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2011 5-Year Program Rankings - No. 1 Florida
Former Florida head coach Urban Meyer
Former Florida head coach Urban Meyer
Posted Aug 24, 2011

CFN's 2011 Five-Year Program Rankings and Analysis ... No. 1 Florida

Preview 2011 - No. 1 Florida

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

1. Florida
- 2011 Preview

2011 TOTAL SCORE: 131.55
2010 Ranking: 2 | 2009 Ranking: 4

Program Analysis: The Gators were actually stronger in last year’s rankings and came within an eyelash of getting past USC for the No. 1 spot. This year, though, Florida gets the honor of being the top program in college football, even with a coaching change, a strange and weird 8-5 season, and with other programs like Ohio State and Oklahoma knocking on the top-spot’s door.

This ranking encompasses the entire heart of the Urban Meyer era. Remember, Ohio State was supposed to win the 2007 BCS Championship in a walk, and remember, Florida lost to Auburn by ten points earlier in 2006 and needed a blocked kick to get by South Carolina. Almost no one thought the Gators were going to be as dominant as they were in Glendale, and then the era really began.

Even though the program took a step back in 2007, going 9-4, Tim Tebow won the Heisman after turning into a legendary performance, and then came the magnum opus, a brilliant 13-1 march to the 2008 national championship that was phenomenal even in the lone failure.

The Gators dominated Ole Miss and had several near-misses late in the 31-30 loss, and then came the Tebow “Promise,” leading to the run of destruction and Meyer’s second title. Along the way was the epic, national championship-level SEC Championship win over Alabama before shutting down the greatest offense in college football history in a 24-14 BCS Championship victory over Oklahoma.

Even in the Meyer Meltdown season of 2009, the Gators still went 13-1 with a 51-24 Sugar Bowl blowout of Cincinnati, and even in the ugly 8-5 2010 season, they still had the puck on their stick to win the SEC title before getting run over by Marcus Lattimore and South Carolina.

Now it’s up to Will Muschamp, Charlie Weis, and a new era of Florida football to keep the momentum going. The APR is outstanding and the number of drafted players part of the equation will go through the roof over the next few seasons, and with the 36 wins over teams that finished with winning records – an incredible eight more than Oklahoma and nine more than Ohio State – this has been the ultimate prime time program.

Meyer left the shelves stocked with a terrific 2010 recruiting class, and if Muschamp is as good as he’s expected to be, Florida could be the best program in college football for a long time.

Attendance Score: 9.05
2006: 90,409
2007: 90,388
2008: 90,544
2009: 90,635
2010: 90,511

APR Score: 9

Drafted Players: 27
2007: DE Jarvis Moss, DB Reggie Nelson, DT Ray McDonald, DT Marcus Thomas, DT Joe Cohen, DB Ryan Smith, WR Dallas Baker, RB DeShawn Wynn, LB Brandon Siler
2008: DE Derrick Harvey, WR Andre Caldwell
2009: WR Percy Harvin, WR Louis Murphy, TE Cornelius Ingram
2010: CB Joe Haden, C Maurkice Pouncey, QB Tim Tebow, LB Jermaine Cunningham, DE Carlos Dunlap, LB Brandon Spikes, S Major Wright, TE Aaron Hernandez, WR Riley Cooper
2011: C Mike Pouncey, OT Marcus Gilbert, DB Ahmad Black, OG Maurice Hurt

FBS Wins: 51

Quality Wins: 36
2006: Southern Miss, at Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida State, Arkansas (SEC Championship), Ohio State (BCS Championship)
2007: Troy, Tennessee, at Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Florida State
2008: Miami, LSU, Kentucky, Georgia, at Vanderbilt, South Carolina, at Florida State, Alabama (SEC Championship), Oklahoma (BCS Championship)
2009: Troy, Tennessee, at Kentucky, at LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, at South Carolina, Florida State, Cincinnati (Sugar Bowl)
2010: Miami Univ., South Florida, Penn State (Outback Bowl)

Elite Win Score: 6
2006: LSU, Ohio State (BCS Championship)
2007: None
2008: Georgia, Alabama (SEC Championship), Oklahoma (BCS Championship)
2009: Cincinnati (Sugar Bowl)
2010: None

Bad Loss Score: 0

Elite Losses: 5
2006: at Auburn
2007: at LSU, Georgia
2008: None
2009: Alabama (SEC Championship)
2010: LSU

Bad Wins: 8
2006: Western Carolina
2007: at Ole Miss
2008: Citadel
2009: Charleston Southern, Vanderbilt, FIU
2010: at Vanderbilt, Appalachian State

Conference Score: 7.75
2006: 7-1
2007: 5-3
2008: 7-1
2009: 8-0
2010: 4-4