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CFN 2009 Final Rankings

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 12, 2010


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 who came up with the No. 2 spot? Next week ... the 2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings.


CFN 2009 Final Rankings

The Top Ten


CFN 2009 Final Rankings
- The Top Ten | No. 11 to 25 | No. 26 to 50
- No. 51 to 75 | No. 76 to 100 | No. 101 to 120
- CFN 2008 Final Rankings

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 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.

1. Alabama
2009 CFN Score: 29.10   CFN Preseason Rank: 11
Key Stat: The Tide finished second in the nation in total defense, scoring defense, and run defense.
2008 Score: 29.10 2008 Ranking: 7
Wins: 14 – Virginia Tech, FIU, North Texas, Arkansas State, at Kentucky, at Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, at Mississippi State, UT Chattanooga, at Auburn, Florida, Texas
Losses: None
Quality Wins: 10 - Virginia Tech, at Kentucky, at Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, at Mississippi State, at Auburn, Florida, Texas
Elite Wins: 2 – Florida, Texas
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 3 – FIU, North Texas, UT Chattanooga
Elite Losses: None
Point Differential: +285
Winning Percentage: 100%

The dream came true. Mark Ingram became the first Tide player to win the Heisman, the team destroyed a great Florida team, and, oh yeah, there was that little matter of the national title. There might have been some rough patches, needing two blocked field goals to beat Tennessee and a late drive to get by Auburn, but the Tide beat ten bowl teams and turned out to have one of the greatest seasons of all-time.

2. Florida (13-1)
2009 CFN Score: 26.71 CFN Preseason Rank: 1
Key Stat: Florida led the nation in passing efficiency and was second in pass defense.
2008 Score: 28.98 2008 Ranking: 1
Wins: 13 – Charleston Southern, Troy, Tennessee, at Kentucky, at LSU, Arkansas, at Mississippi State, Georgia, Vanderbilt, at South Carolina, FIU, Florida State, Cincinnati
Losses: 1 - Alabama
Quality Wins: 9 - Troy, Tennessee, at Kentucky, at LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, at South Carolina, Florida State, Cincinnati
Elite Wins: 1 - Cincinnati
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 3 – Charleston Southern, Vanderbilt, FIU
Elite Losses: 1 - Alabama
Point Differential: +328
Winning Percentage: 93%

Considering all the returning talent and all the expectations, the season was a big disappointment. Sluggish for most of the year, at least compared to what was expected, the Gators showed up flat against a pumped up Alabama in the SEC Championship and blew its chance at history. They showed just how good they were supposed to be in a fantastic performance against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl, but now Tim Tebow is gone, along with several top players, but the big loss might be Urban Meyer, who may or may not be back by the start of 2010.

3. Boise State (14-0)
2009 CFN Score: 24.51 CFN Preseason Rank: 43
Key Stat: The Broncos led the nation in scoring.
2008 Score: 21.42 2008 Ranking: 6
Wins: 14 – Oregon, Miami University, at Fresno State, at Bowling Green, UC-Davis, at Tulsa, at Hawaii, San Jose State, at Louisiana Tech, Idaho, at Utah State, Nevada, New Mexico State, TCU
Losses: None
Quality Wins: 6 - Oregon, at Fresno State, at Bowling Green, Idaho, Nevada, TCU
Elite Wins: 1 - TCU
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 4 – Miami University, UC Davis, San Jose State, New Mexico State
Elite Losses: None
Point Differential: +351
Winning Percentage: 100%

What does the team have to do to be taken seriously? It dominated a fired up Oregon to start the year, stuffed a fantastic TCU team to end it, and in between, was never seriously threatened on the way to an unbeaten year. Even so, the Broncos weren’t even close to playing for the national title. Whatever, They scored 42 points or more in ten games and won every regular season game but one (28-21 over Tulsa) by double-digits.

