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2011 CFN 5-Year Program Rankings - 81 to 100
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CFN's 2011 Five-Year Program Rankings and Analysis ... Teams 81 through 100



Preview 2011 - No. 81 to 100

CFN Five-Year Program Analysis


2011 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis
- Bottom 20 | No. 81 to 100 | No. 61 to 80
- No. 41 to 60 | No. 26 to 40 | No. 11 to No. 25
- No. 10 Georgia | No. 9 Virginia Tech | No. 8 Alabama
- No. 7 Boise State | No. 6. LSU | No. 5 Texas | No. 4 Oklahoma
- No. 3 USC | No. 2 Ohio State | No. 1 Florida
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Every new coach realistically needs five years to make a program his. He doesn't always get that much time, often being asked to turn things around right away. Five years allows a coach to go through an entire recruiting cycle, get comfortable in the position, and implement everything he'd like to do. With that in mind, we created the CFN Five-Year Program Analysis highlighting off-the-field factors like the Academic Progress Report (do the players go to class) and the players drafted by the NFL (a huge selling point to recruits), to attendance (it pays the bills) and wins, wins, wins. On-field success ends up being all that matters, so that's where the focus lies.

One note, the totals for each team might not add up because we list the total number of wins and losses for the categories, while the Bad Wins and Losses and Elite Wins and Losses might be scored differently (two home losses against 3-9 teams would be scored as a 3).

Quick Explanation of Scores
- Attendance: Home attendance average over the last five years divided by 10,000. Avg. Score: 4.39
- APR: The most recently released Academic Performance Rate. 90th to 100th percentile (best) gets a 10, 1st to 10th percentile (worst) gets a 1 Avg. Score: 5.84
- Quality Wins: Wins over FBS teams that finished with a winning record. Avg. Score: 10.58
- Total Wins: Wins over FBS teams. Avg. Score: 29.76
- Players Drafted: Number of players drafted. Avg. Score: 9.56
- Conference Win %: Conference winning percentage times 10. Avg. Score: 4.97
- Elite Win Score: Wins over FBS teams that finished with two losses or fewer, or on the road, at a neutral site, or in a bowl over teams that finished with three losses or fewer. Add an additional 0.5 for an Elite Win over a two-loss team on the road. Avg. Number: 1.18
- Bad Loss Score: Losses to teams that finished with three wins or fewer or any loss to a non-FBS team. Subtract each loss from the overall total. Subtract an additional 0.5 for each Bad Loss at home. Avg. Number: 2.20
- Elite Losses: Losses to teams that finished with two wins or fewer. Take 0.25 of the number. Avg. Number: 5.14
- Bad Wins: Wins over teams that finished with three wins or fewer or any win to a non-FBS team Avg. Number: 11.27
- Detailed Explanation of the Scoring System and Categories

100. Colorado State
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Program Analysis: 28th in 2003, Colorado State was a major factor on the national landscape and it appeared to be ready to make a big jump forward to be what TCU is now. Instead, the program has been in a steady decline down the charts and head coach Steve Fairchild can’t pull up out of the nosedive. The Rams have struggled to put butts in the seats, but the APR is a decent 6. The big problem, though, is the lack of wins with just 16 FBS victories and 11 of them against the bad teams. The 22.5% clip in conference play is an embarrassment for a team that was supposed to grow into a Mountain West superpower. The potential is there to be good, but the talent level has to impove.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 27.51
2010 Ranking: 99
2009 Ranking: 83
Attendance Score: 2.26
APR Score: 6
Drafted Players: 3
FBS Wins: 16
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 3
Elite Losses: 9
Bad Wins: 11
Conference Score: 2.25

