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CFN 2008 Final Rankings - No. 76-100
Stanford RB Toby Gerhart
Stanford RB Toby Gerhart
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Posted Jan 11, 2009


Which teams had the best seasons? Here's CFN's final ranking based on who earned it on the field. - No. 76-100



CFN 2008 Final Rankings

No. 76 to 100


CFN Final 2008 Rankings 1-10 | 11-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 101-119

76. Colorado (5-7)   
CFN Score: 6.08
2007 Score: 8.18     2007 Ranking: 61
The Dan Hawkins era isn't exactly working. 5-7? 2-6 in Big 12 play? There was an offensive party in the Big 12 this year and Colorado wasn't invited. There was a win over West Virginia, but that was the only thing to chirp about. Four of the final wins, including a close call to Eastern Washington, were by seven points or fewer.

77. Marshall (4-8)  
CFN Score: 5.72
2007 Score: 1.37     2007 Ranking: 101
Marshall was supposed to be better defensively, and wasn't. There was a nice win over Southern Miss and a better win over Houston, but that was it. The Herd lost seven of their final eight games, but one of the losses was to eventual Conference USA champion, East Carolina, in overtime.

78. Memphis (6-7)   
CFN Score: 5.71
2007 Score: 5.57     2007 Ranking: 78
The worst of all teams to make a bowl, Memphis got by with a decent offense and just enough defense to come up with six wins. However, the best win was over Southern Miss and the second was over Arkansas State. On the plus side, four of the losses were by seven points or fewer.

79. Duke (4-8)  
CFN Score: 5.68
2007 Score: -1.75     2007 Ranking: 115
David Cutcliffe made the program far better with a stunning start, winning three of the first four games, and then everything went back in the tank losing seven of the last eight games. The one win was over Vanderbilt and there were some close losses, but the offense wasn't consistent, and in the end, Duke was 1-7 in ACC play.

80. New Mexico (4-8)  
CFN Score: 5.38
2007 Score: 10.93     2007 Ranking: 47
The Rocky Long era came to an end after a disappointing second half of the year with one win, a 70-7 nail-biter over San Diego State, in the final five games. Losing to BYU and Utah is one thing, but losing to UNLV and Colorado State is another. The offense struggled and the passing game fizzled when QB Donovan Porterie went down..

81. Auburn (5-7)   
CFN Score: 5.34
2007 Score: 15.64     2007 Ranking: 20
This seems like it should be a misprint. Auburn? 81st? Shouldn't it have been in the hunt for the East title? A disaster with the coaching staff and a lousy offense led the way to six of the final seven games with the one win coming against UT Martin. How bad was the year? One of the four FBS wins was over Mississippi State, 3-2, and one was over Tennessee, 14-12.

82. San Jose State (6-6)  
CFN Score: 5.15
2007 Score: 3.85     2007 Ranking: 91
The Spartans didn't have a bad year, but it turned out to be a big disappointment after losing four of the final five games and missing out on a sure bowl bid. Basically, they couldn't handle the better teams in the WAC. When Hawaii is your best win by far, and your second best win was over Utah State, your schedule wasn't that great.

83. Kansas State (5-7) 
CFN Score: 5.06
2007 Score: 6.94     2007 Ranking: 68
Gone is Ron Prince and back is Bill Snyder after a losing season that hit the skids over the second half. The Wildcats were 4-2 and on the way to a bowl game, but they lost five straight with a defense that couldn't seem to do anything right. Losing star QB Josh Freeman early to the NFL won't help the cause going forward.

84. Bowling Green (6-6)  
CFN Score: 5.04
2007 Score: 7.87     2007 Ranking: 63
A 6-6 season and a nice end to the year with three wins in the final four games and a double overtime loss to eventual MAC champion, Buffalo, weren't enough to save Gregg Brandon his job. The team wasn't that bad in any one area and ended up losing four games by seven points or fewer.

85. Purdue (4-8)  
CFN Score: 5.03
2007 Score: 11.13   2007 Ranking: 45
The Joe Tiller era closed out with a bang, beating Indiana 62-10, but the rest of his final season was a big dud. There was a shot early on to upset Oregon, but the Boilermakers lost in two overtimes on the way to a 2-6 start. Two of the three wins over FCS teams, Central Michigan and Michigan, were by seven points and six points, respectively.

86. Temple (5-7) 
CFN Score: 4.96
2007 Score: 1.65     2007 Ranking: 99
It wasn't quite the breakthrough season hoped for, the Owls wanted to be Buffalo, but it took a Hail Mary to lose to the Bulls and there were overtime losses to UConn and Navy. The team kept fighting and won its final two games with an improved offense and nice special teams.

87. Arizona State (5-7) 
CFN Score: 4.94
2007 Score: 14.29     2007 Ranking: 26
One of the biggest disappointments of the season, the Sun Devils lost six straight early on to all but ruin the year, but they had a shot at the Las Vegas Bowl had they beaten Arizona. They didn't, and the hot team of last year finished with a losing record. The offense was stunningly mediocre.