4. Texas
2009 CFN Score: 24.09 CFN Preseason Rank: 4
Key Stat: Texas led the nation in run defense.
2008 Score: 25.24 2008 Ranking: 3
Wins: 13 – ULM, at Wyoming, Texas Tech, UTEP, Colorado, Oklahoma, at Missouri, at Oklahoma State, UCF, at Baylor, Kansas, at Texas A&M, Nebraska
Losses: 1 - Alabama
Quality Wins: 7 - at Wyoming, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, at Missouri, at Oklahoma State, UCF, Nebraska
Elite Wins: None
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 1 - Colorado
Elite Losses: 1 - Alabama
Point Differential: +316
Winning Percentage: 93%

What might have been. It’s not a given by any stretch that Texas would’ve beaten Alabama had Colt McCoy not gotten hurt early in the BCS Championship, but there wouldn’t be the same empty feeling Longhorn fans felt after the end of the 2008 season. Even so, the relatively low ranking shows just how mediocre the schedule was and how down the Big 12 was. In the team’s three biggest games, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Alabama, the offense had its three worst performances of the year.

5. TCU (12-1)
2009 CFN Score: 22.99 CFN Preseason Rank: 27
Key Stat: TCU led the nation in total defense.
2008 Score: 19.50 2008 Ranking: 8
Wins: 12 – at Virginia, Texas State, at Clemson, SMU, at Air Force, Colorado State, at BYU, UNLV, at San Diego State, Utah, at Wyoming, New Mexico
Losses: 1 – Boise State
Quality Wins: 6 - at Clemson, SMU, at Air Force, at BYU, Utah, at Wyoming
Elite Wins: 1.5 – at BYU
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 4 – at Virginia, Texas State, Colorado State, New Mexico
Elite Losses: 1 – Boise State
Point Differential: +332
Winning Percentage: 92%

The Horned Frogs that were so inept offensively against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl loss was far, far different throughout the season on the way to a dominant 12-game winning streak. No one in the Mountain West, outside of Air Force, was close, especially over the second half of the year, scoring 206 points in the final four regular season games. Even though the year ended with a thud, TCU can take solace that it was close. Had Pitt held on against Cincinnati, and had Texas lost to Nebraska, the Horned Frogs would’ve played Alabama for the national title.

6. Cincinnati (12-1)
2009 CFN Score: 22.44 CFN Preseason Rank: 44
Key Stat: UC was third in the nation in tackles for loss.
2008 Score: 16.09 2008 Ranking: 21
Wins: 12 – at Rutgers, SE Missouri State, at Oregon State, Fresno State, at Miami University, at South Florida, Louisville, at Syracuse, Connecticut, West Virginia, Illinois, at Pitt
Losses: 1 - Florida
Quality Wins: 7 – at Rutgers, at Oregon State, Fresno State, at South Florida, Connecticut, West Virginia, at Pitt
Elite Wins: 1 – at Pitt
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 2 – SE Missouri State, at Miami University, Illinois
Elite Losses: 1 – Florida
Point Differential: +202
Winning Percentage: 92%

The Bearcats were within a missed Texas field goal from playing Alabama for the national title. Instead, head coach Brian Kelly bolted for Notre Dame, Tim Tebow and Florida finally played like Tim Tebow and Florida, and the Sugar Bowl was a complete and utter disaster. The end shouldn’t diminish the amazing first 12 games highlighted by a fantastic win over Pitt to win the Big East title. The Bearcats beat seven bowl teams on the way to their second BCS game in a row.

