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CFN 2010 Final Rankings - No. 26-50
Michigan QB Denard Robinson
Michigan QB Denard Robinson
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Posted Jan 14, 2011


Who were the teams that finished just outside of the top 25? These are the teams that had good seasons, but not quite great ones as their seasons were missing a little something to be considered among the stars. Which teams had the best seasons? Here's 2010 final ranking based on who earned it on the field, using the CFN Historical Formula, teams No. 26-50.


CFN 2010 Final Rankings

No. 26 to No. 50


- 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.

50. Michigan (7-6)  2010 CFN Score: 10.47
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 47
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2009 Final Ranking: 82
2009 Final Score. 4.91
2008 Final Ranking: 97
2008 Final Score: 3.21
Key Stat: The Wolverines were 115th in the nation in turnover margin in 2009 and 109th in 2010.

For all the good things Michigan did this year offensively, losing six of the final eight games put a damper on the year and led to the canning of Rich Rodriguez. There were some very nice wins, beating UConn and Notre Dame to start the season, and beating Illinois in a triple overtime classic, but getting obliterated by Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Mississippi State, thanks to an all-timer of a miserable defense, killed all the fun created by Denard Robinson and the attack.

T48. South Florida (8-5)   2010 CFN Score: 10.65
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 41
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2009 Final Ranking: 50
2009 Final Score. 10.72
2008 Final Ranking: 44
2008 Final Score: 11.36
Key Stat: USF was 105th in the nation in total offense.

The first season under Skip Holtz was a success and it set the tone for what’s expected to be a good run. The Bulls didn’t have an offense, but the defense was terrific and there were just enough by wins to get excited for the future. After a 3-1 start, the Bulls played seven games decided by seven points or fewer with overtime victories over Louisville and Miami.

T48. Penn State (7-6)    2010 CFN Score: 10.65
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 18
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2009 Final Ranking: 15
2009 Final Score. 16.76
2008 Final Ranking: 10
2008 Final Score: 19.29
Key Stat: Penn State was 101st in the nation in sacks.

This might seem like an extreme disappointment after a few elite seasons, but for a rebuilding year, Penn State wasn’t all that horrible as it turned things around midway through with a run of four wins in five games. Losing the Outback Bowl to Florida in the final moments wasn’t a fun way to close, but the hope has to be that 2010 was a lump-taking season for a bigger 2011.

T46. Southern Miss (8-5)   2010 CFN Score: 10.82
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 73
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2009 Final Ranking: 58
2009 Final Score. 9.46
2008 Final Ranking: 51
2008 Final Score: 10.39
Key Stat: USM was 13th in the nation against the run and 18th in total offense.

It wasn’t a big year for the Golden Eagles, failing to get to the Conference USA title game and losing the St. Petersburg Bowl to Louisville, but the offense was among the best in America and the defense was among the best in the league. The win over UCF was the highlight of the year, but there weren’t any other good wins with three Bad Wins over teams with three wins or fewer.

T46. Washington (7-6)   2010 CFN Score: 9.10
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 35
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2009 Final Ranking: 63
2009 Final Score. 9.10
2008 Final Ranking: 119
2008 Final Score: -3.29
Key Stat: The Huskies were 96th in the nation in scoring.

Considering where the program has been over the last several years, and considering how awful the team looked in back-to-back-to-back losses to Arizona, Stanford, and Oregon by a combined score of 138-30, Washington closed out with a phenomenal flourish. The Huskies won four straight with thrilling victories over Cal and Washington State and a shockingly dominant Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska.

45. Miami (7-6)   2010 CFN Score: 11.02
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 11
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2009 Final Ranking: 20
2009 Final Score. 15.25
2008 Final Ranking: 53
2008 Final Score: 9.92
Key Stat: The Canes led the nation in tackles for loss.

The Hurricanes couldn’t stop giving the ball away, they couldn’t come up with enough good wins, and Randy Shannon was shown the door and Al Golden is coming in. There were nice wins over Pitt, North Carolina, and Maryland, but closing out with three straight losses, including an inexcusable overtime gaffe against South Florida, a good team but not a great one, wasn’t a plus, and the Sun Bowl loss to Notre Dame was embarrassing.

