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CFN 2013 Final Rankings - No. 51 to 75

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Posted Jan 13, 2014


Which teams had the best seasons? Here's CFN's final ranking based on who earned it on the field.


CFN 2013 Final Rankings

No. 51 to No. 75


CFN 2013 Final Season Rankings | The Top Ten
11 to 25 | 26 to 50 | 51 to 75 | 76 to 100 | Bottom 25

2013 Rankings By Conference AAC | ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten
C-USA | Independents | MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt

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.

Remember, these rankings are based on how good the seasons were overall, and NOT based on how good the team might have been.

75. Washington State (6-7)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.01
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 75
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 112

It got lost in the shuffle, but the Cougars had Auburn in big, big trouble in the opener before losing 31-24. A win over USC helped put the Lane Kiffin era into a tailspin, and a 4-2 start was great with the losses coming to Stanford and Auburn, but the complete and utter collapse against Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl cast a cloud over what should be seen as a strong year under Mike Leach. The D that gave up 52 points or more four games in five weeks was a problem, but the offense picked things back up late.

74. Oregon State (7-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.23
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 28
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 23

Even with the fireworks show of Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks, it was still a disappointing year losing five straight before rising back up to beat Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl. Starting out with a home loss to an FCS team – even a great one like Eastern Washington – was a huge hit to the ranking, but six straight wins put the season back on track. Things got ugly over the second half of the season, but a 36-35 tight loss at Oregon almost gave the team even more credibility going into the bowl season.

73. South Alabama (6-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.26
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 117
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 118

One of the pleasant surprises of the 2013 season, the Jaguars managed to put together six wins thanks to a three game willing streak to close out the regular season. There wasn’t a bowl game at the end of the rainbow, but with a 30-8 blowout win over Louisiana-Lafayette, and victories over Tulane and WKU, there were some major positives. The season could’ve been a whole bunch better, with three losses (Southern Utah, Arkansas State and Troy) by one loss each, a 33-31 loss to Texas State, and a seven point loss to Tennessee on the road.

72. Tennessee (5-7)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.30
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 35
2012 CFN Season Ranking:75

For all of the positives and all of the good things that happened under head coach Butch Jones, it was still a losing season. The win over South Carolina was the highlight of the year, but that was followed up by four straight losses. How nasty was the Vol schedule? Along with facing the Gamecocks, there were games against Oregon, Alabama, Missouri and Auburn. Beating Austin Peay to start the year and Kentucky to close out wasn’t impressive.

71. San Diego State (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.37
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 67
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 34

The Aztecs made big splash to close things out with a blowout win over Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and winning five of the last six games, and eight of the last ten, was impressive, screwing up Boise State along the way, but the opening day loss to Eastern Illinois turned out to be an anchor for the rankings. Playing Ohio State and Fresno State made the schedule tough, and there weren’t any cheap losses after the opener. The D allowed 30 points or more nine times.

70. Middle Tennessee (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.48
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 106
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 73

The Blue Raiders took to life as a Conference USA team starting out 3-1 and winning five straight games to earn an Armed Forces Bowl bid. The clunker of a loss to Navy didn’t sour a strong year with a stunning 51-49 win over Marshall to go along with all the wins over the miserable teams. Middle Tennessee won five games against teams that finished with three wins or fewer, and also beat Western Carolina. Big numbers helped the ranking – the offense put up 42 points or more in four of the final five regular season games.

69. UTSA (7-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.49
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 120
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 68

After coming up with eight wins as part of the WAC last year, the Roadrunners showed staying power with a nice season closing out with five straight wins. While there are the customary Conference USA wins over teams like UTEP and UAB, they also stunned bowl-bound Tulane and North Texas teams late in the year. Three of the five defeats came against teams that finished with ten wins or more.

68. Utah (5-7)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.56
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 55
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 81

Injuries turned out to be a problem over the second half of the season, losing five in a row before beating Colorado to close things out. Beating Stanford turned out to be among the biggest shockers of the season – by far it was the worst loss by any team in the BCS – and pushing Arizona State made it a decent year. However, the consistency wasn’t there, scoring three points against USC and 48 against Oregon State.

