CFN 2011 Final Season Rankings - Bottom 20
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 bottom 20 teams.

CFN 2011 Season Rankings

No. 101 to No. 120

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

- 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.

120. New Mexico (1-11)
  2011 CFN Score: -4.98
2011 Preseason Ranking: 107
2010 Final Season Ranking: 120
2010 CFN Score: -6.59
2009 Final Season Ranking: 117
2009 Final Score. -2.52
2008 Final Season Ranking: 5.38
2008 Final Score: 80
Key Stat: The Lobos were last in the nation in scoring offense averaging 12 points per game.

Good luck, Bob Davie. New Mexico had the worst season in college football for the second year in a row with just one win - UNLV - and few competitive games. The team went a midseason stretch of four games scoring just 14 points.

119. Tulane (2-11)
  2011 CFN Score: -4.73
2011 Preseason Ranking: 96
2010 Final Season Ranking: 95
2010 CFN Score: 2.61
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 119
2009 Final Season Ranking: 111
2009 Final Score. -0.22
2008 Final Season Ranking: 112
2008 Final Score: -1.22
Key Stat: The Green Wave was 115th in the nation in scoring defense allowing 37.46 points per game.

After a relatively decent 2010 with several competitive battles, the Green Wave fell off the map losing the final ten games thanks to a defense that couldn't stop anyone. Besides the early win over UAB, the highlight of the season was a close call loss to Syracuse; Tulane lost each of the final eight games by double-digits.

118. Akron (1-11)
2011 CFN Score: -4.59
2011 Preseason Ranking: 115
2010 Final Season Ranking: 118
2010 CFN Score: -3.10
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 109
2009 Final Season Ranking: 102
2009 Final Score. 2.11
2008 Final Season Ranking: 88
2008 Final Score: 4.52
Key Stat: The Zips were 119th in the nation in scoring for the second year in a row..

The Rob Ianello tenure was a total disaster in just two seasons with a 1-11 2011. The lone win came against VMI and there were only two of the 11 losses against FBS teams by fewer than ten points. The Zips were last in the nation in tackles for loss and 119th in passing efficiency.

117. Florida Atlantic (1-11)
2011 CFN Score: -4.03
2011 Preseason Ranking: 110
2010 Final Season Ranking: 97
2010 CFN Score: 2.09
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 112
2009 Final Season Ranking: 83
2009 Final Score. 4.66
2008 Final Season Ranking: 68
2008 Final Score: 6.82
Key Stat: FAU was dead last in the nation in offense, averaging 249 yards per game, and was 119th in scoring averaging 12.92 points per game.

The last year of the Howard Schnellenberger era was no way to close. The new stadium wasn't enough to lead to any production with just one win over UAB late in the year and blowout loss after blowout loss. The Owls were last in the nation in passing efficiency and was blown out by an average of 35 to 13.

116. UNLV (2-11) 
2011 CFN Score: -2.86
2011 Preseason Ranking: 114
2010 Final Season Ranking: 113
2010 CFN Score: -1.37
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 79
2009 Final Season Ranking: 88
2009 Final Score.4.26
2008 Final Season Ranking: 93
2008 Final Score:3.83
Key Stat: The Rebels were 118th in the nation in passing and 118th in scoring defense.

Bobby Hauck's second year was as weird as they come for a horrible team. The Rebel defense was one of the worst in America, getting blown out time after time, but it came up big in a win over Hawaii. UNLV followed that up with a 41-16 loss to Southern Utah. Just when it seemed like things might be turning with a win over Colorado State, the Rebels lost to the worst team in America, New Mexico.

115. Memphis (2-10)
2011 CFN Score: -2.59
2011 Preseason Ranking: 118
2010 Final Season Ranking: 115
2010 CFN Score: 0.36
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 115
2009 Final Season Ranking: 108
2009 Final Score.2-10
2008 Final Season Ranking: 78
2008 Final Score: 5.71
Key Stat: MU was dead last in America in pass defense..

Larry Porter never had a chance with an empty cupboard when he took over in 2010, but there wasn't any improvement in 2011 with the nation's worst pass defense getting torched game after game. However, the team was competitive in late losses to UAB and Marshall before getting obliterated by Southern Miss to close out the season and Porter's tenure.

114. Indiana (1-11)
2011 CFN Score: -1.08
2011 Preseason Ranking: 71
2010 Final Season Ranking: 88
2010 CFN Score: 4.35
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 70
2009 Final Season Ranking: T99.
2009 Final Score. 2.61
2008 Final Season Ranking: 105
2008 Final Score: 2.48
Key Stat: IU was 1118th in the nation against the run.

