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CFN 2009 Final Rankings - No. 101 to 120
Maryland QB Chris Turner
Maryland QB Chris Turner
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Posted Jan 10, 2010


Which teams had the best seasons? Here's CFN's final ranking based on who earned it on the field. - No. 101-120

CFN 2009 Final Rankings

No. 101 to No. 120


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.

101. Colorado State (3-9)
2009 CFN Score: 2.27 CFN Preseason Rank: 78
Key Stat: The Rams were 116th in the nation in net punting.
2008 Score: 9.13 2008 Ranking: 55

The Rams started out with a nice 3-0 start beating Colorado, Weber State, and Nevada, and then the wheels came flying off. Losing at BYU was expected, but the 31-29 gaffe at Idaho set the tone for a horrendous nine game losing streak that got worse and worse. The Rams finished winless in the Mountain West, but they lost their final two games by a total of three points.

102. Akron (3-9)
2009 CFN Score: 2.11 CFN Preseason Rank: 98
Key Stat: The Zips were last in the MAC and 118th in the nation in sacks.
2008 Score: 4.52 2008 Ranking: 88

The offense sputtered and coughed throughout the year, but the defense, despite the lack of a pass rush, wasn’t all that bad. However, the two wins over FBS teams were close and the win over Morgan State was the first victory of the season until November.

103. UTEP (4-8)
2009 CFN Score: 1.89 CFN Preseason Rank: 104
Key Stat: The Miners allowed 201 rushing yards per game.
2008 Score: 4.43 2008 Ranking: 89

The Miners had a nightmare of a time on defense, but Donald Buckram was a fringe All-America running back and the chances were there to do big things with a 3-3 record with wins over Tulsa and Houston. But the Miners lost four games in a row by a total score of 17 points to bad teams including Tulane, Rice, and UAB.

104. Army (5-7)
2009 CFN Score: 115 CFN Preseason Rank: 1.88
Key Stat: The passing game was last in the nation, averaging just 72 yards per game.
2008 Score: 1.18 2008 Ranking: 108

For all the problems scoring and all the issues coming up with yards, the Knights were a win against Navy away from going bowling. Head coach Rich Ellerson’s first season was a success highlighted by a win over Vanderbilt, but the Knights also beat some of the worst teams in America getting by Eastern Michigan, Ball State, and North Texas.

105. FIU (3-9)
2009 CFN Score: 1.76 CFN Preseason Rank: 109
Key Stat: The Golden Panthers were next-to-last in America in total defense.
2008 Score: 4.23 2008 Ranking: 90

The offense that was so promising at times fizzled far too often, while the defense railed to do much of anything struggling against both the run and pass. The Golden Panthers were able to come up with two close wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas, and blew away Western Kentucky, but the consistency wasn’t there from one week to the next.

106. Vanderbilt (2-10)
2009 CFN Score: 1.08 CFN Preseason Rank: 59
Key Stat: Vandy scored a total of 71 points in eight SEC games.
2008 Score: 11.48 2008 Ranking: 43

Could the Commodores keep up the momentum after a fantastic 2008? Nope. The offense was miserable last year, and it stayed bad this year, but the defense didn’t pick up the slack with no production against the run. The lone FBS win came at Rice.

107. Virginia (3-9)
2009 CFN Score: 0.91 CFN Preseason Rank: 47
Key Stat: The Cavaliers were last in the ACC in total offense and scoring offense.
2008 Score: 8.75 2008 Ranking: 58

It seemed like it was going to be yet another weird Al Groh-coached season as the Cavs lost their first three games, including the opener to William & Mary, but went on a stunning three-game winning run allowing just 19 total points to North Carolina, Indiana, and Maryland. But the offense was a disaster in a six-game losing streak to close.

108. Memphis (2-10)
2009 CFN Score: 0.36 CFN Preseason Rank: 96
Key Stat: The Tigers were 116th in the nation in total defense.
2008 Score: 5.71 2008 Ranking: 78

The long Tommy West era came to a close as the Tigers lost their final six games and only came up with one win over an FBS team, UTEP. The defense got worse as the season went on while the offense couldn’t keep up the pace.

109. Maryland (2-10)
2009 CFN Score: 0.23 CFN Preseason Rank: 52
Key Stat: The Terps allowed 36 sacks.
2008 Score: 13.03 2008 Ranking: 36

And Ralph Friedgen is still the head coach. This wasn’t supposed to be a good year for the Terps, and it was worse than anyone could’ve ever imagined with one win coming in overtime over James Madison and the second a stunning home win, by three, over Clemson. The offense was miserable and the defense was last in the ACC in scoring D.

110. North Texas (2-10)
2009 CFN Score: -0.16 CFN Preseason Rank: 111
Key Stat: The Mean Green only came up with 12 sacks.
2008 Score: -2.23 2008 Ranking: 116

The offense was supposed to be humming at this point in the Todd Dodge era, and it had its moments this year. The defense was far improved than the past, the running game was impressive, and there were some good signs that the program could become decent next year, but the wins weren’t there. Six of the ten losses were by ten points or fewer.