44. USC (8-5)    2010 CFN Score: 11.18
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 16
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 10-3
2009 Final Ranking: 16
2009 Final Score. 16.55
2008 Final Ranking: 5
2008 Final Score: 23.13
Key Stat: USC was 109th in the nation, and last in the Pac 10, against the pass.

Lane Kiffin tried to keep the tradition and the momentum going, but the team lost steam with nothing to play for and ended up losing to Stanford, Oregon, and Notre Dame in statement moments. The defense was awful and the offense was inconsistent, but 8-5 still isn’t bad. There were only two good wins – Hawaii to start the season and Arizona late in the year.

43. Louisville (7-6)   2010 CFN Score: 11.20
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 72
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2009 Final Ranking: 86
2009 Final Score. 4.35
2008 Final Ranking: 94
2008 Final Score: 3.80
Key Stat: The Cardinals finished sixth in the nation in sacks and 14th in total defense.

Charlie Strong was a major success in his first season turning around the program and coming up with a win over Rutgers to get a bowl appearance and a win over Southern Miss to close out with a winning record. The Cardinals came up with a whale of a defensive year, and now the tone is set to become a player in Big East play again next year.

42. Syracuse (8-5)    2010 CFN Score: 11.24
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 67
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2009 Final Ranking: 79
2009 Final Score. 5.42
2008 Final Ranking: 104
2008 Final Score: 2.75
Key Stat: The Orange was seventh in the nation in total defense.

Syracuse couldn’t win at home. Just when it had its chances to blow up and be special, the offense fizzled in front of the home folk. Even so, the Orange managed to come up with great wins over South Florida and West Virginia over the first half of the year, and closed out with a classic battle against Kansas State in the Pinstripe. However, it helped to get Akron, Maine, and Colgate on the slate to beef up the ranking.

41. Illinois (7-6)
   2010 CFN Score: 11.47
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 60
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2009 Final Ranking: 98
2009 Final Score. 2.78
2008 Final Ranking: 69
2008 Final Score: 6.67
Key Stat: The Illini was 11th in the nation in rushing.

Ron Zook hired the right coordinators, and it showed as his Illini came up with one of the most stunning seasons from any BCS league team. The running game was terrific as it managed to pound away over anyone and everyone, but there were some clunkers that kept the year from being special as the Illini suffered an inexcusable home loss to Minnesota and couldn’t get by a mediocre Northern Illinois. However, a blowout win over Baylor in the Texas Bowl put a nice bow on the year.

40. Arizona (8-5)    2010 CFN Score: 11.51
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 30
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2009 Final Ranking: 22
2009 Final Score. 14.82
2008 Final Ranking: 37
2008 Final Score: 12.86
Key Stat: The Wildcats were ninth in the nation in passing.

It could’ve been a great year, but it turned out to be a major disappointment. The Wildcats started out 7-1 with a strong win over Iowa to get everyone fired up, and then … pfffffft. Starting with a clunker of a loss to Stanford, the Cats closed out the year losing five straight including an ugly loss to Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl and a rivalry loss to Arizona State when the kicking game couldn’t get off an easy kick. A home loss to Oregon State didn’t help the ranking.

39. Navy (9-4)   2010 CFN Score: 11.77
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 74
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2009 Final Ranking: 26
2009 Final Score. 14.41
2008 Final Ranking: 42
2008 Final Score: 11.79
Key Stat: Navy was sixth in the nation in rushing.

While the Poinsettia Bowl loss to San Diego State wasn’t pretty, the Midshipmen overcame an inconsistent year to finish with nine wins highlighted by a four-game winning streak to close things out. Beating Army is always a plus, and beating Notre Dame is always special, but Navy couldn’t punch it in against Maryland in the opener and lost to Duke. The three regular season losses were by a total of 14 points.

38. Texas Tech (8-5)   2010 CFN Score: 11.90
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 32
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2009 Final Ranking: 42
2009 Final Score. 12.09
2008 Final Ranking: 9
2008 Final Score: 19.42
Key Stat: The Red Raiders finished 118th in the nation in pass defense.