99. Washington State
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Program Analysis: The number should’ve gone up after the 4-7 2005 season came off the books, but winning three FBS games in the last three seasons isn’t going to help the numbers. The APR Score is an inexcusable 2, but the problem has been Pac 10 play winning just 20% of the games. The Cougars have just 14 wins over FBS squads, and for a team that isn’t all that far removed from a Rose Bowl appearance to struggle so much is a bit of a shocker. It’s hard to be much of a factor in a BCS league with just five players drafted in five years; the talent level has to improve.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 27.82
2010 Ranking: 89
2009 Ranking: 83
Attendance Score: 2.82
APR Score: 2
Drafted Players: 5
FBS Wins: 14
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 0
Elite Losses: 7
Bad Wins: 5
Conference Score: 2.00

98. Louisiana Tech
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Program Analysis: The Bulldogs have never made a huge splash in the rankings, topping out in the 70s in the mid-2000s, but the inability to beat anyone of note, and the lack of regular WAC wins, have sunk the ranking like a stone. Tech only has one win in the last five years over a team that finished with a winning record, and it has only sent three players off to the NFL. The Attendance Score is always going to be a drain, and beating the bad teams hasn’t been a problem with 16 Bad Wins in the 20 victories, but to finally get out of the WAC and move on to the Mountain West or Conference USA, there has to be more production.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 29.06
2010 Ranking: 94
2009 Ranking: 90
Attendance Score: 1.81
APR Score: 5
Drafted Players: 3
FBS Wins: 20
Quality Wins: 1
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 2
Elite Losses: 6
Bad Wins: 16
Conference Score: 4.25

97. Iowa State
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Program Analysis: Gene Chizik didn’t exactly stock the shelves in Ames like he did in Auburn, but Paul Rhoads is doing a good job of keeping the program moving forward even though the talent level isn’t in place. Winning Big 12 games has been a fight, and the Bad Loss Score is painful, but the big problems are the APR Scores – a lousy 3 – and the lack of drafted players. It’s hard to bring in the top talents to Iowa State, and Rhoads has to get what he can out of the prospects he can get. In the new world of the Big 12, it could be even tougher with all the Big 12 South teams on the slate every year.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 29.19
2010 Ranking: 95
2009 Ranking: 94
Attendance Score: 4.69
APR Score: 3
Drafted Players: 4
FBS Wins: 17
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 4
Elite Losses: 4
Bad Wins: 7
Conference Score: 3.25

96. San Diego State
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Program Analysis: It’s been hard to find any semblance of consistency at SDSU, and not being able to keep Brady Hoke around could be the end to any hope of being a factor in the Mountain West title chase. New head coach Rocky Long knows the conference after serving as the main man at New Mexico for a long time, and he has good players in place. Bad year after bad year under Chuck Long makes it hard to come up with a big jump in the rankings, but if Long can come up with a decent season, the ranking should rise next year when the 3-9 2006 season doesn’t count. 15 of the 19 wins over FBS teams were Bad Wins.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 30.30
2010 Ranking: 103
2009 Ranking: 101
Attendance Score: 2.80
APR Score: 4
Drafted Players: 7
FBS Wins: 19
Quality Wins: 2
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 3
Elite Losses: 9
Bad Wins: 15
Conference Score: 3.50

95. UTEP
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Program Analysis: UTEP collapsed and was ranked as low as 115th in 2004, but it started to rise back up to 71st in 2009. Head coach Mike Price has put the Miners into bowl games twice in the last six years, but the late season collapses and the lack of consistency have been a problem. The APR Score is lousy, the Attendance Score isn’t great, and winning just 38% of the conference games is a disaster for the rankings. The team needs to start coming up with more wins against the decent foes, and it has to start beating more of the good teams to make a move back up. The 22 wins against FBS teams are the most from anyone in the bottom 26.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 30.99
2010 Ranking: 87
2009 Ranking: 71
Attendance Score: 3.49
APR Score: 3
Drafted Players: 5
FBS Wins: 22
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 7
Elite Losses: 2
Bad Wins: 9
Conference Score: 3.75

