CFN 2012 Final Season Rankings - Pac-12
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

Pac-12 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.

2. Oregon (12-1)   2012 CFN Score: 24.81

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 11
2011 Final Season Ranking: 4
2011 CFN Final Score: 23.11
2010 Final Season Ranking: 7
2010 CFN Score: 21.10 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 10
2009 Final Score: 18.62
2008 Final Season Ranking: 24
2008 Final Score: 15.30
Key Stat: The Ducks led the nation in turnover margin.

The Ducks came achingly close to playing for the whole ball of wax for the second time in three seasons. Instead, with one overtime loss to Stanford, they failed to win their conference, their division and missed out on the BCS championship and even the Rose Bowl. Instead, they ran away from Kansas State in the Fiesta, making it 12 wins all by double digits in one of the most dominant seasons a non-national champion has ever had. The offense was second in scoring, the defense was solid, and the special teams were among the best in the nation. All that was missing was one overtime win from likely getting a shot to face Notre Dame.

4. Stanford (12-2)  2012 CFN Score: 24.35

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 22
2011 Final Season Ranking: 13
2011 CFN Final Score: 19.61
2010 Final Season Ranking: 6
2010 CFN Score: 21.40 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 38
2009 Final Score: 12.28
2008 Final Season Ranking: 73
2008 Final Score: 6.28
Key Stat: The Cardinal led the nation in sacks and was second in tackles for loss.

In a thrilling season, Stanford managed to change the national title race around with an overtime win at Oregon, got by Arizona in OT, and lost to Notre Dame in a controversial finish. Along the way, came a close call against Oregon State, a fight to get by a strong San Jose State, and in all, eight wins by a touchdown or less and the two losses both came by seven points or fewer. Closing out with eight straight wins, a Pac-12 title and a Rose Bowl took the program to a whole other level - and all without Andrew Luck.

23. Oregon State (9-4) 2012 CFN Score: 15.99
2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 60
2011 Final Season Ranking: 102
2011 CFN Final Score: 2.17
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 27th in the nation in turnover margin and third in the Pac-12 in most defensive categories.

After a down 2011, the Beavers came roaring back with six straight wins to start the season including nice ones over Wisconsin, UCLA and Arizona. How close was this to being a truly special year? OSU lost to Washington and Stanford on the road by a total of seven points before getting blown out by Oregon. The bowl loss to Texas doesn't diminish a great year.

30. UCLA (9-5) 2012 CFN Score: 14.60

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 39
2011 Final Season Ranking: 75
2011 CFN Final Score: 6.77
2010 Final Season Ranking: 90
2010 CFN Score: 3.36 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 59
2009 Final Score: 9.39
2008 Final Season Ranking: 101
2008 Final Score: 2.97
Key Stat: UCLA was 112th in the nation in sacks.

Jim Mora Jr. took over what Rick Neuheisel started and ran with it. Finally - FINALLY - the Bruins had an offense, and it showed early with a tone-setting win over Nebraska. There were a stunning misstep with a 43-17 loss to California, but the Bruins were able to rise above it by winning five straight, including a 66-10 blasting of Arizona and a convincing victory over USC. Closing out with two losses to Stanford and a disaster against Baylor in the bowl don't dismiss just how strong the turnaround season was. Going to the Pac-12 title game for a second year in a row - this time on pure merit - was a huge step forward.

33. Arizona (8-5) 2012 CFN Score: 13.99

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 57
2011 Final Season Ranking: 93
2011 CFN Final Score: 3.27
2010 Final Season Ranking: 40
2010 CFN Score: 11.51
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 30
2009 Final Season Ranking: 22
2009 Final Score: 14.82
2008 Final Season Ranking: 37
2008 Final Score: 12.86
Key Stat: The Wildcats finished seventh in the nation in total offense and had the third-worst defense in the country.

Rich Rodriguez stepped in and instantly changed around the program. While the offense finished seventh in the nation, the defense never produced getting ripped apart at will. A great win over USC was quickly forgotten about with a 66-10 loss to UCLA, but there were just enough nice victories, including a thrilling bowl win over Nevada, to overcome the inconsistencies. The program is on a major upswing as long as RichRod can fix the D.

