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CFN 2011 Final Season Rankings - 76 to 100

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 13, 2012


Which teams had the best seasons? Here are the 2011 final season ranking based on who earned it on the field, using the CFN Historical Formula to rank the teams from 76 to 100.


CFN 2011 Season Rankings

No. 76 to No. 100


- CFN 2008 Final Season Rankings
- CFN 2009 Final Season Rankings 
- CFN 2010 Final Season Rankings  

2011 CFN Final Season Rankings
The Top 10 | Rankings 11-25 | Rankings 26-50
- Rankings 51-75 | Rankings 76-100The Bottom 20

- Based On Opinion ... CFN 2011 FINAL Rankings, Top  25

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.

NOTE: This is based on who had the best season. This isn't a ranking of who the best teams were.

100. Central Michigan (3-9)
2011 CFN Score: 2.46
2011 Preseason Ranking: 93
2010 Final Season Ranking: 102
2010 CFN Score: 1.31
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 96
2009 Final Season Ranking: 12
2009 Final Score. 17.96
2008 Final Season Ranking: 56
2008 Final Score: 9.03
Key Stat: CMU was 114th in the nation in turnover margin.

After one of the biggest ranking drops in the history of college football, the Chippewas didn’t make any sort of an improvement with miserable wins over South Carolina State and Akron to go along with a stunning win over Northern Illinois. There were a slew of close losses, but the CMU of the past would’ve drilled teams like Eastern Michigan and Kent State. Going into next year, finding one thing it can do at a high level is a must.

80. Colorado (3-10)
2011 CFN Score: 2.55
2011 Preseason Ranking: 59
2010 Final Season Ranking: 80
2010 CFN Score: 5.63
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 50
2009 Final Season Ranking: T99.
2009 Final Score. 2.61
2008 Final Season Ranking: 76
2008 Final Score: 6.08
Key Stat: The Buffs were 115th in the nation in pass efficiency defense.

The problems keep on coming for a once-proud program that finished with two wins in the final three games after starting out the year going 1-9. The defense was miserable and the offense couldn’t do nothing consistently right as the Buffs eight games in blowouts. Colorado gave up 30 points or more ten times and went 3-0 when allowing under 30.

98. Army (3-9)
2011 CFN Score: 2.59
2011 Preseason Ranking: 89
2010 Final Season Ranking: 71
2010 CFN Score: 6.84
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 78
2009 Final Season Ranking: 104
2009 Final Score. 1.88
2008 Final Season Ranking: 1.18
2008 Final Score: 108
Key Stat: Army was first in the nation in rushing and last in the nation in passing.

After going to a bowl game in 2010, Army went right back to being Army with the nation’s best running game not doing enough to overcome the problems on defense and the lack of scoring punch. The win over Northwestern turned out to be more and more of an aberration as the season went on with wins over Tulane and Fordham the only two highlights the rest of the way.

97. Minnesota (3-9)
2011 CFN Score: 2.66
2011 Preseason Ranking: 62
2010 Final Season Ranking: 91
2010 CFN Score: 3.32
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 71
2009 Final Season Ranking: 70
2009 Final Score. 7.09
2008 Final Season Ranking: 71
2008 Final Score: 6.59
Key Stat: Minnesota was 110th in the nation in total offense.

Jerry Kill’s first season was marred by his seizure problems on the sidelines and home losses to North Dakota State and New Mexico State. Wins over bowl bound Iowa and Illinois teams there were a few signs of life as the season went on, and the team looked stronger in November, but there weren’t enough wins early on to provide a base to build the ranking on.

96. Boston College (4-8)
2011 CFN Score: 2.69
2011 Preseason Ranking: 38
2010 Final Season Ranking: 66
2010 CFN Score: 7.65
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 28
2009 Final Season Ranking: 48
2009 Final Score. 11.52
2008 Final Season Ranking: 25
2008 Final Score: 15.28
Key Stat: BC was 112th in the nation in total offense and scoring offense.

A brilliant year from linebacker Luke Kuechly was lost because of an offense that was awful in 2010 and worse in 2011. The team kept fighting and came up with a 3-2 finish including wins over NC State and Miami, but the home loss to Duke was disastrous for the ranking. The Eagles were 3-0 when scoring more than 19 points 1-8 when scoring fewer.

95. Fresno State (4-9)
2011 CFN Score: 2.70
2011 Preseason Ranking: 74
2010 Final Season Ranking: 57
2010 CFN Score: 9.24
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 68
2009 Final Season Ranking: 54
2009 Final Score. 9.83
2008 Final Season Ranking: 65
2008 Final Score: 7.60
Key Stat: Fresno State was 1116th in the nation in turnover margin.