94. Ball State
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Program Analysis: The Brad Hoke era boosted the Cardinals up the charts ranking 64th in 2009, but there was a drop in 2010 to 77th and on down to a horrendous 94th after coming up with just five wins over FCS teams in the last two seasons. New head coach Pete Lembo has to the fan base fired up again to help a horrible Attendance Score, and the APR and Draft Scores don’t help the cause. The 26 FCS wins are helped from the big 2008 season, but 15 of them were Bad Wins and there were just four victories over decent teams. The Bad Loss Score of 7.5 isn’t going to go away any time soon with home losses to Liberty and Eastern Michigan last season staying in the equation for the next few years.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 31.49
2010 Ranking: 64
2009 Ranking: 77
Attendance Score: 1.34
APR Score: 4
Drafted Players: 2
FBS Wins: 26
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 7.5
Elite Losses: 2
Bad Wins: 15
Conference Score: 5.90

93. SMU
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Program Analysis: June Jones got the Mustangs out of the doldrums and into bowl games, along with a spot in the Conference USA title game last year, but it’s slow going to get up the rankings. The fans are starting to show up again, and next year the Attendance Score should get over 2, while the APR and Draft Scores should only get better. It might take two years before the ranking starts to shoot up into the 70s, with the 1-11 2007 season in the equation for a little while longer, but Jones has everything pointed in the right direction. The Conference Win Score will go up and up, and so will everything else.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 32.19
2010 Ranking: 102
2009 Ranking: 107
Attendance Score: 1.94
APR Score: 6
Drafted Players: 4
FBS Wins: 20
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 4.5
Elite Losses: 4
Bad Wins: 8
Conference Score: 3.75

92. Wyoming
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Program Analysis: Consistency is always going to be a problem for Wyoming, and improving on the Conference Score will be an issue going forward with the Mountain West improving and getting stronger over the next two years. The fan base might be rabid, but it just isn’t all that big. The APR is an embarrassing 3, and only two players have been drafted. Head coach Dave Christensen is doing his best, but Wyoming isn’t an easy place to win on a regular basis, and this year, it could be a case of taking a big step back to possibly take a leap forward. 115th in the rankings in 2003, the Cowboys won’t be down that low again, but they’ll fall.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 32.25
2010 Ranking: 87
2009 Ranking: 91
Attendance Score: 2.00
APR Score: 3
Drafted Players: 2
FBS Wins: 22
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 4
Elite Losses: 11
Bad Wins: 11
Conference Score: 3.25

91. Toledo
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Program Analysis: Toledo used to be fantastic, ranking 25th in the rankings in 2003. The fall was far and swift, flying to the near-bottom ranking 100th last year, but head coach Tim Beckman has stopped the skid and has the Rockets looking like a player in the MAC again after getting to a bowl game last year. The off-field scores have to be better, and while there isn’t much that can be done about the attendance, the APR can improve and the number of players drafted has to improve a little bit. Losing the 9-3 2005 season from the equation hurts this year, but the numbers will go up in a hurry.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 32.83
2010 Ranking: 95
2009 Ranking: 100
Attendance Score: 1.83
APR Score: 4
Drafted Players: 2
FBS Wins: 24
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 3.5
Elite Losses: 5
Bad Wins: 13
Conference Score: 4.50

90. Bowling Green
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Program Analysis: Back when Urban Meyer was ruling the roost, Bowling Green was up in the 40s, and now it’s sliding quickly after inconsistent production and a down 2010. Head coach Dave Clawson has created a terrific offense that can wing the ball all over the yard, but the talent level isn’t exactly great with just one player getting drafted over the last five years, but the wins are there with 26 FBS victories. The Bad Loss Score stinks, and the Attendance Score will always be a drag, but a few decent seasons should get the Falcons back into the 70s at some point in the next few years.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 33.52
2010 Ranking: 83
2009 Ranking: 81
Attendance Score: 1.52
APR Score: 4
Drafted Players: 1
FBS Wins: 26
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 7
Elite Losses: 5
Bad Wins: 11
Conference Score: 5.00

