CFN 2012 Final Season Rankings - M-West
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

Mountain West 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.

34. San Diego State (9-4) 2012 CFN Score: 13.54

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 89
2011 Final Season Ranking: 49
2011 CFN Final Score: 9.69
2010 Final Season Ranking: 36
2010 CFN Score: 12.12
2009 Final Season Ranking: 96
2009 Final Score: 2.97
2008 Final Season Ranking: 111
2008 Final Score: -0.98
Key Stat: The Aztecs were 103rd in the nation in passing.

Somewhat quietly, San Diego State had a great year considering it was supposed to be a rebuilding campaign. The team not only kept Boise State out of the BCS, but it managed to win a piece of the Mountain West title while winning the final seven games of the regular season. The bowl loss to BYU put a damper on the fun - the offense failed to do much of anything in the 23-6 loss - but it was still a positive campaign to prove that the program has staying power.

35. Fresno State (9-4) 2012 CFN Score: 13.27

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 68
2011 Final Season Ranking: 98
2011 CFN Final Score: 2.70
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 116th in the nation in turnover margin in 2011 and seventh in 2012.

Tim DeRuyter did a tremendous job in his first year at the helm - one blowout loss to SMU in the Hawaii Bowl aside - taking the offense to a high level with Derek Carr at the helm while doing a great job with a defense that finished second in the nation against the pass. The Bulldogs were competitive early against Oregon and came close in tight losses to Tulsa and Boise State, but blowout wins over Nevada and Air Force, along with a win over San Diego State, bought a piece of the Mountain West title. Keeping in the Fresno State tradition, the team beat a BCS team, blasting Colorado 69-14.

82. Nevada (7-6) 2012 CFN Score: 5.82

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 67
2011 Final Season Ranking: 64
2011 CFN Final Score: 8.16
2010 Final Season Ranking: 9
2010 CFN Score: 20.42
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 61
2009 Final Season Ranking: 51
2009 Final Score: 10.63
2008 Final Season Ranking: 62
2008 Final Score: 8.48
Key Stat: Nevada was sixth in the nation in total offense.

In head coach Chris Ault's final season, the Wolf Pack failed to come through as expected in conference play, but they started 6-1 to get the base needed to go bowling. Unfortunately, the schedule got harder with a win over New Mexico the lone victory over the second half of the year. The year ended on a heartbreaking loss to Arizona in the bowl.

86. Air Force (6-7) 2012 CFN Score: 4.75

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 71
2011 Final Season Ranking: 71
2011 CFN Final Score: 7.39
2010 Final Season Ranking: 31
2010 CFN Score: 13.21
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 62
2009 Final Season Ranking: 40
2009 Final Score: 12.19
2008 Final Season Ranking: 46
2008 Final Score: 11.21
Key Stat: The Falcons were 106th in the nation in turnover margin.

It's been two straight disappointing seasons, but there weren't the expectations for 2012 like there were in 2011. The Falcons had some puzzling brain-cramps against UNLV and Army, and they barely got off the bus over the second half of the season losing four of the final five games including a bowl disaster against Rice. A convincing 48-31 win over Nevada went to show just how much potential the team had.

102. New Mexico (4-9)  2012 CFN Score: -0.58

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 119
2011 Final Season Ranking: 120
2011 CFN Final Score: -4.98
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 5th in the nation in rushing offense and second-to-last in passing.

Bob Davie restored some order to the program, and it looked like the team would be one of the surprises of the 2012 season with a 4-3 start. And then came the drop-off losing the final six games of the season. There weren't any wins over teams that finished with winning records, but even with the losing campaign, UNM improved losing five games by a touchdown or less.

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.

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.

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.

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.