2011 5-Year Program Rankings - No. 2 Ohio St
Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor & Jim Tressel
Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor & Jim Tressel
Posted Aug 24, 2011

CFN's 2011 Five-Year Program Rankings and Analysis ... No. 2 Ohio State

Preview 2011 - No. 2 Ohio State

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

2. Ohio State
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2011 TOTAL SCORE: 128.51
2010 Ranking: 4 | 2009 Ranking: 5

Program Analysis: Why are all the problems at Ohio State such a big deal? The program is among the monster of monsters, regularly ranking in the top five of the CFN Rankings since the start, with just two small dips to seventh in 2003 and 2006. No. 2 in 2004, the Buckeyes weren't able to get back and close to the top spot, but now, with USC falling, they're back on the doorstep of possibly being the best program in college football.

From all indications, at least at the moment, the program is going to get through the storm of allegations and problems relatively unscathed – at least compared to USC – and that means it should be all systems go for Luke Fickell and the most talented team in the Big Ten. In the new format and the new look of the conference, the pressure is on to be a regular in the conference title game.

It's not like OSU is playing in the WAC or the Mountain West, and yet it won 90% of its conference games over the last five years.

Let that sink in for a moment.

36-4 is better in conference play over the last five years than any other BCS program by far, with no one else winning at an 80% clip. The 54 FBS wins are the most of any BCS team, and the 6.5 Elite Win Score ties Oklahoma for the best of the bunch. The APR of 9 is fantastic, getting 27 players drafted is outstanding, and as always, the Attendance Score is huge. Most impressively, though, are the losses.

Not everyone can win every game, and out of the nine losses in the last five years, they came against Florida in the 2006 BCS Championship, LSU in the 2007 BCS Championship, a 2008 USC team that finished 12-1, a Penn State team that finished 1102 and went to the Rose Bowl, a 12-1 Texas team in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, USC at USC in 2009, and at Wisconsin, who to the Rose Bowl, last year. The one clunker on the lot was the 2009 loss at Purdue, but the Buckeyes rallied to win the final six games including the Rose Bowl.

No matter what happens to the program, expect it to stay in the top five for the next several years. And if Fickell can come up with a big season, No. 1 is on the table.

Attendance Score: 10.51
2006: 105,096
2007: 105,110
2008: 104,976
2009: 105,261
2010: 105,278

APR Score: 9

Drafted Players: 27
2007: WR Ted Ginn, WR Anthony Gonzalez, DT Quinn Pitcock, RB Antonio Pittman, DE Jay Richardon, WR Roy Hall, QB Troy Smith, C Doug Datish
2008: DE Vernon Gholston, LB Larry Grant, OT Kirk Barton
2009: DB Malcolm Jenkins, RB Chris Wells, LB James Laurinaitis, WR Brian Robiskie, DB Donald Washington, WR Brian Hartline, LB Marcus Freeman
2010: LB Thaddeus Gibson, DE Doug Worthington, S Kurt Coleman, LB Austin Spitler
2011: DE Cameron Hayward, DB Chimdi Chekwa, DB Jermale Hines, LB Brian Rolle, LB Ross Homan

FBS Wins: 54

Quality Wins: 27
2006: Northern Illinois, at Texas, Cincinnati, Penn State, Michigan
2007: at Purdue, Michigan State, at Penn State, Wisconsin, at Michigan
2008: Troy, Minnesota, at Wisconsin, at Michigan State, at Northwestern
2009: Navy, Wisconsin, at Penn State, Iowa, Oregon (Rose Bowl)
2010: Miami, Ohio, at Illinois, Penn State, at Iowa, Michigan, Arkansas (Sugar Bowl)

Elite Win Score: 6.5
2006: at Texas, Michigan
2007: None
2008: None
2009: at Penn State, Iowa, Oregon (Rose Bowl)
2010: Arkansas (Sugar Bowl)

Bad Loss Score: 0

Elite Losses: 6
2006: Florida (BCS Championship)
2007: LSU (BCS Championship)
2008: at USC, Penn State, Texas (Fiesta Bowl) 2009: None
2010: at Wisconsin

Bad Wins: 10
2006: at Illinois
2007: Youngstown State, at Minnesota, Kent State
2008: Youngstown State, Michigan
2009: Illinois, New Mexico State
2010: Eastern Michigan, at Minnesota

Conference Score: 9.00
2006: 8-0
2007: 7-1
2008: 7-1
2009: 7-1
2010: 7-1