89. Temple
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Program Analysis: Easily one of the worst programs in college football for a long, long time – ranking 118th in 2006 – thing started to pick up once Al Golden took over and the ranking took a big jump up after the 0-11 2005 season didn’t count in the formula. If new head man Steve Addazio can have any sort of success right away, the ranking should shoot up even higher when the 1-11 2006 campaign goes off the books. The APR Score is a problem, but the Draft Score will pick up over the next few years and the Attendance Score is starting to pick up a bit – it always helps when there’s a date against Penn State on the slate. Winning is not a normal thing for Temple, but the program needs to start getting used to it.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 33.99
2010 Ranking: 115
2009 Ranking: 107
Attendance Score: 1.96
APR Score: 3
Drafted Players: 3
FBS Wins: 26
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 3.5
Elite Losses: 3
Bad Wins: 14
Conference Score: 4.77

88. Minnesota
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Program Analysis: Even during the stronger times under Glen Mason not all that long ago, Minnesota didn’t exactly burn up the rankings, topping out at 52 in 2006. After the Tim Brewster disaster, new head coach Jerry Kill has to try to change up the culture of Minnesota football to take advantage of the gorgeous young stadium. The Attendance Score is by far the best of the bottom 56 teams, and there are ten Elite Losses from a rough Big Ten slate, but it’s not a plus to be just ahead of Duke, Iowa State, and Washington State on the list of BCS teams on the list. The APR Score isn’t a good thing for a decent academic institution, but on the field, the lack of wins is the big problem winning just 28% of Big Ten games.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 34.07
2010 Ranking: 80
2009 Ranking: 76
Attendance Score: 5.07
APR Score: 4
Drafted Players: 4
FBS Wins: 20
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 6
Elite Losses: 10
Bad Wins: 5
Conference Score: 2.75

87. Baylor
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Program Analysis: Art Briles did it. He said Baylor could have a good football program, and he told all the non-believers that the turnaround could be done, and he did the near impossible and got the team to a bowl game for the first time since it joined the Big 12. With the improvement came the fans averaging over 40,000 per game last year, building up after averaging fewer than 31,000 an outing in 2004. The Draft Score is one of the best of the bottom tier programs, and the APR of 6 isn’t lousy, but now the wins have to keep coming. Even with last year’s success, BU has won just a quarter of its Big 12 games over the last five years and 11 of the 17 FBS wins were Bad Wins, but for a program that’s been so bad for so long, it’ll take more seasons like 2010.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 34.39
2010 Ranking: 98
2009 Ranking: 100
Attendance Score: 3.64
APR Score: 6
Drafted Players: 9
FBS Wins: 17
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 1.5
Elite Losses: 8
Bad Wins: 11
Conference Score: 2.50

86. Arkansas State
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Program Analysis: New head coach Hugh Freeze is in charge of getting Arkansas State back among the Sun Belt elite. The Red Wolves won the title in 2005, but that season doesn’t count in the rankings anymore and it’s replaced by a 4-8 2010. The conference wins haven’t come in bunches, winning fewer than half the league games, and 15 of the 22 wins were bad, but considering ASU was ranked 111th in 2004, this isn’t too bad and there’s a chance to make a good move up with a strong 2011.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 34.79
2010 Ranking: 85
2009 Ranking: 82
Attendance Score: 1.82
APR Score: 6
Drafted Players: 5
FBS Wins: 22
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 2.5
Elite Losses: 4
Bad Wins: 15
Conference Score: 4.72

