2012 Final Season Rankings - Bottom 19

Posted Jan 14, 2013

Which teams had the best seasons? Here's CFN's final ranking based on who earned it on the field.

CFN 2012 Season Rankings

The Bottom 19

2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011

2012 CFN Final Season Rankings
The Top 10 | Rankings 11-29 | Rankings 30-48 | Rankings 49-67
- Rankings 68-86Rankings 87-105The Bottom 19  
- ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind
- MAC | Mountain West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

- Based On Opinion ... CFN 2012 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.

124. Southern Miss (0-12) 2012 CFN Score: -4.681

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 76
2011 Final Season Ranking: 11
2011 CFN Final Score: 20.11
2010 Final Season Ranking: T46
2010 CFN Score: 10.82
2009 Final Season Ranking: 58
2009 Final Score: 9.46
2008 Final Season Ranking: 51
2008 Final Score: 10.39
Key Stat: USM was 115th in turnover margin.

What was that?! The Golden Eagles were supposed to have a rough rebuilding year, but no one thought they could end up 0-12 as the only team without a win. Head coach Ellis Johnson was launched, even though his team came really, really close to beating Louisville, UCF and UTEP. However, blowout losses to Memphis, Rice and Western Kentucky were puzzling - the team couldn't seem to do anything right. Now it'll be up to Todd Monken to restore the glory.

123. New Mexico State (1-11) 2012 CFN Score: -4.16

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 119
2011 Final Season Ranking: 103
2011 CFN Final Score: 1.97
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 in the bottom ten in the nation in sacks, tackles for loss, sacks allowed, punt returns and scoring defense.

This was supposed to be the year the Aggies were going to take another step forward. There was experience, a little bit of talent, and enough pieces in place to come up with a surprise year. Instead, the defense did nothing and the offense was miserable in a one-win campaign with the lone victory coming against Sacramento State in the opener. Not only did the team lose all 11 games against FBS teams, it lost big getting blown away by UTSA and Texas State, and only coming within double-digits - an embarrassing 26-18 loss to Idaho - in one loss.

122. Colorado (1-11) 2012 CFN Score: -3.55

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 69
2011 Final Season Ranking: 80
2011 CFN Final Score: 2.55
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 last year, and finished dead last in 2012.

The rebuilding job crumbled once again. Outside of a shocking win over Washington State, the Buffs failed to come up with any close wins early, and got blown away time and again in Pac-12 play. The big problem was an offense that couldn't run, couldn't throw, and couldn't do anything up front, allowing the second-most sacks in the nation while the team was the third-worst in the nation in turnover margin. And now comes the Mike MacIntyre era.

121. Idaho (1-11) 2012 CFN Score: -3.36

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 117
2011 Final Season Ranking: 111
2011 CFN Final Score: 0.36
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 dead last in the nation in scoring offense and punt returns.

The Vandals spent their last season in the WAC having a rough time doing anything right. They came up with a win over New Mexico State in the middle of the season, and then went right back into the tank getting blown out by Texas State and giving up 70 to Louisiana Tech. Idaho wasn't even close over the second half of the season with only a 34-27 loss to UTSA mildly interesting.

120. UNLV (2-11)  2012 CFN Score: -2.73

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 112
2011 Final Season Ranking: 116
2011 CFN Final Score: -2.86
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 110th in the nation in passing efficiency.

119. Akron (1-11)  2012 CFN Score: -2.57

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 120
2011 Final Season Ranking: 118
2011 CFN Final Score: -4.59
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 finished last in the nation in kickoff returns.

Terry Bowden's first season wasn't much better than Rob Ianello's finishing kick, failing to beat an FBS team for the second season in a row blasting Morgan State 66-6, but losing the rest of the way. However, the offense was fun and exciting with QB Dalton Williams leading the MAC's best passing attack that averaged 313 yards per game. However, the defense gave up yards and points quicker than the offense could come up with them.

118. South Alabama (2-11) 2012 CFN Score: -2.28

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 118
Key Stat: USA was 103rd in the nation in rushing.

