2007 CFN Final Season Rankings
LSU DT Glenn Dorsey
LSU DT Glenn Dorsey
Posted Jan 8, 2008

Which teams had the best seasons and who deserves to be ranked where? Forgetting the opinion side of the equation, here's our annual ranking of the teams based on the CFN Season Ranking Formula. We all know who number one is, but you might be shocked at who earned the second spot.

Here's the CFN belief when it comes to ranking teams: From the preseason until the end of the bowls, you must rank teams based on how good you believe they are at that time. However, once the year is complete, it's only fair to take the subjectivity out of it and go by what actually happened on the field. To do that, we've created the CFN Formula used to rank every team in every year in order to properly compare and contrast seasons from different eras.

Two things to keep in mind. 1) This takes into account the entire season punishing ugly losses and pumping up good wins. A win at the beginning of the year counts the same as a win at the end, so there might be some head-to-head discrepancies; they're unavoidable in any ranking system. Remember, the formula looks at year from start to finish and not just which team beat another.

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By Pete Fiutak  
If you think your team is ranked too low, look at your schedule. It's all about who you played and how your entire season went. Here are the most interesting tidbits of note.
1) Ohio State at No. 10
Ohio State beat a lot of decent teams, but no truly great ones. Even if it had beaten LSU in the BCS Championship, it still wouldn't have finished No. 1. This is an indictment of the Big Ten as it shows how the conference either 1) beat up on each other or 2) didn't have anyone who was that great.
2) USC at No. 8
The team, when 100% healthy, might have been special, but it didn't play as good a schedule as you might think. It's not USC's fault that Nebraska and Notre Dame stunk.
3) Hawaii at 18th
Last year Hawaii finished 15th. The Warriors didn't beat anyone.
4) The overall Big Ten
Illinois at 15, Penn State at 21, Michigan at 24, Wisconsin at 32, and Michigan State at 40. The lack of big non-conference wins were a big problem.
5) Oregon at No. 11
Even with the late-season slide, the Ducks finishes with a strong score helped by wins over Michigan, USC and South Florida.

2) This is NOT a ranking of which teams are the best or most talented. This is a formula to find out which teams had the best seasons. Anything else is simply opinion.

(One Note: the overall scores are a bit higher this year because of the 12-game schedule)

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 new wrinkle was added this year. A win over a team that finishes with three losses in a bowl game or a conference championship game (but not a neutral site regular season 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 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.

- CFN Final 2007 Rankings - No. 11 to 25
- CFN Final 2007 Rankings - No. 26 to 119 & Opinion Rankings
- CFN Final 2006 Rankings

1. LSU (12-2)  Final Score: 23.23

It seemed to be a simple equation for LSU. When healthy, it was absolutely dominant. When banged up, it struggled. Strangely enough coming form the SEC, there was only one Elite Win, and it came in the national title game, but there were a whole bunch of really, really good ones beating Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee on the was to a second national championship in five years. The two losses to average Kentucky and Arkansas will always leave some fans wondering if the best team really did win the championship, but there's no denying the talent level, and there's no denying it earned the title in one of the craziest seasons in college football history. By comparison, Florida had a score of 24.92 after last year and Texas had an all-time great score of 29.54 after 2005.

2006 Score: 19.84   2006 Ranking: 7
Quality Wins: 7. at Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, at Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio State
Elite Win Score: 1. Ohio State
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 1. Miss State ... Elite Loss: 0
Point Differential Score: 2.62 ... Winning Percentage: 0.86

2. West Virginia (11-2)   Final Score: 22.15
The Mountaineers had a fantastic year with a Big East title and a stunning Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma, but the season will be remembered as much for two down notes: Rich Rodriguez leaving for Michigan, and Pittsburgh ruining the dream. All WVU had to do was beat a mediocre Panther team at home and it would've played Ohio State for the national title, but a 13-9 all-timer of a gaffe soured things. Even so, the team was fantastic throughout with several decent wins along with victories against Louisville and Marshall that kept the fan base happy.

2006 Score: 19.83   2006 Ranking: 8
Quality Wins:  6. at Maryland, at East Carolina, Mississippi State, at Rutgers, at Cincinnati, Connecticut, Oklahoma
Elite Win Score: 2. at Cincinnati, Oklahoma
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 2. at Marshall, at Syracuse ... Elite Loss: 0
Point Differential Score: 2.8 ... Winning Percentage: 0.85

3. Oklahoma (11-3)   Final Score: 22.12  
One of the most maddening teams in America, it obliterated everyone at home, struggled on the road, and ended up losing a second straight Fiesta Bowl. West Virginia was undergoing a coaching change but still blew the doors off the Sooners 48-28 to ruin yet another Big 12 championship year and yet another great overall season under Bob Stoops. There were blowouts over Miami and Texas A&M, rivalry wins over Texas and Oklahoma State, and two wins over Missouri that proved just how good the team could be. And then came the trip to Glendale.

2006 Score: 19.36   2006 Ranking: 10
Quality Wins: 6. at Tulsa, Texas, Missouri, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Missouri (Big 12 Champ.)
Elite Win Score: 2. Missouri (twice)
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 4. North Texas, Utah State, at Iowa State, Baylor ... Elite Loss: 1. West Virginia
Point Differential Score:  3.08 ... Winning Percentage: 0.79

4. Georgia (11-2)  Final Score: 21.97
Georgia was one of the nation's hottest teams over the second half of the season winning seven straight games with a thrashing of Florida, a stunning 45-20 win over Auburn, yet another rivalry win over Georgia Tech, and the magnum opus, a 41-10 stomping of Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl that wasn't even as close as the blowout final score. A 35-14 loss at Tennessee ended up ruining SEC title hopes as Dawg fans will always have to wonder about what might have happened if their team got a shot at LSU in the title game.