The Hoosiers were this close to getting to a bowl game in 2010, and then came the rebuilding job. New head coach Kevin Wilson went to a youth movement and the results were disastrous with no wins over FBS teams and the lone victory coming over South Carolina State. The defense was obliterated time and again, but it held up surprisingly well against Virginia, Penn State and Purdue.

113. Middle Tennessee (2-10)
2011 CFN Score: -0.82
2011 Preseason Ranking: 97
2010 Final Season Ranking: 96
2010 CFN Score: 2.50
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 88
2009 Final Season Ranking: 41
2009 Final Score. 11.60
2008 Final Season Ranking: 70
2008 Final Score: 6.67
Key Stat: The Blue Raiders were 114th in the nation in run defense.

MTSU beat two of the worst teams in the country – Memphis and Florida Atlantic – and suffered a bad loss to Troy. The defense was a disaster and the offense couldn't put points on the board despite being able to move the ball well. The six game losing streak to close out the year was made worse by a 59-7 loss to North Texas in the finale.

112. UAB (3-9)
2011 CFN Score: -0.24
2011 Preseason Ranking: 101
2010 Final Season Ranking: 83
2010 CFN Score: 5.45
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 113
2009 Final Season Ranking: 80
2009 Final Score. 4.96
2008 Final Season Ranking: 100
2008 Final Score: 3.06
Key Stat: The Blazers were dead last in the nation in sacks.

UAB was able to come up with a stunning win over Southern Miss from out of nowhere, and then close out the season with a bad loss against one of college football's worst teams, Florida Atlantic. The Blazers also got walloped by a miserable Tulane team and managed to lose to Troy. The defense was the culprit thanks to a non-existent pass rush.

111. Idaho (2-10)
2011 CFN Score: 0.36
2011 Preseason Ranking: 92
2010 Final Season Ranking: 85
2010 CFN Score: 5.99
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 97
2009 Final Season Ranking: 56
2009 Final Score. 9.69
2008 Final Season Ranking: 118
2008 Final Score: -2.96
Key Stat: Idaho finished 116th in the nation in pass efficiency.

After a few nice seasons, the team fell off the map with just one win – at San Jose State – over an FBS team. There weren't any bad losses and the team was competitive with four losses by a touchdown or less and overtime defeats to Virginia and Utah State. However, the offense wasn't good enough all year to pick up the slack for a bad defense.

110. Maryland (2-10)
2011 CFN Score: 0.58
2011 Preseason Ranking: 50
2010 Final Season Ranking: 29
2010 CFN Score: 14.25
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 59
2009 Final Season Ranking: 109
2009 Final Score. 0.23
2008 Final Season Ranking: 36
2008 Final Score: 13.03
Key Stat: The Terps finished 108th in the nation in total defense.

Randy Edsall opened his tenure with a thrilling win over Miami on national television, and things seemed fine after a tough loss to West Virginia. And then the Terps fell off the map getting blown away by Temple on the way to an 0-10 run against FBS teams. The offense was bad, the defense worse, and it was a nightmare of nightmare seasons after finishing in the top 30 last year.

109. Kansas (2-10)
2011 CFN Score: 0.60
2011 Preseason Ranking: 68
2010 Final Season Ranking: 108
2010 CFN Score: -0.33
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 58
2009 Final Season Ranking: 74
2009 Final Score. 6.54
2008 Final Season Ranking: 39
2008 Final Score: 12.46
Key Stat: Kansas was last in the nation in total defense and scoring defense and 106th in total offense.

And there goes the Turner Gill era. After two years of doing nothing right, Kansas dumped Gill thanks to a ten game losing streak with the lone bright spot an overtime loss to Baylor. The win over Northern Illinois became more and more stunning as the season went on as the offense started out well and then fall off the map. Name the major statistical category and KU as probably at or near the bottom.

108. Ole Miss (2-10)
2011 CFN Score: 0.75
2011 Preseason Ranking: 37
2010 Final Season Ranking: 98
2010 CFN Score: 2.03
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 25
2009 Final Season Ranking: 25
2009 Final Score. 14.48
2008 Final Season Ranking: 15
2008 Final Score: 16.89
Key Stat: Ole Miss was 116th in the nation in offense and 112th against the run.

No one in the SEC outside of Arkansas had much of an offense, but Ole Miss took ineptitude to another level. Unlike the other SEC teams, the Rebels didn't have the D to back it up with no run defense and no pass rush whatsoever. There was only one win over an FBS team – Fresno State – while the seven game losing streak and the 0-8 SEC season meant the end of the Houston Nutt era.