67. Ohio (7-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.78
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 80
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 51

Call this one of the rankings that doesn’t really fit. The Bobcats lost four of their final five games, getting blown out by Buffalo, Bowling Green and Kent State by a grand total of 123 to 16, but wins over North Texas and Marshall helped the overall ranking. The season was far better over the first half of the year than the second, and closing out with a blowout loss to East Carolina wasn’t a positive.

66. Boston College (7-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 8.88
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 61
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 110

The emergence of Andre Williams and the promise of more big things to come under Steve Addazio made this a good year, but closing out with two losses and a blowout defeat to Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl soured things. No one gave Florida State a tougher time in the regular season, and all seven losses came to teams that finished with a winning record, but the wins over Virginia Tech and Maryland were the only ones of note. Three of the losses came to teams that finished with ten wins of more.

65. Maryland (7-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 9.15
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 63
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 98

Talk about your up-and-down seasons, the Terps started out 4-0 before getting blasted by Florida State 63-0, but a win over Virginia made it a 5-1 start with plenty of promise. Maryland lost four of its next five games, but a victory over Virginia Tech offset – at least a little bit – a blowout loss to Wake Forest. Just when it seems like the season could close out well, the Military Bowl was a disaster, losing to Marshall 31-20.

64. Tulane (7-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 9.23
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 99
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 113

Forgetting for a moment that Cairo Santos missed a makeable field goal that would’ve sent the New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette into overtime, this really was a surprisingly great year. With four straight wins in the middle of the season, including victories over North Texas and East Carolina, there was a buffer to afford to stay in the hunt for a bowl over the second half with losses in four of the final five games. Even so, the season could’ve been a lot better without losses to South Alabama and UTSA that could’ve gone easier way, along with a loss to Florida Atlantic.

63. Buffalo (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 9.39
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 107
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 94

After losing to Ohio State and Baylor by a combined score of 110 to 33 to start the year, who’d have thought a MAC title was possible? The Bulls won their next seven games and eight of their final nine before getting blown away by San Diego State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Six of the eight wins were bad wins and all the losses were by ten points or more, but this was the best season by far since winning the MAC title in 2008.

62. San Jose State (6-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 9.68
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 72
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 14

It might have been a step back after going 11-2 in 2012, but it was still a good year with strong wins over Colorado State and UNLV and a BCS-killing 62-52 thriller over Fresno State. But even with the win over the Bulldogs, the Spartans couldn’t get a bowl bid. Even so, there were a mere two bad wins and three victories over teams that finished with winning records. The difference in the rankings was the point difference, coming in on the negative side allowing 421 points and scoring 389.

61. Arkansas State (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 9.76
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 102
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 20

From the coaches to the main players from a loaded 2012 season, this was supposed to be a gut job, but Bryan Harsin came up with a great year, finished off with a thrilling GoDaddy Bowl win over Ball State. After a rocky start, with a 31-7 loss to Memphis along the way, the Red Wolves won four in a road and five of their last six. The Ball State win was a huge boost –providing an extra two points – but there were only two wins over the truly sad to go along with a ranking-dragging opener against Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Five of the games were decided by seven points or fewer.

60. Cincinnati (9-4)
2013 CFN Season Score: 9.88
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 47
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 28

It was a great year that finished with a clunk. A total bomb against Illinois – losing 45-17 to a bad team – made it seem like the Tommy Tuberville era would start out rough, but the Bearcats won eight of their next nine games, but with the loss coming to a horrible South Florida squad. Six of the nine victories were bad wins, and there was only one win over a team – Houston – that finished with a winning record. The Bearcats pushed Louisville in a 31-24 loss to close out the regular season, and got blown out by North Carolina in the Belk, but overall it was a decent nine-win campaign. It could’ve, and should’ve been more.

