 Final Score. -0.16
2008 Final Ranking: 116
2008 Final Score: -2.23
Key Stat: UNT was 114th in the nation in tackles for loss. 

Head coach Todd Dodge got canned, and all of a sudden, the team started to play well with a stretch of two wins in three weeks. Beating Western Kentucky might not be that big a deal, but the three wins this season, also beating Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee, were on the road. The bad loss to Louisiana-Lafayette at home was a problem for the ranking.

98. Ole Miss (4-8)   2010 CFN Score: 2.03
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 25
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2009 Final Ranking: 25
2009 Final Score. 14.48
2008 Final Ranking: 15
2008 Final Score: 16.89
Key Stat: Ole Miss was 103rd in the nation in pass defense.

After being one of the nation's hot teams for two seasons, the Rebels fizzled from the start thanks to a disappointing defense that couldn't come up with a key stop. Losing to Jacksonville State at home is no way to kick things off, and while there were wins over Fresno State and Kentucky, the best performance came in the 43-36 loss to LSU. Losing to Vanderbilt, along with the Jacksonville State loss, was disastrous.

97. Florida Atlantic (4-8)   2010 CFN Score: 2.09
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 112
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2009 Final Ranking: 83
2009 Final Score. 4.66
2008 Final Ranking: 68
2008 Final Score: 6.82
Key Stat: FAU was 115th in the nation running the ball, and 105th against the run.

After beating UAB in miraculous fashion to start the season, the Owls lost five straight before getting hot for three straight wins. Beating WKU and ULL was no big deal, but coming up with a 21-9 win over arch-rival FIU was one of the shockers of the Sun Belt season. The home loss to North Texas, though, was inexcusable as the offense couldn't get anything going. FAU scored more than 17 points just once after the season opener.

96. Middle Tennessee (6-7)   2010 CFN Score: 2.50
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 88
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2009 Final Ranking: 41
2009 Final Score. 11.60
2008 Final Ranking: 70
2008 Final Score: 6.67
Key Stat: The Blue Raiders were last in the nation in turnover margin.

With quarterback Dwight Dasher out for the first four games, the offense failed to jell. However, when he came back, the turnovers started to flow and mistakes proved costly. Losses to Minnesota, Memphis, and North Texas were inexcusable, but three straight late wins, including a 28-27 thriller over FIU, meant a bowl shot. More turnovers equaled a loss to Miami University.

95. Tulane (4-8)   2010 CFN Score: 2.61   
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 119
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 1-11
2009 Final Ranking: 111
2009 Final Score. -0.22
2008 Final Ranking: 112
2008 Final Score: -1.22
Key Stat: Tulane was 113th in the nation in scoring.

Green Wave football was interesting with several good battles, but the wins weren't coming. There weren't any bad losses, but there weren't any quality wins. Even so, shocking Rutgers and beating a bowl bound UTEP was a nice step for a program still trying to find its footing after the Katrina disaster. Keeping someone from scoring would be a nice start.

94. Rice (4-8)    2010 CFN Score: 2.90   
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 111
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2009 Final Ranking: 118
2009 Final Score. -2.56
2008 Final Ranking: 31
2008 Final Score: 14.31
Key Stat: Rice was last in the nation in tackles for loss.

Rice might have lost to Tulane, but the scoring offense that averaged close to 29 points per game helped the final ranking. It was a rough season with the defense hitting an ugly patch, giving up 40 points or more in five of six games, and then the attack blew up for 62 points on East Carolina and hung tough against UAB for two straight wins to close out.

93. Virginia (4-8)   2010 CFN Score: 3.23
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 69
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2009 Final Ranking: 107
2009 Final Score. 0.91
2008 Final Ranking: 58
2008 Final Score: 8.75
Key Stat: The Cavaliers were 106th in the nation against the run.

Mike London got the passing game going in his first season, and while there were some nice moments, like the win over Miami, the other three wins came against Eastern Michigan and two FCSers, Richmond and VMI. The loss to Duke in a shootout kicked off a run of four straight losses, and a 1-7 ACC finish wasn't pretty, but the program is looking up.

92. ULM (5-7)    2010 CFN Score: 3.28
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 104
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2009 Final Ranking: 78
2009 Final Score. 5.54
2008 Final Ranking: 102
2008 Final Score: 2.93
Key Stat: ULM led the Sun Belt against the run and was second in total defense.

Always just this close to doing big things in the Sun Belt, ULM lost three of its final four games, including a home loss to ULL, to miss out on being bowl eligible. The bad loss to the Ragin' Cajuns ruined the season and the ranking, but a stunning win over Troy and a 4-4 conference record were bright spots. Going forward, the WarHawks need to start scoring after averaging just 20.8 points per game.