85. Miami University
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Program Analysis: In a shock of shockers, Miami overcame an awful 2009 season to win the 2010 MAC title to make a huge jump up the rankings after finishing 96th last year. Thanks to the Ben Roethlisberger days, the RedHawks were as high as 20 in 2006 and were regulars in the 20s during the mid-2000s, but things fell off the map after the late Terry Hoeppner left for Indiana and it took a great year from Mike Haywood’s club last year to turn it around. The 2011 team is good enough to be in the hunt for the championship again, and now the expectations are high again. The APR Score of 9 helped to overcome several down categories.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 35.84
2010 Ranking: 96
2009 Ranking: 79
Attendance Score: 1.48
APR Score: 9
Drafted Players: 2
FBS Wins: 20
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Win Score: 1
Bad Loss Score: 3
Elite Losses: 3
Bad Wins: 10
Conference Score: 4.10

84. Colorado
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Program Analysis: A top 25 team in the rankings not all that long ago, the Buffs crashed and burned after Gary Barnett left in a blaze of controversy and Dan Hawkins was disastrous. Over the last five years, Colorado won just 25% of its Big 12 games and came up with a mere 20 FBS wins, and now it has to show something more to make a splash in the new Pac-12. As bad as things were on the field, they were just as embarrassing in the classroom with an APR Score of 2. The Draft Win Score of 9 is decent, but the attendance has sputtered and the Bad Loss Score of 5 is awful.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 36.86
2010 Ranking: 79
2009 Ranking: 60
Attendance Score: 4.86
APR Score: 2
Drafted Players: 9
FBS Wins: 20
Quality Wins: 8
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 5
Elite Losses: 5
Bad Wins: 5
Conference Score: 2.50

83. Florida Atlantic
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Program Analysis: The ranking went up after losing the 2-9 2005 season, but the needle isn’t exactly pointing up for a program that stagnated a bit, is coming off a 4-8 season, and is struggling on the recruiting trail. Howard Schnellenberger’s program is always going to struggle with the attendance, but the APR of 2 is awful and 15 of the wins are Bad Wins. The 61% clip in Sun Belt play is the key, beating teams in conference action since the non-conference wins aren’t coming. Wins help, and the Owls have more against FBS teams than anyone in the bottom 42.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 37.86
2010 Ranking: 88
2009 Ranking: 91
Attendance Score: 1.50
APR Score: 2
Drafted Players: 2
FBS Wins: 28
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 1.5
Elite Losses: 2
Bad Wins: 15
Conference Score: 6.11

82. Marshall
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Program Analysis: Back when the program was humming, MU was as high as 19th in the early 2000s. Now the production is coming back after bottoming out at 97th two years ago, but there are signs under Doc Holliday that things are turning around after a few good seasons. The APR Score of 7 is good, but the lack of drafted players and the struggles in conference play keep the score down. Just 21 FBS wins are a far cry from the days of Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich, and winning fewer than half of Conference USA games isn’t what the program had in mind after moving over from the MAC.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 38.10
2010 Ranking: 90
2009 Ranking: 97
Attendance Score: 2.60
APR Score: 7
Drafted Players: 2
FBS Wins: 21
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 3.5
Elite Losses: 3
Bad Wins: 9
Conference Score: 4.50

81. Vanderbilt
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Program Analysis: As bad as things might be, Vandy is far better than it was in the mid-2000s when it hung around in the 100s including a bottom-out ranking of 107th in 2005. After two straight 2-10 seasons, and with just three FBS wins, the Commodores didn’t exactly take advantage of the tremendous 2008 season and new head coach James Franklin will try to make something special out of an impossible situation. The APR Score is always going to keep the program from diving down too far, and the place sends players to the next level from time to time, but winning just 20% of SEC games is a problem that isn’t going to go away, and the 17 FBS victories are just the fewest by anyone in the top 86.

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 38.27
2010 Ranking: 78
2009 Ranking: 77
Attendance Score: 3.52
APR Score: 9
Drafted Players: 6
FBS Wins: 17
Quality Wins: 6
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 1.5
Elite Losses: 6
Bad Wins: 9
Conference Score: 2.00