2010 CFN Program Rankings - No. 6 LSU

Posted Aug 26, 2010

CFN's 2010 Five-Year Program Rankings and Analysis ... No. 6 LSU

Preview 2010 - No. 6 LSU

CFN Five-Year Program Analysis

2010 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis
- Bottom 20 | No. 81 to 100 | No. 61 to 80
- No. 41 to 60 | No. 21 to 40 | No. 11 to 20
- No. 10 Alabama | No. 9 Penn St | No. 8 Virginia Tech
- No. 7 Georgia | No. 6 LSU | No. 5 Oklahoma
- No. 4 Ohio State | No. 3 Texas | No. 2 Florida | No. 1 USC

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Every new coach realistically needs five years to make a program his. He doesn't always get that much time, often being asked to turn things around right away. Five years allow a coach to go through an entire recruiting cycle, get comfortable in the position, and implement everything he'd like to do. With that in mind, we have created our CFN Five-Year Program Analysis (it used to be three years, but we supersized it) highlighting off-the-field factors like the Academic Progress Report (do the players go to class) and the players drafted by the NFL (a huge selling point to recruits), to attendance (it pays the bills) and wins, wins, wins. On-field success ends up being all that matters, so that's where the focus lies. One note, the totals for each team might not add up because we have listed the total number of wins and losses for the categories, while the Bad Wins and Losses and Elite Wins and Losses might be scored differently (two home losses against 3-9 teams would be scored as a 3).

Quick Explanation of Scores
- Attendance: Home attendance average over the last five years divided by 10,000. Avg. Score: 4.37
- APR: The most recently released Academic Performance Rate. 90th to 100th percentile (best) gets a 10, 1st to 10th percentile (worst) gets a 1 Avg. Score: 5.84
- Quality Wins: Wins over FBS teams that finished with a winning record. Avg. Score: 9.62
- Total Wins: Wins over FBS teams. Avg. Score: 29.25
- Players Drafted: Number of players drafted. Avg. Score: 9.62
- Conference Win %: Conference winning percentage times 10. Avg. Score: 4.96
- Elite Win Score: Wins over FBS teams that finished with two losses or fewer, or on the road, at a neutral site, or in a bowl over teams that finished with three losses or fewer. Add an additional 0.5 for an Elite Win over a two-loss team on the road. Avg. Number: 1.25
- Bad Loss Score: Losses to teams that finished with three wins or fewer or any loss to a non-FBS team. Subtract each loss from the overall total. Subtract an additional 0.5 for each Bad Loss at home. Avg. Number: 2.03
- Elite Losses: Losses to teams that finished with two wins or fewer. Take 0.25 of the number. Avg. Number: 5.02
- Bad Wins: Wins over teams that finished with three wins or fewer or any win to a non-FBS team Avg. Number: 10.83

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6. LSU

2010 Total Score: 113.98
2009 Ranking: 7

Program Analysis: Despite going 17-12 over the last two seasons, LSU is still among the elite of the nation's elite. However, head coach Les Miles needs to come up with a big season or the ranking will go flying out of the top ten when the 11-2 2005 season won't count in the equation. It'll only get tougher to hang on to a high spot with the 11-2 2006 season to be out in two years.

The 49 FBS wins are the seventh most in the last five years, even with the two mediocre seasons a part of the formula, but the 22 Quality Wins are the fewest of anyone in the top eight the 68% SEC winning percentage is a bit of a slip.

The APR and Attendance Scores are great and the Draft Score is still among the best of the best, tied for second behind USC, but now Miles has to start winning more. With Alabama back as the star of the SEC West show, and with Arkansas, Auburn, and Ole Miss improving, life has gotten harder to be great, but the pieces are there to continue to be among the nation's elite.

Attendance Score: 9.23
2005: 91,580
2006: 92,212
2007: 92,619
2008: 92,383
2009: 92,489

APR Score: 8

Draft: 31
2006: RB Joseph Addai, OT Andrew Whitworth, DT Clause Wroten, WR Skyler Green, DT Kyle Williams, DE Melvin Oliver, WR Bennie Brazell
2007: QB JaMarcus Russell, DB LaRon Landry, WR Dwayne Bowe, WR Craig Davis, DE Chase Pittman 2008: DT Glenn Dorsey, DB Chevis Jackson, FB Jacob Hester, WR Early Doucet, DB Craig Steltz, QB Matt Flynn, TE Keith Zinger
2009: DE Tyson Jackson, FB Quinn Johnson, OT Herman Johnson, DB Curtis Taylor, WR Demetrius Byrd, DT Ricky Jean-Francois
2010: S Chad Jones, WR Brandon LaFell, LB Perry Riley, DT Al Woods, KR Trindon Holliday, RB Charles Scott

FBS Wins: 49

Quality Wins: 22
2005: at Arizona State, Florida, Auburn, at Alabama, Miami (Peach Bowl)
2006: Kentucky, at Tennessee, Arkansas, Notre Dame (Sugar Bowl)
2007: at Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, at Alabama, Tennessee (SEC Championship), Ohio State (BCS Championship)
2008: at South Carolina, Troy, Georgia Tech (Chick-fil-A Bowl)
2009: at Georgia, Auburn, Arkansas

Elite Wins: 4.5
2005: at Alabama, Miami (Peach Bowl)
2006: Notre Dame (Sugar Bowl)
2007: Ohio State (BCS Championship)
2008: None
2009: None

Bad Losses: 0

Elite Losses: 5
2005: None
2006: at Auburn, at Florida
2007: None
2008: at Florida, Alabama
2009: Florida, Alabama, Penn State (Capital One Bowl)

Bad Wins: 11
2005: at Mississippi State, North Texas, Appalachian State, at Ole Miss
2006: Mississippi State
2007: at Ole Miss
2008: Appalachian State, North Texas, Tulane
2009: Vanderbilt, Tulane

Conf. Score: 6.75
2005: 7-1
2006: 6-2
2007: 6-2
2008: 3-5
2009: 5-3