111. Tulane (3-9)
2009 CFN Score: -0.22 CFN Preseason Rank: 112
Key Stat: Tulane was next-to-last in the nation in turnover margin.
2008 Score: -1.22 2008 Ranking: 112

Bob Toledo isn’t coming up with much production failing to work his offensive magic and not getting nearly enough out of his defense. The Green Wave only came up with two wins over FBS teams, and one was by one over Army and the other was in overtime over UTEP. However the team was competitive late in the year despite playing five of their final six games on the road.

112. New Mexico State (3-10)
2009 CFN Score: -0.39 CFN Preseason Rank: 120
Key Stat: NMSU was dead last in America in total offense and scoring offense.
2008 Score: 0.82 2008 Ranking: 109

The first year under DeWayne Walker wasn’t good, but considering the cupboard was completely and totally bare after Hal Mumme was canned it could’ve been a lot worse. The offense just didn’t scores, never putting up more than 20 points against anyone in the FBS and scoring seven points or fewer in five of the last seven games.

113. San Jose State (2-10)
2009 CFN Score: -0.57 CFN Preseason Rank: 83
Key Stat: The Spartans were next-to-last in the nation in run defense.
2008 Score: 5.15 2008 Ranking: 82

Dick Tomey’s final season was a total disappointment considering the potential in the passing game and the decent prospects on defense. The offense couldn’t score, the defense couldn’t stop anyone, especially on the ground, and the only win over an FBS team came against New Mexico State, 13-10.

114. Miami University (1-11)
2009 CFN Score: -0.65 CFN Preseason Rank: 93
Key Stat: MU was dead last in the nation in sacks allowed and second-to-last in rushing.
2008 Score: -2.79 2008 Ranking: 117

The RedHawks need some big-time rebuilding, and first year head coach Shane Montgomery struggled to make a big improvement. The team got a big better over the second half of the year, but a total overhaul is needed, especially on the offensive line.

115. Washington State (1-11)
2009 CFN Score: -1.10 CFN Preseason Rank: 82
Key Stat: Wazzu finished next-to-last in the nation in scoring, yards, and sacks allowed.
2008 Score: 115 2008 Ranking: -2.15

It’s just not working under head coach Paul Wulff. The Cougars followed up an awful 2008 with a worse 2009 with no offense, the nation’s worst defense, and blowout loss after blowout loss. Outside of the overtime win over SMU, Wazzu’s best loss was by 13 to Arizona State.

116. Ball State (2-10)
2009 CFN Score: -1.91 CFN Preseason Rank: 90
Key Stat: The Cardinals finished last in the MAC and 115th in the nation in passing.
2008 Score: 18 2008 Ranking: 16.38

Talk about a swift and immediate collapse, head coach Brady Hoke left for San Diego State, QB Nate Davis took off for the NFL, and the Cardinals went from being a heartbeat away from a MAC title and a perfect regular season to becoming one of the worst teams in the country.

117. New Mexico (1-11)
2009 CFN Score: -2.52 CFN Preseason Rank: 85
Key Stat: The Lobos allowed 419 yards and 36 points per game.
2008 Score: 5.38 2008 Ranking: 80

When you’re season is defined by your new head coach punching someone, there’s a problem. It’s not just that Mike Locksley struggled in his first season, it’s that New Mexico went from being solid on a yearly basis to miserable with no offense and a horrific defense.

118. Rice (2-10)
2009 CFN Score: -2.56 CFN Preseason Rank: 110
Key Stat: Rice was 117th in the nation in total defense and 111th in total offense.
2008 Score: 14.31 2008 Ranking: 31

The loss of QB Chase Clement, TE James Casey, and WR Jarett Dillard appeared to mean everything as the offense went from one of the most dangerous and productive in America to 111th in offense and 110th in scoring. The offense was held to under 24 points seven times as the Owls were eight wins worse than the year before.

119. Eastern Michigan (0-12)
2009 CFN Score: -4.87 2009 CFN Preseason Rank: 105
Key Stat: EMU was dead last in the nation against the run allowing 277 yards per game.
2008 Score: -1.43 2008 Ranking: 113

The first season under head coach Ron English didn’t exactly go well. The offense that showed promise at the end of 2008 didn’t do anything once injuries struck, particularly to QB Andy Schmitt, while the defense got worse. Not only did EMU go winless, but there were only two games closer than seven points.

120. Western Kentucky (0-12)
2009 CFN Score: -5.80 2009 CFN Preseason Rank: 119
Key Stat: WKU was dead last in the nation in pass efficiency defense
2008 Score: Not Ranked 2008 Ranking: Not Ranked

The first year as a full-fledged member in the FBS was a disaster. The Hilltoppers fired their coach, weren’t close to coming up with a win until late in the year, and are on a 20-game losing streak going into 2010. On the plus side, the last three games of the year were battles, losing by three to ULM, six to FAU, and four to Aransas State.