Tommy Tuberville’s first year wasn’t full of the fun pyrotechnics that Mike Leach’s offenses used to shoot off, but it still finished seventh in the nation in passing. The Red Raiders won four of their final five games including a big victory over Missouri and a bowl win over Northwestern. However, early losses to Texas and Iowa State look worse now than they did at the time.

37 Miami University (10-4)   2010 CFN Score: 11.98
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 93
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 1-11
2009 Final Ranking: 114
2009 Final Score. -0.65
2008 Final Ranking: 117
2008 Final Score: -2.79
Key Stat: MU was 12th in the nation in tackles for loss.

In one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history, Miami went from double-digit losses to double-digit wins with a stunning MAC championship win over Northern Illinois and a strong bowl win over Middle Tennessee. The offense sputtered and struggled to run the ball all season long and the defense was good, but not elite. It didn’t matter as MU won their final six games including a dominant 23-3 win over Temple to set the tone for the finishing kick.

36. San Diego State (9-4)   2010 CFN Score: 12.12
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 83
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2009 Final Ranking: 96
2009 Final Score. 2.97
2008 Final Ranking: 111
2008 Final Score: -0.98
Key Stat: The Aztecs led the Mountain West and were 12th in the nation in passing.

Brady Hoke turned the program around and then he took off to Michigan. The Aztecs put together one of their best seasons in decades winning nine games and the Poinsettia Bowl over Navy, but six of the wins came against the dregs of humanity. How close was SDSU from being truly special? Its four losses to Missouri, BYU, TCU and Utah all came by five points or fewer.

35. Connecticut (8-5)   2010 CFN Score: 12.69
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 36
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2009 Final Ranking: 36
2009 Final Score. 12.60
2008 Final Ranking: 48
2008 Final Score: 10.79
Key Stat: UConn finished 110th in the nation in passing.

The Huskies might have gone 8-5, and they might have lost to Temple by two touchdowns and to Rutgers, and they might have lost head coach Randy Edsall to Maryland, but they went to the Fiesta Bowl. They lost to Oklahoma, but they got to the BCS in the biggest moment in the program’s history. There were some nice wins over West Virginia, Pitt, and the classic finish against USF, but this might be it for a while as the program needs to rebuild.

34. Florida (8-5)    2010 CFN Score: 12.73
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 4
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2009 Final Ranking: 2
2009 Final Score. 26.71
2008 Final Ranking: 1
2008 Final Score: 28.98
Key Stat: Florida was second in the nation in punting.

The Gators never figured out what they wanted to do or what they wanted to be offensively, and it showed finishing tenth in the nation in yards and passing and 11th in passing efficiency. Even with all the problems, and with the loss of Urban Meyer to retirement, they got within a game of the SEC title game. They got blasted by South Carolina on their home floor, but at least they were in the position. The best win of the year? Technically, it was over Miami University in the opener.

33. Mississippi State (9-4)  2010 CFN Score: 12.88
010 CFN Preseason Rank: 45
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2009 Final Ranking: 62
2009 Final Score. 9.28
2008 Final Ranking: 91
2008 Final Score: 4.20
Key Stat: The Bulldogs was second in the SEC and 16th in the nation in rushing.

Dan Mullen’s season was a tremendous success, especially after destroying Michigan in the Gator Bowl and with the win at Florida. However, those were the only two wins over teams that finished with winning records. MSU overcame losses to Auburn and LSU to win eight of its final ten games with a double overtime thriller against Arkansas and a blowout to Bama, but this was a huge stepping-stone season that should make this the hot team going into 2011.

32. UCF (11-3)   2010 CFN Score: 13.13
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 85
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 8-5
2009 Final Ranking: 53
2009 Final Score. 10.34
2008 Final Ranking: 98
2008 Final Score: 3.18
Key Stat: UCF finished first in the nation in kickoff returns averaging 27.78 yards per try.

It wasn’t the sexiest team around, but the Knights had the best defense in Conference USA and managed to come up with timely special teams and just enough pop with the running game to win the title. If beating SMU in the C-USA Championship game for a ten-win season wasn’t enough, stuffing Georgia in a 10-6 Liberty Bowl win took the season to another level. However, as crazy as this might seem, none of the 11 wins came against a team that finished with a winning record.

