CFN 2012 Final Season Rankings - WAC
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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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.

12. Utah State (11-2) 2012 CFN Score: 19.89

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 101
2011 Final Season Ranking: 62
2011 CFN Final Score: 8.28
2010 Final Season Ranking: 89
2010 CFN Score: 3.92
2009 Final Season Ranking: 93
2009 Final Score: 3.74
2008 Final Season Ranking: 106
2008 Final Score: 1.97
Key Stat: The Aggies were seventh in the nation in scoring defense.

It was a truly special season for a team that was supposed to be undergoing a major overhaul. Head coach Gary Andersen cranked up the defense that led the WAC in almost every key category thanks to a terrific pass rush and great play from the secondary. The offense wasn't too bad, either. The Aggies should've beaten Wisconsin - missing a makeable field goal in the final seconds - and came close to beating BYU in a 6-3 defeat. Now Andersen is off to Madison, taking over the Wisconsin head coaching job, leaving Matt Wells to take over.

14. San Jose State (11-2) 2012 CFN Score: 19.35

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 100
2011 Final Season Ranking: 90
2011 CFN Final Score: 4.22
2010 Final Season Ranking: 94
2010 CFN Score: -3-34
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 105
2009 Final Season Ranking: 113
2009 Final Score: -0.57
2008 Final Season Ranking: 82
2008 Final Score: 5.15
Key Stat: The Spartans were sixth in the nation in passing and third in passing efficiency.

San Jose State was the only FBS team without an FBS win in 2010, and two years later it was 11-2 with a seven-game winning streak and a bowl victory over Bowling Green to close things out. The blowout home loss to Utah State hurt, but the Opening Day 20-17 loss to Stanford was more impressive in hindsight than it seemed at the time. The passing game was incredible and the pass rush among the best in college football as the Spartans blew out bad WAC team after bad WAC team. On the down side, the great win meant the loss of head coach Mike MacIntyre to Colorado.

37. Louisiana Tech (9-3)  2012 CFN Score: 13.06

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 83
2011 Final Season Ranking: 48
2011 CFN Final Score: 10.02
2010 Final Season Ranking: 86
2010 CFN Score: 4.70 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 89
2009 Final Score: 4.24
2008 Final Season Ranking: 63
2008 Final Score: 7.99
Key Stat: Tech was first in the nation in total offense and scoring offense, and dead last in total defense.

It was almost a good season. Tech almost beat Texas A&M, but didn't finish up the upset in a wild 59-57 loss. Tech almost won the WAC, but lost at home to Utah State in overtime, and it almost beat San Jose State in the regular season finale. Worst of all, there was almost a trip to a bowl game, but was shut out after a misunderstanding - to be politically correct - with the Independence Bowl. The near misses didn't matter for Sonny Dykes, who parlayed the big year with a bigger gig taking over the Cal Bears, but Skip Holtz, despite the problems at USF, isn't a bad replacement.

68. UTSA (8-4) 2012 CFN Score: 7.71

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 122
Key Stat: The Roadrunners beat four non-FBS teams.

UTSA's first season started out with a thrilling win over South Alabama on the way to a 5-0 start. While reality set in once the schedule got tougher, closing out with three straight wins including close victories over Idaho and Texas State gave the team four wins over FBS teams. Head coach Larry Coker's team has the fan base, and at least for one year, the wins over bad teams made it a fun campaign.

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.

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.