88. Akron (5-7)  
CFN Score: 4.52
2007 Score: 3.87     2007 Ranking: 90
The Zips had a bowl shot there for the taking but it lost two heart-breakers to Buffalo and Ohio before getting thumped in the season finale against Temple. Outside of the loss to the Owls, this wasn't a bad year with good battles in losses to Wisconsin and Cincinnati to go along with a four-point loss to Bowling Green.

89. UTEP (5-7)   
CFN Score: 4.43
2007 Score: 4.41     2007 Ranking: 85
Outside of a stunning double-overtime upset of Southern Miss, UTEP didn't beat anyone of note and got blasted by just about everyone else. The offense was fine, but the defense was among the worst in America as the high-powered Conference USA passing games fattened up on the Miner secondary.

90. FIU (5-7)  
CFN Score: 4.23
2007 Score: -3.30     2007 Ranking: 117
All of a sudden, FIU had an offense after scoring 19 points in the first three games. With five wins in the final nine, the program suddenly became relevant in Sun Belt play and came close to a winning season with a four-point loss to ULM and a 57-50 overtime shootout loss to FAU.

91. Mississippi State (4-8)    CFN Score: 4.20
2007 Score: 2.86     2007 Ranking: 12.40
A strong defense wasn't enough to overcome a horrendous offense, so out goes Sylvester Croom and in comes Dan Mullen, Florida's offensive coordinator. The Bulldogs scored 14 points or fewer in seven games including the 3-2 loss to Auburn. However, there was a nice win over Vanderbilt and MSU ruined the Arkansas bowl hopes with a late November victory.

92. Baylor (4-8)  
CFN Score: 4.17
2007 Score: 0.74     2007 Ranking: 104
This would've been a bowl team if it were in any other conference in America. Freshman QB Robert Griffin led an exciting team that managed four wins, but didn't beat anyone with a pulse, including Texas A&M. The defense simply couldn't handle all the high-octane Big 12 offenses.

93. UNLV (5-7)   
CFN Score: 3.83
2007 Score: 0.67     2007 Ranking: 106
In a strange season of streaks, UNLV started out 3-1 highlighted by overtime wins over Arizona State and Iowa State, and then came the five-game Mountain West losing streak. The Rebels rebounded to beat New Mexico and Wyoming, and only needed to beat a dead San Diego State team to be bowl eligible, and it came up with a 42-21 clunker of a loss.

94. Louisville (5-7)   
CFN Score: 3.80
2007 Score: 9.70     2007 Ranking: 54
Everything started out so promising with a 5-2 start and with lowly Syracuse up next, but a 28-31 gag against the Orange sparked a five-game losing streak and the hot seat for head coach Steve Kragthorpe. The program hasn't played defense in a few years, and the offense couldn't stop giving the ball away.

95. Ohio (4-8)  
CFN Score: 3.45
2007 Score: 9.70    2007 Ranking: 54
The MAC's hard luck team lost five games, including a battle at Ohio State, that could've gone either way, but it managed to come up with two wins against Miami University and Akron to close out the regular season. Turnovers were the big problem, and an inconsistent defense didn't help.

96. Kent State (4-8)  
CFN Score: 3.36
2007 Score: 102     2007 Ranking: 1.09
Julian Edelman, Eugene Jarvis, and the MAC's best running game wasn't enough to carry the Golden Flashes to any success. Two of the wins came against Temple and Buffalo, but one win came against Delaware State. KSU might have had the worst return game in America.

97. Michigan (3-9)  
CFN Score: 3.21
2007 Score: 1.09     2007 Ranking: 24
Well that didn't work out well. 3-9 isn't exactly when Michigan fans had in mind when Rich Rodriguez came aboard, and it should've been worse. It took a miracle to beat Wisconsin. While there were losses against elite teams like Utah, Penn State and Ohio State, there was also the fumble-filled gaffe against Notre Dame and the loss to an abysmal Toledo.

98. UCF (4-8)   
CFN Score: 3.18
2007 Score: 15.01     2007 Ranking: 22
It's hard to fall much further than UCF did, going form Conference USA champions to winning just three games against FBS teams. The offense was the worst in America, averaging 229.65 yards and 16.6 points per game. The O line was awful and the quarterback play abysmal.

99. Texas A&M (4-8) 
CFN Score: 3.09
2007 Score: 10.55    2007 Ranking: 50
It was a strange first season for Mike Sherman. The offense saw Jerrod Johnson take over at quarterback, but the running game remained strangely silent. The lines were miserable while the offense couldn't keep up with the Big 12 big boys. As bad as things were, they could've been worse. Three of the four wins came by seven points or fewer.

100. UAB (4-8)   
CFN Score: 3.06
2007 Score: 112    2007 Ranking: -0.94
Thanks to QB Joe Webb, the Blazers weren't that bad over the second half of the season. There was a 70-14 loss to Southern Miss, but the Blazers played future Conference USA champs, East Carolina, tough in a 17-13 loss. The defense struggled throughout the year, up until a 15-0 win over UCF to end the season, and the return game was abysmal.

CFN Final 2008 Rankings 1-10 | 11-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 101-119