31. Air Force (9-4)    2010 CFN Score: 13.21
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 62
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2009 Final Ranking: 40
2009 Final Score. 12.19
2008 Final Ranking: 46
2008 Final Score: 11.21
Key Stat: The Falcons led the nation in fewest sacks allowed and finished second in the nation in rushing.

The Falcons had a rough middle of the season with losses to San Diego State, TCU, and Utah, but they rolled through the final four games winning the Commander-in-Chief trophy and closing out with a stifling 14-7 bowl win over Georgia Tech. While TCU blew them away, a close call against Oklahoma and a two-point loss to San Diego State weren’t that bad. It helped, though, to have a slew of miserable teams, like Wyoming and Colorado State, on the slate.

30. Pitt (8-5)   2010 CFN Score: 13.32
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 17
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2009 Final Ranking: 14
2009 Final Score. 17.37
2008 Final Ranking: 13
2008 Final Score: 17.42
Key Stat: The Panthers were eighth in the nation in total defense.

Pitt wasn’t really all that bad, but it didn’t live up to expectations and Dave Wannstedt was fired. Even though it wasn’t a special season, the Panthers managed to win six of their final eight games. However, losses to UConn and West Virginia to miss out on the Big East title signaled the end of the Wannstedt era. All five losses came to bowl bound teams with the worst loss of the lot, technically, coming against Miami.

29. Maryland (9-4)   2010 CFN Score: 14.25
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 59
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2009 Final Ranking: 109
2009 Final Score. 0.23
2008 Final Ranking: 36
2008 Final Score: 13.03
Key Stat: The Terps were fourth in the nation in turnover margin.

One of the best turnarounds of any team this year, ACC coach of the year, and a nine win campaign with three wins in the final four games including a dominant bowl win over East Carolina, and it still wasn’t enough for Ralph Friedgen to keep his job. In comes Randy Edsall from UConn to a team that managed to avoid the bad losses like there were two years ago and beat several strong teams including NC State, Navy, and Boston College.

28. Tulsa (10-3)    2010 CFN Score: 14.71
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 84
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2009 Final Ranking: 54
2009 Final Score. 4.65
2008 Final Ranking: 17
2008 Final Score: 16.49
Key Stat: Tulsa finished fifth in the nation in total offense and sixth in scoring, but was last in pass defense. 

Before losing head coach Todd Graham to Pitt, the Golden Hurricane came up with yet another special, under-the-radar season with ten wins including a dominant Hawaii Bowl win over Hawaii and a victory over Notre Dame as part of a run of seven straight victories, and nine in the final ten games, after losing to Oklahoma State. Tulsa’s three losses came on a Hail Mary against East Carolina in the opener, to a nasty Cowboy team, and by three at SMU. That was it. The 562 points put up on the board helped make the ranking this high.

27. South Carolina (9-5)   2010 CFN Score: 14.73
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 39
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2009 Final Ranking: 52
2009 Final Score. 10.57
2008 Final Ranking: 61
2008 Final Score: 8.50
Key Stat: The Gamecocks finished seventh in the nation in sacks.

While the season ended with a thud getting blown out by Auburn and losing to Florida State in a lifeless Chick-fil-A Bowl, but it was still the most successful season in school history winning the East title and playing in the SEC Championship. There were some rough patches like the collapse against Kentucky and the blowout loss to Arkansas, but blowing away Florida in Gainesville with the division on the line made the year. Beating Clemson in the rivalry battle wasn't bad, either.

26. West Virginia (11-3)    2010 CFN Score: 14.95
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 24
CFN 2010 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2009 Final Ranking: 21
2009 Final Score. 15.02
2008 Final Ranking: 29
2008 Final Score: 14.42
Key Stat: The Mountaineers finished third in the nation in total defense and scoring defense

It was a strange and disappointing year for the Mountaineers. The defense failed to give up more than 21 points to anyone until the gutless 23-7 bowl loss to NC State, but the offense wasn’t consistent. The three losses before the bowl came by a grand total of 14 points with all three coming by six points or fewer. Beating teams like Louisville and Pitt down the stretch kept BCS hopes alive, but the overtime loss to UConn proved costly.

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