CFN 2012 Final Season Rankings - Big East
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

Big East Rankings

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.

The number next to the team is the overall rank.

21. Louisville (11-2) 2012 CFN Score: 16.56

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 38
2011 Final Season Ranking: 47
2011 CFN Final Score: 10.28
2010 Final Season Ranking: 43
2010 CFN Score: 11.20 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 86
2009 Final Score: 4.35
2008 Final Season Ranking: 94
2008 Final Score: 3.80
Key Stat: The Cardinals finished next-to-last in the nation in punting.

The 11-2 season with the Sugar Bowl win over Florida was tremendous, but it might have just been the beginning. The Cardinals struggled way too much through the regular season, winning six games by a touchdown or less including a near-miss against a miserable FIU team and a 21-17 victory over a Southern Miss team that finished winless. There was the blowout loss to Syracuse and the inexcusable home overtime loss to Connecticut, but no one will remember those thanks to the impressive thumping of the Gators to close things out.

28. Cincinnati (10-3) 2012 CFN Score: 15.07

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 54
2011 Final Season Ranking: 25
2011 CFN Final Score: 14.29
2010 Final Season Ranking: 75
2010 CFN Score: 6.22
2009 Final Season Ranking: 6
2009 Final Score: 22.44
2008 Final Season Ranking: 21
2008 Final Score: 16.09
Key Stat: UC was 14th in the nation in scoring defense.

The Bearcats had some rough patches and they lost head coach Butch Jones to Tennessee, but closing out with five wins in the final six games and getting past Duke in the bowl made it a strong year. The three losses were all by a touchdown or less, including an overtime defeat to Louisville, but the only real win of note was early on against Virginia Tech. Now it'll be up to Tommy Tuberville to keep the production going.

40. Rutgers (9-4)  2012 CFN Score: 12.89

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 44
2011 Final Season Ranking: 36
2011 CFN Final Score: 12.24
2010 Final Season Ranking: 73
2010 CFN Score: 6.40
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 37
2009 Final Season Ranking: 32
2009 Final Score: 13.36
2008 Final Season Ranking: 38
2008 Final Score: 12.69
Key Stat: The Scarlet Knights were fourth in the nation in scoring defense.

Everything was there for the taking. Despite a braincramp against Kent State, the Scarlet Knights managed to to 9-1 and just needed one more win in Big East play to get to the BCS. Instead, they didn't show up against Pitt and lost at home in what turned out to be the Big East title game against Louisville. A loss, along with an overtime defeat against Virginia Tech in the bowl, meant a three-game losing streak to end the year, wasting all the positives over the first ten games.

48. Syracuse (8-5) 2012 CFN Score: 11.80

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 30
2011 Final Season Ranking: 76
2011 CFN Final Score: 6.65
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 were 17th in the nation and first in the Big East in total offense.

Before bailing for the Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone cranked up an offense that was too stagnant in 2011. The Orange bombed away, but the points weren't always flowing in tough losses to Minnesota and Rutgers early on. However, the team put it all together winning six of its last seven games, highlighted by a blowout over Louisville, and finishing up with a Pinstripe victory over West Virginia. Now it'll be up to new head man Scott Schafer to lead the way into life in the ACC.

69. Pitt (6-7) 2012 CFN Score: 7.68

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 53
2011 Final Season Ranking: 72
2011 CFN Final Score: 7.14
2010 Final Season Ranking: 30
2010 CFN Score: 13.32
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 17
2009 Final Season Ranking: 14
2009 Final Score: 17.37
2008 Final Season Ranking: 13
2008 Final Score: 17.42
Key Stat: The Panthers was 15th in the nation and first in the Big East in turnover margin.

It was a rocky year, but the team showed good toughness getting through a few inconsistencies on both sides of the ball, and a 2-4 start, to win four of the final six games to go bowling. A missed kick away from beating Notre Dame, Pitt lost in three overtimes, but it managed to thump Virginia Tech and Rutgers. The blowout to Ole Miss in the bowl game doesn't ruin what head coach Paul Chryst appears to be putting together.

77. Connecticut (5-7) 2012 CFN Score: 6.42

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 55
2011 Final Season Ranking: 80
2011 CFN Final Score: 5.91
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 ninth in the nation in total defense and 122nd in scoring offense.

The Huskies couldn't find a balance and it couldn't come up with a win in the season finale against Cincinnati to get to a bowl. The Huskies had the third-worst scoring offense in America, but the defense kept them alive time and again with one of the most active front lines in college football. Beating Louisville in three overtimes was the highlight, but close losses to Western Michigan, NC State and South Florida turned out to be too much to overcome.

91. South Florida (3-9) 2012 CFN Score: 3.68

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 36
2011 Final Season Ranking: 74
2011 CFN Final Score: 6.96
2010 Final Season Ranking: T48
2010 CFN Score: 10.65
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 41
2009 Final Season Ranking: 50
2009 Final Score: 10.72
2008 Final Season Ranking: 44
2008 Final Score: 11.36
Key Stat: USF was 118th in the nation in turnover margin.

How did it go so wrong so quickly? The Bulls appeared ready to challenge for the Big East title, and they came out hot with a 2-0 start and a good win at Nevada, and then the air went out of the balloon with a home loss to Rutgers to kick off conference play and a shocking road gaffe at Ball State. Only a 13-6 win over Connecticut provided a little bit of a break from the gloom, and that marked the end of the Skip Holtz era. New head man Willie Taggart could come up with a quick turnaround considering the Bulls have decent talent in place. However, after three straight blowout losses to end the year, and scoring a total of 22 points in the three, the offense has to get moving.

97. Temple (4-7) 2012 CFN Score: 3.15

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 73
2011 Final Season Ranking: 41
2011 CFN Final Score: 11.39
2010 Final Season Ranking: 51
2010 CFN Score: 10.13
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 77
2009 Final Season Ranking: 60
2009 Final Score: 9.38
2008 Final Season Ranking: 86
2008 Final Score: 4.96
Key Stat: Temple was the only team in the country to play 11 games.

It wasn't like the Owls were able to play off their MAC success in the Big East. They managed to beat South Florida and UConn for a 2-0 Big East start and a 3-2 run, and then the defense went into the tank giving up 32 points or more the rest of the way with five losses in the last six games. Head coach Steve Addazio, even with the down year, managed to get an upgrade to Boston College, and now it'll be up to Matt Rhule to try to navigate the Big East waters.