CFN 2012 Final Season Rankings - ACC
Posted Jan 15, 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

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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.

The number next to the team is the overall rank.

8. Florida State (9-4) 2012 CFN Score: 21.55

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 6
2011 Final Season Ranking: 33
2011 CFN Final Score: 12.96
2010 Final Season Ranking: 31
2010 CFN Score: 18.10 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 44
2009 Final Score: 11.80
2008 Final Season Ranking: 20
2008 Final Score: 16.16
Key Stat: FSU led the nation in pass efficiency defense.

The Seminoles were supposed to be in the national title chase, and they would've been except for a breakdown in the loss to NC State. A tough home defeat to Florida became a bigger deal than the ACC championship win over Georgia Tech, but the season still finished with an Orange Bowl blowout over Northern Illinois to finish 12-2. The Noles aren't exactly back to their old form, but Jimbo Fisher has the program rolling on the right track.

17. Clemson (11-2)  2012 CFN Score: 18.70

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 20
2011 Final Season Ranking: 20
2011 CFN Final Score: 16.56
2010 Final Season Ranking: 59
2010 CFN Score: 8.64 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 24
2009 Final Score: 14.64
2008 Final Season Ranking: 45
2008 Final Score: 11.31
Key Stat: Clemson was sixth in the nation in scoring.

Ah, sweet redemption. After spending a year trying to get over the horrendous loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, Clemson came up with a great final drive to beat LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to show that yeah, the program really can hang in the big games with the big boys. However, double-digit losses to Florida State and South Carolina dropped down the season ranking - the second best win of the year came against NC State.

32. North Carolina (8-4)   2012 CFN Score: 14.21

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 23
2011 Final Season Ranking: 46
2011 CFN Final Score: 10.45
2010 Final Season Ranking: 53
2010 CFN Score: 9.64
2009 Final Season Ranking: 31
2009 Final Score: 13.49
2008 Final Season Ranking: 26
2008 Final Score: 15.22
Key Stat: The Tar Heels were eighth in the nation in scoring.

Even though the Tar Heels weren't eligible to shoot for anything, and they merely played 12 exhibition games, they still turned in a nice year winning seven of their final nine games and losing three of four games by five points or fewer. The offense under Larry Fedora was explosive, finishing eighth in the nation, and the defense was among the most aggressive in the country, finishing third in tackles for loss. However, the best wins came against mediocre Virginia Tech, Miami and NC State teams. To be fair, UNC didn't have a shot to show what it could do against Florida State or Clemson.

53. Georgia Tech (7-7)  2012 CFN Score: 10.49

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 31
2011 Final Season Ranking: 40
2011 CFN Final Score: 11.44
2010 Final Season Ranking: 78
2010 CFN Score: 5.81 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 13
2009 Final Score: 17.55
2008 Final Season Ranking: 22
2008 Final Score: 15.72
Key Stat: Tech was fourth in the nation in rushing.

In a strange season, the Yellow Jackets suffered two September overtime losses to Virginia Tech and Miami before failing to show up against Middle Tennessee and getting waxed by Clemson and BYU. But because Miami chose not to play in the post-season, and because North Carolina wasn't eligible, it was off to the ACC championship. Despite a tight loss to Florida State and a 6-7 record, Tech was able to go bowling and was great against a lifeless USC team to finish at .500.

56. Virginia Tech (7-6) 2012 CFN Score: 9.83

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 16
2011 Final Season Ranking: 15
2011 CFN Final Score: 17.73
2010 Final Season Ranking: 18
2010 CFN Score: 17.15
2009 Final Season Ranking: 9
2009 Final Score: 18.63
2008 Final Season Ranking: 11
2008 Final Score: 17.96
Key Stat: Tech was 18th in the nation in scoring D.

Just when it seemed like the Hokies were in for one of the worst seasons in the Frank Beamer era, starting out 4-6, the team managed to slip by Boston College in overtime, snuck past Virginia by three, and then made the most of the opportunity with an ugly overtime win over Rutgers in the bowl. In all, Tech won three overtime games and beat Duke and Bowling Green teams that went bowling.