After an interesting tenure, the Pat Hill era is over and Texas A&M assistant Tim DeRuyter is in. The Bulldogs suffered a bad loss at home to Ole Miss and came up with just two wins – Utah State and Hawaii – in the final seven games. The offense moved the ball, but the defense was too awful to overcome. The swagger against BCS programs is completely gone.

94. Buffalo (3-9)
2011 CFN Score: 2.88
2011 Preseason Ranking: 116
2010 Final Season Ranking: 117
2010 CFN Score: -2.47
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 93
2009 Final Season Ranking: 81
2009 Final Score. 4.96
2008 Final Season Ranking: 52
2008 Final Score:10.36
Key Stat: UB was 104th in the nation in passing efficiency.

Year Two under Jeff Quinn wasn’t a success, but there were signs of life with a win over Ohio and a good performance against Northern Illinois. However, two of the wins came against Stony Brook and Akron and seven of the losses were blowouts. Getting blown away by Miami University, Eastern Michigan, and Bowling Green over the last half of the season wasn’t a positive.

93. Arizona (4-8)
2011 CFN Score: 3.27
2011 Preseason Ranking: 42
2010 Final Season Ranking: 40
2010 CFN Score: 11.51
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 30
2009 Final Season Ranking: 22
2009 Final Score. 14.82
2008 Final Season Ranking: 37
2008 Final Score: 12.86
Key Stat: The Wildcats third in the nation in passing.

Just when it seemed like Arizona was going to make a move up with a decent 2010, starting the year 2-8 killed the Mike Stoops era. Losing to horrible Oregon State and Colorado were completely unacceptable, but on the plus side, the team showed up late after the season was basically over with wins over Arizona State and Louisiana-Lafayette to close things out. Rich Rodriguez should be able to turn around the nation’s 114th-ranked rushing attack immediately.

92. ULM (4-8)
2011 CFN Score: 3.73
2011 Preseason Ranking: 100
2010 Final Season Ranking: 92
2010 CFN Score: 3.28
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 104
2009 Final Season Ranking: 78
2009 Final Score. 5.54
2008 Final Season Ranking: 102
2008 Final Score: 2.93
Key Stat: ULM was eighth in the nation in run defense.

There was a party in the Sun Belt with several teams stepping up and becoming relevant, but ULM didn’t get the invite. All for wins were bad, and in typical Warhawk fashion there were a slew of key close losses. There were chances in the overtime loss to WKU and one-point loss to ULL, but that was the difference between a decent year and a mediocre one.

91. Rice (4-8)
2011 CFN Score: 4.13
2011 Preseason Ranking: 109
2010 Final Season Ranking: 94
2010 CFN Score: 2.90
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 111
2009 Final Season Ranking: 118
2009 Final Score. -2.56
2008 Final Season Ranking: 31
2008 Final Score: 14.31
Key Stat: Rice was 112th in the nation in pass defense.

There was a thrilling win over UTEP and a stunner early on against Purdue, but that was it for the fun with two bad wins over Memphis and Tulane and too many inconsistencies on both sides of the ball. There were just enough wins sprinkled throughout the year, and two wins in the final four, to keep it from being completely miserable, but the production wasn’t there for a third straight season after finishing 31st in 2008.

90. San Jose State (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 4.22
2011 Preseason Ranking: 108
2010 Final Season Ranking: 94
2010 CFN Score: -3-34
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 105
2009 Final Season Ranking: 113
2009 Final Score. -0.57
2008 Final Season Ranking: 82
2008 Final Score: 5.15
Key Stat: The Spartans were 23rd in the nation in passing.

After being the only FBS team without an FBS win in 2010, going 5-7 is a huge step forward under Mike MacIntryre. The ranking might stink, and the Spartan season is the lowest-ranked among teams with five victories or more, but closing out with wins over Navy and Fresno State was a major plus. The home loss to Idaho hurt the ranking, and there weren’t any quality wins, but it was a fun year with eight of the final ten games decided by a touchdown or less.

89. Kent State (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 4.31
2011 Preseason Ranking: 95
2010 Final Season Ranking: 82
2010 CFN Score: 5.48
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 90
2009 Final Season Ranking: 87
2009 Final Score. 4.29
2008 Final Season Ranking: 96
2008 Final Score: 3.36
Key Stat: KSU was 119th in the nation in total offense.

Considering the offense was the second-worst in college football, it was a good year for the Golden Flashes in Darrell Hazell’s first season. A 1-6 start ended the year in mid-October, but a four game winning streak and a chance to finish with six wins in the finale – but losing to Temple – showed that things are on the uptick. Now the team has to start beating more decent teams. At the very least, KSU got a touchdown on Alabama.

