2011 5-Year Program Rankings - No. 6 LSU
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Posted Aug 24, 2011

CFN's 2011 Five-Year Program Rankings and Analysis ... No. 6 LSU

Preview 2011 - No. 6 LSU

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
- 2010 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis


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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


- 2011 Preview

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 112.50
2010 Ranking: 6 | 2009 Ranking: 7

Program Analysis: Holding steady at No. 6 for the second year in a row, this might not be a top three showing for the Tigers like it was a few seasons ago, but it's still a terrific showing.

Head coach Les Miles had two rocky seasons in 2008 and 2009, combining to go 17-9, but they bounced back with an 11-2 2010 season. Now it's time to come up with another huge season, or else the ranking could tumble quickly with the 11-2 2006 season going off the board next year and the 12-2 national title season of 2007 not counting the year after. But for now, for a team that's considered a true national championship contender, it's all systems go for one of the nation's elite programs.

The Attendance Score is always going to be great, and the APR Score is fantastic, but it all starts with the recruiting, and with 30 players drafted, the talent is flowing through Baton Rouge with USC the only program sending players to the next level over the last five years.

The problem going forward could be simply building up the win total to an elite level, with the 23 Quality Wins the fewest of anyone in the top ten. LSU might be one of the best programs in college football, but getting through the SEC West is never going to be easy and boosting up the conference score – after winning 65% of SEC games - is asking for a lot. However, Miles has taken what Nick Saban built and has made it even bigger, and as long as 2011 is terrific, then the problem of 2008 and 2009, and the offensive woes of 2010, can be easily forgotten.

Attendance Score: 9.25
2006: 92,212
2007: 92,619
2008: 92,383
2009: 92,489
2010: 92,718

APR Score: 8

Drafted Players: 30
2007: QB JaMarcus Russell, DB LaRon Landry, WR Dwayne Bowe, WR Craig Davis, DE Chase Pittman
2008: DT Glenn Dorsey, DB Chevis Jackson, FB Jacob Hester, WR Early Doucet, DB Craig Steltz, QB Matt Flynn, TE Keith Zinger
2009: DE Tyson Jackson, FB Quinn Johnson, OT Herman Johnson, DB Curtis Taylor, WR Demetrius Byrd, DT Ricky Jean-Francois
2010: S Chad Jones, WR Brandon LaFell, LB Perry Riley, DT Al Woods, KR Trindon Holliday, RB Charles Scott
2011: CB Patrick Peterson, LB Kelvin Sheppard, RB Stevan Ridley, DT Drake Nevis, OT Joseph Barksdale, DT Pep Levingston

FBS Wins: 49

Quality Wins: 23
2006: Kentucky, at Tennessee, Arkansas, Notre Dame (Sugar Bowl)
2007: at Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, at Alabama, Tennessee (SEC Championship), Ohio State (BCS Championship)
2008: at South Carolina, Troy, Georgia Tech (Chick-fil-A Bowl)
2009: at Georgia, Auburn, Arkansas
2010: North Carolina, Mississippi State, West Virginia, at Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M (Cotton Bowl)

Elite Win Score: 2
2006: Notre Dame (Sugar Bowl)
2007: Ohio State (BCS Championship)
2008: None
2009: None
2010: None

Bad Loss Score: 0

Elite Losses: 8
2006: at Auburn, at Florida
2007: None
2008: at Florida, Alabama
2009: Florida, Alabama, Penn State (Capital One Bowl)
2010: at Auburn

Bad Wins: 9
2006: Mississippi State
2007: at Ole Miss
2008: Appalachian State, North Texas, Tulane
2009: Vanderbilt, Tulane
2010: at Vanderbilt, McNeese State

Conference Score: 6.50
2006: 6-2
2007: 6-2
2008: 3-5
2009: 5-3
2010: 6-2