59. Texas Tech (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 10.05
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 43
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 52

It was a tale of two seasons for new head man Kliff Kingsbury, starting out 7-0 before losing five straight. However, all’s well that ends with a Holiday Bowl win, blowing away Arizona State 37-23. There weren’t any good wins before that, failing to beat anyone else that finished with a winning record, while struggling once the schedule got good in the second half of the season. There were chances against the good teams, but only the eight-point loss to Oklahoma was closer than 18 points.

58. WKU (8-4)
2013 CFN Season Score:
10.42 2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 85
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 70

It was an interesting one-and-done under Bobby Petrino, but there were too many mistakes, too many turnovers and no bowl bid despite winning eight games. So how is the ranking relatively high> Wins over Arkansas State and Navy helped, but the season could’ve been far better with losses to South Alabama and Troy that could’ve and should’ve gone the other way. The point differential – 370-295 – helped boost things up.

57. Michigan (7-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 10.49
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 21
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 45

It could’ve been worse. As bad as things ended up with a blowout loss to Kansas State, the Wolverines could’ve and should’ve lost to Akron, UConn and Northwestern, which would’ve put the ranking about 20 spots lower and Brady Hoke on a flaming hot seat. Beating Notre Dame was the highlight, and coming close to ruining Ohio State’s dream was a big moment, but losing five of the final six games – with a miracle needed to get by the Wildcats – will put the pressure on this offseason. In the end, beating Minnesota turned out to be a big help.

56. Syracuse (7-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 10.69
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 51
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 48

Scott Schaefer’s first season might not have always been perfect, but it closed out well with a win over Boston College to get into a bowl game, and a strong 21-17 victory over Minnesota in the Texas Bowl to close things out. On the year, the Orange beat four quality teams – teams that finished with winning records – to offset a bad year from an offense that struggled to score more than 20 points, hitting the mark or going below it in seven games. The blowout losses – Clemson, Florida State and Georgia Tech – were brutal, and it was a struggle, but the transition into the ACC is complete.

55. Toledo (7-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 10.69
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 81
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 41

The ranking seems relatively high for a team that didn’t go bowling, but unlike most good MAC teams, there weren’t that many wins over the truly miserable – finishing with just three bad wins over Eastern Washington, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan – and the schedule was helped by losses to great Missouri and Northern Illinois squads.

54. Penn State (7-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 10.88
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 49
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 47

The second and final season of the Bill O’Brien era was up and down week by week, going win-loss-win-loss the entire way after starting out with victories over Syracuse at Eastern Michigan. Fortunately, it was the Nittany Lions’ turn to win in Madison, closing out with a fantastic performance in a 31-24 win over Wisconsin. There was a thriller over Michigan, and some good moments, but it was an inconsistent campaign with blowout losses to Ohio State and Indiana to offset the positives.

53. Mississippi State (7-6)
2013 CFN Season Score: 11.15
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 25
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 55

It might not have been the big breakthrough season under Dan Mullen as expected or hoped for, and there might have been problems late in the year, but closing out with three straight wins including a huge victory over Ole Miss and a blowout over Rice in the Liberty Bowl changed the dynamic. Once again, outside of beating the Rebels, MSU beat the teams it was supposed to, and lost to the ones it was supposed to. How’s this for the six losses? Oklahoma State, Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama.

52. Kansas State (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 11.21
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 36
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 7

It might not have been a top ten finish like 2012, but closing out with a blowout win over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl helped cap off a great second half of the season, winning seven of the final eight games with the lone loss a wild shootout with Oklahoma. North Dakota State might have been amazing, but the 24-21 opener still counts as a bad loss at home, dragging the ranking down around ten spots. It would’ve been nice if there was a truly great win, but 8-5 isn’t bad in a rebuilding year and after starting out 2-4.

51. Boise State (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 11.52
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 41
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 19

It was a bad year for a Boise State program that’s not used to losing more than twice in a season and got whacked five times, but the biggest loss was Chris Petersen to Washington. The Mountain West title shot was there, but losing to San Diego State killed that, and getting blown out in the Hawaii Bowl by Oregon State didn’t help the cause. There weren’t any truly impressive wins, and the offense and blowouts over miserable teams helped the ranking, but this was the year when Boise State became mediocre.