The Jaguars struggled in their first season at the FBS level, starting out with a tough loss to UTSA, but bating Nicholls State for a little bit of life before getting walloped in several games. A double-overtime win over Florida Atlantic was a high point, and there were a few competitive battles in Sun Belt play, but losing the final six games of the season – even with a nice bowl-like road trip to Hawaii to end the year – showed how much work is left to be done.

117. Massachusetts (1-11) 2012 CFN Score: -2.22

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 124
Key Stat: UMass was 118th in the nation in rushing.

The Minutemen struggled way too much early on, getting destroyed in seven of the first nine games, giving Ohio a hard time and battling with Miami University. A 22-14 win at Akron was the long bright spot, and it was just enough to get out of the basement in the national rankings. Charley Molnar's team had a hard time finding anything to do consistently right, especially when it came to putting points on the board.

116. Army (2-10) 2012 CFN Score: -1.66

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 108
2011 Final Season Ranking: 98
2011 CFN Final Score: 2.59
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 for the second year in a row.

This was supposed to be the year when the Knights were going to challenge Navy and get back to being a regular on the bowl circuit. While the battle with Navy happened, coming down to a late fumble in a 17-13 loss, and the wins over Air Force and Boston College were nice, the team didn't play any defense. The service academies were the only FBS programs to be held under 28 points.

115. Eastern Michigan (2-10) 2012 CFN Score: -1.28

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 104
2011 Final Season Ranking: 79
2011 CFN Final Score: 6.13
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 dead last in the nation against the run.

After looking like everything as on the right track with a strong 2011, it was back to normal with wins over Army and Western Michigan the only bright spots. The offense was horrendous, the defense worse, and even though there were a few close losses against Toledo and Central Michigan, the lack of a pass rush and the problems with the passing game meant a long and awful season.

114. Kansas (1-11) 2012 CFN Score: -0.81

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 74
2011 Final Season Ranking: 109
2011 CFN Final Score: 0.60
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 passing efficiency.

Charlie Weis might have come up with a clunker of a record in his first season, and he filed to come up with any wins over any FBS teams, but the Jayhawks were closer to having a decent season than it might appear. In all, KU lost five games by a touchdown or less including a two OT thriller to Texas Tech and a tough battle against Texas. But just when it seemed like the team was going to be interested, it got very, very bad again, always following up a close call with a blowout loss.

113. Tulane (2-10)  2012 CFN Score: -0.12

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 99
2011 Final Season Ranking: 119
2011 CFN Final Score: -4.73
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 finished second-to-last in the nation in rushing and 114th in total defense.

It was an ugly first season under Curtis Johnson with only two upset wins over SMU and UAB as the bright spots. The running game didn't work and the defense didn't slow anyone down, but there were some close losses to UTEP, Rice and East Carolina by a combined total of 11 points.

112. Washington State (3-9) 2012 CFN Score: 0.16

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 70
2011 Final Season Ranking: 101
2011 CFN Final Score: 2.35
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 dead last in the nation in rushing and, for the second year in a row, ninth in the nation in passing.

Mike Leach came in ready to take over and bring the high-powered offense to the Pac-12, and the results turned out to be worse. The running game, somewhat predictably, was the worst in college football and the O line was dead last in sacks. After starting out 2-1, the Cougars went into the tank starting with the embarrassing loss at home to Colorado on the way to an eight-game losing streak. Beating Washington in overtime to close things out will make the offseason a wee bit better.

111. Illinois (2-10) 2012 CFN Score: 0.32

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 37
2011 Final Season Ranking: 57
2011 CFN Final Score: 8.68
2010 Final Season Ranking: 41
2010 CFN Score: 11.47 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 98
2009 Final Score: 2.78
2008 Final Season Ranking: 69
2008 Final Score: 6.67
Key Stat: The Illini was second-to-last in the nation total offense and scoring offense.

Ron Zook left enough talent for new head coach Tim Beckman to win right away. At the time, beating Western Michigan to open up the season seemed impressive, and getting blown away by Arizona State didn't seem like that big a deal with a 44-0 win over Charleston Southern the next week. But that was it, losing nine straight to close out the year, getting blown away by everyone by double digits except Purdue in a 20-17 loss. The defense didn't utilize its speed and athleticism up front, and the offense failed to move the ball, having even more problems than it did over the second half of 2011.