7. Ohio State (11-2)
2009 CFN Score: 21.99   CFN Preseason Rank: 5
Key Stat: The Buckeyes were fifth in the nation in turnover margin.
2008 Score: 17.80 2008 Ranking: 12
Wins: 11 – Navy, Toledo, Illinois, at Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Mexico State, at Penn State, Iowa, at Michigan, Oregon
Losses: 2 – USC, at Purdue
Quality Wins: 5 – Navy, Wisconsin, at Penn State, Iowa, Oregon
Elite Wins: 3.5 – at Penn State, Iowa, Oregon
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 2 – Illinois, New Mexico State
Elite Losses: None
Point Differential: +214
Winning Percentage: 85%

The program was going into the tubes, the sky was falling, and disaster was imminent after a sluggish start and a road loss to Purdue, but things quickly changed. The Buckeyes won their next three games, including a big win over Penn State, by a combined score of 107 to 14. It wasn’t easy, but an overtime win over Iowa led the way to the Rose Bowl, a win over Oregon, and a six-game winning streak to close out the year.

8. Iowa (11-2)
2009 CFN Score: 21.36    CFN Preseason Rank: 13
Key Stat: The Hawkeyes were fourth in the nation and first in the Big Ten in pass defense.
2008 Score: 16.19 2008 Ranking: 19
Wins: 11 – Northern Iowa, at Iowa State, Arizona, at Penn State, Arkansas State, Michigan, at Wisconsin, at Michigan State, Indiana, Minnesota, Georgia Tech
Losses: 2 – Northwestern, at Ohio State
Quality Wins: 5 – at Iowa State, Arizona, at Penn State, at Wisconsin, Georgia Tech
Elite Wins: 3.5 – at Penn State, at Wisconsin, Georgia Tech
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 1 – Northern Iowa
Elite Losses: 1 – at Ohio State
Point Differential: +101
Winning Percentage: 85%

Iowa was the team no one wanted to believe in on the way to a 9-0 start, pulling off several close calls. And then came the loss of QB Ricky Stanzi and losses to Northwestern and an overtime loss to Ohio State, which cost the Hawkeyes the Rose Bowl, but led to the Orange Bowl and a win over Georgia Tech.

9. Virginia Tech (10-3)
2009 CFN Score: 18.63 CFN Preseason Rank: 14
Key Stat: Tech led the ACC and was 13th in the nation in turnover margin.
2008 Score: 17.96 2008 Ranking: 11
Wins: 10 – Marshall, Nebraska, at Duke, Boston College, at East Carolina, at Maryland, NC State, at Virginia, Tennessee
Losses: 3 – Alabama, at Georgia Tech, North Carolina
Quality Wins: 6 – Marshall, Nebraska, Miami, Boston College, at East Carolina, Tennessee
Elite Wins: None
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 2 – at Maryland, at Virginia
Elite Losses: 1 – Alabama
Point Differential: +211
Winning Percentage: 77%

The Hokies might have been the ACC’s best team even with the loss to conference champ, Georgia Tech. They were a Ryan Williams fumble away from beating North Carolina (or at least going into overtime) and the only other loss was to Alabama. They closed out with a five-game winning streak complete with a dominant Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Tennessee.

10. Oregon (10-3)
2009 CFN Score: 18.62 CFN Preseason Rank: 15
Key Stat: The Ducks finished first in the Pac 10 and sixth in the nation in rushing.
2008 Score: 15.30 2008 Ranking: 24
Wins: 10 – Purdue, Utah, California, Washington State, at UCLA, at Washington, USC, Arizona State, at Arizona, Oregon State
Losses: 3 – at Boise State, at Stanford, Ohio State
Quality Wins: 6 – Utah, California, at UCLA, USC, at Arizona, Oregon State
Elite Wins: None
Bad Losses: None
Bad Wins: 1 – Washington State
Elite Losses: 2 – at Boise State, Ohio State
Point Differential: +160
Winning Percentage: 77%

The Ducks overcame a disastrous opening against Boise State, complete with the LeGarrette Blount punch, to reel off seven wins in a row, including a win over USC, before getting their doors blown off by Stanford. Even so, outside of a 24-10 win over UCLA, the offense was unstoppable in Pac 10 play leading the way to the Rose Bowl. Ohio State didn’t shut down the attack, but got enough from the offense to end Chip Kelly’s first year at the helm with a disappointing loss.