91. Minnesota (3-9)   2010 CFN Score: 3.32
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 71
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2009 Final Ranking: 70
2009 Final Score. 7.09
2008 Final Ranking: 71
2008 Final Score: 6.59
Key Stat: Minnesota was last in the nation in punting and sacks.

Awful throughout, the Gophers won the opener at Middle Tennessee before losing to South Dakota as part of nine straight defeats to end the Tim Brewster era. The team rallied with him gone winning the final two games of the season with shocking wins over Illinois and Iowa. New head man Jerry Kill will be certain to get the running game going again, but he needs to beef up the defense first.

90. UCLA (4-8)
2010 CFN Score: 3.36
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 6-6
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 51
2009 Final Ranking: 59
2009 Final Score. 9.39
2008 Final Ranking: 101
2008 Final Score: 2.97
Key Stat: UCLA was 116th in the nation in passing and 108th in run defense.

Just when it seemed like the Bruins had turned a corner with three straight wins, including a blowout at Texas, they went in the tank with six losses in the final seven games with a 17-14 win over Oregon State the lone oasis. The problem is scoring: UCLA doesn't seem to want to do it. The O scored fewer than 20 points in five of the final seven games.

89. Utah State (4-8)   2010 CFN Score: 3.92
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 91
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2009 Final Ranking: 93
2009 Final Score. 3.74
2008 Final Ranking: 106
2008 Final Score: 1.97
Key Stat: The Aggies were 109th in the nation in sacks and 117th in tackles for loss.

Just when it seemed like the Bruins had turned a corner with three straight wins, including a blowout at Texas, they went in the tank with six losses in the final seven games with a 17-14 win over Oregon State the lone oasis. The problems is scoring: UCLA doesn't seem to want to do it. The O scored fewer than 20 points in five of the final seven games.

88. Indiana (5-7)    2010 CFN Score: 4.35
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 70
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2009 Final Ranking: T99.
2009 Final Score. 2.61
2008 Final Ranking: 105
2008 Final Score: 2.48
Key Stat: IU was 14th in the nation in passing and 112th in rushing. 

If only Demarlo Belcher had been able to hang on to the ball. The IU star receiver dropped a touchdown pass in the final moments against Iowa and it ended up costing the Hoosiers a bowl game, but the season might be remembered more for the 83-20 loss to Wisconsin. After starting out the season 3-0 and 4-2, IU lost five straight before closing out with an overtime win over Purdue.

87. Marshall (5-7)    2010 CFN Score: 4.47
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 95
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2009 Final Ranking: 57
2009 Final Score. 9.46
2008 Final Ranking: 77
2008 Final Score: 5.72
Key Stat: MU 103rd in the nation in offense and 114th in rushing.

Doc Holliday’s first season was rocky at first, starting out 1-6, but the defense picked up and the offense did enough to get by to close out with a run of four wins in the final five dates. The offense has to be more consistent and there can’t be losses like there were against Bowling Green, but the team will be full of veterans next year.

86. Louisiana Tech (5-7)    2010 CFN Score: 4.70
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 82
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2009 Final Ranking: 89
2009 Final Score. 4.24
2008 Final Ranking: 63
2008 Final Score: 7.99
Key Stat: Tech was 116th in the nation in total defense allowing 462 yards per game. 

The Sonny Dykes offense didn’t exactly take off, but it had a few nice moments against the WAC’s weakest teams. The defense didn’t stop anyone but Utah State, having problems with everyone’s passing game. However, closing out with a 4-3 record in the final seven games was a plus.

85. Idaho (6-7)     2010 CFN Score: 5.99
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 97
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 3-10
2009 Final Ranking: 56
2009 Final Score. 9.69
2008 Final Ranking: 118
2008 Final Score: -2.96
Key Stat: Idaho finished 118th in the nation in rushing. 

It wasn’t a bowl season, but the Vandals managed to show that 2009 wasn’t a fluke with a good six-win season. A second half run of losses to the best of the WAC ended the fun, but they managed to beat almost all the teams they were supposed to, with the Colorado State loss a killer for the rankings, but the problem was the stretch against Hawaii, Nevada, and Boise State with losses by a combined score of 160 to 41.

84. UTEP (6-7)    2010 CFN Score: 5.27
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 80
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2009 Final Ranking: 103
2009 Final Score. 1.89
2008 Final Ranking: 89
2008 Final Score: 4.43
Key Stat: The Miners were 109th in the nation in sacks and 116th in tackles for loss. 

Like all Mike Price UTEP teams, it fizzled in the second half. One of Conference USA’s biggest stories over the first half of the year with a 5-1 start, the Miners lost six of their final seven games including an ugly blowout loss to BYU in the New Mexico Bowl. Four of the six wins were against bad teams, but the SMU victory was a bright spot.