88. North Texas (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 4.47
2011 Preseason Ranking: 99
2010 Final Season Ranking: 99
2010 CFN Score: 1.81
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 102
2009 Final Season Ranking: 110
2009 Final Score. -0.16
2008 Final Season Ranking: 116
2008 Final Score: -2.23
Key Stat: UNT was ninth in the nation in punting.

First year head coach Dan McCarney did a good job of starting to turn things around after the awful Todd Dodge era. Four of the five wins were bad, and beating ULM wasn’t any big deal, but getting five wins for the Mean Green is still something to get excited about. All seven losses were by ten points or more, but UNT beat the teams it was supposed to and got a victory over Indiana.

87. East Carolina (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 4.70
2011 Preseason Ranking: 85
2010 Final Season Ranking: 62
2010 CFN Score: 8.27
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 99
2009 Final Season Ranking: 29
2009 Final Score. 13.85
2008 Final Season Ranking: 34
2008 Final Score: 13.72
Key Stat: The Pirates finished last in the nation in punting and 119th in turnover margin.

29th in 2009’s season rankings, the freefall continued because the turnovers wouldn’t stop coming. A three-game midseason winning streak was okay, but two of the wins were against awful Memphis and Tulane squads, and one of the other wins came against UAB. There weren’t any quality wins and the overtime loss to Marshall in the season finale ended hopes for a bowl.

86. UTEP (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 4.72
2011 Preseason Ranking: 111
2010 Final Season Ranking: 84
2010 CFN Score: 5.27
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 80
2009 Final Season Ranking: 103
2009 Final Score. 1.89
2008 Final Season Ranking: 89
2008 Final Score: 4.43
Key Stat: The Miners were 100th in turnover margin.

Another year, another bad second half of the season under Mike Price. The Miners were 4-3 in a position to get to a bowl game, and then came the crash losing four of the final five games including a season finale at UCF that would’ve meant a bowl with a win. Three of the five wins were bad and there weren’t any quality wins. Why? The defense couldn’t stop anyone giving up 31 points or more in four of the last five games.

85. Kentucky (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 5.11
2011 Preseason Ranking: 39
2010 Final Season Ranking: 70
2010 CFN Score: 7.08
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 46
2009 Final Season Ranking: 55
2009 Final Score. 9.73
2008 Final Season Ranking: 57
2008 Final Score: 8.94
Key Stat: UK was 114th in the nation in total offense.

On the positive side, the Wildcats won five games with one of the worst offenses in America. However, there was only one quality win – Western Kentucky – and three of the other wins came against the dregs. There was promise and potential with a decent defense and good-looking offense prospects, but the production wasn’t there. Ruining Tennessee’s year with a 10-7 win in the finale was a positive.

84. Northwestern (6-7)
2011 CFN Score: 5.12
2011 Preseason Ranking: 47
2010 Final Season Ranking: 64
2010 CFN Score: 11.56
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 53
2009 Final Season Ranking: 47
2009 Final Score. 11.56
2008 Final Season Ranking: 49
2008 Final Score: 10.74
Key Stat: Northwestern was 114th in the nation in sacks allowed and 106th in sacks.

The lines have been awful for the last few years with no pass rush and little pass protection, but the Wildcats still managed to overcome the bad play up front to get to a bowl game – ending in the inevitable loss. Losing to Army was inexcusable for a Pat Fitzgerald team that’s supposed to get good linebacker play, and while beating Nebraska was a high point, that was it. There were too many losses to teams like Illinois and Iowa.

83. Ball State (6-6)
2011 CFN Score: 5.38
2011 Preseason Ranking: 103
2010 Final Season Ranking: 109
2010 CFN Score: -0.68
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 103
2009 Final Season Ranking: 116
2009 Final Score. -1.91
2008 Final Season Ranking: 18
2008 Final Score: 16.38
Key Stat: The Cardinals finished 119th in total defense.

First-year head coach Pete Lembo got no defense whatsoever and his team died down the stretch losing three of the last four, but six wins for Ball State is always a success. Four of the wins were bad, though, including the season opener against Indiana, but there was a quality win over Ohio. Winning close games is what it’s all about, but for good and bad, five of the six victories came by a touchdown or less.

82. Bowling Green (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 5.39
2011 Preseason Ranking: 112
2010 Final Season Ranking: 112
2010 CFN Score: -1.06
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 114
2009 Final Season Ranking: 65
2009 Final Score.8.42
2008 Final Season Ranking: 84
2008 Final Score: 5.04
Key Stat: BGSU was 116th in the nation in turnover margin.