57. Miami (7-5) 2012 CFN Score: 8.02

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 52
2011 Final Season Ranking: 65
2011 CFN Final Score: 8.02
2010 Final Season Ranking: 45
2010 CFN Score: 11.02
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 11
2009 Final Season Ranking: 20
2009 Final Score: 15.25
2008 Final Season Ranking: 53
2008 Final Score: 9.92
Key Stat: The Canes were 116th in the nation in total defense.

The program has had the NCAA hanging over its head, but before any ruling could possibly come down after the Nevin Shapiro allegations, the school took the bull by the horns for the second year in a row and refused to play in any post-season games. Even with a defense that rarely slowed anyone down, and despite all the problems on offense, the Canes would've played Florida State for the ACC title had there not been a ban. Instead, they had to settle for closing out with three wins in the final four games. Three of the losses came to teams that ended up in the BCS - Notre Dame, Kansas State and Florida State - but losses to Virginia and North Carolina weren't pretty for the résumé.

60. NC State (7-6) 2012 CFN Score: 9.36

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 35
2011 Final Season Ranking: 38
2011 CFN Final Score: 12.08
2010 Final Season Ranking: 20
2010 CFN Score: 6.57 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 73
2009 Final Score: 6.57
2008 Final Season Ranking: 54
2008 Final Score: 9.84
Key Stat: NC State was ninth in the nation in tackles for loss.

This was supposed to be a big season for the Wolfpack with a good team of veterans returning and with a decent schedule. Even with a shocking win over Florida State, the year was a major disappointment, starting out with a loss to Tennessee and with major problems on the offensive line throughout the second half of the year. The problems meant the end of Tom O'Brien's run, and going forward it'll be up to Dave Doeren to do for State what he did for Northern Illinois.

74. Duke (6-7) 2012 CFN Score: 7.13

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 86
2011 Final Season Ranking: 106
2011 CFN Final Score: 1.46
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 114th in the nation and last in the ACC in pass efficiency defense.

The season might have hit the skids with five straight losses to close, but the Blue Devils started out 6-2 to go bowling after some nice wins over North Carolina and Virginia. The schedule got more difficult and the results showed thanks to a defense that gave up 42 points or more in each of the last five losses. Duke was 6-0 when it gave up fewer than 41 points, 0-7 when allowing more.

79. Virginia (4-8)  2012 CFN Score: 6.34

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 45
2011 Final Season Ranking: 51
2011 CFN Final Score: 9.54
2010 Final Season Ranking: 93
2010 CFN Score: 3.23 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 107
2009 Final Score: 0.91
2008 Final Season Ranking: 58
2008 Final Score: 8.75
Key Stat: The Cavaliers were 110th in the nation in turnover margin.

The future was supposed to be bright after going to the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2011, and after a 2-0 start, helped by a thrilling win over Penn State, everything looked up. And then came the losses, dropping six straight with an offense that failed to convert yards into points and a defense that struggled way too often. Wins over NC State and Miami in November appeared to get the season back on track, but losses to North Carolina and Virginia Tech made this one of the year's bigger disappointments.

85. Wake Forest (5-7) 2012 CFN Score: 4.82

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 64
2011 Final Season Ranking: 68
2011 CFN Final Score: 7.53
2010 Final Season Ranking: 103
2010 CFN Score: 1.18
2009 Final Season Ranking: 76
2009 Final Score:5.93
2008 Final Season Ranking: 32
2008 Final Score: 13.97
Key Stat: Wake Forest was next-to-last in the nation in kickoff returns.

The Demon Deacons had three chances to get to a bowl game, and they blew it against NC State, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt to miss out. The offense was awful and the defense didn't do enough to pick up the slack in putrid midseason losses against Duke and Maryland. Five of the first seven games were decided by a touchdown or less, but it got really ugly, really fast over the second half of the season.

98. Maryland (4-8) 2012 CFN Score: 2.73

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 49
2011 Final Season Ranking: 110
2011 CFN Final Score: 0.58
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 dead last in the nation in total offense.

Just when it seemed like Randy Edsall was starting to turn things around with a 4-2 start, and then came the slew of quarterback injuries that destroyed the offense and killed the season. The Terps battles in losses to NC State and Boston College, but that was about it with a six-game losing streak closing out the season. The offense averaged just 285 yards per game thanks to an offense that couldn't keep the backup quarterbacks upright.

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.