2006 Score: 16.67   2006 Ranking: 22
Quality Wins: 8. Oklahoma State, at Alabama, Florida, Troy, Auburn, Kentucky, at Georgia Tech, Hawaii
Elite Win Score: 1. Hawaii
Bad Loss Score: 0  ... Bad Wins: 2. Western Carolina, Ole Miss ... Elite Loss: 0.
Point Differential Score: 1.62 ... Winning Percentage: 0.85

5. Kansas (12-1)  Final Score: 20.60
Easily the biggest surprise of the 2007 season, KU rolled through a pillow-soft schedule, but it showed up big-time throughout the Big 12 season with a 76-39 win over Nebraska that all but ended the Bill Callahan era and a nationally televised blowout over Oklahoma State. Any doubts about how good the team was went away with the 24-21 win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl to finish a school-record 12-1. The offense finished eighth overall, second in scoring, fourth in scoring defense and first in turnover margin.

2006 Score: 8.42   2006 Ranking: 61
Quality Wins: 4. Central Michigan, at Texas A&M, at Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech
Elite Win Score: 1. Virginia Tech
Bad Loss Score: 0
Bad Wins: 4. SE Louisiana, Florida International, Baylor, Iowa State
Elite Loss: 1. Missouri ... Point Differential Score: 3.43 ... Winning Percentage: 0.92

6. Virginia Tech
(11-3)  Final Score: 20.56
It's hard to be too upset with the season when the Hokies won the ACC title and got to the Orange Bowl, but the loss to Kansas soured things in the end. Had Tech beaten Boston College the first time, it would've been a close call in the national championship discussion; it probably would've gotten in against Ohio State. The defense was its normally amazing self finishing fourth in the country in total D and third in scoring defense, while the offense improved as the year went on.

2006 Score: 17.95   2006 Ranking: 16
Quality Wins: 6. East Carolina, at Clemson, at Georgia Tech, Florida State, at Virginia, at Boston College
Elite Win Score: 1. Boston College
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 2. William & Mary, at Duke ... Elite Loss: 2. at LSU, Kansas
Point Differential Score: 1.77 ... Winning Percentage: 0.79

7. Missouri (12-2)  Final Score: 20.43  
Oh that Oklahoma. Missouri had its best season in school history winning 12 games, the North title, and the Cotton Bowl over Arkansas, but it was bittersweet as it could've played for the national title had it beaten the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship. This was the year the program turned the corner with the nation's fifth ranked offense, led by Heisman finalist Chase Daniel, and an attacking defense that was better than the stats.

2006 Score: 12.49   2006 Ranking: 38
Quality Wins: 5. Illinois, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Kansas, Arkansas
Elite Win Score: 1. Kansas
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 3. at Ole Miss, Illinois State, Iowa State ... Elite Loss: 0.
Point Differential Score: 2.32 ... Winning Percentage: 0.86

8. USC
(11-2)   Final Score: 19.83
It's not USC's fault, but it didn't beat a slew of top teams with only four wins over teams that finished with a winning record, and the first didn't come until November. The schedule was far better on paper than it turned out to be with Nebraska and Notre Dame stinking, but there's still no excuse for losing at home to Stanford. The team started to jell by the end of the season and showed what it could do when healthy with a five-game winning streak highlighted by the blowout win over Illinois in the Rose Bowl.

2006 Score: 21.59   2006 Ranking: 5
Quality Wins: 4. Oregon State, at California, at Arizona State, Illinois
Elite Win Score: 2. at Arizona State, Illinois
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 2. Idaho, at Notre Dame ... Elite Loss: 0
Point Differential Score: 2.16 ... Winning Percentage: 0.85

9. Boston College
(11-3)   Final Score: 19.15
Jeff Jagodzinki took Tom O'Brien's program to another level with a No. 2 ranking going into November and a spot in the ACC Championship. Led by a tremendous defense, which finished second in the nation against the run, and the bombing of Matt Ryan, the Eagles won 11 games cementing themselves as one of the ACC's consistently elite teams.  

2006 Score: 18.36   2006 Ranking: 12
Quality Wins: 6. Wake Forest, at Georgia Tech, Bowling Green, at Virginia Tech, at Clemson, Michigan State
Elite Win Score: 1. at Virginia Tech
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 3. Army, UMass, at Notre Dame ...  Elite Loss: 0
Point Differential Score: 1.11 ... Winning Percentage: 0.79

10. Ohio State (11-2)  Final Score: 18.77  
A great season quickly turned sour with a loss to LSU in the BCS Championship game, but it was a year ahead of schedule for a Buckeye team that's supposed to come out roaring in 2008. The defense was stellar in every game but two giving up 38 to LSU, 28 to Illinois, and no more than 17 to anyone else. Unfortunately for OSU, most will think the No. 1 ranking on defense from the end of the regular season will be a total sham after LSU was able to score without a problem.

2006 Score: 22.76   2006 Ranking: 4
Quality Wins: 5: at Purdue, Michigan State at Penn State, Wisconsin, at Michigan
Elite Win Score: 0
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 3: Youngstown State, at Minnesota, Kent State ...  Elite Loss: 1. LSU
Point Differential Score: 2.42 ... Winning Percentage: 0.85

- CFN Final 2007 Rankings - No. 11 to 25
- CFN Final 2007 Rankings - No. 26 to 119 & Opinion Rankings
- CFN Final 2006 Rankings