After rebuilding in 2010, 2011 was a disappointment with a 1-6 midseason run killing the campaign. There was a quality win over Temple, but three of the wins were bad and close losses to Wyoming, Toledo, and Ohio could’ve all gone the other way. The offense wasn’t strong enough to overcome a horrible turnover margin, but the running game was at least a bit stronger than 2010.

81. Hawaii (6-7)
2011 CFN Score: 5.77
2011 Preseason Ranking: 81
2010 Final Season Ranking: 21
2010 CFN Score: 16.18
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 86
2009 Final Season Ranking: 77
2009 Final Score. 5.84
2008 Final Season Ranking: 59
2008 Final Score: 8.66
Key Stat: The Warriors were 113th in the nation in turnover margin in 2009, led the WAC and was 14th in the nation in 2010, and was 116th in 2011.

The Warriors weren’t their normal selves, missing out on a bowl game and with an offense that wasn’t up to its normal snuff. Closing out with one win over the final five games, and with a disastrous loss to UNLV, the season ranking was miserable. Four of the five wins were bad, with the lone good win coming against Louisiana Tech. Head coach Greg McMackin is gone, and legendary quarterback guru Norm Chow is in.

80. Connecticut (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 5.91
2011 Preseason Ranking: 45
2010 Final Season Ranking: 35
2010 CFN Score: 12.69
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 36
2009 Final Season Ranking: 36
2009 Final Score. 12.60
2008 Final Season Ranking: 48
2008 Final Score: 10.79
Key Stat: UConn finished third in the nation against the run and 113th in pass defense.

A year after going to the Fiesta Bowl the Huskies couldn’t find any traction. The running game died under new head coach Paul Pasqualoni, and the secondary was miserable. Home losses to Iowa State and Western Michigan were a huge problem, but there was still a chance to go bowling late in the year needing a win over Cincinnati. It didn’t happen. The only quality win came against Rutgers, but time after time when the team needed a win, it didn’t come alternating between wins and losses over the second half of the season.

79. Eastern Michigan (6-6)
2011 CFN Score: 6.13
2011 Preseason Ranking: 120
2010 Final Season Ranking: 116
2010 CFN Score: -2.32
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 120
2009 Final Season Ranking: 119
2009 Final Score. -4.97
2008 Final Season Ranking: 113
2008 Final Score: -1.43
Key Stat: EMU was 34th in the nation in total defense.

Five of the six wins were bad wins, but who cares? It’s Eastern Michigan and it came up with six wins and a victory over Western Michigan, making this one of the program’s best seasons in decades. The defense was great, the offense struggled, and three of the final four games were losses, but head coach Ron English has pulled off a miracle.

78. UCF (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 6.22
2011 Preseason Ranking: 80
2010 Final Season Ranking: 32
2010 CFN Score: 13.13
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 85
2009 Final Season Ranking: 53
2009 Final Score. 10.34
2008 Final Season Ranking: 98
2008 Final Score: 3.18
Key Stat: UCF finished ninth in the nation in total defense and scoring defense.

The defense has been among the best in the conference over the last few years and was the best in the league this season, but it wasn’t enough to come up with a bowl campaign. There was only one quality win and the loss to a horrible UAB was a killer, but six of the seven losses were by a touchdown or less. This was a good team, but it wasn’t clutch.

77. Tennessee (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 6.40
2011 Preseason Ranking: 36
2010 Final Season Ranking: 72
2010 CFN Score: 6.46
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 42
2009 Final Season Ranking: 39
2009 Final Score. 12.21
2008 Final Season Ranking: 66
2008 Final Score: 6.99
Key Stat: The Vols were 116th in the nation in rushing.

Just when it seemed like Tennessee was going to take a nice step forward, and after starting 3-1, injuries – especially to rising quarterback Tyler Bray – everything went into the tank. The Vols started out SEC play going 0-6 before getting by Vanderbilt in overtime. Just when it seemed like they’d be able to sneak out with a sixth win and a bowl bid finishing up against lowly Kentucky, the offense didn’t show up in a 10-7 loss. The team scored seven points or fewer in five of the final seven games.

76. Syracuse (5-7)
2011 CFN Score: 6.65
2011 Preseason Ranking: 61
2010 Final Season Ranking: 42
2010 CFN Score: 11.24
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 67
2009 Final Season Ranking: 79
2009 Final Score. 5.42
2008 Final Season Ranking: 104
2008 Final Score: 2.75
Key Stat: The Orange was 90th in the nation in total offense.

It was a step back after winning a bowl game. The Orange started out well with a 5-2 start, but it was a mirage with a controversial win over Toledo and overtime wins over Wake Forest and Rutgers. But just when it seemed like the season was going to be special after blasting West Virginia 49-23, everything well apart losing the final five games of the year. The blowout home loss to South Florida was the low point.