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2013 CFN Final Independent Rankings & Roundup

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Posted Jan 13, 2014


2013 Independent Fearless Predictions, Game Stories, Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings

CFN 2013 Final Season Rankings | The Top Ten
11 to 25 | 26 to 50 | 51 to 75 | 76 to 100 | Bottom 25
By Conference ACC | AAC | Big Ten | Big 12 | 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. Number next to team is the final overall season ranking.

25. Notre Dame (9-4)
2013 CFN Season Score: 15.57
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 19
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 3

It wasn’t a BCS championship-level season, but it was still a good one. The Irish hold the distinction of handing Michigan State its only loss, and rolling past Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl wasn’t bad, but the losses to Michigan and Pitt hurt any chances of getting into the BCS. Beating USC was nice, and there’s no shame in losing at Stanford and to Oklahoma. Remember, before last year, Notre Dame didn’t get past nine wins or more since 2006 – it was a strong campaign, even if it was a bit of a letdown.

34. BYU (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 14.42
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 38
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 38

The Cougars had a strange year, starting out with a loss against a Virginia team that turned out to be miserable, and following it up with a jaw-dropping blowout of Texas. They were good enough to destroy Middle Tennessee, Utah State and Georgia Tech, and they were able to blow away Boise State to close out a five-game midseason win streak, but they couldn’t hold up against Wisconsin and Notre Dame, and they got ripped up by Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl. This was a good season, but not an elite one, and the ranking reflect it.

48. Navy (9-4)
2013 CFN Season Score: 11.88
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 88
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 54

With a five-game winning streak to close out the season, and with dominant performances against Army and Middle Tennessee, Navy overcame a few interesting losses to rip through the soft finishing kick to make this a great year – any year Navy beats Army it’s a great year. Losing to a mediocre WKU team hurt, and in hindsight, losing to Duke wasn’t a big deal. The thrilling win over San Jose State and shootout victory over Indiana were offset by losses to Toledo and Notre Dame that could’ve gone either way.

108. Army (3-9)
2013 CFN Season Score: -1.11
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 113
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 116

The Rich Ellerson came to a close with an offense that couldn’t come up with enough steady points and couldn’t crank out the wins, beating Morgan State in the opener and only getting by woeful Louisiana Tech and Eastern Michigan squads. Losing to Temple, Air Force and Hawaii was bad, but getting blown out by Navy 34-7 was the nail in the coffin. Seven of the losses were by double digits.

117. New Mexico State (2-10)
2013 CFN Season Score: -2.84
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 123
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 123

The program is in a building period, not a rebuilding one, but closing out the season with a win over Idaho, and with a decent showing against Boston College in early November, there’s a little bit of promise. The bad losses to UTEP, New Mexico hurt, and the two wins coming against miserable teams – Abilene Christian and Idaho – a problem, but the offense got better as the year went on and the team became more competitive.

120. Idaho (1-11)
2013 CFN Season Score: -3.85
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 124
2012 CFN Season Ranking:121

The season in independent purgatory before going off to the Sun Belt was a rough one, but there were moments. The win over Temple wasn’t anything to get excited about, but the Vandals gave Northern Illinois a battle. The 80-14 loss to Florida State was bad, but the season-finale loss to New Mexico State was a disaster for a team with the nation’s worst scoring D. Idaho gave up 40 points or more in every game but three.

2013 CFN All-Independent Offense
QB - Keenan Reynolds, Soph. Navy
RB - Terry Baggett, Jr. Army
RB - Jamaal Williams, Soph. BYU
WR - Dezmon Epps, Jr. Idaho
WR - TJ Jones, Sr. Notre Dame
TE – Troy Niklas, Jr. Notre Dame
OL – Bradyn Heap, Jr. Navy
OL - Nick Martin, Jr. Notre Dame
OL - Zack Martin Sr. Notre Dame
OL - Chris Watt, Sr. Notre Dame
OL - Michael Yeck, Jr. BYU
PK – Kyle Brindza, Jr. Notre Dame
KR – Adam Hine, Soph. BYU

2013 CFN All- Independent Defense
DL - QuayShawne Buckley, Sr. Idaho
DL - Eathyn Manumaleuna, Sr. BYU
DL - Louis Nix III, Sr. Notre Dame
DL - Stephon Tuitt Jr. Notre Dame
LB - Dan Fox, Sr. Notre Dame
LB - Cody Peterson Sr. Navy
LB - Kyle Van Noy, Sr. BYU
DB - Bennett Jackson, Sr. Notre Dame
DB - Parrish Gaines, Jr. Navy
DB - KeiVarae Russell, Soph. Notre Dame
DB - Daniel Sorensen, Sr. BYU
P - Austin Rehkow, Fr. Idaho
PR – JD Falslev, Sr. BYU