110. Boston College (4-8) 2012 CFN Score: 0.49

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 43
2011 Final Season Ranking: 96
2011 CFN Final Score: 2.69
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 dead last in the nation in sacks and tackles for loss.

What happened to the program that was so rock solid for so long? 25th in the nation in 2008, the slide down the rankings might have bottomed out helped by an inexcusable loss to Army. The Eagles were mostly competitive and didn't get embarrassed by anyone but Florida State, but close didn't count and now the Steve Addazio era will start. First things first; BC has to find a way to get into the backfield and the defense has to be far stronger.

109. Florida Atlantic (3-9) 2012 CFN Score: 0.76

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 116
2011 Final Season Ranking: 117
2011 CFN Final Score: -4.03
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: The defense came up with just 12 sacks. The Alfred Morris-less running game was 107th.

The first year of the Carl Pelini era started off with a bang - or at least bip, beating Wagner 7-3. The team steadily improved and got a wee bit better by the end of the year, beating Troy and Western Kentucky and giving South Alabama a battle. Even so, the team has a long way to go on both sides of the ball, needing to find a pass rush defensively and a stronger ground game on offense.

108. Hawaii (3-9) 2012 CFN Score: 1.01

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 79
2011 Final Season Ranking: 81
2011 CFN Final Score: 5.77
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, was 116th in 2011 and 110th in 2012.

The beginning of the Norm Chow era couldn't have gone much worse. It's one thing for Hawaii to be bad, but it's another for the offense to be among the worst in college football, finishing with the third from the bottom averaging under 300 yards per game. Closing out with layup wins over UNLV and South Alabama helped put a Band-aid on the campaign, but going 0-9 against FBS teams until the home victory over the Rebels was a big problem. The only other win came against Lamar.

107. UAB (3-9) 2012 CFN Score: 1.14

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 115
2011 Final Season Ranking: 112
2011 CFN Final Score: -0.24
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 109th in the nation in rushing and 19th in passing.

New head coach Garrick McGee had a hard time getting the offense going, and the defense wasn't able to pick up the slack when the O was able to produce. The offensive line had a rough season giving up way too many sacks and not doing anything for the ground game. The win over Marshall was the only one of note, beating SE Louisiana and a winless Southern Miss. Getting blown away by Memphis late in the season ruined a two-game winning streak.

106. UTEP (3-9) 2012 CFN Score: 1.47

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 97
2011 Final Season Ranking: 86
2011 CFN Final Score: 4.72
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 11th in punting.

It's up to Sean Kugler now to try to make UTEP relevant again after several disappointing seasons under Mike Price. 2012 started with a good fight against Oklahoma and a battle against Ole Miss, but the only three wins over the season came against some of the most horrendous teams in the nation - NMSU, Tulane and Southern Miss. The offense couldn't score, but the defense was among the strongest in the Mike Price era.

105. Colorado State (4-8) 2012 CFN Score: 1.74

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 94
2011 Final Season Ranking: 107
2011 CFN Final Score: 1.07
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 were last in the Mountain West in total offense and scoring offense.

Jim McElwain was supposed to step in and make the offense shine right away, but that didn't happen thanks to an awful year from the offensive line. Everything started out fine with a win over Colorado, and the team managed to win three out of its last five games after a brutal six-game losing streak. There's still a long way to go to turn the ship back around.

104. Wyoming (4-8) 2012 CFN Score: 1.79

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 85
2011 Final Season Ranking: 50
2011 CFN Final Score: 9.65
2010 Final Season Ranking: 104
2010 CFN Score: 0.91 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 75
2009 Final Score: 6.37
2008 Final Season Ranking: 103
2008 Final Score: 2.77
Key Stat: The Cowboys were 117th in the nation against the run.

After a stunning 2011, Wyoming never recaptured the glory and the luck, losing seven of its first eight games with an overtime win over Idaho the lone bright spot. The Cowboys didn't give up, winning three straight against Colorado State, New Mexico and UNLV before finishing up with a loss to San Diego State. The defense was among the worst in the nation, and the offense, especially the running game, wasn't much better.