83. UAB (4-8)    2010 CFN Score: 5.45
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 113
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2009 Final Ranking: 80
2009 Final Score. 4.96
2008 Final Ranking: 100
2008 Final Score: 3.06
Key Stat: The Blazers allowed the fewest sacks of anyone in Conference USA. 

The Blazers weren’t as bad as expected and they were competitive with six games decided by five points or fewer. Wins over Troy and Southern Miss made the season, but losing three of the final four games ruined any dreams of going bowling. The offense was solid and the line was good, but the team has to learn how to win more close games.

82. Kent State (5-7)   
2010 CFN Score: 5.48
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 90
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2009 Final Ranking: 87
2009 Final Score. 4.29
2008 Final Ranking: 96
2008 Final Score: 3.36
Key Stat: KSU was fourth in the nation in tackles for loss in 2009 and third in 2010. 

Kent State had one of the nation’s most aggressive defensive fronts and a phenomenal run defense, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a miserable offense. Kent State came up with one nice win over Ohio to close out the year, but it was too late after losing three straight games to miss out on a bowl game and cost head coach Doug Martin his job.

81. Houston (5-7)    
2010 CFN Score: 5.58
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 57
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2009 Final Ranking: 18
2009 Final Score. 15.41
2008 Final Ranking: 41
2008 Final Score: 12.13
Key Stat: The Cougars were 114th in the nation against the run. 

All the fun the Cougars were supposed to have went bye-bye when star quarterback Case Keenum got hurt early on. The passing game was still the best in Conference USA, but it wasn’t potent enough and it wasn’t able to come up with a November win that would’ve given the Cougars a bowl bid. The scoring was there, but the wins didn’t follow as expected.

80. Colorado (5-7)    2010 CFN Score: 5.63
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 50
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2009 Final Ranking: T99.
2009 Final Score. 2.61
2008 Final Ranking: 76
2008 Final Score: 6.08
Key Stat: The Buffs were 110th in the nation against the pass. 

Colorado got off to a 3-1 start, and it appeared ready to put a halt to a bad losing streak, but a collapse against Kansas cost a bowl bid and Dan Hawkins his job. Jon Embree will take over full time, and the team seemed to relax with Hawkins gone beating Iowa State and Kansas State in the two best performances of the season. A 45-17 loss to Nebraska, though, ended the year with a losing record.

79. Purdue (4-8)    2010 CFN Score: 5.64
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 49
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2009 Final Ranking: 71
2009 Final Score. 7.02
2008 Final Ranking: 85
2008 Final Score: 5.03
Key Stat: Purdue was 114th in the nation in passing efficiency. 

After a laughable array of injuries with all the star skill players knocked out, Purdue couldn’t overcome the problems and lost its final five games of the year. While the team put up a great fight, and there was a nice win over Northwestern, it was asking way too much to come up with a decent season considering the horrendous breaks.

78. Georgia Tech (6-7)   2010 CFN Score: 5.81
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 40
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2009 Final Ranking: 13
2009 Final Score. 17.55
2008 Final Ranking: 22
2008 Final Score: 15.72
Key Stat: Tech was 101st in the nation in sacks and 108th in tackles for loss. 

Georgia Tech was supposed to rebuild, but not like this. The offense led the nation in rushing, but it wasn’t the same with QB Josh Nesbitt hurt, but there were still plenty of chances to be better. The Yellow Jackets suffered a horrendous loss at Kansas, but still started out 5-2 before losing five of the final six games including a 14-7 Independence Bowl defeat to Air Force.

77. Western Michigan (6-6)   2010 CFN Score: 6.02
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 98
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2009 Final Ranking: 94
2009 Final Score. 3.57
2008 Final Ranking: 50
2008 Final Score: 10.42
Key Stat: The Broncos finished first in the MAC and 16th in the nation in passing. 

The Broncos didn’t go bowling, but they closed out the year hot with three straight wins including victories over Kent State and Bowling Green by a combined score of 79 to 10. The problem was a bad loss at Central Michigan when WMU wasn’t focused, but early losses to Idaho and Toledo didn’t help.

76. California (5-7)   2010 CFN Score: 6.06
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 34
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2009 Final Ranking: 43
2009 Final Score. 12.03
2008 Final Ranking: 27
2008 Final Score: 15.09
Key Stat: Cal was 111th in the nation in pass defense in 2009 and was 21st, and first in the Pac 10, in 2010. 

A disappointing year, Cal had the Pac 10’s best defense, but stunningly, the offense didn’t follow suit. Great at home early on and miserable on the road, the Bears had a strange season with the highlight a close-call loss to Oregon in the Ducks’ toughest game before the BCS Championship. Losing four of the final games ended the year on a disastrous note, especially the collapse late against Washington.

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