CFN 2013 Top 30 Independent Players
1. QB Keenan Reynolds, Soph. Navy
2. QB Taysom Hill, Soph. BYU
3. DT Louis Nix III, Sr. Notre Dame
4. LB Kyle Van Noy, Sr. BYU
5. RB Jamaal Williams, Soph. BYU
6. DE Stephon Tuitt Jr. Notre Dame
7. QB Tommy Rees, Sr. Notre Dame
8. OT Zack Martin Sr. Notre Dame
9. LB Dan Fox, Sr. Notre Dame
10. OG Chris Watt, Sr. Notre Dame
11. S Parrish Gaines, Jr. Navy
12. LB Cody Peterson Sr. Navy
13. S Daniel Sorensen, Sr. BYU
14. WR T.J. Jones, Sr. Notre Dame
15. LB Prince Shembo, Sr. Notre Dame
16. WR Dezmon Epps, Jr. Idaho
17. RB Terry Baggett, Jr. Army
18. LB Uani ‘Unga, Sr. BYU
19. NT Eathyn Manumaleuna, Sr. BYU
20. CB Bennett Jackson, Sr. Notre Dame
21. OT Michael Yeck, Jr. BYU
22. CB KeiVarae Russell, Soph. Notre Dame
23. WR Cody Hoffman, Sr. BYU
24. DE QuayShawne Buckley, Sr. Idaho
25. C Nick Martin, Jr. Notre Dame
26. P Austin Rehkow, Fr. Idaho
27. WR DaVaris Daniels, Jr. Notre Dame
28. LB Carlo Calabrese, Sr. Notre Dame
29. S Craig Bills, Jr. BYU
30. LB D.J. Sargenti, Sr. Notre Dame

2013 Independents ... Week 14 


Independent Standings
  Conf. Overall
BYU 8 4
Notre Dame  8 4
Navy 7 4
Army 3 8
NMSU 2 10
Idaho 1 11
Week 14 Conference Roundup

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BYU

BYU 28, at Nevada 23
Basically … Shut out in the first half, BYU roared back as Jamaal Williams ran for a 66-yard score and Taysom Hill threw two touchdown passes and ran for a 35-yard score as the team fought through a slew of mistakes to get past a tough Nevada team. The Wolf Pack started out the scoring with a two-yard Kendall Brock touchdown run, and Cody Fajardo ran for a three-yard touchdown and threw a four-yard scoring play to Brandon Wimberly, but the Cougars held on late.
- BYU committed 14 penalties for 142 yards, and Nevada committed four penalties for 25 yards.
- Nevada QB Cody Fajardo completed 23-of-33 passes for 259 yards and a score with a pick.
- BYU RB Jamaal Williams ran 15 times for 219 yards and a score.
- BYU QB Taysom Hill completed 14-of-18 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 26 times for 154 yards and a score.

IdahoNew Mexico State

at New Mexico State 24, Idaho 16
Basically … New Mexico State’s Adam Shapiro ran for an eight-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and that was it for the scoring as the Aggie defense held on allowing just a 25-yard Austin Rehkow field goal in the third quarter. Rehkow hit three field goals on the day, and Michael LaGrone caught a 56-yard touchdown pass on the way to a 13-7 lead, but NMSU took the lead for good on Austin Franklin’s second touchdown catch of the day from Andrew McDonald.
- New Mexico State RB Germi Morrison ran 17 times for 111 yards.
- Idaho QB Taylor Davis completed 21-of-41 passes for 250 yards and a score with a pick, and he ran 11 times for 24 yards.
- Idaho outgained NMSU 459 yards to 371, but committed eight penalties to NMSU’s one.
- NMSU WR Austin Franklin caught six passes for 64 yards and two scores.

Notre Dame

at Stanford 27, Notre Dame 20
Basically … Stanford pulled ahead 21-6 in the second half on a 20-yard Anthony Wilkerson touchdown run after getting a one-yard Tyler Gaffney scoring run and a Devon Cajuste 16-yard scoring catch in the first half, but the Irish fought back with Tommy Rees touchdown passes to TJ Jones and DaVaris Daniels to pull within four. Jordan Williamson helped push the Cardinal ahead with a 28-yard field goal and the D held up. Wayne Lyons picked off two Rees passes.
- Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney ran 33 times for 189 yards and a score.
- Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees completed 16-of-34 passes for 199 yards and two scores with two picks.
- Stanford outrushed the Irish 261 yards to 64.
- Notre Dame WR DaVaris Daniels caught five passes for 79 yards and a score.




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