49. USC (7-6) 2012 CFN Score: 11.55

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 1
2011 Final Season Ranking: 14
2011 CFN Final Score: 18.54
2010 Final Season Ranking: 44
2010 CFN Score: 11.18 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 16
2009 Final Score: 16.55
2008 Final Season Ranking: 5
2008 Final Score: 23.13
Key Stat: USC was fourth in the nation in sacks.

Thud. It wasn't just that USC didn't live up to the preseason hype and promise; it's that the team didn't quite ever look like the killer it was supposed to be. The 6-1 start was shaky, and then the wheels came off losing five of the final six games, coming up with one good performance against Arizona State to show just how good the team could've been. There's no shame in losing to Oregon in a shootout, and there wasn't anything wrong with losing at home to Notre Dame, but not showing up in a lifeless loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl was inexcusable.

50. Arizona State (8-5)  2012 CFN Score: 11.45

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 46
2011 Final Season Ranking: 44
2011 CFN Final Score: 10.55
2010 Final Season Ranking: 55
2010 CFN Score: 9.37 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 90
2009 Final Score: 3.98
2008 Final Season Ranking: 87
2008 Final Score: 4.94
Key Stat: ASU led the nation in tackles for loss and was second in sacks.

No one was quite sure how the Todd Graham era would start out, considering there was a bit of a rebuilding job needing to be done. As it turned out, Graham put together a huge turnaround year with an offense that ranked among the best in the nation and a defense that led the nation in tackles for loss and was second in sacks. There was a rough four-game midseason stretch losing to Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State and USC, but a win over arch-rival Arizona and a blowout bowl victory over Navy ended the year on the upswing. However, those to wins to close out the season were the best of the bunch - there weren't any really, really strong wins to get excited about.

62. Washington (7-6)  2012 CFN Score: 9.27

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 42
2011 Final Season Ranking: 59
2011 CFN Final Score: 8.46
2010 Final Season Ranking: T46
2010 CFN Score: 9.10
2009 Final Season Ranking: 63
2009 Final Score: 9.10
2008 Final Season Ranking: 119
2008 Final Score: -3.29
Key Stat: The Huskies were 116th in the nation in pass defense in 2011 and 23rd in 2012.

The Huskies improved by leaps and bounds on defense, but it didn't show in the final record with a second straight 7-6 campaign. The offense was a major disappointment, finishing tenth in the Pac-12 in total yards, and it showed in losses to USC, Oregon and Arizona. However, a win over Stanford was one of the biggest national victories of 2012, and beating Oregon State was impressive, but losing to Washington State and dropping a tight bowl game to Boise State put a bad cap on the year.

81. Utah (5-7) 2012 CFN Score: 5.86
2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 27
2011 Final Season Ranking: 45
2011 CFN Final Score: 10.49
2010 Final Season Ranking: 23
2010 CFN Score: 15.68
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 48
2009 Final Season Ranking: 23
2009 Final Score: 14.77
2008 Final Season Ranking: 4
2008 Final Score: 23.56
Key Stat: The Utes were 105th in the nation in total offense.

Utah was thought to be a possible sleeper in the Pac-12 race, but injuries and offensive issues were too much to overcome. With Jordan Wynn needing to retire, the passing game finished last in the Pac-12. Three wins in the final five games weren't good enough to salvage the year that brought a wacky win over BYU, but that was about it.

96. California (3-9) 2012 CFN Score: 3.29

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 29
2011 Final Season Ranking: 56
2011 CFN Final Score: 9.08
2010 Final Season Ranking: 76
2010 CFN Score: 6.06
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 34
2009 Final Season Ranking: 43
2009 Final Score: 12.03
2008 Final Season Ranking: 27
2008 Final Score: 15.09
Key Stat: Cal was 115th in the nation in sacks allowed.

The talent seemed to be in place following the Holiday Bowl appearance of 2011, but the season never came together. A 1-4 start set the tone, and even though it seemed like things were about to turn around with a blasting of UCLA and a win over Washington State, a lifeless loss against Stanford and a strange blowout over Utah sparked a five-game losing streak to end the Jeff Tedford era. New coach Sonny Dykes might not be known for his defenses, but the offense should start to shine.

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.

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.