107. Colorado State (3-9)
2011 CFN Score: 1.07
2011 Preseason Ranking: 98
2010 Final Season Ranking: 106
2010 CFN Score: 2.27
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 101
2009 Final Season Ranking: 101
2009 Final Score. 2.27
2008 Final Season Ranking: 55
2008 Final Score: 9.13
Key Stat: The Rams wee 116th in the nation against the run.

After starting out the year 2-0 and then 3-1 – highlighted by a thrilling double overtime win over Utah State, the Rams couldn't come up with a close win losing the final eight games of the season and four by seven points or fewer meaning the end of the Steve Fairchild era. The bad losses to Colorado and UNLV took the season to a whole other bad level.

106. Duke (3-9)
2011 CFN Score: 1.46
2011 Preseason Ranking: 76
2010 Final Season Ranking: 100
2010 CFN Score: 1.78
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 75
2009 Final Season Ranking: 97
2009 Final Score.2.79
2008 Final Season Ranking: 79
2008 Final Score: 5.68
Key Stat: Duke was 108th in the nation in turnover margin.

The Blue Devils were supposed to be mediocre, but at least the offense was supposed to work under head coach David Cutcliffe. It didn't, finishing 93rd in scoring offense and struggled to move the ball. The one positive win came over FIU, and kicking off the ACC season with a win over Boston College was nice, but the team lost its final seven games and finished with five losses by a touchdown or less.

105. Miami University (4-8)
2011 CFN Score: 1.64
2011 Preseason Ranking: 84
2010 Final Season Ranking: 37
2010 CFN Score: 11.98
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 93
2009 Final Season Ranking: 114
2009 Final Score. -0.65
2008 Final Season Ranking: 117
2008 Final Score: -2.79
Key Stat: MU 119th in sacks allowed.

After coming up with one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history, MU went right back into the tank stating out 0-4 and failing to come up with the close MAC wins is got in 2010. After winning four of five, the chances were there to make it another strong year but the RedHawks lost to Temple, Western Michigan, and Ohio by a total of 13 points.

104. Troy (3-9)
2011 CFN Score: 1.65
2011 Preseason Ranking: 94
2010 Final Season Ranking: 56
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 100
2009 Final Season Ranking: 49
2009 Final Score. 10.95
2008 Final Season Ranking: 47
2008 Final Score: 10.86
Key Stat: The Trojans 113th in total defense and 114th in turnover margin.

The Troy defense has struggled over the last few years, but the defense was there to make up for it. Not in 2011. The Trojans couldn't stop turning the ball over in big loss after big loss; the lone win over the last eight games was over lowly Florida Atlantic. All three victories were bad wins and only two of the losses – FIU and North Texas – weren't blowouts.

103. New Mexico State (4-9)
2011 CFN Score: 1.97
2011 Preseason Ranking: 117
2010 Final Season Ranking: 114
2010 CFN Score: -1.69
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 117
2009 Final Season Ranking: 112
2009 Final Score. -0.39
2008 Final Season Ranking: 109
2008 Final Score: 0.82
Key Stat: The Aggies were 112th in the nation in total defense.

Are things changing under DeWayne Walker? It's been slow going, and losing six of the final seven games wasn't a plus, but the team started to show a few signs of life with a 3-3 start and an offense and passing game that started to produce a little bit. This might not be a high ranking, but it's moving up.

102. Oregon State (3-9)
2011 CFN Score: 2.17
2011 Preseason Ranking: 46
2010 Final Season Ranking: 67
2010 CFN Score: 7.63
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 21
2009 Final Season Ranking: 37
2009 Final Score. 12.46
2008 Final Season Ranking: 23
2008 Final Score: 15.41
Key Stat: Oregon State was 118th in the nation in rushing.

After having a shot to win the Pac 10 title a few times, the Beavers struggled in 2010 and fell off the map in 2011. The opening day home loss to Sacramento State set the tone for an awful year, but some rebuilding was done with the hopes for a stronger 2012. However, even with three Pac-12 wins OSU had the third-worst season of any BCS conference program.

101. Washington State (4-8)
2011 CFN Score: 2.35
2011 Preseason Ranking: 77
2010 Final Season Ranking: 105
2010 CFN Score: -1.10
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 89
2009 Final Season Ranking: 115
2009 Final Score.-1.10
2008 Final Season Ranking: 115
2008 Final Score: -2.15
Key Stat: Wazzu finished 111th in the nation in rushing and ninth in passing.

On the plus side, the bad year meant the hiring of Mike Leach. The 2011 Cougars were entertaining thanks to a strong passing game and a 3-1 start, but closing out going 1-7 made it yet another bad year. Wazzu was more competitive, but the defense couldn't stop anyone and three of the four wins came against the weak and the sad.

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